Parents wanted a laptop so I sold them my gaming machine to them for $700. First ever build. It isn't anything fancy... it's the build that a lot of people are going with on here (3570k, extreme4, hyper 212 evo).
Prices when purchased:
- CPU - $169.99
- CPU Cooler - $29.99
- MoBo - $94.99
- RAM - $29.99
- HD - $95
- GPU - $299 ($30 MIR + 3 Game Coupon)
- Case - $74.98
- PSU - $89.99 (See Edit 12/24/12 below)
- Optical - $17.99
- Monitor - $174.12 ($10 MIR)
- Keyboard - $59.99
Mouse - $16.97
Total Cost of Parts: $1163
- Credits: $850 ($700 from Laptop, $50 from purchasing two MoBos and flipping one for profit, $60 from 3 in 1 coupon sold on Ebay, $40 from rebates)
- Already had a 256 GB Crucial m4 SSD
Total Cost by Me: $313
I bought an Extreme4 from NewEgg for $104.99 but found the MicroCenter deal and just sold it on Ebay for $155 instead of dealing with NewEgg's restocking fee of $15.
As a beginner, I spent a lot of time doing things wrong. Getting the mounting brackets on the CPU cooler took a lot longer than I thought it would... I was making it harder than it was. In retrospect, I probably should've plunked down an extra $50-$75 for a modular PSU since the cables were a hassle to manage. Either that or gotten a case that had better cable management. I'm really happy with the general components though and it performs wonderfully. I wish I knew what to do with the rear fan cables rather than just have them dangle there... but they aren't really visible even through the side panel window.
In a few months, I'll probably give in and just upgrade the PSU to something like the Seasonic X 650W Gold. For now, the 550 works just fine and the cables aren't annoying me that much.
Pictures from Left to Right...
- System how it looks now
- The second after everything was hooked up. No attempt at cable management.
- Back of the case after swapping to the Seasonic X650 PSU
- Everything after PSU swap
Edit (12/24/12): Originally had an XFX 550W PSU that was purchased for $64.99. Went ahead and just purchased the Seasonic X 650 Gold that I mentioned above. It was pretty cheap on NewEgg at $89.99 (I checked this morning and it's up to $130 so maybe I caught it on sale). Still not sure if I'll implement it. I probably will just for the cable management ease and gives me a bit more flexibility when it comes to future expansion.