Yes yes I know... Its an Intel i7-920, which is up there in age now since its release, but it still holds its own.
Now that I got that out of the way, this build was built to be cheap but effective. I spent alot of time snooping on eBay to find the best deals on the processor, motherboard, video card, and power supply (under a name I know and trust... none of that gold and diamond bs). Moving onto why i choose the parts I did.
Processor: The Intel i-7 920 cost me only 39.95 and is probably one of the best deals out there. Like i said in the beginning this processor has great overclocking potential. I did a near 1GHz overclock (that is stable of course) in under five minutes, and could go all the way up to 4GHz if i didn't have this one problem, and its the only one. I don't know what is causing it, but i know it is either the CPU Cooler or the CPU. When I first ran a stress test no overclock i realized something very odd. Half the cores were running quite cool under full load (only 50C), while the other 2 were running at temps between 90-100C. Mind you this is no over clock. With overclock it doesn't go over 100C but the other 2 cooler cores only go up to 67-70C. I don't know what is wrong and i have already reapplied thermal paste just in case, and i still had the same problem. So if anyone knows what is wrong and has a suggestion please tell me because i don't feel running comfortable with those temps even if Intel says they are able to run at that temp.
CPU Cooler: I choose the Plus only because when i went to order the Evo they were out of stock on Newegg and since i have premier, i really didn't bother checking anywhere else. Besides the eff difference isn't that big. Also i know the Cooler Master Hyper line is widely popular and reliable.
RAM: I was looking for cheap DDR3-1600 Memory and this fit the bill. Now i took a leap of faith on this because i had never heard of this brand and i usually never order from a brand i haven't heard of. But i thought i would give these guys a shot and so far it hasn't failed.
Storage: Temporary free storage till i have the money saved up to do some upgrades on this build which will be made into a 2.0 and will include water cooling on CPU and gpu, 12 GB of memory, and SSD Storage.
Case: GREAT CASE FOR THE PRICE. Honestly this case is awesome and I love it. I used no zip ties and i still think that cable management is pretty good. This case is a great but and if your don't care about the USB ports being 2.0, then i HIGHLY recommend this case.
PSU: Brand i know, connectors i need, enough power, and cheap. Nothing much to say it other than it fit the bill.
Case Fans: Same type as the one the case came with.. MATCHING xD
MOBO: The only downside about the 1366 socket type is that motherboards are EXPENSIVE as hell. Even today. This motherboard was the cheapest i could find and still didn't even come with an i/o shield -_-...
Video Card: Great Card for a Great Price. Its a little dated now BUT it gets the job down at half the price of a 750TI and is higher performance.
OS: Windows 7 Professional because i don't like 8.1 and refuse to use technical preview as a primary OS xD. Also i get all the OSes from windows for free because of the school i go to...