First I want to thanks my wife, this would not have happen as quick as it did without her assistance/permission. I'd also like to thank her for her patience and support while I get it all setup. I'd also like to thank my dad... for driving an hour to Micro Center (New Jersey), picking up the CPU and PS, and mailing it to me (California).
This my 1st build in a long time (since 2003). I'm giving up gaming my Dell XPS laptop from 2007. This all really started out as a desire for a new keyboard (lighted) to play in the dark. I wanted something powerful enough for today's games, small enough to not take up a lot of space (we have a small house), and quiet enough not to bother the wife. I know, I know... I could have went with a 3570k and been fine. But the in-store pick up of the 3770k from Micro Center was only $20 more than ordering a 3570k online and $100 cheaper than anywhere else. I went with the MSI GTX660ti because the reviews were really good, its overclocking, its price was right for the performance, and since I was on a budget and I had just saved $100 on the processor... why not? I chose the Corsair H100i mainly because I've always wanted to try water-cooling but not ready to commit to building my own just yet. Maybe next time...
I've done some small overclocking so far, nothing too stressful yet, but just to play with the oc'ing software. I'll be going back in to clean up my wiring... it was a long, long night, and was followed by a busy weekend.
Next up: Monitor. Hopefully, I can make that happen next month.
OCZ Agility 3 250 2.5" SSD - I got this originally for my laptop awhile ago but change my mind and it was just laying around anyway... so it's in here now. Logitech G9 mouse - Been using this for years. I like it well enough. HP USB Stereo headset Ratzpad mouse pad - Another hold over from years ago Dell Multimedia Keyboard - The thing that started it all. Now, I'm not in much of a hurry to replace it. Light is still an issue but maybe I'll just grab a usb light. WD My Passport 1 TB - External storage and since there's no optical drive, I use this to install games and software copied from their optical media sources.