I call it my first real build because the first rig I built 4 years ago when I was 14 was more looks than performance, and I didn't really do too much research prior to ordering the parts. This time I was using my own money instead of my parents, so I did extensive research on each part. Also despite what the price on here says, I only spent about $910 thanks to http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales
Anyway I apologize for the low quality photos and here are some answers to some questions you all might ask.
Q. Why are 1 stick of 8gb instead of 2x 4gb? A. The stick was free with the purchase of the motherboard.
Q. Why are you using the stock heat sink? A. I had a hyper 212 evo, but it didn't fit, so I sold it. I'll be upgrading to water cooling in the future.
Q. You know windows 8 sucks for gaming right? A. i got it for $15, so far I haven't gotten any compatibility issues, and I downloaded a program which brought back the taskbar( second to last picture) which makes it just like windows 7.
Q. Is 500w enough for a 7950? A. It's more than sufficient, and I have enough headroom to OC the 7950 and the 3570k.
All in all I'm extremely happy with this build. It can run all the games I throw at it maxed out(Crysis 3, Planetside 2, GW2, and LoL), and I couldn't be happier.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$229.52||OutletPC|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$67.99||Amazon|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$44.99||Amazon|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB|
|Case||BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower||$75.99||SuperBiiz|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$49.99||Newegg|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer||$19.96||OutletPC|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)||$138.99||SuperBiiz|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|