This is in working progress. I am getting a new gpu hopefully soon, and better ram.
This was my first build, and I think I didn't do to bad. I got the idea to build one once my Dell was giving me problems. It took me 3 months to save up and look into what parts to buy. The biggest worry that I had was if anything would be DOA, luckily there were no parts that were broken. The total time of building the whole thing was around 4 hours, which I'm not sure if its good or not, but I think you should rush through a thing like this. I will be posting more pictures and updating on my upgrades, and if anything breaks. Now, I will go into dept on my parts.
CPU- This cpu was a no brainer in my budget. It performs really well, and overall I am very pleased with it. I don't plan on overclocking any time soon. I am using the stock fan until it starts getting warmer where I live.
Motherboard- When I began picking out the parts, I wanted to get a motherboard from a nice company. Many people said Asus and Gigabyte were the motherboard companies that I should get. I got this one instead of the M5a97 R2.0 is because it was cheaper, with nothing much more special on the Gigabyte one than the Asus one.
Memory- I got this one stick of 4 gigs for now, soon to add another one. I've been pretty impressed with this memory, haven't had any problems with it.
SSD- Its fast. I have no experience with other SSD's, so I can't really tell if it is the fastest or one of the slower SSDS. I really like the look of it too, one of the reasons I got it.
Hard Drive- After my WD drive died on my Dell, my Dad got me this one. I dont have any problems with it, and it is nice to store all my files and such on it.
Video Card- Not one of the best decisions of my life. I got this in March, and it doesnt really perform very well for the money. I hope to get a 7850 soon.
Case- I love this case. If you are considering this case, get it. It literately has everything I was looking for, with a sexy design. The led's do bleed, but I like the look of it. The window is the only complaint I have with it. I would like it bigger, but it only concentrates on the important stuff, like video card and cpu cooler. I hope to get some leds, so it looks a bit better when you look in the window.
PSU- I really wanted this psu, but it was really over my budget. Then I looked on newegg and it was on sale for $25 after rebate! I quickly picked it up, and it has been an amazing unit so far.
CD Drive- It reads discs. It works. Yea...
OS- I didn't really want Windows 8, but if it was the same price I would just pick it up. Then one day Amazon was selling it for $67, and I thought I probably will never find a price this good for awhile. Good thing I bought it then, cause the next day it was back up to $90
So I think thats about it. I haven't really gamed with it yet, besides minecraft. I get around 130 fps at the moment. If you are confused with anything, or want some extra photos, or have instructive criticism, feel free to live them down below.
Hope you enjoy!
Update 12-24-13: Happy Holidays everyone! I got some new hardware so far. I got an upgrade on my ram. I asked for only 4 gigs because I asked for some other things, and I didn't want my parents to go all out of my gifts, so i asked for 4. Its only one stick, so thats good as I can easily buy another dim for dual to make 8.