Finished this build back in 2016. Still running strong for me. It's definitely a 1080p gaming setup. Anything over that and it starts to struggle a little bit. If I could've done anything differently I would've bought a better case. It was a learning experience for me as this was my first build. I started off with a budget around $800 and spent about twice as much when it was all said and done, but that includes all of the peripherals I had to buy as well.
I would've also gone a different route than the M5A78L mobo. It's done it's job, but it's definitely something you have to work around. It does not come with any heatsink on the VRMs. This can lead to throttling the processor when the VRMs get too hot. I ended up buying some individual VRM heatsinks after doing my research on the board and have never ran into any kind of throttling as a result.
The FX8350 was a budgetary choice at the time, though it was getting long in the tooth then, and it's definitely past it's prime now. My R9 390X GPU has held up surprisingly well. It'd say it's comparable to the performance of the 970/980 Nvidia cards of the time. You can definitely do 1080p gaming with it, and play some games at 1440p as well. I would definitely stay away from 4K.
All in all this was my first ever personal build and I definitely learned a lot from it. It was kind of nice having some challenges to face with the build because I learned how to work around things instead of having everything simple and plug-n-play for me.
It's nothing fancy, but my next planned build is going to be the beast that I've always wanted to build. I'm going to spend a fair bit more money, and take my time to properly hide cables and get it looking clean.
Loving this processor so far. Fast right out of the box with the capability to overclock if that's what you want to do. Lot of bang for your buck at the $160-$170 price point. Only detractor to me is that the stock cooler is complete garbage, unless you like your computer sounding about as loud as a box fan set on High. Other than that no issues with this processor. Very user friendly, and handles the latest games I've thrown at it so far without issues.
This thing is a godsend. The stock cooler that came with my FX8350 was LOUD. To the point that it was extremely annoying. After installing the Hyper 212 EVO not only is it much quieter, I'm experiencing much lower temperatures overall. For $30, this is one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades you can make.
Not a bad motherboard for the price. Wish it had more fan headers, it only has one, and it's kind of ridiculous that it doesn't come with a heatsink over the mosfets. Other than that it gets the job done for a single GPU build. Haven't had an issue with it so far. Came out of the box with the latest updated BIOS.
For the price, I have zero complaints. Friends suggested I go with 16GB instead of 8GB of RAM with my current build and I'm glad that I did.
I have Windows 10 Pro installed on this drive along with a few of the games I frequently play. I never owned an SSD in the past but I'm glad I spent the little bit of extra money. Windows boots up in mere seconds, and loading times are phenomenal. I was originally going to run with only the Seagate Mechanical Drive on my build, but some friends with build experience said I absolutely had to get an SSD at least for my operating system and I'm glad I listened. Really pleased with this product overall.
Gets the job done as far as storage and I do have a couple of games installed on it. Load times aren't unbearable by any means. Great HDD at the $49.99 price point.
This card is a monster. Both at playing games, and also as far as how big it is. Easily the largest card I've ever seen. This is the Tri-X, factory OC'd version of the Sapphire Radeon R9 390X GPU. I'm extremely pleased with the performance overall, but if you're considering this for your own build then you need to check and make sure that your case will allow you to fit a card that's 14" in length. It has three fans for cooling mounted in the shroud which adds length to the card overall. Most other companies run with two fans on this GPU. I'm glad I went with the Sapphire though, performance is great, it keeps itself cool, and I got it on sale through Amazon Prime for less than what the competitors are asking for their own cards which aren't factory overclocked.
In my situation I had to dremel a section of my HDD bay (no biggie, cheap case) to make this card fit. So keep that in mind.
Excellent PSU for the money. Build quality seems very good overall just taking it out of the packaging. Comes with an ample amount of extra cables in addition to all the hard wired cables. This PSU has done everything I've needed. Easily powers everything in my build without issue. Can't really ask for much more.
Friend had an extra key sitting around for Windows 10 that he hadn't used so that's why I got this for free. Really loving Windows 10 overall so far. Haven't had an issues with it so far running any of my games. Love the layout and functionality much more than I did Windows 8. Windows 8 was an awful operating system, so 10 feels like a breathe of fresh air. Nothing bad to say about this really. (Yet)
Actually bought a dual pack of these fans. Very impressed with the airflow, they are pretty quiet overall but not whisper quiet by any means but they move a lot more air than my stock case fans did. Good product. Buy them in the dual packs to save money.
Love this fan, not only does it look awesome, it moves air very well, and it's quiet. I'd even argue that it's actually more quiet than my Corsairs. I use this fan as the exhaust fan on the back of my case and I'm actually considering adding two more of these fans to my Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Heatsink.
Decent monitor for the price. Bought this as it was suggested on the PC Budget Builder website. I'll likely upgrade to a bigger monitor in the future, and one that has a better refresh rate but I'm impressed with the quality of this monitor overall when you consider the fact that it costs $109 brand new out of the box. No issues with it so far.
Absolutely love this keyboard. Stumbled into it for $40 a couple of years ago. It had a minor nick on the corner of the keyboard which is why it was discounted. Couldn't be happier with it. It's immensely satisfying to type on with the cherry switches. It's awesome for gaming. The only thing I would change about it would be that I wish it was RGB so I could play around with the lighting on it. That's a very minor gripe though, this keyboard is perfect outside of that. I am planning a new build in the nearer future and I think I'll probably still use this keyboard because I love it so much.
Really really loving this mouse so far. I was a big fan of the G9X the last time I had a PC, and I'm happy I decided to stick with Logitech. Logitech's software is intuitive, easy to use, and offers a ton of customization features. I chose the Proteus Spectrum over the Core model because of the RGB LEDs so I could better match the blue with my blue/black theme. This mouse really is an excellent all around mouse. I prefer to palm grip my mouse and it fits very comfortably in my hand, though I don't have huge hands, so I could see where someone with larger hands might be a bit perturbed by the somewhat narrower profile of the mouse. Really love the fit, finish, and the feel of everything. The buttons are well place, clicking feels great, and the mouse wheel is nice and clicky. Switching between DPI settings is a cinch as well, and can be fine tuned through their software to fit your preferences.
All in all just another great product from Logitech, a company I've bought a lot of peripherals from over the years. I almost jumped to a Corsair mouse, but I'm glad I chose to stick with Logitech.
For the price a very good headset. Sits comfortably on my head and doesn't bother me wearing it for hours at a time. Sound quality could be a bit better, but in this price range I'm not expecting Astro sound quality. The simulated 7.1 Surround Sound is a very nice feature that works very well and is much needed in competitive shooters where hearing footsteps can be a huge advantage. Solid product from Logitech. The Logitech gaming software is compatible with their full line of gaming peripherals and neatly puts all of the customization and controls into one place so you can go in and set everything up to fit your preferences. I currently use the software for my G430s, and more recently my G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse and absolutely love how intuitive their software is, and how easy it is to use.
All in all just another great product from Logitech. I had to sound like a fanboy, but I've been using their products quite a bit over the years and have always found them to be high quality.
Not the greatest sound quality but they get the job done and can usually be had for something like $30 so it's hard to complain about them.