For a few years now, I've been wanting to build a PC of my own, so I wouldn't have to depend on my mothers, which is extremely slow. I got the perfect oppertunity when I took a class earlier this year. It was called "senior project" and it was basically something you'd never done before that had always interested you and would teach you a significantly useful skill.
I haven't bought the CPU cooler YET, I'm currently saving up for college, so I haven't had a lot of spending money
the RAM I bought during black friday for about $45
the CD/DVD writer was out of stock so I just bought an LG (I think) off amazon
THE ISSUE ABOUT THE CASE AND CABLE MANAGMENT: The first thing I bought was the case. I knew nothing about computers when I bought it, and I bought it mainly based off the price and reviews. NONE of the reviews I saw mentioned anything about cable managment. Unfortunately i wasn't able to hide the cables behind the motherboard tray, so they're kinda just sitting there in a rats nest right now...I don't mind it but I know you guys will
the OS: I got the OS (windows 7) from a friend who pirated it. Turns out he got the 32 bit version. Can't use more than 3 gigs of ram, and it annoys me to no end, so I'll just end up buying the 64 bit version.
I'm using the 27" flatscreen in my room as a moniter, works perfectly.