This is my first time building a brand new computer from scratch. I have built them previously with used parts, but with trying to game on an old Intel Pentium 4 with 2.5gb of ram, this was born.
CPU: Now, before anyone goes and says that I wasted money by getting the 6350 instead of the 6300, I had looked into that, and all of the reviews said that the 6350 can overclock to a higher level and stay stable at a lower temperature. It's stable at 4.3 GHz at 50*c, might try to push it farther if i find its not enough.
CPU Cooler: A LOT bigger than pictures make it, easily allows for overclocking.
MB: The board was bought on idea of upgrading graphics card, and wanted SLI for gaming. To my surprize, the BIOS was clickable which is quite handy. Boot times are under 6 seconds to login screen.
Graphics Card: Went with the 760 mostly due to price, and is a major upgrade from my pny 550 card that i have now.
Ram: Its ram, and it matches my color scheme.
SSD: This is the first SSD I've put in a tower, have ran this same model in a laptop after the hdd burned and loved the boot times. I just have the OS and a few programs on it.
HD: Pulled from old tower, had this hd for years, hasn't broken yet. Only downfall is it is sata 2 not 3.
Case: Saw this case on a few builds and fell in love with the looks. Plus it allows me to not worry about graphics card size, or amount of drives loaded. After getting this case, it is built to last. All of the panels are really thick, and the drive mounts are really easy to move around. The top 5" drive mount has a quick release mechanism that does just that with a flip of a lever you can change out your cd drive if need be. My only complaint is that the top, side and rear fan mounts do not have any form of filter for air flow, and are 1/4" holes for dirt and things to fall inside.
PSU: Needed to upgrade out of the 300W unit I had been using, and this was on sale at the time. I should have waited to get a bigger wattage for a cheaper price, but this one will do. It does have separate rails for the graphics card power. I mounted it with the fan pulling air from inside the case, as this computer will be sitting on a tile floor.
CD/DVD Drive: Had to upgrade to a sata device as the old one was IDE, and an IDE/Sata converter was the same price.
Keyboard: Compaq mechanical board, had it for years
Mouse: Generic $10.00 USB mouse
Monitor: Acer 24" monitor
Speakers: Gateway2000 4.1 speakers
Before anyone starts complaining about cable management, I plan on taking this computer out of commission in 2 months to continue sleeving the cables, and I did not realize that I needed an extension for the 24 pin connector as well.
Update 12-15-14 Spent the day testing with different clock rates. This chip will run a 4.8 clock, but i didn't want to push it farther. I have it at 4.5 GHz with a 22.5 multiplier and 1.5V. Idle temp is 20, and after 6 hours of p95, max temp was 65
Also added Firestrike benchmark.
Update 1-13-15 Over Christmas break, I took the time to modify the case, putting in a window on the side, and painting the inside a flat black. Since removing the side fan, I mounted the 140mm fan into the 3 open 5.25" bays, and mounted a 200mm fan in the front as intakes. This is now set up as positive pressure system, and will idle in the 15* range.
Will continue to update the description as I use the computer and get bench marks.