I've been working in IT for about 7 years, but have never built my own PC. This is something I've been wanting to do for quite awhile. I finally got the funds to do it and initially I was going with a budget of $800. After many visits to this site adding, removing, deleting, and starting all over, I decided that I needed to boost the budget a little. I didn't want to spend $800 and have to upgrade pretty quickly. This is where the i7 processor got added. I really want to be able to stream console gameplay and after a friends recommendation of the Elgato HD60 I knew I would need an i7 processor to do so.
Once the i7 4th generation was on the list the rest of the parts fell into place mostly based on cost, but after spending lots of time looking at other builds I realized how important cable management was as well. The case I had initially chosen left no room for hiding cables and although I liked the look of it, I know that would have been a poor sacrifice to make. Fortunately the AZZA Sirius case was not only better for cable management, but $20 cheaper than what I wanted. The only reason I had not chosen it originally was I was worried that AZZA was in big letters across the top as it is pictured on this site. I was happy to find out that it is not.
Since cable management had become a deciding factor in my purchase of the case I also decided to go with a fully modular power supply. To be honest, I had no idea how much, if any this would help out but it seemed logical. I also knew that I wanted a decent amount of wattage available for any upgrades but nothing that was obviously overkill. I decided on the EVGA Supernova NEX650G. I ended up storing 5 unnecessary cables and avoiding any major headaches in cable management.
I knew I wanted 8GB of RAM and went with Corsair Vengeance. I will admit, this was totally for looks. I was slightly disappointed that the sticks were red and not black but felt it wasn't worth causing a fuss over.
Since the Azza case was advertised supporting up to 3 fans, I bought 3 Corsair SP120 fans. I didn't think they were including the preinstalled fan. This turned out to be a good thing. Once I got to the step for connecting the front fan I couldn't figure out where to plug it in on the motherboard. It turns out that it's a Molex connection. I had a cable for this with the power supply but I didn't realize that until after I swapped it for one of the Corsair fans. This too saved some headache with cable management since I didn't need another thick cable from the power supply.
For hard drives I knew I wanted 1TB for storage. I had recently been given a 7 year old laptop that had recently been upgraded with an SSD. I was so impressed by the boot speed that this became a must as well but I really only made sure it was large enough for the OS and a few programs to keep it relatively cheap.
I chose the EVGA GeForce 960 2GB SC because it was only a little more than my original budget choice, capable of supporting multiple monitors(4 total) and met the minimum requirements for a few of the more recent games such as Assassin's Creed Unity.
I ended up getting 2 monitors because they were a combo deal with New Egg and I knew it was an upgrade I would be making pretty quickly being spoiled on dual monitors at work. DVI cables were not included so I did need to run out and make an additional purchase to have the build truly complete.
UPDATE 3/19/2015: Everything is still running great. I meant for this to record console gameplay but I've really gotten into PC gaming so I haven't gotten around to that yet lol. I have finally figured out how to edit the prices to show accurately for my build. I will be taking new and better pictures soon as well.
UPDATE 5/11/2016: All is well! No upgrades have been needed and the only addition to my streaming setup was an orange Blue Snowball mic. The glass desk pictured also became impractical as I began trying to do more and more so I purchased a cheap Ikea linnmon and triple monitor mount(black desk in most recent picture) so I could have a small TV above the 2 monitors for console recording/streaming. You can see what I've recorded at http://youtube.com/cazzphoenix and I am beginning to stream weekdays in the evening on http://twitch.tv/cazzphoenix.
UPDATE 9/25/2017: First Upgrade - Added an additional 8GB of RAM. Same as existing. Windows 10 OS finally filled the original up, so I Swapped out the 64GB SSD for 240GB SSD. Everything is still running great, the RAM was a just because addition. The only issue I have had is running PUBG, but I believe the crashing was due to Reshade which has been removed.
UPDATE: 12/18/2017: PUBG issues are resolved and I'm even able to run it on higher settings after recent updates. Over the last few months I've purchased the following:
Logitech G300s Mouse - Love this! Not a full MOBA or MMO mouse but enough customization for what I play. I love it so much I bought the matching...
Logitech G105 keyboard - The CM Storm Devastator was starting to fail and this was a necessary budget friendly replacement. I'm not a fan of super clicky mechanical keyboards but this has enough to let me know when I have pressed a key. This purchase led to the...
Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum headset - OMG! I wish I had bought this initially. I'm pretty sure I had passed this up because logitech isn't synonymous with gaming for me but it works on everything I own. PC, Xbox One, PS4 and mobile. It also sounds amazing with the bass heavy music I listen to!
BENQ GW2270 Monitor - I'm still using the 2 from the original build but this is now my primary connected via HDMI on the same video card. The other 2 sit above it for monitoring stream related applications and chat.
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