Sorry about the PIC quality :( Fixed the sizes though :)
I have been wanting to upgrade my PC. My original specs were ASUS M2N-SLI AMD Phenom II 9950 Quad Core 4 GB Value RAM Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM HDD Windows Vista 32bit
Being that I am now back into Word Of Warcraft, I realized for certain parts a newer build would be best. On low settings on the old build, I got avg. of 20 FPS.
With my new build I get about 30 FPS on Medium settings (I need a newer Video card, but from low to medium, is still a big difference).
So let me talk about my build
CPU: From the second I started planning to build a PC, I decided that no matter what, the end route would be the 4590k. I do not need Hyper Threading, so why get the 4790k? This thing is already a beast for the tasks that I throw at it, and it isn't even overclocked! I haven't overclocked it yet because there really is no need to yet, since the CPU is fairly new, being released pretty early in 2014.
MOBO: I was so focused on a Z97 chipset, so I can either just OC in the future, or get the next generation Intel CPU (Broadwell right?). Or heck, maybe even both. This being my first build, I wanted to make sure it was a reliable and not too fancy of a motherboard.
RAM: I basically went for the cheapest 2 x 4 GB RAM I could find at the time that matched my case and motherboard combo. So, definitely a big increase from the old DDR2 4 gigs from my old motherboard.
SSD: I debated long on what storage I should get. After a long time of debating, I realized that on my old HDD (the one I just replaced) I had only used about 150GB of storage after many years of using it. So, I figured that 256GB would be good enough to last awhile longer since I don't really plan to download much else, yet. This baby boots up in a flash. I timed it, and it took a total of about 17 seconds to boot into the log in screen. 13 seconds of which was the ASrock screen taking it's time. Such a night and day difference from the old HDD, and I got this thing for super cheap compared to it's normal price :)
Video Card: Meh, same old card, but good enough for decent FPS at better Graphics quality, will be replaced soon.
PSU: Old 1000 watt Bronze plus PSU from the original build. Handling everything super easily, and especially since I am nowhere near the 1000 watts.
Case: The case is a bit of a disappointment. I love the design, but being the original Guardian 921 and not the RB, cable management annoyed me. However, I had tried my best, for it is my first "build".
OS: Windows 8.1 retail... yeah, yeah, ewwww, 8.1? Why not stick with 7? I went with 8.1 because of the rumors that Windows 8.1 users will get a free upgrade to the next version of windows that Microsoft releases. It honestly is not too bad of an OS, if you just take your time to learn it.
ODD: Sadly, I was not able to use this old one in my build, since it is an IDE ODD. So, I had to run to Wally World and buy an 8 Gig Flash drive for the Windows 8.1 ISO.
This build overall was fun. I had some fun taking apart my case and testing stuff out to see if they work, managing the wires to look good, and even cleaning the fans.
P.S. After messing around after I took the pics, I realized the 3 pin fan connectors the fans had. lolol.