My first ever PC build!
I decided to cast off my console gaming career this year and replaced my 360 with a PC for Christmas.
Originally, I intended to spend $750 or less, and I think I did alright sticking to that. Worst part was the $40 worth of taxes just for living in the state of NJ.
As for the build itself, it achieves everything I was hoping it would (no problems yet!). I gave myself around 2 months to research and decide what I was going for, and after a lot of headaches it has finally been completed (as of last week).
Some things to mention:
Ditched the optical drive and did all operating system/driver installation by USB. (Yes this was frustrating)
I wanted this computer to essentially be a beefed up console. I use Xbox controllers for gaming along with a wireless keyboard/mouse for when I need them. My 40" Sony Bravia TV is my "monitor", and it does look great in 1080p :)
Disregard the TrendNet powerline adapter in the first picture; I returned it and now use a PCI-E adapter for a wireless connection (does the job but not too fast i'm afraid)
Bonuses: I got a free copy of AC IV: Black Flag, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon with the parts I ordered
That's all folks, feel free to leave any comments, questions, or hate.