This was my first time actually building a computer, after messing around with my store bought one for several years. I chose the parts to fit my needs of a powerful gaming computer that can get high framerates in pretty much every modern game for years to come. Good overclocking capabilities were also necessary for the possible performance at this budget. In the future, I'm planning to SLI another GTX 760, which is why I got a stronger PSU.
CPU: I went with Haswell in case I decide to upgrade my processor in the near future, although it probably won't be necessary with the 4.4 GHz overclock that I'm planning to do in the winter. Microcenter also gave me a generous discount on my cpu+motherboard combo, so Haswell seemed like a better chip for the money.
Cooler and Compound: Hyper 212 EVO is popular and effective, especially for such a price. If I have money to spare in the future, I might get a liquid cooler, but it's not necessary right now with sub 70 temps. Arctic Silver is self explanatory.
Motherboard: I was originally planning to go with an ASUS board, but the MSI one was cheaper at Microcenter, and I like their overclocking software.
RAM: I waited for the G.Skill RAM to go on sale since I like their warranty, and they fit under the cooler.
Storage: I already owned the Intel SSD, so I switched it to this PC, and also added another 1TB hard drive which I got on discount. I also installed my old HDD into this PC.
Video Card: Out of the different GTX 760s, this one stood out because it runs a bit cooler and quieter than most of the other cards in the category. I didn't want to go with AMD since they have rendering issues in some games that I play, and I dislike their drivers (I had an HD 5770 on my old pc).
Case and Fans: Cheapest case with good cable management, and a good fan configuration for proper overclocking. The fans also look very nice in this case, and work with a 4 fan push/pull configuration. Even at highest speeds, the fans are fairly quiet and move a lot of air, keeping my parts cool.
Power Supply: This PSU was on a huge discount when I bought it, and since I'm planning to SLI 2 GTXs together in the future as well as overclock other components, 750W seemed appropriate, with lots of headroom after the upgrades.
Optical Drive: Cheapest one that came with a Newegg combo. Works very well.
As it was a first build, this was also my first time doing cable management, but it came out pretty well. Computer booted up from the first attempt, and everything seemed to be working well. After updating everything, the computer runs very smoothly and I get very good framerates while playing and recording with Fraps. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this build, especially for the price I paid.
|CPU Clock Rate||4.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||35.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||79.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1170MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6880MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||42.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||75.0° C|