Very first build. New found hobby in computers the last 6 months, and a year ago I didnt know a single thing hardware-wise when it came to computers although, to my own credit, I was pretty savvy when using one having grown up on them. With that said, I originally purchased a $325.00 DIY combo on Newegg that came with a few different parts that I was unaware at the time were garbage (Logisys PSU & case that came together and were really low end quality, stock CPU cooler), so I replaced them with what you see in the build list. A 500w PSU (and perhaps Modular for the same price as the 600w standard) probably would have been enough/better, but again, another naive buy. If I had the knowledge I have now and the chance to do it all over again, I'd probably go a different route with everything, but regardless this is what I have to work with and I dont think its too bad off despite basically being an uber noob through it all. Differences Id have made would be to have not got a Newegg combo (to save a lousy $65.00) and just would have picked my parts myself, thus eliminating having to replace a bunch of them, and, of course, I would have gotten the FX-6300. *edit - would have gotten a little better of a MoBo with a 900 series chipset that included SATA 3 headers, more system fan headers, more current and updated/easier to use BIOS, and one that supported at least dual GPUs and safer overclocks.
I know what you're probably saying - "needs more graphics". Well, rest assured as that will be coming soon along with an SSD. As of right now I am a little undecided on what to do for a graphics card. I was sold on the GTX 650 Ti Boost for a while but lately I've been reconsidering and doing a bit more homework. Any suggestions? Ill be looking for something that's 2GB and in the $150.00 range. As for an SSD, the Samsung 840 EVO 120GB is likely in the works for it. Will accommodate my OS and my most important games, files etc. And that would complete my first build! Other minor future plans for it would include a blu-ray optical, nicer keyboard and mouse, nicer speakers (current speakers are excellent to their credit but I want better), and an overclock for more FPS! Who doesn't love more FPS? Nothing crazy though. Perhaps 4.3mhz give or take as I don't think my MoBo is capable of handling much more and I'd rather just not find out. Upgrading my CPU to the 6300 or perhaps even the 8350 down the road has crossed my mind too. I may just call it a day after the GPU and SSD though. Maybe start another build likely using the 6 core or 8 core FX CPU. Love my 4300 so I could only imagine.
Other little notes -
-CM 212 EVO is an EXCELLENT CPU cooler! Temp monitoring programs give me a 0c CPU reading at idle (which is obviously inaccurate) but BIOS tells me 18c-20c!
-Corsair's Carbide 200R case is the best case in its price range. Straight up. I saw it for $34.99 one day when I didn't have any cash and prayed to God it'd drop in price again when I did have some cash, and sure enough, it did! Normally you can score this case for $50.00 to $60.00 any day of the week from just about anywhere, but if you're patient, I can almost guarantee it's bound to turn up somewhere for $34.99-$39.99 sooner or later.
*edit - just noticed that they only allow you to pick the rev 4.1 version of MB, however I have the rev 5.0. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4602#ov