COMMENT UP! Advice appreciated for a first time builder This was my first pc build, and I am very excited about it, and am happy with the way it turned out. Most of the components I got on sale from newegg, or from the insane sales going on at my local microcenter. I had always wanted to build a gaming PC, but had never been able to collect the money, so when I finally hit my budget, I was really excited. I understand that these aren't top of the line components, but they meet all of my needs. This system was also designed to be able to support future upgrades, for example I made sure I got a mobo that could support an fx-8350 down the road, should i desire to upgrade. Overall I am happy with the way it turned out (cable management isnt the greatest, but it was the best i could do)
CPU: so far I am happy with this choice. In my opinion, it is a great budget CPU! 6 cores at 3.9 ghz for 130 bucks? Whats not to love!
Mobo: I made sure I chose a mobo that would support the latest fx processors, and also had a sleek look that went with my build, and came with many different features. Board layout is quality for the most part (no usb 3.0 header, but I didnt want to spend like an extra 30 bucks when i could just reach around the back of my pc). So far i am happy with the board, looks great and comes with a lot of features.
Memory: got this memory on sale from newegg for 75 bucks. runs very fast, reliable brand (so i have heard) in gskill, and looks absolutely sick.
Storage: got the samsung evo for free from a family member, and the wd caviar blue 1tb was really all i needed here.
GPU: at first i kind of regretted not going for a gtx 760 or something, but i realized that if i wanted to bump it any higher,I would have been over my budget. Plus, i know for a fact i will be upgrading it at most by this coming christmas, so i figured I could put the money i saved towards a new hdd or something. also, i highly recommend this card to any budget gamers out there looking to buy something around this price-range. not only does this card look absolutely amazing, but it runs nice and cool, can handle most games on high around 50-60 fps (all i need really) and the MSI app/interface makes it extremely easy to change the speed on this bad boy should you so desire.
Case: it took me forever to find a good budget case that works and looks great with my build, but i gotta say i am impressed with the GT1 mid. Newegg said it one some "secret hardware" award or something, and i can definitely see why. Nobody in the pc partpicker archives had used this yet, and to any of you looking for a cool red/black case with good features, go with the GT1 mid. so far, it has solid airflow (i will try to post some temps of stuff later on), comes with good features like plenty of space for hdds, ssds usb 3.0, plenty of fans, etc. and it looks sick. did i mention it looks sick? :) only con is i wish there was more space behind mobo to put cables.
PSU: pretty standard psu. chose this because it had great reviews on newegg, and the sleek black and red cables look good in my case. they are also pretty thin so helps with cable management. good budget/reliable psu, and 650W is enough to give me some breathing room for a couple future upgrades.
Optical drive: pretty standard haha.
Monitor: Very excited about this monitor. 24", 2ms response time, quality contrast ratio. all in all, it looks fantastic and supports dvi, hdmi etc.
mouse and keyboard combo: wanted something with led back-lighting. it was only 30 bucks for a pretty nice keyboard and mouse, and the board isnt mechanical or anything, but i figured it was a pretty good starting point for the price. thanks so much for checking out my build! :) +1 much appreciated. #McLOVIN