Hi there :D This is the PC I put together. I built this for light web browsing and the occasional minecraft. Okay that was corny joke to start out with, please don't -1 and leave.
I wanted it to look good and perform well without going too overboard in price. Every penny of this build was paid for by selling things around the house :) I think I did a decent job finding deals, considering I had no idea what a motherboard actually did at the start of this, but definitely not the best.
Feel free to ask questions or tell me how awful my build is! I'd love to hear your feedback.
First off, it's important to note that after looking at these pictures my crappy camera took, it looks like the Corsair k70 is pink and the speakers, dragon on the Deathadder and the Headphones all kind of look orange. I assure you everything is deep bright red.
Sorry for lack of internal hardware pictures, I made this PC before I even knew about this site. What you're looking at is 4 months of hard, but fun work :)
Okay, now I know it's a long way below. Just don't look down, keep your head up! Slowly just scroll down and you'll be there soon. Good luck.
Here's my part list! Read what you want to know about:
CPU - The non-K version of the 4670. I really like a cool system and I think the extra 20 bucks really would have been for nothing. This is a great, powerful Intel chip if you're not willing to get the 4770.
CPU Cooler - Yeah, it's the one everyone has :P but there's a reason everyone has it. Even when I run Crysis 3 with FRAPs and chrome in the back it'll stay around 40 degrees. The installation of it was a little tricky, I'd make sure you watch a video of installation before you try it yourself, due to the fact there's 3 or 4 things that you can screw up.
Motherboard - This board is decent for the price I paid for it, $99 on eBay from Newegg. It has 1 chasis fan slot on the bottom and 2 in the middle of the board. This is kind of annoying if you have a top fan, like most people do. But as you can see in the picture, I hooked up the top megaflow on the right side, in the PSU fan slot. I think it should be okay. The LED is just as bright and it runs the same speed. This board does not SLI FYI.
Memory - One of the first things I bought, hence the ridiculous over-payment. I just needed 8GB; I'm not doing video editing or hosting servers or anything of the sort. It does the job fine.
SSD - Found it in the basement. My dad worked for a hardware company and he was nice enough to let me have it :D It's not the fastest SSD, if I had to buy one it would definitely be a Samsung EVO. Obviously though, a free SSD is pretty good too. Getting everything I had stored on my hard drive onto this SSD was hands down the worst part of this experience.
HDD's - The Samsung I also found laying around the house. I use it to store backups. The Western Digital was the first hard drive I bought and it's used for storing random junk I don't use too much, but am too afraid to get rid of :)
Video Card - WOW...let me take you on a journey. When I first started buying parts for my PC, I started off by buying an XFX 7750. I got greedy and returned it for a 650 ti boost. I loved it...but it still didn't quench my need for frames. Then I picked up the 760. I was amazed by its power and used it happily for a month...but then one day I saw a MSI GTX 770 OC edition for $289. I immediately picked it up and I could not be happier. If you are interested in a $200-$300 GPU this card is the way to go. It's silent, cool, and oh so powerful. Hands down my favorite part of this build.
Case - Its the one everyone has! :) It has plenty of room, looks nice and is very customizable. However, if I had a second chance at this build I'd probably get something sleeker and a bigger window. That new NZXT H440 looks mighty snazzy.
Case fan - Yeah, I overpaid for it. It was one of the first things I bought as well. It is pretty quiet and moves decent air. I'm not that impressed by it though.
PSU - This version is the non-modular. I knew I wouldn't have a problem though since the Storm Enforcer has a good amount of room to tie up those unwanted cables. I haven't had a problem with it and corsair makes great PSU's.
Optical Driver - The one everyone has!
Monitor - I bought this about 2 years ago for my console gaming. The response time is excellent and I love the thin screen edge. You don't realize how helpful 1ms response time is until you come from an 8ms 56 inch TV! However, this monitor took quite a while to find that sweet spot when it comes to color, contrast, and sharpness. I'm still not sure to this day that I've even found it. The color is kind of bluish and no matter how long I mess with the settings I can't get rid of it. It's only a slight annoyance, but I don't think I can confidently recommend this monitor.
Corsair Vengeance K70 - Cherry MX Red switches really feel incredible after typing on a rubber-dome keyboard your entire life. Before this keyboard I had a peak of about 65 WPM. Now, with a little practice on the mech keys, I'm up to a peak of 103 WPM. Not only does it help your typing, it helps your gaming and it looks sweet too. As you can see in the picture, I don't have the red 'D' gaming key. That's because the A,1,6 and D keys are all slightly slanted on the end so your fingers fit in there nicely for gaming. However, I don't want to constantly switch out the keys, so I just leave all the gaming keys in save the 'D' so it doesn't restrain my middle finger and I can easily go from gaming to typing.
Mouse - This is the Dragon Age II edition of the black Razer Deathadder. Dragon Age II wasn't as well received as Origins, but I still think it's a good game. Inquisition looks amazing, however, and this mouse will be great for playing it :D I much prefer the glossy compared to the 2013 material. 2013 was made for grip, however my hands would always slide on that thing! My hands rarely, if ever, sweat. So as long as you clean it regularly, it's a great mouse!
Speakers - I bought these to go with the color scheme, obviously :P They are the only red speakers I could find, but surprisingly, they sound great as well! The only gripe I have with them is that the Blue LED on them is BRIGHTER THAN SIRIUS I kid you not. You have to wonder how some things make it through to production stage. Anyways, I spent 15 minutes opening up the wretched thing and putting black electrical tape over it. Even then, the LED shines through lol but it looks much much better. But yeah, they sounds surprisingly great!
Headset - Steel Series Siberia V2 pretty much comes in any color I think except green. These headphones are light and sound pretty good too. If you want to buy a set, buy it on eBay from one of the Chinese sellers! I know it sounds sketchy, but the one I got was brand new and wasn't a cheap rip-off! 36 bucks you can't go wrong.
Second Monitor - Acer G245HQ. Good chance you won't buy it. It was also found in the magical basement of hardware and I don't use it for gaming. Just really handy for school work and temperature monitoring. Also, watching a Twitch stream and doing something else :P
Wireless USB - This little guy is cheap and works great. I think Amazon has it listed for 20 bucks, check it out if you need one. I wish I could get wired internet, but AT&T installed our home internet so the router had to be hooked up in one spot, downstairs :/
Mousepad - Steel Series one that hasn't got those annoying shriveled edges at all in the 3 months I've had it. Not a bad buy for 9 bucks.
Monitor Stand - I bought mine from Outlet PC on eBay. They offer best offer and will negotiate down to about $44. I couldn't be happier with it. Very sturdy, very flexible. You can one single monitor up, it has to be both, hence the lopsided monitor thing I have goin' on :D If you are looking for a great stand like this, look for the double hand tightening screws on the bottom. Highly recommend this one.
LED Strip - Really cheap and really bright. It is really easy to install pretty much anywhere on your case where you can fit it. It is attached by Velcro. Really easy way to make you feel as if your PC is cooler.
Webcam - Really surprised with this webcam. Movement response is great and has a lot setting customization. Definitely would recommend for Skype and giving your daily slightly unintentional moonings to the NSA.
Okay good, you made it. I was starting to worry you had gotten lost up there.
Unless you're crazy and read all of that (and by the way I love you if you did), I'll sum it up as saying I'm extremely pleased with all of these components. The monitor's color is a little off, but that's about my only gripe. I'm also very upset I can't run Red Alert Command & Conquer.
Favorite parts of this build that I can't recommend enough are the MSI GTX 770 OC, Corsair K70 and monitor stand.
If you're interested, some frame rates: Heaven Benchmark Extreme: 39.5 FPS Valley Benchmark Extreme: 47.2 FPS
Hey, thanks for viewing! Like I said wayyy up there, if you have any comments or questions, put em down below I'll definitely respond back! Take care :D
Also, if you fancy adding me on Steam my username is Syzygy. I play whatever you play because I'm needy and no amount of money can put a price on being your online acquaintance.