I'm 42 years old and have always enjoyed computers. Have always purchased prebuilt systems from various places before. Finally, after my last pc crashed, I decided to take the plunge and try my hand at building my own. I enjoyed researching and ordering my own parts, then putting it all together and seeing it work. This build went extremely smooth, the hardest part was waiting for all the parts to come in to get started.
When ordering, I didn't wait for the best prices because I have no patience, but I think I did ok. I use this computer mostly as a home pc with some gaming for my 12 year old son and I. Everything was purchased through Amazon or Newegg.
The 22 inch LG monitor, creative speakers, Sony DVD drive, and 750watt Corsair power supply were pulled from my previous computer.
I also have this pc connected to my 46 inch Sony tv for movies etc.
CPU--I like intel, couldn't justify the i7 4770k or above for the price difference. Wanted the ability to overclock.
CPU cooler-picked solely because of looks.
Motherboard--I like the Gigabyte boards, colors matched the blue scheme, good reviews on this board.
Memory--2133 ram, price, cool flashing blue LEDs on heatsink
Storage--got SSD to hold my OS, 1TB hard drive for mass storage.
GPU--Best card for my budget, brand, reviews, and I got AC4 and Splinter Cell free with it.
Case-was going to use my old Coolermaster Cosmos case but saw this one online and loved the look of it.
Keyboard and mouse-cheap, decent quality, and matched color scheme.