This was the first computer that I built for personal use and gaming. This my 20th or so computer build overall, I have never built one for my self just others. I also built it for my computer hardware class at the "Computer Technical Education Center" in High School. I wanted a machine that I could use for my Major, Computer Engineering, which entails some programming, virtualization, Office and such. I also wanted something that could play FPS games on the weekends, titles like BF3, BF4, COD and others. I had a limited budget being a student, so I bought a part each pay check, so it took me over 9 months to complete. I completed the build in March 2013.
CPU: I chose the i5-3570K because I didn't want an i7 or an i3, an i3 would be insufficient for what I need and an i7 would be a little overkill. I paid a little bit extra because I wanted Intel. I DIDN'T WANT AMD!! Yes, I know I could have saved money. I wanted a quality CPU and something I can easily overclock and upgrade to an i7 later down the road. I also chose it because it would work well with the Hackintosh.
MOBO: I chose the GA-Z77X-UD3H for a few reasons. I need something that would work with the Mac, I also need something under $150. I wanted something I could upgrade to an i7. I wanted raid support. I wanted something I could later put an MSATA hard drive on. I am also pro Gigabyte, never had any problems with them.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB), I love the Corsair brand, I love the look of the RAM heatsinks. I'll be honest I mostly bought this one off brand preference and looks.
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB SSD, It was a great deal, I also love the Crucial brand. This drive holds my OS.
I added a 2nd HD, WD Blue 1TB. Western Digital Has lowest fail rate of any hard drive brand. Mostly holding docs, media files and games.
Video Card: I chose the GTX 650 because it's a great card for casual gaming. I didn't need anything extreme, just a great card for the $. I really only play video games on the weekends, for what I do this card is perfect! I also needed something under $150. It plays most FPS games on High settings with great frame rate. I would like to upgrade though.
Other Parts: The computer has 5 cooler master fans. 1 red 120mm, 3 x 120mm black and 1 200mm red on the front. The fans keep the machine really cool. The 200mm does suck in a lot of nice cool air and it's also quite. Basic DVD drive, I've really only used it 3 times anyways. The machine has NZXT 2 meter red LED's inside, really nice and bright. I also sleeved all of the cables in red.
This Computer triple Boots Windows 8.1, Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Ubuntu.
I didn't use this website when I completed the build in March of 2013. I recently found the site doing a build for my friend and decided to start uploading all of my other builds. I wish I had known about this site when I originally built mine, I feel like I could have save hours of comparison and price matching! Thank You the site's great.