DISCLAIMER: I know a lot of people are wondering why I went with the i3. Just so you all know, I built this rig with the intent of upgrading and adding parts in the future and the i3 will only be in it for 1-2 years at most before I upgrade to an i7. I also plan on adding 1-2 GPUs and more RAM but that will come later. For now this machine is running like a freaking dream and I wouldn't change anything about it.
This was my first PC build ever and I wanted to do it as a budget build but the more I got into it the more I kept adding and upgrading.
My idea here though is that I can upgrade the CPU and RAM down the road and add 1-2 graphics cards as well so I think for the price point this turned out to be a pretty decent build.
I wasn't initially planning on OC'ing my CPU but as I got more into it I started to consider overclocking but then later found out AFTER I purchased the i3-3220 that it wasn't capable of OC'ing. I don't mind though since I do plan on upgrading to a better CPU in a year or two and using this one to build an ACTUAL "budget machine" along with other spare parts I might have.
The ASRock Z77 Extreme4 MOBO has tons of features and is going to last me a long time I think, I wanted to have a good foundation to build off of so the PSU and MOBO were the two most important pieces in my mind.
After I decided on the Thermaltake MS-I case I started reading reviews with people saying that it was a very cheap case and that cable management was a nightmare but I am extremely pleased with it.
I tried my best to stick with a blue/black/white color theme and think I did a decent job of that. I also tried very hard to make a decent go at my cable management, I also think that turned out alright as well especially considering the case limitations and that this was my first ever build.
All together this machine runs amazingly well for me and should keep me happy for a long long time to come especially considering that I upgraded from 4+ year old (low-medium grade at the time of purchase) laptop, (Compaq Presario CQ60 with a Pentium T3400 running Vista and 2 gigs of ram).
CPU Comparison of my old rig and my new rig: http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/935/Intel_Core_i3_i3-3220_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_Mobile_T3400.html
P.S. The first 3 or so pics are of my old PC setup/desk mostly just to show off my multi-monitor configuration.