I'm a console gamer who is now getting into PC gaming. I didn't want to buy a pre built PC so that I know what's inside and upgrade later in the future. I mostly wanted something for games, but I also wanted something for school for 3D modeling and rendering. I did some research on parts that i wanted to see if they will perform well for what I need done.
CPU: Originally wanted to go with the FX-6300 because it was cheap, good price to performace, and wanted more than 4 cores. I went with the FX-8320E because it was just a couple dollars more and used less wattage than the 8350. I does the job for now, I'm thinking i should have spent the extra money for the 8350.
CPU COOLER: I went with the Hyper 212 EVO because it's the most recommended cooler. Later on I would like to switch to a water cooling unit.
MOTHERBOARD: Not going to lie, I went with the MSI 970 Gaming Mobo because it looks cool and cheap. Going through the BIOS is clean and easy to navigate through. The one thing I didn't like about this motherboard is that the USB 3.0 plug is at the bottom instead of near the 24 pin like most boards. Also the max memory speed compatible with this is 1886. Other than that, it's a great board to look at, but should have spent the extra money for the better chip set.
MEMORY: I've seen a lot of good reviews for the Kingston Fury sticks and they also look good with the motherboard. I got the 1866 because that is the max speed my motherboard took, and I went with 16GB for productivity use. When a sale comes I plan on getting another set of 16GB.
STORAGE: I went with the Samsung SSD because I wanted something fast and great reviews. I got the 250GB because I used a 120GB on my laptop and that went by fast. I also got the WD Black for performance and a place to store my games. Later on I plan on getting another HDD for extra storage for music and projects.
VIDEO CARD: I went for the R9 270 because of price and performance. Games that are a few years old run great on this card. Does well with Titan Fall, BF4, and Hardline on Ultra settings.
POWER SUPPLY: For the PSU I know that I really wanted something that was 80+ Gold Certified, enough to power what I'm running for know, and enough for later upgrades. EVGA power supplies have great reviews and 650W should be okay.
Case: The case was another part that I picked more for looks. I wanted something that was small but roomy. This has a window to show off my motherboard and hides wires/cables, HDD, and power supply. I like the dust filter that's in the front, can't really say the same about the one on the bottom. It does what it's suppose to do but it looks like someone cut a piece of a screen door and slapped that on. Also I wanted to get the black cases, but I didn't want to order that case from online and risk the damage to the window, and it was the only color case my local Frys carried. I also picked up the Corsair fans since the case didn't come with fans in the front, and it matches with my AMD/MSI build.
NETWORK ADAPTER: I didn't want to run wires from the router in my living room to my room so I went with this for it's reviews and high ratings.