I built this simply to learn how to build a PC and to use it to play games on. I want to say nothing else, but unfortunately I have already done work on it..... Guess you never can reverse adulthood.
I am extremely happy with the outcome and have had (and still am having) a truly great time with learning what every part does and why one would buy one manufacturer over another. I started with a completely different built to what I ended up with, however that was to be expected. I did have substantial assistance from very pleasant people on this website, their comments and opinions have made the process very simple and straight forward. Thanks
Things I learned:
*Never buying a pre-made computer again. Next: How do you build a laptop?
*There are a plethora of options but really only one choice. Your personal preference.
*I fully understand the complaints of paying $60+ dollars for a game now. Steam (sales) is (are) truly impressive.
*Origin is not.
*I need a 144hz monitor.
*Apparently going from a controller to a mouse and keyboard fuses your fingers together to have one fat digit on each hand. Not very useful.
Reasons behind specific parts (keep in mind I do not have any experience for comparison):
CPU - 6 cores, newer Intel chip and at $299 at Microcenter it was a really good deal. (That deal started this whole build).
MOBO - Got it as a combo deal with the CPU. Wanted the ASRock Extreme 6 board. Not sure what I missed out on. This board has been very stable. (Touch Wood)
RAM - Computer was built for games, so feel free to correct me but for that purpose RAM is RAM is RAM.
SSD - Built it with just the SSD at the beginning, added the WD Blue later on. Nice little SSD.
GPU - Great build quality. It is very heavy and does sag. I am using the little PCI slot coverings of the case hooked on to a empty 3.5" storage tray to prop it up and keep it level. Performance wise it gives me 1080p on highest settings all above 60 fps. (On the games that I have so far)
Case - Personal preference for clean white lines. Love it.
PSU - Wanted something substantial for when I want to upgrade to one of those special monstrous new GPUs that have just become available. (We all know which one)
KB - I dont like the clicking of a mechanical keyboard, however I have not tried one for extended periods of time.
Mouse - Amazing. Seriously impressed.
Installation was really enjoyable. No issues to speak of. Was patient and took my time and enjoyed the moment.