I spent the past 6 months saving and buying parts whenever I had money, and at first I received that money by selling old shoes (Jordans and Nike SB's) until I finally got a job at the University that I attend, in which I spent about 2 and a half of my paychecks solely on parts. I mainly built this computer for gaming and design work (Illustrator, Photoshop, 3D Rendering).
The parts I chose where all based on thorough internet searching, which was mainly looking at reviews, forums, and Specs, although I also did wait for good deals to pop up.
And here are my reasons for buying each part:
-CPU: 2600K - At first I was going to get the 8350, but decided to purchase an Intel processor instead since I was used to using the Pentium 4 inside the old VAIO desktop. Bought the CPU on eBay via bidding, was a bit risky but saved a good amount of money in doing so.
-CPU Cooler: 212 EVO - Ended up buying it for $40 because I made a bid for it on eBay and my max bid was $40. Only reason I went to eBay to get it was because Newegg and other sites were selling it for about $40.
-Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 - I originally had the Z77 MPower because I bought it for about $100 at Frys when they had a sale on the day after Christmas, but ended up returing it because I had bought an open-box return and it had a faulty PCIE 3 port. Was going to get the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro because I liked the design of their UEFI Bios, but saw that Newegg was selling the GD65 for less than $170 and decided to scoop that up.
-RAM - Corsair Vengeance 16GB Pro - Originally had 8GB of Vengeance, but those sticks started acting up (checked Memtest and like 1K+ errors popped up within a minute). Decided to upgrade to 16GB and liked the look of the heatsink on the Pro version.
-Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB & WD Cavier Blue 1 TB - Heard about how fast SSD's were and had originally planned to get the Crucial M500 but saw a good deal on the EVO on Newegg. Also bought the WD Drive instead of the Seagate 1 TB because it was cheaper at the time.
-GPU: Gigabyte HD 7950 - At first I was going to get the 760, but I wanted the VRAM and had saw good temps from the triple fan setup that Gigabyte uses. I actually bought this for $228 at Newegg, and had tried to get the rebate for it, but was unable to send in the stuff required for it because of an issue with the rebate address. But instead of receiving a $20 Debit Card, I got back $55 because I was able to file a complaint with USPS since my letter had gotten lost when it was suppose to be returned to me.
-Case: NZXT 410 Gunmetal - Went with the 410 because of size and colorway. Got this particular colorway because it reminded me of Gundams haha. Also bought it for the cable management and airflow. Bought this from Amazon on Cyber Monday.
-PSU: SeaSonic SS-660XP2 660W 80+ Platinum - I was about to buy Corsair HX750, but right before I was about to buy, Newegg had blessed me with a good deal: and 80+ Platinum PSU for just $100. On Christmas day I bought this as a present for myself.
-Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST - It was also on sale at Newegg.
-Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate - Was able to get it for free from a friend, who is also my co-worker at school.
-Monitor: Acer G246HLAbd - I was about to buy the Asus VQ248QE because of its refresh rate, but after seeing it and comparing it to the Asus VE247H and the Acer monitor at Frys, I decided that I could save money getting the Acer monitor and use that extra cash on a headset with a microphone.
-Fans: 3 x NZXT RF-FZ120-W1 and 2 x NZXT RF-FZ140-W1 - I was originally going to get the the Corsair AF Series fans but had saw on a forum about an issue those fans have with the fan controller on the NZXT 410, and I wanted to be able to control the fans via the fan controller. Was originally going to get blue led fans, but saw that the power led was white.
-Keyboard: Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 Green LED Cherry MX Brown - Was originally going to get the Corsair Vengeance K70 Gunmetal with Brown switches to match my case, but it sold out on every site I wanted to buy it from (Newegg, NCIX, Amazon, and even the Corsair Website). So I decided just to get the Nighthawk X8 because I really wanted a mechanical keyboard and chose the green LED version because it is my favorite color.
-Mouse: Razer Deathadder 2013 - Was originally going to get the Corsair M65 to go with the K70, but decided to get this to go with the Nighthawk X8 because of the color scheme, as well as reading reviews about it, and also because I was curious about how it was.