So my first computer purchase was a Packard Bell in 1995. Ever since I've bought Dells. When my computer died a few months ago I went searching for a new one. I was so frustrated with the lack of flexibility and the price of pre-made systems that I decided to try and build my own system. I decided to put together the best I could for around $1500. My use will be for some games. I have tried a few of the games I see listed, but would like to get more into them a bit. I also do a fair amount of video editing. My daughter is a competitor(gymnastics, dance, etc) so I have lots of HD video to capture, edit, render, and burn. Plus I make a few videos for others on the side.
I didn't pay what the parts list shows.
Arctic Silver Prod $17.50
Video Card $123 (I had $300 gift card at Dell I used)
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD $104
Intel 520 Cherrystone 180GB SSD $155 WD Velociraptor 500GB $80 LG Blu ray $95 Card reader $10 Scythe Fans $30
Total Approx $1535 (inc shipping)
The Cherryville SSD and the Velociraptor HD weren't planned on. I have a couple of spare 1 TB HD I was going to re-use. They were purchases of "The price was too good to pass up" opportunity.
I am very excited to get this thing running. I took the build slowly and cautiously. I worked hard on the cable management and am happy how it turned out.
From reading many of the comments on other builds, I think many may feel many features of this build are overkill. I am ok with it because I like to get the best I can afford at the time I purchase. I believe it affords me some measure of future proofing. I think, at least for the next 5yrs or so. I also like that the MB, CPU, and Cooler will allow me to experiment with overclocking when I learn more about how to do it correctly and safely.
I welcome your comments, critiques, and suggestions. Also if anyone knows of a good resource to learn about overclocking, PLMK.