Hello everybody and welcome to my first build! This rig will be primarily used for gaming, web surfing, Virtual Machines, occasional YouTube editing, and.. gaming :) Before I start, I would like to thank ESPM400 and gseyffert for their advice in regards to this build. I also would like to thank my friends Kevin for helping me assemble this rig and Mark for getting me into building my rig and destroying my financial aid refund in the process ;) The parts in this rig were purchased before and after Black Friday/Cyber Monday as I was not able to nab any deals on those specific dates. Now onto the story for this build.
Background for this build: I had never built a rig before and all my life I've been a console gamer. I also wondered what PC gaming was like and although I had a little taste of it due to some good days of CS 1.6 in high school, I never had my own gaming computer and I just wondered what it was like. And so, on a fateful day in October of this year as I was not paying attention in class, I told my then classmate Mark that I would like to build a gaming rig. Little did I know that he was an enthusiastic PC gamer and without hesitation stated that I should build one. One thing led to another and sooner than I expected, I was already on this wonderful website creating my would-be rig. It had gone through many revisions to where it is now and I'm just extremely proud and happy that I was able to learn how to build a rig and have my own custom computer. Now onto the part breakdown.
CPU: I originally wanted to go with a 3570K, but thanks to the helpful advice of everybody I mentioned above, I went ahead with the 4670K. I paired it with a Hyper 212 Evo due to it's price and pretty good reputation for being a cheap yet effective air cooler.
RAM: After realizing that I didn't need 16GBs of memory for the time being, I went ahead and got this pair of RAM. It was priced pretty good and it has a CAS latency of 9 and 1600MHz. Just what I wanted.
Motherboard: My first choice in mobos was the MSI Z87-G45 gaming primarily for how it looked, but after reading many threads about quality control issues and killer ethernet problems, I went ahead for the ASUS Z87-A. I saw many positive reviews for the Asus mobo and I couldn't be any happier. Plus that q-connector really saved me from a ton of hassle.
Storage: As per the norm nowadays, I went ahead with a SSD/HDD configuration. The 840 EVO is just amazing and this is my first experience with SSDs so to say that the boot times for Win 7 blew me away would be an understatement. The HDD is a 2TB Toshiba drive for the obligatory storage of games and other good stuff.
GPU: Out of all the things in this rig, this was probably the one area where I spent the most time researching... Perhaps a bit too much. I choose the GTX 770 not willingly. I originally wanted to buy the Asus Direct CU II R9 280X but when the time came around to buy it, the litecoin mining scene surged like hell and it ultimately went out of stock. I waited about two weeks and became fed up with how either the 280Xs were either out of stock or price gouged. Thus I went with the EVGA GTX 770 and I am quite happy with it.
Future plans 1. Redo cable management. It isn't the best but I think it's okay for the time being. 2. Upgrade/Replace SSD and HDD as needed 3. Upgrade RAM as needed. 4. Depending on my gaming needs, get another GTX 770 for some SLI goodness. 5. Water cooling. I'm happy with the temps for now but I understand I will need better cooling if and when I am to overclock.
Thank you for making it this far and if you have an feedback/suggestions, please leave it down! Have a good one!