This was my first time building. Great experience!! I didn't want anything too flashy, so I didn't get any custom LED's or anything like that. But I did want performance... I will be using this computer mostly for gaming, VMware, very light rendering, and basic stuff like word/power-point.
Additional Note: I did order all of my parts through amazon... So I didn't get the best prices on everything... I cared more about the free shipping than saving 5 dollars somewhere else. Also I've never had an issue with amazon as far as RMA'ing something if I needed to.
Things I’d like to upgrade
Another Monitor (Currently on a BenQ 24in), and I use an old HP for watching Netflix or for TS while I game. Braided "pretty" cables May consider a water cooler of some sort... I've heard a lot of them are quite loud... Please give opinions
MOBO: Great board! The bios is well done... A lot of really cool features added right into the BIOS really enjoyed working in it. Also all of the overclocking options are awesome, and I can't wait to start taking advantage of them.
CPU: Performance for the price is unbeatable in my opinion... Great CPU.
CPU Fan: Cheap, Keeps it quiet and cool... Should be able to overclock pretty well with it as well.
GPU: Beast of a card... Card handles anything I throw at it. Little note however... the Card is a bit long for this case... so I did take out the middle HDD bay. You could possibly leave it in but it’ll be real tight regardless, you get a little more airflow with it out.
RAM: 16 gigs, I know gaming only needs 8. But when you have a few Virtual systems up it certainly helps out. Also it helps a bit in future proofing the machine.
CASE: Love the sleekness of the phantom... Decent cable management options as well. Also the stock fans are nice!
PSU: Love the modular design... couldn't imagine going back to anything else... However the stock cables aren't the best... Sooo stiff and hard to route... Will be replacing them with some nice braided cables. (I'll add more pictures when I do that.)
SSD: I've had for a while in my laptop... Boots in about 10 seconds...
HDD: Extra one laying around at work... (500 GB). I don't have many photos/movies or anything like that so storage isn't a real issue for me... If I decide I need more I’ll get more.
OPTICAL Drive: Cheap... Used for OS install.
I have not yet done any overclocking, but will soon. Also I will be posting more pictures when my cables come.
Please voice your opinions on my build I am in no way an expert.