This is my first build and let's just say, I love it. I did research for a very long time and I gained a lot of knowledge about PC's. Saw many youtube videos about building a PC and I finally gave it a go. Bought all the parts at Microcenter and their service was great. They did some price matches and well the CPU and mobo combo. -^ I did switch over from a PS3 and the graphics are just so amazing on PC. This is also so much quieter then a PS3, it's insane. This is still a work in progress though as I plan on giving the case a custom window, a fan controller, and some led's. (: This was a fun experience all around and I will post some more pics after I do some of those other things.
SN: The 7950 makes a weird noise when under load any suggestions on how to fix?
CPU: I chose the i5 3570k because all I'm going to do with this build is gaming, schoolwork, and occasionally some CAD work. I've tried this CPU out with CAD and it works just fine. I also got it because there was a combo at Microcenter with the EVGA stinger at the time. Will do some overclocking and will update with temps as soon as I learn about overclocking some more.
Mobo: I chose this because like I said above it was in a great combo with the i5. I also plan to overclock and well I've heard a lot of great reviews about this mobo when it comes to overclocking. It has many great features as well and is built really sturdy. The only thing that was weird was the fact that this board didn't have front audio connectors, but I'll be o.k. with the rear I/O audio.
CPU cooler: I wanted to try out water cooling, even though this is my first build, and the H60 is doing good. I was expecting really low temperatures, since it is a water cooler, but the temps are alright. It does do the job though and well it looks good.
Memory: Just chose some quality corsair memory that was available at Microcenter at the time. It does the job and you can't really say nothing bad about it.
HDD: I bought the WD Caviar Blue because it's reliable and inexpensive. For the 1TB capacity it is probably the best bang for the buck. No SSD for now but maybe when black friday comes I can go pick one up at Microcenter. (:
GPU: Let's just say I got this card for a steal. This was when Newegg had these cards at 199.99. Too bad Microcenter dosen't price match with rebates so I got this card for around $220. The price is still a steal for this card. This card is a monster and runs cool. I will OC this too but want to learn more about it.
Case: Wanted something nice, little, and not too expensive. Got this for around $60 and it's a great case. The cable management wasn't as tough as I thought it would be and the CX 600M helped. I am thinking of doing a custom window on this so when I do it i'll update it. Might add some LED's too.
PSU: This PSU worked great with this case and gave me plenty of room for cable management. The modular cables aren't a problem either. I wanted to be sure that it would fit in this case and saw many other prodigy builds with it.
Operating System: Windows 8 isn't as bad as some people say it is. I was skeptical about it myself too but after a couple of tweaks it's pretty much Windows 7 with faster boot time and a couple other things. Nothing bad to say about it.
I will also add some pics with the GPU in another update. Sorry if the pics aren't the best quality took them with my phone. Thank you for looking at my build and PC FTW!! I'm loving it. -^