Okay so this computer has been a gradual work in progress from the day I build it back in 2014. I started off with this as my first custom build https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/cNvnTW however back then it had a 500gb Samsung hard drive from my old prebuilt Compaq system.
My first upgrade for the system after building it was obviously the storage, I quickly realized that 500gb just wasn't enough as it maxed out pretty quickly so decided to invest in the very reliable WD 1tb mechanical drive and a 250gb Samsung SSD. The mechanical drive is just used for mass storage and the SSD primarily for the operating system and a few games. Neither have yet to let me down.
My next upgrade was the RAM, I went from 8gb 1600Mhz to 16gb 2400 Mhz. This upgrade wasn't really necessary as I haven't really noticed much of a difference if i'm honest. Think I just upgraded more for the specs of the computer rather than necessity.
My next upgrade was the Hyper 212X cooler, I bought this cooler as it had solid reviews and I planned to overclock my 6300 to push it a little further than stock. However with my poor choice and budget when first building my computer, the motherboard isn't best suited for overclocking and there isn't much point in upgrading my motherboard on a dead platform of processors.
The next upgrade I felt was the most important because it was the one that would actually improve my gaming performance directly. I decided to upgrade my graphics card as I felt the 2gb VRAM was starting to limit my performance in games and I couldn't keep the highest settings like I could on older titles. I did plan on upgrading to GTX 1060 6gb but since the mining craze took over those cards have increased dramatically in price and I was no longer prepared to spend over £250 on a card. I then decided to look at used 970's since their performance was similar to the 1060 3gb version and they were a lot cheaper. After a couple of weeks of searching I managed to find a 970 for £100 which was a bargain in my opinion.
Now that I was happy with the performance of my computer I decided it was time to make it more aesthetically pleasing so thought what better way than with a new tempered glass case, RGB fans and some nice cable extensions to hide those horrible power cables. And this is where i'm at today.
I know a lot of people slate the FX series but my 6300 has been golden to me, never let me down and still more than happy with its performance more than 4 years on in my pc. Until something drastically goes wrong or gives up I think that's it for the upgrades. Maybe I'll upgrade in another few years.
Thanks for looking and any advice is welcome!