This is the first computer that I've built, so if I made any 'newbie' mistakes feel free to let me know. My thoughts behind building this computer were that I wanted a semi budget friendly, fairly high end gaming computer. I had already had some parts left over from a computer I had cyberpowerpc put together for me. Those parts were just the HDD and the CPU. Other than that, everything is new.
CPU: I chose this processor, because I wanted a not too pricey yet still effective processor that would get the job done. I wanted an i7, but at the time that didn't fit within my budget.
CPU Cooler: I could have went with something much cheaper, but I found this on sale and was really wanting it at the time. So, I pulled the trigger and treated myself to it. A little overkill, yes, but I like it.
Motherboard: For my motherboard, I originally wanted to go with the MSI Mpower due to the fact that it had 6 USB 3.0 ports, and solid reviews. Also, my friend suggested it to me. Instead, though, I went with the ASRock Extreme4. I chose this board over the Mpower just because of price. The Mpower worked well for overclocking and had more USB 3.0 ports, but I had no plans on ocing, nor did I really need the extra usb ports. So price was really the determining factor there.
Memory: I chose Corsair Vengeance ram just because it had solid reviews and seems to be a pretty popular set of ram. I was considering G.Skill Ripjaws, but in the end chose the Vengeance. Their wasn't a whole lot of differences between the two, so I just chose the one that looked the best to me.
Storage: Not a lot to say here, Seagate Memory has good reviews, and a 2 TB hard drive is more than enough for me.
Video Card: The graphics card was probably the hardest decision for me. I ended up going with the 770, because it is a fairly high end card but still somewhat budget friendly. I know I could have saved money going AMD, but I'm honestly not a huge fan of their cards. So I just stuck with Nvidia. I think the most research I did on the 770 was who to buy it from. I chose Gigabyte, because out of all the reviews I read on it, it usually clocked around 1-2 Fps higher and stayed cooler than most cards. I'm sure any 770 would have suited my needs just fine though.
Case: I originally saw this case and really liked it, but it's price tag was a little high for me. The only reason I got it was because Newegg offered a rebate with it that knocked it into my price range. If I hadn't went with this case, I probably would have went with the Fractal Design ARC XL. My only real complaint about this case it that it's kind of loud, but I'm sure if I grabbed a different set of fans it would be fine. But, Plus 1 on it's cable management and places to route cables.
Power Supply: I bought this power supply in a hurry, because the one I previously had didn't really have good ratings and was a low end PSU, so I didn't want any problems there. I was considering Corsair's AX series, but it wasn't within my budget. The next best thing at the time was their HX series. It runs pretty quiet, almost silent. I don't think I really have any complaints on it at all.
Overall, I'm really proud of my build, and am always looking for any pointers on how to make it better. It runs every game I've thrown at it smoothly. Chivalry, Skyrim, Battlefield, etc. My list of future upgrades includes: A Samsung SSD, either an IPS or 144hz monitor, and maybe a new set of case fans.
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||31.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|