Meet FORGE, he's gonna show you the real meaning of BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!
This is a kick-butt pc that I will be using mainly for gaming, video editing, and maybe 3d animation. It is my first pc build, and I'd have to say that I managed it pretty easily!
I bought all the parts right in the midst of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals. That's why all these prices are so low! If I were to buy them now, it would have costed me an extra $200!!! See guys? Black Friday IS worth it. AS long as you only shop online! ;)
Anyway, let's get to the guts of this beast:
CPU: Gotta love 'dat 3570K! it runs at 3.4 GHz, but I can easily overclock it up to 4.2 GHz; it runs fast, powerful, and can easily hammer out CPU-intensive games like Planetside 2 on High/Ultra settings!
CPU Cooler: I went with a fairly cheap aftermarket cooler, because I was planning on OCing. But I was pleasantly surprised with how well it performed. It gets the job done, its not too loud, and I'm sure it will last me a good long time
Motherboard: I was deciding whether or not I should get this one or a cheaper one, but, when the deal for this came on, I pounced at it like a tiger! It is very powerful, looks nice with my Black color scheme, had very good labeling and gives you lots of SATA3 ports.
RAM: The main reason I got this RAM was because it was on sale, I had my eye on a corsair, but the price would never drop. Eventually I decided G. Skill was a better brand anyways, and I went for it. The 1866 speed is very nice, i must say.
Storage: I didn't get an SSD with this build, because, you know, I weighed pros and cons, and the cons won out for me. (comment away on that one ;) Plus, I wanted to stick to my budget of under $1000 no matter what. This HDD works well for me! maybe I'll consider getting an SSD in the future though.
Video Card: I got this when it was on a major sale, and it totally kicks butt! I can play tons of good looking games at High/Ultra settings with no problem!
Wireless Adapter: Fast internet, good looking, very sturdy. You can't go wrong with this one!
Case: I chose this initially for its low price. It is surprisingly sturdy, very roomy, comes with two excellent fans, and looks awesome! It doesn't come with all the colorful LEDs and odd-shaped shells, which is something I like! It looks very professional! This is probably your best case for the price!
Power Supply: very nice. Love Corsair's PSUs Was going to go with 500W, but I decided to get this. It was on sale, too!
Optical Drive: went with a cheap one. I don't really use it except for installing drivers and games, so I didn't need anything fancy. It goes very well with the case though!
Operating System: Went with Windows 8.1, which I think is awesome (say what you will) It boots fast, looks very smooth and modern, and I can transfer it over to a different motherboard if I want to upgrade! You couldn't do that with windows 7.
Monitor: This Dell is AWESOME!!!! IT is WAY bigger than I thought! no dead pixels, very nice light, and all for just $100 dollars! This was a steal!!! I got from OfficeMax on Black Friday. (ordered online)
Headphones: This was a hard choice. I didn't know if I should go with this one or a more expensive one. I setled for this because, it was within my budget and had good reviews. It doesn't disappoint. The sound is way better than I thought, and the mic is good too! I also decided to get this because, if I was planning on upgrading someday anyway, i might as well save a few bucks here, and upgrade to a $100 one later. Instead of a $50 - $70 one, you know?
Speakers: I got these speakers off of Amazon, and they are AWESOME!!! they are very small, but pound out sound like there is no tomorrow!!! I got really cheap ones, because I was going to be mainly using my headphones.
So that's it! What do you guys think? This has everything you need to build a pc and get busy with it!
(Oh yeah, and for the keyboard and mouse, I got those at my college's inventory surplus for $2 each!!! they work awesomely) :)