This was my main project this summer and first build I've ever. I had been poking around on here as well as /r/buildapc for a while so I finally decided to give it a go. It's designed primarily as a gaming/streaming rig for college.
I acquired the parts over the period of about a month, waiting for the perfect time to strike as each went on sale. I think I did pretty well price wise. In hindsight, I also could have spent a bit less on my case and motherboard and gotten a better GPU, but overall, I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I've been averaging above 60fps with maxed settings in every game so far.
I'd like to add sleeved cables and a second monitor at some point. That won't be for a while though, as this broke college student is now REALLY broke.
Update: Upgraded cooling, peripherals and replaced TV with a proper monitor.
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core||$179.99|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$74.99|
|Motherboard||Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+||$178.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$69.99|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$96.99|
|Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$89.99|
|Video Card||Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB||$200.10|
|Case||Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower||$149.99|
|Power Supply||Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V||$79.99|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$89.99|
|Monitor||Asus VS247H-P 23.6"||$159.99|
|Keyboard||Corsair Vengeance K70||$109.99|
|Mouse||SteelSeries Sensei RAW Wired Laser||$56.07|
|Speakers||Genius SW-G2.1 1250 38W 2.1ch||$62.99|
|Headphones||Skullcandy PLYR 1||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1000MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||1200MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|