This is my personal machine I use everyday for stuff from schoolwork to gaming. I initially started building this about a year ago, but is always in a constant state of updates. About a year ago I decided to shift from console gaming and try out PC gaming. My laptop would not cut the games I was initially trying, so I did some research into building a computer. I instantly became hooked, and as of today, have put together four total builds, one for me, and systems for parents and grandparents to update decade old towers. This machine kinda started out on a budget, but Christmas and birthdays allowed for upgrading to a few key parts. Ill go over the main parts briefly here.
CPU: I love upgrading and working with my system every chance I get. I have an Intel laptop, and its not bad, but an i3 doesn't have much kick behind it at times. I chose the 4670k over the 4770k because I have no use for hyper-threading in the near future. The CPU has been blazing fast, and overclocking is simple, easily touching 4.2 without a second thought.
Mobo: I picked this motherboard up with the new Intel CPU for its overall features, USB 3.0, overclocking, and the gigabyte name, which I trust. It was between this board and the Z87-A from ASUS, but I have had issues with them, and the gold and black color scheme didn't really fit.
Cooler: The water cooling is amazing. Before I was using the stock cooler, but that wasn't cutting it for me. I grabbed it on sale before the 120XL came out. It has been almost silent, and the added corsair fan makes it all better.
SSD and HDD: I picked up the 500GB drive refurbished from Micro Center and used the money saved to grab the SSD. It is fast, and my computer boots in probably 10 seconds or less.
GPU: I just grabbed this card the other day for an amazing deal, but I had the HD 7770 in the beginning, it worked for the games I was playing, but they were older games. I wanted to play some of the newest games, so I wanted to upgrade. I found the 660 open box for $160 at Micro Center, and couldn't resist.
Case: The phantom is nice and roomy, with tons of room for cable management. I barely hear my system while it is running, plus the red is my favorite color.
The rest: The ram I bought before prices skyrocketed, and 8GB is more than enough for what I am doing. Plus I have two more slots if I ever need to upgrade. The power supply I bought with the graphics card, to replace a Thermaltake TR2 500W. The fully modular and 80 PLUS gold is a good bonus, and helps the case look nice and clean.
Plans for future: I love this computer, and everything it is and can be. It will be a while before any other changes happen, and the list is short: An upgraded motherboard as I currently lose two of the usb ports on my system. But I might go grab a 3.0 to 2.0 adapter if more ports become necessary. If the time comes where the 660 can quite cut it, I would look at something like the GTX 770 for an upgrade. The addition of more hard drives might occur as well, the 500GB one mostly holds steam games, so extra storage can never hurt.
This is my first posting on PCPP, but I have been watching the completed builds section for a while. Let me know what you guys think, I might grab pictures and post the other builds I have completed. They are all AMD as budgets were a little tighter, but one is with an APU, which was a little different without a dedicated GPU.
Edit: So living right by a MicroCenter has significantly taken a bite out of my bank account, but I have no complaints about that. When MicroCenter brought out the deals on the 4th gen Intel processors, I went and picked one up and a motherboard. I've edited the parts and the description above, and will add photos later tonight, though not much as changed.