As the title says this is my first build like many who have been posting. I have wanted a gaming pc for the last several years and finally had the money to build one. I spent about two weeks doing research one all the parts and then spent about a month buying all the parts as they went on sale. All items were purchased from Newegg except for the mouse and SSD. The majority of the build was completed two weeks ago, however I was waiting to buy the HDD and for the GPU cover to arrive. This pc will be mainly used for gaming and basic word processing. I plan to overclock in the future once I have done some more research on how to best go about it. In the future I plan to upgrade to a mechanical keyboard, and possibly a better cooler. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave any critiques or suggestions.
CPU: Purchased in combo with motherboard through Newegg for $369.99
Motherboard: see CPU; would have gone with a cheaper motherboard, but the bundle offered a really good deal.
CPU Cooler: Price includes mail-in rebate; chose due to high recommendations from others on here and r/buildapc, as well as future plans to overclock.
Memory: Choose due to good ratings and color matching well with motherboard.
Storage: SSD: went with the 840 pro due to it only being about $10 more then the 830 on Amazon, and due to having a ton of points built up the SSD ended up costing only cost me $33. HDD: Went with due to good ratings and recommendations from others; priced is so cheap due to having $50 off coupon on Newegg.
Video Card: I was originally going to go with 2 gtx 650ti boosts in sli, however after a bunch of research I was advised against this due to microstutter possibilities. So I decided to splurge a bit and pick up the 770. It has been working fantastically so far.
Case: Chose due to good price as well good cable management possibility. It is a bit bigger then expected, but is a great case nonetheless. Low price due to sale, plus $25 mail-in rebate
Power Supply: Had the hardest time choosing the PSU, settled on this one due to good reviews and being on sale and having a $20 mail-in rebate.
Optical Drive: Needed one for installation of OS and some things for school and work. Works well and was cheap.
Monitor: Choose this one due to a sale, works well so far. Chose IPS due vibrancy of color. I wish I had gone with a 24''.
Keyboard: Won the K95 from a giveaway at makeuseof.com, I love this keyboard.
Mouse: I am more comfortable using a mouse left-handed and this is pretty much the only gaming mouse that is for lefties, works really well and is very comfortable for me.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$199.99|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$29.99|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||$7.99|
|Motherboard||Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150||$169.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$59.39|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$139.46|
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$19.99|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX||$419.99|
|Case||Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower||$69.99|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V||$59.99|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$14.99|
|Monitor||Asus VS229H-P 21.5"||$125.99|
|Keyboard||Corsair Vengeance K95||$0.00|
|Mouse||Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser||$44.83|
|Date Published||March 23, 2014|
|Performance Preset Score||P6969|