So reading up on Haswells 2 core of a ******* child and also seeing a review on corsairs 250d gave me some ideas. Examining those thoughts in my bedroom I looked over at my current gaming pc which was doubling as our media/torrent rig and decided that I no longer felt comfortable putting all our movies and accumulated junk on it. I like my gaming/editing rig to be fast and the last thing I wanted was for it to get bogged down with some sketchy crap. (My girlfriend likes to download movies/tv series and sometimes is not very discerning where she gets it) also I figured starting a htpc build would give me a reason to upgrade my gaming rig as well. So......
CASE: I love the obsidian 250d it is a great case with options for from 80mm to 200mm fans a full size psu as well as water cooling I was sold. A note on the case as it was my first mitx I had a really hard time putting the h60 in it I tried a couple different positions and ran into problems from the mobos USB on the io panel blocking the rad to having to put what felt like abnormally high pressure on the tubing twisting the block so it was facing the right way on the CPU. Overall though its a great looking case my cable management came out alright not great but fairly clean!!!
MOTHERBOARD: this mobo is the reason I added pita to the name. OVERCLOCKING It was a HUGE PAIN IN THE A$$. Asus released news that they were unlocking there lower end boards. This board has a ratio and voltage unlocking ability however after setting the multiplier to 43 and putting the voltage to 1.200 In the bios and booting Cpuz,real temp and hw monitor were showing the unlocked multiplier 8x-43x and voltage overclock I just could not get the clock speed past the stock 3199mhz! After hours of screwing with it I'm not sure what I did but its finally reading 4299mhz at 1.2v and temps idle around 23-28c and after 2 hours of prime95 it topped out at 59c!!! I'm happy!! Asus fan control is great and if I hadn't had that problem with overclocking the board I would definitely recommend it.
CPU: The intel g3258 is frickin AMAZING for the price it's single core performance is close to the 4770k level! Movies and music look and sound great. In games I am maxing out settings and I am very impressed! Although I am not using it the chip contains Intels 4600 on board video I believe and for basic tasks seems adequate. Would definitely recommend again.
CPU COOLER: Corsair H60. I got this refurbished at newegg and it came looking BRAND spanking new. It works great keeping my CPU at a chilly 23-28c overclocked on idle and 59c after stress testing for a couple of hours! Besides the high force I had to use installing it has been flawless! Would recommend and I am buying all my corsair coolers refurbished from now on!
RAM: GSkill sniper 2133mhz Cas10- I already had the ram from a previous build. it looks good is fairly low profile and is fast however in this build it is limited to 1333 or 1600mhz and 1.5v so it under clocks but works just fine.
PSU: Corsair cx600m. Again this was from a prior build. It's modular and works fine. It's not the greatest psu but it does the trick and that's about it.
HDD: Western Digital Blue. 1 TB cheap fast and works moving on.
SSD: Sandisk Ultra ll. I got this really cheap stacking coupons and deals on TD I like my EVO better but it's fast and it's bench marks are in spec. This ssd uses TLC NAND like the Samsung EVO I'm not sure wether that will be a plus or not.As I said the benches I ran are in spec,BUT I have heard once the drives cache fills up times drop CONSIDERABLY we will see. For a boot drive its great 10 seconds or less to desktop and my games are loading quick so I would reccomend this as a budget ssd.
GPU: XFX r9 280x. Another part from a previous build. It runs cool topping out at 71c running 3d mark and kumbustor and in the high 40's low 50's gaming. Maxes out most games on 1080p. A note about this GPU and this case. According to PCPP the 2 are not compatible. The case says its max gpu clearance is 290mm. The XFX 280x DD is 294mm. It fits but if you are trying to put a thick 200mm fan upfront forget about it.
MONITORS: I also had these from my first build but I mainly use this build with my 40" Samsung 1080p 120hz tv as I mostly use it for movies and music. Although I have run everything from Bioshock infinite to Tomb Raider and METRO all at max or damn close. Got to love this frigging CPU.
FANS: Noctua 80mm R8 pwm fans. These fans are quite and push around a modest 30cfm. I am using these for exhaust. I have around 200cfm of intake so I am running positive pressure. Corsair sp120. I chose the high performance sp's because I wanted the higher cfm to keep positive pressure in the case. Also the noise is NOT as loud as some people say. Corsair 140. I left the stock 140mm fan in the front. I had originally bought a 200mm for up front but the xfx 280x was a very tight fit and I had to choose one or the other. Pushes a good amount of air and is fairly quiet.
Sorry for the sloppy review of my parts I'm starting to get tired so I'm going to wrap this up as I still have my main rig which I'm upgrading as well a case transfer,gpu upgrade 970 yay!! As well as a psu upgrade and 1440p monitors I will be posting that soon. Thanks all for checking this out and let me know if you have questions suggestions or just want to shoot the shizzle! Also if someone could reccomend a good stand alone MIC or a mod mic to go with my Senn 558s. I have the Zalman clip on mic but I'm picking up a lot of sound from my headphones with it. Maybe I just need to tweak some settings but I got a few complaints playing BF4. If anyone has any suggestions I would be grateful.