Hi! I'm 19 and a junior in college. I really wanted to build my own computer and I found Pcpartpicker through a friend. Using your guys' help, I was able to find/buy parts to finally make a PC! My parents gave me a budget of $600 so I really wanted to get the best parts for my money.
I use this computer as my main PC and I plan on gaming quite a bit. As my first build, I was pretty nervous when I first started but it really was an awesome experience and seeing Windows load up for the first time was pretty satisfying.
CPU: The FX-6300 is about as good as I could hope for. It was suggested to me many times as the perfect gaming CPU for the money and could also overclock if I wanted to.
Motherboard: Honestly, the motherboard is probably the component I know the least about it. The only reason I chose this one was because a friend suggested it to me and it was on sale at the time. It seems to be running without a hitch at the moment!
RAM: I've only heard good things about Corsair Vengeance RAM and this memory was at such a great price that I had to jump on it. DDR3-1600 is perfect and 8GB seems like a good amount and should be more than enough.
Storage: I wanted a TB of storage but didn't want to break the bank. I realize that the Blue edition isn't the fastest but I'm quite happy with it. Still thinking about getting an SSD in the future but I'm not sure.
Video Card: Was looking at the 650 Ti Boost 2GB for the longest time at around $170-$180 but then the 7870 went on sale and I bought it almost instantaneously. I've only played Hitman: Absolution so far but I've been playing on high settings with great frames. Compared to the fact that I couldn't even run Hitman: Absolution on my old computer, I'm ecstatic.
Wireless Network Adapter: Another component that I didn't do too much research on. I bought what was the cheapest/had good reviews.
Case: I was actually kind of picky with my case. I wanted LEDs and a window. Having cable management features was almost as important as looking good aesthetically. Almost all of the Sentey cases went on sale while I was buying/looking at parts and the Sentey Halcon caught my eye. I love it so far. The only gripe I have about it is that the space in the back is a bit sparse and thus makes cable management a bit difficult. This could also be due to the fact that this is my first build though. Looks great though! Love the blue glow it has.
Power Supply: I really wanted a semi-modular or fully modular power supply to make cable management a bit easier. the 430M went on sale so I went ahead and got it. I'm thinking about upgrading it in the future as I might overclock and Crossfire two 7870's.
OS: I thought my parents had Windows 7 already but it turns out they didn't. I went ahead and bought an OEM version on eBay and had no problems. Didn't really feel like switching to Windows 8 as the faster boot time just didn't seem to be worth the extra money and extra hassle of getting used to Windows 8.
DVI-D Cable: Didn't know the 7870 only had a DVI slot and no VGA slot. I just went ahead and bought a DVI cable on Newegg. Costed about $7.50.
All in all, the parts added up to $608.72. That is including shipping and sales tax as I live in California. I think I did pretty well for my budget! Let me know what you think!
Thanks Pcpartpicker for all the help! There's no way I would've been able to do this without you guys!