This has been a long time coming, for about 10 years I've been doing all my gaming and work on a pre-built Pentium 4 based system with a graphics card that I can't even remember the name of. Anyway, as you can imagine, things were slow. Extremely slow. So I finally said to myself, "Hey, I can pay for a new computer if I save up and buy parts piece by piece!" Over the course of about 6 months or so, I saved every penny I could and eventually ended up with about 1000$. So I looked up what kind of PC I could build with a 1000$ budget, and decided it wasn't nearly enough. So I dipped into my savings and used some of my graduation money to pay for the rest. The PC itself, not counting OS or peripherals, was about 1700$, give or take. The peripherals, like the monitor, my gosh, the monitor, were quite expensive. But I feel that they were all worth it. I was originally going to name this build after a girl, but I decided against it, less explaining to do. This PC does everything I need it to and more, it's like a dream come true. (Actually it kind of is a dream come true) It runs quiet, even under load and with intense games at max like Minecraft, Metro 2033 Redux, Titanfall, you name it, I'm pretty sure this PC can handle it. Honestly, I couldn't be happier. I feel like I chose good parts, especially since I was doing nothing but research for nearly half a year. Anyway, on to the parts:
i7-4790K: I planned to do some video editing and livestreaming in the future, so I went with this quad-core, hyperthreaded CPU. Also it comes at a base clock of 4.0 GHz, which is very nice. Not much else to say, haven't overclocked it yet, but when I learn more about it, I'll try it out for sure. 5/5, works great. (Temps may be innacurate since I could only go off of a built in sensor that just gives me approximated values.)
Noctua NH-D14: Great cooler, great price. I know the color puts some people off, but quite frankly, I love it. I think it looks industrial, and it works like a charm, 5/5 no complaints whatsoever.
MSI Z97-G45 Gaming: I needed an LGA 1150 Motherboard, this was chheaper than the Gaming 7 motherboard at the expense of a few SATA ports, I didn't mind. Solid mobo, had a bent pin when I first opened the cover, but no biggie, fixed it easily with a needle and magnifying glass. 5/5 no complaints.
Corsair Vengeance Pro: I needed RAM, and I didn't want to get a cheap RAM set or one specifically for gaming, so I looked around and asked a bunch of forums and was told pretty unanimously that this RAM was one of the best, albeit expensive. 4/5 solely because of price.
Samsung 840 EVO: Again, a lot of research went into this part as well, Price/Performance wise most people said this was one of the best. Works great, and my PC boots in about 15 seconds. The BIOS takes longer to get through all of its' processes than this PC does to boot up. Glorious. 5/5, great. I wish I bought a larger one though, ha ha.
Seagate Barracuda: I needed mass storage, nuff said. 5/5 does what it's supposed to.
GTX 980: Oh baby. This GPU is amazing. The backplate makes it feel solid, and the cooler design is probably my favorite. It runs everything I've thrown at it so far at 1080p, maxed out. I was originally going for the GTX 780ti, but this came out about 4 months into my research, and I opted for this one instead, and I'm glad I did. Lower power consumption, more VRAM, less Cuda cores, but I'm not an animator. Smaller memory bus, but I don't mind that, and it doesn't seem to affect performance either. 5/5, no complaints. Definitely will buy another in the future.
Corsair 750D: Beautiful case. Easy to build in, easy to cable manage, massive side window (if you're into that sort of thing, I know I am) excellent, quiet cooling. Lots of hard drive bays if I ever want to go nuts with storage, and a removable front panel, not that that matters, I just like it. 5/5, excellent case.
Corsair RM 850: Gold certified, modular. What else is there to say? 5/5, runs quiet and cool, does what it needs to.
Asus DRW optical drive: Eh. It's an optical drive. Worked for a week or so until it failed. I have yet to send it back for a replacement. 3/5, installed all my games, but then it died out on me.
LG Blu-ray reader/writer: Good optical drive, sad I need special software to watch blu-ray movies, but whatever. 5/5, does what it needs to.
Windows 7: It's windows 7. Not much else to say. 4/5, ridiculously expensive.
Asus VG248QE: This monitor, coming from some cheap LG 18 inch monitor, is amazing. 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, beatiful, absolutely beautiful. 5/5.
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014: This keyboard, as a physical product, works great. I love the Razer switches, and I would recommend to anyone on the market for a reasonably affordable gaming keyboard. However, Razer Synapse 2.0 is the worst thing I have ever seen. DO NOT USE IT. It started randomly activating my keys while I was doing things, closing programs randomly and inputting keystrokes while was gaming, this was especially frustrating in League of Legends, as it would activate my spells at random times. Eventually it got so frequent that I just uninstalled the drivers and ran of an older version. It works just fine now. 3/5, Razer Synapse 2.0 almost ruined this keyboard for me.
Razer Naga Epic: I was told this was only purple. Nope. It changes color. I have it set to rotate through the whole visible spectrum, and I love it. It did die on me a couple times, so I just leave it plugged in now, which is fine for me, personally, but I kinda wish it didn't die as quickly as it does. 4/5, battery should last longer.
Genius SW-G 2.1: These speakers blew me away. They're tiny, but boy, do they pack a punch. They're loud enough to fill my whole room with sound, and they make games extremely atmospheric. For 50 bucks I feel like I stole these. Seriously. If you're looking for a cheap sound system that rocks hard, look no further than these. You won't regret it. 5/5, amazing.
Thanks for reading my wall of text! :D I worked really hard on this build, and I'm really proud of it. I really like it, and I hope you guys do too! (Sorry some of the pictures are sideways, my phone formatted them that way, not sure why)
ALL PARTS AND PRICES ARE FROM AMAZON