I have finished building this computer about an hour ago, and it is 8:30 central on August 20th, 2013. I started gathering parts from my birthday on April 4th, 2013. I got the processor and solid state drive, which was before haswell and/or Z87 was released. My dad bought me both of those parts, and the first one that I bought was the GPU, on April 16th. The 680 was the fastest GPU besides the Titan and 690, and I couldn't afford a thousand dollar GPU, so I went with one step down from the two. I then purchased the rest of the parts, and the buying ended on August 4th, 2013. I bought the last two parts, the PSU and the OS, for $50 off, which I had to borrow money from my dad to buy, and I have now paid him off and he allowed me to install everything tonight, and if you were wondering, I am thirteen years old, so it's not like I have a job and I'm asking my dad for money. My sources of income are mowing lawns, babysitting, and petsitting. Not exactly well-paying jobs, but that will change next year.
All of these parts were purchased on sale except for the CPU and SSD. Those were gifts that my father bought for full price at Microcenter. The H100i was bought for $10 off, motherboard $57, Memory 10%, HDD $15, GPU $35, Case $30, Fans $8, PSU $30, Optical Drive $3, and the OS was $20 off.
I do plan to overclock the CPU, but nothing else. That is why I bought the non-stock GPU. I would like to get the CPU up to around 4.5 GHz, but if not, I can always go down a little lower to 4.2 or 4.3.
Why: CPU: Minor video editing and major gaming. CPU cooler: Extreme performance that could fit in my ATX case without doing an open watercooling loop. Motherboard: Great overclocking, durability, and looks. Also has low RMA%, so I wouldn't have to go through the return policies on Newegg. Memory: Like I said for the CPU, video editing is the reason for 16GB. Storage: 840 Pro is the best, and one of the most reliable SSDs on the market. Caviar Green is only 5400 RPM, but is very reliable. Case: Plain and simple, amazing noise cancellation, excellent cable management. Noctua NF-F12: Silent and Linus' favorite fan in the world. PSU: Reliable company, 80 Plus Gold, high wattage. Optical Drive: Works, black and blends in with the case. OS: Personal Preference.
This IS my first build, and I worked on cable management for a good two hours, and I managed to eventually route the 8 pin CPU cable from the PSU up behind the motherboard and hide it away, as most people apparently have trouble with that, but once I had done that, it was all easy as to what to plug into what. I haven't been able to use the computer yet, as I still have no monitor, keyboard, mouse, or mousepad, so I will need those things to be able to make sure everything is set up right, but so far, everything has worked right. The fan controller on the case was dead, so I just plugged the fans into the motherboard directly. The side panel barely fit back onto the side with the cables, and is currently bulging out, so I would like to fix that in the next few days.
My theory on going all out and purchasing the components on the first go was because I would like to save up and get what I want the first time around, rather than keep wasting money trying to work up to what I want. I am going to add an Asus VG278HE, a Corsair Vengeance K95 and M95, and a Corsair MM600 Mousepad with some Astro A40 headphones :), or at least those are my plans.
I will be playing games like Max Payne 3, Hitman Absolution, Black Ops 2, CoD Ghosts, Battlefield 4, GTA V, maybe AC4, and Battlefield 3. The 680 should handle those at least reasonably, if not very well.
Tell me if you would like to see pictures of any part of the computer, and/or suggestions about what my peripherals for this computer should be! Thank you!
I really have to thank a few people; Tech Of Tomorrow, Duncan33303, Linus, Tek Syndicate, and especially Paul Hiller, or IamApropros. He is a legend! He helped me with not going with unreliable parts, recommending some really solid stuff, and just helping me along the way. Paul, if you're reading this, I hope you know how much you've helped me, and I love your YouTube channel! Keep up the great work, and maintain the website!