7-19-2013 UPDATE! Added MSI GTX 660 TF 2GD5/OC ($175 Newegg) Replaced FSP 450 Watt PSU with EVGA 750 Watt Gold PSU ($100 Newegg) Now running in SLI!!!
7-1-2013 Usage: School (Matlab) Some gaming (civ5 and sim city 2013) General Purpose
Looks great! Super fast since I upgraded to SSD for the first time! The graphics card produce the most fan noise but bearable.
Since I'm an engineering student I get windows 7 for free!
I got the i5 when I was on a road trip. Microcenter was along the way so I thought why not stop by. This cpu was the only item I actually paid tax on. The build was done in Oklahoma where amazon doesn't charge sales tax. I live in Texas so when I ordered the gpu I got it from newegg (no sales tax)
I have noticed a lot of folks just care about GPU save here save there and get a better gpu it's like the whole point of building a pc is to save money for a gpu
but looking back I mean I could have went with the
Asus P8Z77-V LK mobo and the NZXT Phantom 410 that would give me an extra $100 for a better gpu
The only down side to the p8z77 LK is that it only has two 6 Gb/s sata ports and I was planning on an SSD expansion later in November so the LK option is not an option. My final build will have 2x SSD with 250 GB each and 2x HDD with 1 or 2 GB each. So having FOUR 6 Gb/s sata ports serves me best. The bottom line is: I paid a little more so that I can have more FLEXIBILITY later on!
One last thought: The next time I'm on a trip I will stop by Microcenter to pick up the i7 3770k to replace my current i5. This i5 will be use for my next build that I will give away to my brother or something.