(Yes, I'm aware the cable management is crap. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot I could do with the short cables the XION PSU came with. I'll work on it some and put up new pictures.)
This is my first build. I've spent years gaming on mediocre to bad machines, so I wanted to go all out and make an AMD based rig that would game everything for the next year or so at ultra graphics with no lag, and I hope I've achieved this.
Haven't had time to test it out much, still installing drivers and the such, but I look forward to some gaming.
I'm running it into a set of cheap dual monitors. 19inch 1080p AOC and a 17inch 720p HP.
G510 Keyboard G500 Mouse
CPU: I chose AMD because I've always been an AMD fan, and I couldn't logically see spending more money on a quad core Intel with only slightly better performance, when Mantle will almost take the CPU out of it completely.
CPU Cooler: Looked around at cheap, efficient coolers, and this one was recommended. I had trouble fitting the ram into the board with the cooler. I'll need a different one if I choose to upgrade from 16 gigs to 32.
MOBO: This one was pretty well recommended by Tech savvy friends I spoke to, and it has everything I need and more. It supports up to Three-way crossfire, though I doubt I'll ever have more than two cards in it.
Memory: The Ripjaws X Series was most reasonably priced at the time, for 16gigs of 1866.
Storage: The 840 EVO was recommended as a good, reasonably priced SSD. I'll host my main games on it, in addition to the OS. The Barracuda is storage, mainly, and less important games. I do have a secondary SSD in place that's 64 gigs with a 150ish Read/Write, nothing too impressive, it contained a few games from my old system.
GPU: From the get go, I wanted the 290X. Given the price, I almost went with a 280X or 290 and planned to just pick up a second card in a few months, but I decided to sell a guitar amp of mine, and go ahead and fork out for the 290X. I picked it up for $700 from a private seller on Amazon.
Case: The original case I had planned to buy was a Cooler Master N600, but they were sold out everywhere. I ended up getting the 500R, it and the Barracuda was in a combo for a total of 30 bucks less, and I'm happy with the case.
PSU - The 800W PSU I had picked out was sold out in most places, and was 40 bucks more in others. So I went with the Xion. First time I've tried their brand, but the warranty's good.
Optical Drive - Cheap, and designed to read Windows when I went to install. Doubt I'll use it for anything else, afterwards.
OS: I went with 8.1 because I read that it was more light weight (Only 8 gigs to install) as opposed to the twenty gigs or so of 7? I'm not a fan of the layout, but I'll get used to it.