First and foremost I want to point out that I'm a true AMD fan, I bleed red! This build was not made from ground up, but rather upgraded trough time, I would recommend this build to every AMD fan who is tight on the budget (minus the one RX480) as the performance is just amazing! You will dominate 1080p games in the future and as well run all most current AAA titles maxed out on 1440p!
Note* - the Firestrike score will be even better when we hit Zen (or RyZen) in q1 2017 :) so far the graphics score is decent :)
so lets start by defining part by part:
CPU - AMD fx8370E - the original idea for CPU upgrade from the old phenom 1055T was the fx8370 cpu, but the E variant came with a free AMD SSD R3 240 GB in the bundle so it was an offer that was hard to pass up! I have to say that CPU works very well, it has been stable at 3,9 GHZ overclock and its not bottle-necking at all in games and other tasks! I can say it has exceeded my expectations by far, and it will be more then sufficient until Zen hits the shelf's!
Asrock 990fx Fatal1ty Killer - not much is needed to be said about this one, its a very well made am+ MBO!
G.Skill Sniper 16Gb 1866mhz - didn't want to overdo it by going full 32 GB, since an upgrade to ZEN and DDR4 is on the horizon! :)
Powercolor AMD RX480 RED Devil 8GB - there are not enough words that can describe how amazing this card really is! Its super silent, few hours of Witcher 3 ALL MAXED OUT gets her to barely 70c, performance is amazing @1330 mhz and it can overclock all the way to 1400 mhz so the card rocks! I found a good deal on them, and slapped the second one in for extra horsepower! They work great! a link to the video on how the single RX480 handles a witcher 3 all maxed out @1440p on my rig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIftVdoE7og&t=318s
Storage: Samsung 750 Evo 120GB is a system disk, AMD R3 240Gb is a disk for games, and 1TB of WD Blue is a great, standard storage disk!
PSU unit is a few years old CoolerMaster GX750 bronze+. it handles everything like a boss! :)
Cooling: CPU Cooler is the CORSAIR H100i v2, and it is an amazing CPU cooler, its always set in quiet mode and it is super silent! CPU temps while idle are around 23c and while gaming around 32c, unite temperature varies between 40-50 c depending on gaming. Other 2 case fans are super silent Scythe GlideStream 140mm intake, and Antec TrueQuiet 120mm for outtake!
Case:DEEPCOOL Dukase v2 ..the case itself is a best buy for 50$, but it has some flaws, first off is the front intake metal grill is disturbing the air intake to much, and makes additional noise so i had to drill it out, front USB 3,0 cable is an ugly blue one that connects to the mobo so I had to ditch it for aesthetics! If you can live with those 2 things then this case is a top buy! It looks good and feels good, and the price is ridiculous!
Monitor, peripherals: im using a LG lf32650v TV as a monitor - super happy Logitech G110 and Sharkoon Fireglider black as a keyboard - mice - super satisfied with both!
Future upgrades: future upgrades involve a AM4 MBO with ZEN cpu and DDR4 of course.. maybe a new case and an upgrade to mechanical keyboard and better gaming mouse..