This is my first build, quite an upgrade from my previous computer (iMac 2009). I haven't had any major issues and gaming is very smooth. I'm able to encode videos in seconds rather than hours. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this build. I could've got a better GPU, but I'm looking to upgrade within a year or so, so I didn't want to go all out.
I have a sound card because I use headphones that require a much more powerful output than the built-in motherboard audio can't handle, and also because I like better quality sound. I purchased everything off of Amazon (free 2 day shipping), so some of the prices are a few dollars more than the cheapest place you can find them.
I'm currently running the CPU at the default 3.4GHz, although I have OCed it to 4.5GHz and maintained lower temperatures. I don't plan on running it regularly overclocked because I don't want to stress it too much.
I didn't get an SSD because I feel as though they are too expensive. When the prices come down, I will upgrade. I don't use a lot of storage, so I don't think it is super important. It boots up in 18 seconds off the HDD, which I find plenty.
I don't do hardcore gaming. The only games I play are Minecraft and Team Fortress 2. I play TF2 on maxed out settings at over 500 FPS. Minecraft varies, but it's usually well above 200 fps. If I ever feel the need to play more graphic intensive games, I can always upgrade the card.
I had a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate that I was running in dual-boot on my old iMac, so I didn't need to buy an OS.
I got the monitor on Amazon for considerable less than everywhere else. It's not the best, but it works. One day I'll get a 27", but that will only happen after they come down a bit in price.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$219.99|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$33.24|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155||$119.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$47.98|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$70.72|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB||$139.99|
|Sound Card||Asus Xonar DG||$29.99|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1||$26.71|
|Power Supply||Corsair 600W ATX12V||$66.24|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$17.99|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00|
|Monitor||ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 23.6"||$139.99|
|Custom||Enermax Hoplite Case||$59.99|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||29.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||35.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||928MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||5400MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|