So this was actually built for my parents. They aren't gamers, but they wanted something that would last a long time. It'll be used mostly for email, microsoft office, internet, and youtube videos. I'll probably do some light gaming on it. They gave me a $1500 budget including the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and a new printer.
It took me the whole day to build it, but I was being extra careful not to mess anything up. I followed a tutorial video on youtube which was extremely helpful. Thanks goes out to https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTechReportVideos, thanks to the good people on NeoGAF for answering some of my questions, and thank you for this awesome website that made part picking easy. It was a great experience and I'll definitely build one for myself someday.
I know I probably made some mistakes in my part selection. I really don't think we'll ever be overclocking the cpu, so I could have gone with just the 4770. I might have overpaid for the ssd because I think a Crucial M500 is around half the price of the Intel one I bought. I thought the white case looked cool, but my mom doesn't like it (she'll live with it though).
Everything about this machine is awesome, but what has impressed me the most is the ssd. I love the fast boot times and load times. I soon went out and replaced the hdd in my laptop to an ssd. I don't think I can ever go back to an hdd. Please future builders, invest in an ssd!
Only real problem I've had so far is with the fans. It has happened twice now where the all the fans will spin very fast and loud when it wakes up from sleep state, and it will continue to do so after restarting the computer, turning it on and off, adjusting stuff in BIOS, etc. Fortunately, I think I've narrowed down the cause to the GPU. The 760 I chose has three fans, and the middle fan sometimes refuses to spin.
The solution has been to turn off and unplug the computer, take off the cover, and simply spin the fan a little bit with my finger. It's obvious that there's more friction with the middle fan than the other two fans. When I plug it in and turn it back on, the middle fan is working again and everything is back to normal.
Maybe I should get the whole graphics card replaced? The computer has been fantastic other than the two instances with the fans so far. I'm afraid it might happen again though. Is there a way to loosen up that middle fan? If anyone can shed some insight, I would greatly appreciate it.
The floor is open to comments/criticisms. I'll be building again at some point, so any advice for the future would be very helpful.