Hello! I'm 19 years old and this summer I decided to upgrade from my old Athlon 64 FX-62 paired with an 8600GTS. It was a nice rig but I can't play the modern titles anymore :(To start off my build, I wanted to get a "future proof" system and some room for future upgradabilty. SO after months of saving up and hard work I bought the parts and waited for the sales to save more $$$$ . I didn't want anything super high end thats for enthusiast, and benchmarkers, I just wanted to have a cost-effective system that can play modern and future titles and for other uses such as photoshop, web-browsing, website editing, and to OC for fun :D
The building process, booting and OS installation took me about 3 hours. The computer is actually pretty damn fast and my reaction to the new UEFI bios was like, "WTF I can use a mouse for BIOS now?!" My hard drive is recycled from my previous build and I'm starting to save up for a better one.
CPU - I know you guys might bash me on this for not getting the FX-8350 or an Intel i5 etc etc. I was going for a playable and affordable cpu that can last me for a quite a while. The CPU works real well for stock speeds and turbo, and temps stays surprisingly cool. I'm satisfied, nothing more to say abd I plan to OC later.
Cooler - I've been using aircooling for the longest time and now I wanted to experiment on water cooling no matter what the risk are and so far its magical. It might not be the best in the market but it works and its cheap and somewhat has a good quality build and it works surprisingly well. I did a push-pull to help cool it to 11ºC sometimes 8ºC IDLE with 70ºs F room temp. The blue led fan was a nice touch to illuminate the insides from the tinted window.
MOBO - I wanted to OC in the future and possibly get the cheapest yet cost-effective high end board. It was a hard choice but when sales came up and budget became an issue it became a no- brainer. The mobo has a nice color uniformity to it and UEFI bios took me by surprise. Its quality made and its just what I need and I'm totally satisfied.
Memory - Its blue, I like it, its fast, its memory, its 8gb and its was cheap, oh it has heat-spreaders and its blue!
HDD - Still using my old one :/ I will upgrade to an SSD later on though.
Video Card - I wanted to move on from nvidia and this one eats my old one alive. This was a hard choice I was originally going for the 7970s but when I heard a cheaper rebrand, I had to get one of these. It was a hard choice because there was a LOT to choose from, sadly they were mostly out of stock so I chose sapphire. What can I say? Its fast, and doesn't bottleneck my cpu, I don't need to OC yet. Its also stupidly loud at 70% - 100% fan speed but hums at fan speeds below 50% at 49ºC- 50ºC I'm adjusting the fan curve to get coolest and quietest solution with and w/out headphones on. I actually paid a bit less compared to the other cards because I bought from Tiger Direct to avoid tax compared at buying at the other retailers for 9% more cost. Btw it lights up... hue hue hue
Case - Its gorgeous, black, and extra fans. It was on sale and I've been staring at this for the longest time. I had to get it. There's so much room to work with and has tons of hard drive cages for future expand-ability. Its perfect, again nothing more to say. A little note though, I wasn't expecting the window to be that tinted to the point that I have to really stick my nose to the window to see its guts, but problem solved when I slapped a fan from my old build and everything brilliantly illuminated.
PSU - Its 750W, silver plus, semi-modular, and... IT WAS ON SALE! It was on sale for only $89.99 its a steal really, and the best part was it was made Seasonic so its obviously quality made. The downside though was the cable management was a pain but I managed :D and the 8 pin rail barely reached the connector, its really stretched out, hopefully it won't snap in the future. Overall though its great and looks good too!
Monitor - I wanted to move on from a 1024 resolution to a 1080p. So behold... an acer and guess what? On sale also.
Well this the end of my stupidly long essay... sorry I was excited, but if you're still reading, thank you! I hope you guys like it. Photo creds to my older brother and will add soon if you guys like.
Bought a new mouse and OCed to 4.4 at 1.39 Voltage and changed my loud stock Antec fans to Noctuas NF-F12s. I'll show new pics later.