First off, thanks for taking the time to look at my build.
As the title says, I've been out of loop with computers for quite a while now. In high school I had a cheap prebuilt that I did some small upgrades to. A few months ago, I started lurking on r/buildapc. I quickly decided I needed to get back in the loop and build a computer.
Most of my part choices were based off of a combination of popularity and aesthetics.
CPU: From what I could tell, an extremely popular option currently. I originally chose the unlocked version because it was on sale and about the same price as the locked version. I didn't plan on overclocking at first, but have actually had quite a good time messing around with it.
Cooler: Obviously this is a pretty popular option, especially for overclocking. Being able to change the led to match my color scheme was a huge plus also.
Motherboard: The red/black scheme on this motherboard was the biggest draw for me. I had originally planned on a cheaper one, but the overall quality of the rest of the build was sorta begging me to pick something a little less cost effective.
Memory: Went back and forth between this and the red GSkill and eventually settled on this because I thought it looked a little better and I had already selected a bunch of other Corsair parts.
Storage: You can't really build a computer for this price without including a solid state drive. The reason I went with two 250s instead of a 500 is because I originally just bought one and quickly realized that was not going to be enough space. I could put games on the HDD, but I really enjoy the basically nonexistent load screens.
GPU: This was the part that broke my budget. Once I decided to swap out the 780 I had selected and get this instead, all budgeting went out the window. I do really love this card though. It looks great and performs like a champ.
Case: This case is almost perfect IMO. It just looks very neat and clean. The window was pretty much a must when getting all these beautiful components. As far as size goes, it is large enough to fit everything neatly and provide good airflow, but small enough that the parts fill the case nicely without looking cluttered.
PSU: I probably went back and forth on this part more than anything else in the build. Ultimately it came down to the fact that it looks nice, is fully modular, has red lettering, and Corsair makes individually sleeved cables. (which should be here in a couple days)
OS: Not really anything to say here. I went with the newest version.
Monitors: I bought the first two monitors before I decided to change out the GPU and go with three screens. I got a different monitor for the third one because it has a much smaller frame. I put it in the middle and overlapped them a little and managed to get a pretty slim line between screens.
Webcam: I don't like headsets, so I actually got this for more than just being able to Skype and whatnot. It also acts as a pretty decent microphone when gaming.
Everything else: The case fans, individually sleeved cables, and GPU backplate were all chosen specifically with appearance in mind. None of them were originally in the build, but as soon as the budget went out the window these all became must have parts.