This PC is mainly used for gaming on medium - high settings and also used for school applications. This is part of a previous $750 budget build that was made earlier in 2014 and now it's equipped with a few upgrades.
CPU & CPU Cooler: I loved the price of the 8350 and with the 8 cores @ 4.0 GHz base clock, I jumped right on it. I've managed to overclock it at a stable 4.3 GHz although I've seen other owners manage 4.6 on air cooling. I'm still pretty new to overclocking so I thought, "better safe than sorry." The Cooler Master cooler works great and keeps the CPU at a max of 56 degrees under load. Downside is that the fans are a bit noisy than what I expected.
MOBO: Really liked the looks and overall happy with it.
RAM: I previously had a single 8 GB PNY XLR8 and then replaced them with the Corsair Vengeance 8 GB kit. I haven't noticed much of a performance difference but I've heard that 2 x 4 GB sticks (dual channel) perform better than 1 x 8 GB sticks (single channel). It also matches the blue color scheme.
Storage: Still the same from the previous build. The SSD is for the OS and frequently used software and games, while the HDD is for everything else.
GPU: I overclocked this card at the max of what CCC allows me to and haven't stumbled across any hiccups. I love this card because it can run BF4 on Ultra at a good 30 - 40 fps average without AA. I mainly play CS:GO, Borderlands 2, MGS: Grounds Zeros, and Vindictus all on high settings with a few disabling/lowering AA getting 60+ fps.
Case: I really love this case. NZXT has cool designs with their cases and this one caught my eye the most. It has a sleek design and also a built in fan controller switch (3 modes). The case fans are pretty silent even on higher speeds but sort of lacks in airflow.
Optical Drive: A BR/DVD/CD Writer/Player for <$20... YES PLZ!
Overall: Upgrading a little bit off my first ever build, I'm still very happy! I may go overboard in a couple years with this PC and just keep the case because I just love the look of the case. I would love to hear from you guys on areas where I could work on to make this build better such as: overclocking, RAM timing stuff, etc. Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you all!