I had been wanting to build a gaming computer for a while now and my brother stumbled across this website as we were talking about it, so my brother (he built his own separate computer using same site) and I decided to trust a website completely unknown to us until 5 mins prior with thousands of dollars, YOLO.
If the pictures aren't the greatest, I had to use my phone to take them.
Every price on my build, I added the tax and the shipping to.
Nothing is overclocked yet, but next weekish sometime when I have the time, I will start messing around with it, I'm probably going to take it to 4.5, but in my reading and research 5.0 is easily attained if you get a good chip and it is stable at that speed.
The build went together smoothly BUT don't let anyone downplay cable management to you, it was a nightmare, maybe it was the case or maybe because it was my first build, either way, you will suffer and I am fully aware that I could do better with it, other than that everything started right up and had 0 issues. The USB 3.0 plug on the motherboard is very flimsy, so I had to route the cable in that manner to prevent any damage and the video card cables had to be routed in that manner so I could actually put the wire management cover back on.
Like a lot of first time builders, I was a bit nervous about breaking something or putting it together wrong or having something being defective and being unsure of how to diagnose the issue. I decided on a $2000ish budget and after a lot of research (3 weeks worth of Google and Youtube, it means I REALLY know what I'm talking about cough) and after a seemingly endless debate between INTEL vs AMD CPU videos, reviews and forums that sacrifice rabbits to their INTEL Gods, I decided on these parts:
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core: I chose this part because of its price and with 8 cores, it just feels like I'm getting more for my money even if some Intel fanboy wants to argue that I'm not. Every UNBIASED review I could find and seemed trustworthy(its the internet, had to trust my gut) had this outperforming or only VERY SLIGHTLY under performing in real world application and gaming, almost ALL reviews you will find if you don't try to REALLY do your research show benchmark testing only and not real world application.
Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3 93.3 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing: I chose this part because water cooling makes me a bit nervous, even if it doesn't leak and I install it correctly, the potential for it to leak means goodbye $$$. This was one of the biggest air coolers I could find while living up to its name, it is so so quiet and keeps my CPU very cool and will be more than enough once I start messing around with overclocking here in the next week or so. Upon opening the package I though I had bought a car engine. Please note that if you use the case I purchase or plan to that this cooler WILL REQUIRE YOU to remove the side fan on the case :(...(if you go with my case) Also you will have to purchase ram with a height profile like mine or it will not fit.
Arctic Cooling MX4 4g: After watching endless online videos and reviews I went with this paste, seemed to have the best ratings for price range and I found it impossible to find an UNBIASED review of thermal pastes.
Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+: I had a long debate between this and the Sabertooth, but ended up going with this since it seemed to have very good reviews for overclocking and ease of use, however, their customer support is apparently a 0 of 5, can't wait for that user friendly experience. The packaging and presentation is very good, made me really feel like I purchased a quality product.
G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400: There was a long debate between these and the tridents and I REALLY wanted the tridents, but I thought I would have a CPU Cooler clearance issue, so I went with these due to their low profile and thankfully I did because my spidy senses turned out to be right, my car engine of a cooler does not allow for high profile ram. This ram is so fast and runs cool and at the speed it states, 0 issues so far.
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM: Its a hard drive, 0 issues, will be getting a SSD soon to pair with this.
Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB: I was going to go with the Classified from EVGA but I decided to tone down the price a bit and this had great reviews all around, so I went with it and am very happy, I run DAYZ, Minecraft and RUST all on Max graphics with 0 issues and high frame rates. In the Middle of Cherno I had 40 fps while surrounded by a lot Zombies on the Highest graphics.
Azza Solano 1000R ATX Full Tower: I went with this case due to the color scheme, price and also due to the fact that I saw VERY few builds on this site using this case. It is VERY roomy inside. The cons of this product, the side fan on the case does NOT allow for big CPU coolers like mine and I had to remove the fan :(... Also I found some defects, the plexi glass on the front has a burn/melt mark on the outer edge then upon further review on the picture for the product itself on numerous websites where this case is for sale, you can see that they ALL have this same defect, so they KNEW about it and have been selling them anyways. The wire management side panel, the panel is slightly down so they cross threaded the screws to make it fit.
EVGA 650W ATX12V / EPS12V: This product is unbelievably amazing for how much I paid for it. It is very solid and I thought I they had sent me a diamond ring by mistake as I was opening it, the way they wrap this product and the presentation upon opening it is second to none. I read several reviews where they said that this is the very best power supply that you can buy in the $50-$190 range and I absolutely believe it.
LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer: It does its job quietly and quickly and I really like the button on it, very smooth.
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit): I was a bit frustrated with this OS at first but now that I have gotten used to it, I think it is much better than 7 and the majority of reviews said that this OS was the best for gaming, I have no complaints.
Samsung S24C570HL 23.6": This monitor is very smooth and bright with great colors and no ghosting. The cons, I find the menu button, well it is more of a joystick type thing on the bottom of the monitor to be very annoying and rage inducing, did i mention rage inducing and annoying? This monitor has no way to adjust the angle so I have it propped up at a slight angle on a CD case and it is still very stable even like that, I might be returning this product.
Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch: These have been providing great sound and I always hear when players are running up on me in various games, I'm not much of an audio guy, but they sound great to me. I am not going with headphones, I had turtlebeaches for a long time, but headphones just get uncomfortable after wearing for extended periods of time, for me they do anyways.
Redragon Perdition 16400 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse: I had a Razar Naga for a long time, but I found this to be A LOT more comfortable because the Razar is made for small hands and you can lose your place with your thumb on the side buttons on your macros too easily. This mouse has a rougher surface than the Razar which was hard to get used to at first, but now that I have, it is much better and the side buttons on the mouse are made for large hands and long fingers and have contours for easy thumb memory, so if you have this issue with Razar(I just use Razar as an example as it is very popular) then I highly recommend this product. There are a lot of sites talking down about this mouse's DPI, EVERYTHING is adjustable if you take the 5 seconds to install the CD then you can turn down the DPI which is the main complaint I saw, stop being dumb. In case the price doesn't post, I paid $49.99 S&H was free.
AULA LED Illuminated Ergonomic USB Multimedia Backlight Backlit Gaming Keyboard (3 Colors): I was going to go with Mad Catz then I saw a lot of reviews complaining about the keys being flimsy and squeaky so I was randomly tooling around on amazon and came across this keyboard. This keyboard is amazing, it lights up very well and the lights in the picture on amazon are NOT photo shopped, they really are that bright. This keyboard is not set up for macros, but it goes great with the red and black theme of my build, 0 complaints. In case the price doesn't post, I paid $39.47 S&H was free.
Hope I provided enough information and detailed my personal experiences enough and DO NOT be afraid to build your own computer, you will be so glad you did :) Feel free to tell me what I did right, wrong and everything in between as I plan to build another in the very near future.