System Usage from Most to Least Important: Compiling, 3D rendering, Video encoding, Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Memory, Motherboard, Case, Power Supply. I have a GTX-460(not too old) that I'm going to reuse, and fairly new harddrives.
Do you need to buy OS: No, I use Linux Mint and WINE for gaming.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Parts Preferences: No preference
SLI or Crossfire: N/A
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My e8400, although amazing in its day, is starting to show its age.
The PSU seems like a very solid choice for such a low price. I've always used an Antec PSU and have never had a problem.
The case is something like 40% off, I've read great reviews about it and seems like a steal at that price.
Is this the best possible build for my pricerange? Should I consider an Intel? I have no problems overclocking the FX BTW.
Also, will the Hyper 212 fit in the case with the heatspreaders on the ram? The heatspreaders look dumb and take up space, but it's part of the combo.
its not bad, its a moderately well balanced build overall IMO. the cooler should fit the case. as for ram, i cant say, since i never physically owned or had hands on such a common heatsink thats used, but I would think it may be fine. worst case scenario is haveing to have an up down configuration for the HSF or having the ram on slot 2&4.(worst case scenario would be losing the slight performance gain from dual channel and using 3 and 4)