When you are a student here in Belarus, it's a headache to upgrade your PC. That's why the world can see such rigs as this one;) So, once my old system became out-of-dated and unstable I needed the one reliable for work and studying. Here we start.
CPU: I decided to stick with Intel, just because. 210 dollars for i5-4570 seemed quite affordable for that moment of time. I didn't actually want to OC.
MB: Well, my previous were manufactured by MSI and, you won't believe, Fujitsu-Siemens. As far as I didn't need OC chipset, H97 seemed to be quite reasonable choice. Asus had everything I wanted from MB for quite low price.
RAM: Crucial is based on Micron chip, was really ch
ieap, nothing special. I gonna add more RAM in future, that's why it's 8GB.
By this point I didn't have more money, so it was Zalman Z9+ case and 1TB Toshiba hard drive. And old 9600gt video card. But suddenly my hard started working so loud, that I could literary climb up the walls.
CASE: It was love from the first sight. No noise any more. Recommend.
Then I started issuing troubles with Realtek on-board sound (plugged/unplugged issue with HD cabel). I received some more money, and.
Video Card: I guess it was one of the cheapest way to upgrade my gaming experience. Since I am able to play GTA 5 and The Witcher 3 with no problems, I believe it was right choice.
Audio Card: No more sound issues, good sound quality from Asus card. As you see I decided to stick with Asus even though I'm not their fan and personally think, that MSI VGA's are better.
CPU Cooler: New case - new cooler. Macho freezes the CPU just perfectly. No noise produced at 300 RPM.
Still some Hard noise from 1TB Toshiba drove me crazy, so I bought 2X3TB versions and made 1TB Hard external with the help of PlUGABLE box. A lot of space for my music collection.
SSD: Bought it for OS only. The best performance improvement in my experience. Hard for Windows? No more!
PSU: Before it was old Sweex noname and Chieftec Navitas. But FD case made everything so silent, that PSU became one of the loudest parts (the very loud, I would say). SeaSonic is silent as dead.
Other stuff is very minor in comparison. Looking at the total price I still can't understand where did I find this amount of money from. See, I could have bought even 970 or 980 GTX. But the process of building such a PC is enjoyable itself, so I would never trade it. Looking forward to buying new VGA in autumn + new monitor. But it will be another story. Hope my PC will work for me at least a couple of years now.