This is the first gaming PC I've built by myself. In the past I had ordered custom built gaming rigs from places like CyberPowerPC. I was not completely satisfied with that build but did it last me a good 3+ years.
I was initially looking at buying an AMD APU with the integrated graphics so I could also try out AMD for the first time while keeping in budget, then things got out of hand. I looked at the reviews for the FX-8350 and was impressed instantly.
After doing more research I picked a liquid cooling system as I always wanted to say I had a PC with it; the fact that the 8350 probably needed something better than the stock cooler was also a reason I got it.
This thing is wicked fast and I have no regrets in any of the parts, especially the SSHD.
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core - I have always been a fan of Intel and never thought I would try AMD, then I purchased a cheap laptop with an AMD APU and that thing blew me away. It played Skyrim like nobody's business. I figured I would give AMD a chance and it has yet to disappoint.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid - This was one of the cheapest liquid (not water) cooled CPU coolers with great reviews. I hover around 30C during routine use and 28C idle, never going above 45C during gaming.
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ - What can I say? Asus has top notch motherboards. I originally bough the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 which is like a lighter version of the former board. I purchased the M5A99FX PRO instead because it came with USB 3 headers and had no complaining reviews about network driver problems as opposed to the latter board.
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - These look amazing as compared to ram without the heat spreaders.
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid - I didn't want to get a standard HDD because I wanted something fast(er) but didn't want to purchase expensive SSD's with minimal space and have to purchase and HDD to compensate. This speeds things up a bit and give's me great space. The drive is faster than a standard 7200RPM drive but it is NOT as fast as an SSD, but I can't complain; it boots up fast.
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB - I realize this is an older card but it does the job just fine in most of the game's I play. Skyrim looks beautiful. Crysis 3 plays on high settings flawlessly; I mean it—I mean it, no lag— which completely surprised me. I will upgrade to a 770 or 970 when the price drops significantly.
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower - The case is alright. I had to purchase a small fan to fit on top as an exhaust fan because the liquid cooling fan is rather large. Also there is very little room too fit wires on the opposing side of the window behind the motherboard. Other than that can't complain, great stable case.
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer - Standard optical drive.
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) I got this one for free as the university I attend gives out free copies to it's students via MSDNAA.
Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" - The monitor is so big; I love it the size. The only thing I wish it had was a light sensor like my old LG monitor had where it would change the brightness based on external light sources. But the display is flawless, and the games look beautiful.
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle w/Optical Mouse - Cheapest gaming mouse/keyboard combo I could find and it doesn't disappoint. The mouse comes with a DPI changer and it's pretty useful. The keyboard keys scratch up pretty easy but it is being felt up by my hand all day.
I also bought a red LED light stick to light up the case a little but it's not as bright as a cathode light would have been, or maybe my placement is wrong. I also bought a battery back-up system and I love that thing almost as much as the computer itself.
TLDR: Love my computer, tell me what you think based on the parts and pics!