Hello everyone. I am a fifteen year old boy and have been saving up for this build for quite a long time. This project has been a very slippery slope. I did many months of research and money saving for this. I built this because I was very into PC gaming but only had a crappy HP Pavilion from 2009. The pictures are very weird because many are taken at different times. The whole thing spans about a year, my first thing being my monitor, my last being my GPU and HDD.
Here is how the parts work: CPU - $160 because Microcenter is awesome. Very nice, I never planned on overclocking so it was a sweet deal. I got this in the summer of 2013 along with the PSU at Microcenter. It says 3.2 GHz - 3.6 GHz, but I can not figure out how to turbo.
CPU fan - Average Intel Haswell fan. Semi-Quiet, does its job.
Motherboard - $93. I got this motherboard about a day after Haswell motherboards were released, so there wasn't a lot of mobo choices. It was a toss up between this and the Gigabyte UD3, which would probably be a smidge better than mine.
RAM-$65 - Very nice. CAS latency of 7.
Storage - This was an absolute nightmare. Blue screens started a few months after buying in June-ish of 2013. Soon I/O device errors started. I just rma'd it this week, and luckily, WD's amazing customer service saved my faith in WD. They gave me a 2 TB WD black as a replacement.
Video Card - Nothing can beat it for the price I got it for. A small powerhouse for only $200. Who would pass up a 670 for $200?! Got this black friday 2013. A lot later than planned. I had to use intel's HD graphics while waiting for a gpu deal.
Case - The Phantom seems to be a favorite to the PC building community. I love the looks and it has great technology. I do have a few problems with it though. One, it is MASSIVE. This usually is a pro, but oh my I did not expect that. Second, when the side door swings open, it is super easy to accidentaly bend the metal. I pulled it off wrong once and it bent the whole bottom corner making it very difficult to close. Third, fan cables get caught in the doors. Fourth, hard drives are impossible to mount. I actually had buyers remorse after ordering this with the motherboard, and wanted a mini itx like the Silverstone sg-06, but this allows upgrades and stuff.
PSU - I was foolish to not spend the extra 10 bucks on a 600w. Got this cheap but led case lights flicker and things from lack of power. Does not pair well with 670.
Monitor - Love it, about double the size of what I expected. This was the first part I got using Christmas money in early 2013. No dead pixels yet, has hdmi, has built in speakers, and looks wonderful aesthetically.
Wireless adapter-Works well, huge range. Unfortunately, I am starting to get random connection loss from time to time. Keyboard - Don't buy. Get a mechanical instead. Feels cheap, looks cheap, is good for the money but just plain not worth it.
Mouse - Love it. The mouse is lovely for my very, very small hands. In fact, I palm grip this mouse though it is made for claw.
So yes, this build was started in early 2013 and ended about last week in Late April 2014. Very drawn out, but I loved the experience. Kills every game I throw at it, and is probably my most prized possession.