I built this budget gaming rig on February 1, 2014. It took me about 4-5 hours to build with my dad (he doesn't know much about computers). This was my first ever build, so please excuse some of my inexperience and my cable management. I use this build for gaming and schoolwork, it can play all my games, Skyrim, Minecraft, Garry's Mod, Portal 2, etc. with 60+ fps. It does exactly what I wanted it to and I'm happy with it. This build was meant to be future-proof that's why I went with 1150 mobo.
Pros: Did not really have any problems for a first time build. I love the keyboard/mouse and monitor, they work great. The GPU does exactly what I want it to. And the CPU gets the job done. Very cool and pretty quiet.
Cons: I did not select a motherboard with wifi, the CPU Cooler was too big, so I had to remove the side mounted fan to get the side to fit on; so I put the fan on the heatsink also. I slightly wish I had chosen a modular psu as my cable management wasn't the best. And there is not overclocking on the CPU.
CPU: It gets the job done, gives me enough processing power for now until I can upgrade it. I got it in a bundle with the motherboard at Microcenter for a total (including tax) of $240.
CPU Cooler: I have to fans installed on it and it keeps my CPU nice and cool. Got it for $40 at NCIX, this price may not sound good, but it got me free shipping on Windows 7, so that helped. But it was a bit big for my case. I WILL be upgrading to a CPU I CAN overclock in the future, it was just a foresight.
Motherboard: As previously mentioned, came in a bundle from Microcenter. It is really awesome and comes with a ton of cool features! I would definitely recommend this motherboard, except I would recommend you get the Pro version of this, as it does not come with WiFi. But it's okay because I'm connected over LAN.
RAM: Great RAM, gets the job done. I got it for a pretty good price of $72.
HDD: For the price and considering its a Hard Drive, it's pretty good. Yet I would like to get a SSD.
GPU: I really like this Graphics Card, it gets me the 60 FPS that I want and need. It has HDMI which works with my monitor, and it doesn't overheat. What more could I ask? But sadly, I didn't get the best price possible for it. :(
Case: I love the case, it looks awesome and feels awesome. The blue lights are awesome and match my keyboard and mouse to make my whole gaming rig look awesome. I don't really have any complaints about it.
PSU: It's a nice little power supply, gives me enough power to get my gaming done and my schoolwork. I slightly wish i at least went semi-modular though, as my cable management was horrible.
OS: It's Windows 7. Nuff' said.
Monitor: Great monitor for the price, I love the size and 1080p. All in all, great monitor, I would highly recommend. Except don't do the MiR, it's a horrible experience >:(
Keyboard/Mouse: Great feel and look. The only downside I can think of isn't really a downside, the mouse has two buttons that go back and forward in the browser history that I always accidentally hit. But I love the blue led backlight.
I plan to do some upgrades in the future which include, either getting an i5-4670K or an i7-4770K. I plan on getting an 120gb Samsung Evo SSD and possibly a 2tb HDD. I also plan to get a better GPU, possibly SLI with two 760's. And also upgradin to a higher wattage power supply. Otherwise, I'm set.
My windows experience index is 5.9 but that is only because of my HDD, otherwise it's a 7.3.
Constructive criticism welcome and I will upload a couple more pictures later to show my performance.
I can't wait to do my next build!