I first thought of building my own computer last year for Christmas, but I ended up buying a laptop instead. I have regretted that decision since about a day after I made it, there's really no other way to go if you want a quality machine than to build it yourself. So up until a few days (when i built the computer) ago I have been completely obsessed with researching parts, comparing benchmarks, etc. The only thing I regret this time around was not paying the same price for the AMD-8320 instead of the 6350. I really wish i had noticed this sooner, but I've played a few games now (Minecraft, Assassins Creed 4, GTA IV, skyrim) and it hasn't had a large impact on performance. About a week before all the parts came in i got extremely luck: I ordered only two of my parts on amazon, the heatsink and MOBO, I later realized the MOBO i had picked out was complete garbage and went to see if i could cancel the order... turns out it hadn't gone through in the first place! The build was mostly a breeze until I got to the heatsink when I realized I needed to take everything back out in order to install it... yes, this is my first build...
I got every part aside from the rsm from newegg. The ram was from bestbuy and i only got it there because I needed it and didn't wanna wait another week for shipping
The original prices for all my parts were: CPU-140$, CPU cooler-35$, MOBO-125, RAM-70$, Hard Drive-60$, GPU-250$, Case-50$, PSU-50$, DVDROM-16$. I got all these parts except for the ram at bestbuy.
Any feedback (especially positive) is greatly appreciated, also big thanks to everyone on this site and www.tomshardware.com for helping me out a ton with my build... no matter how dumb my questions were. You guys made my dream come true XD
Sorry how poorly I made the build description, I'm in a bit of a rush to do this...
Future upgrades will definately include a new monitor and keyboard, and I may eventually grab another 760 for SLI if I ever need it.
I would've put some benchmarks but they weren't working, my graphics driver kept bugging up. I may try beta drivers and update this build.