I've been planning to build my 1st Gaming PC for around 2 years now but I was always spending my money on concerts and other things and never took building my own PC seriously until now. I made alot of research and informed myself of the best specs and things I needed to know about each part. As some people out there, I never though that I could afford a Gaming PC and in this past Hollidays (2014) a bunch of components were on sale on newegg. Around this time I saw that I could actually make a very good build for not alot of money and since this is a PC, I didn't see it only as a console but more of it as a tool for my Highschool and the best gaming system I've ever owned. In order to choose the parts for this build I spent most of the time making research at forums, asking questions and seeing tier lists at Tom's Hardware, so anyone out here looking for a place to get info, trust me that was the best site I found. Also LinusTechTips, Hardware canucks and as fast as possible come really handy.
CPU - Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor The first reason why I bought this CPU is because it was the newest i5 at the time. Second reason is that it has 4 cores and today 2 cores is not too much of an issue but it looks like games in the future will need at least 4 core to even start.Third reason it's an unlocked CPU meaning that if needed in the future I can overclock and take more juice out of it, than a locked CPU. The reason why I went for intel instead of AMD is because of the single core power and I preferred going safe for intel because of the rumors people say about "bottlenecks", specially with the gtx970.
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard First of all, this wasn't my 1st option when I was going to buy my computer, as a big number of people out there I was going for the Asus Maximus VII Hero, but since I was in a budget I prefered to use de $60 difference and spend it on a better CPU. Also this motherboard has great reviews, looks awesome, it's said to be good for overcloking and it's a reliable and good brand.
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory As in the motherboard this wasn't my 1st choice, I was going for G.Skill Trident X 2400 at CL10, but then I knew this was a bit overkill and since 1600 at CL9 is enough, the color scheme was the same and it was on sale I went for this ones.
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive This hardrive has great reviews, people say it's durable and fast for a Hard Drive, I plan to buy an SSD later.
GPU - MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card Before anyone says anything, YES I WAS AWARE OF THE 3.5GB ISSUE WHEN I BOUGHT THIS CARD. So now you may be asking why did I went for a 970 with 3.5GB than a 290X with 4GB, the answer was simple for me. I love the features nVidia give with their GPU's, the low power consumption 900 series offer and most benchmarks where awesome. I got the MSI model mostly for the looks. I also made research about the VRAM problem and in my opinion it was not such big of a deal the fact that has 3.5GB but only that nvidia didn't took the necessary precautions. But in the end this issue was not a dealbracker and still bought the card and got The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt and Batman Arkham Knight for "free" ($0.99) each.
Case - Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case I was looking for a good case below $100, I was going to buy the NZXT S340 and the day I was going to make the purchase this case went on sale for the same price and it was a no brainer. It looks good, has a window, and good internal layout and features. Also a huge pro for me was that it includes 3 fans.
PSU - Rosewill Capstone 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply This one was kind of a though choice because I really wanted a Modular Power Supply, I was constantly checking the price drops on PSUs but this was on a great sale, has 750W which can become usefull for SLI and it's gold certified.