Originally, i was gaming on a $500 2.5 year old laptop. then my cousin convinced me to build my own computer. i had alot of issues getting windows to run, but after about 2 days i got it to boot up and run well. ive only tested this with fallout:new vegas, ad it runs at >35 fps on ultra. i slightly overclocked my cpu just cuz i felt like it. so far, Im really happy with this build and im really happy with the outcome.
I also got the windows 7 product key pretty cheap on ebay. (a gamble, i know. but it paid off.)
the etire system boots up in 20 seconds with my ssd.
i got both my ssd and my hdd refurbished. (hence the price)
i only got 1x8 ram because i plan on doing more things (screen recording, ect.) and i want to upgrade.
i also plan on upgrading my processor to the amd fx 4.0 GHz 8 core
My laptop had absolutely horrid cooling, so i made that a high focus in this build.
I also thought it would be worth mentioning that the gpu DID fit with the hd cage in this case. it is an extremely tight fit, but it works.
i took out the hard drive cage because i dont need it and for better cooling