The last time I built my own computer back in the Radeon 9800 pro days, once that got outdated, I started using a crappy stock HP desktop with a HD 5670 for the past 3-4 years. I finally landed an I.T. job and had the funds to buy something nice for myself. I was looking to build a mid-range gaming computer with a budget of less than $1000. Through several months of saving up money, researching, and finding sales, I finally built a system that I am content with.
I know I could have gone with a non-mechanical keyboard and just bought a 7950, but I have been thoroughly enjoying the feel and responsiveness of my Storm Trigger, and I do not regret buying it one bit.
I have not OC'd my CPU & GPU yet, but I plan on doing so in the near future.
I also tried with my cable management, it looks all right, but I feel like I could have done a better job. :/
My graphics card was the last item I received, so you may notice one picture with my lame HD 5670.
My kingston SSD sata port was defective, it was really loose and fell off the first time I plugged it in. I know Kingston doesn't cover accidental damage, but I am about to send it in for an RMA early next week, hopefully they will replace it, but I am not counting on it. :(
Although PCpartpicker states that my build is ~$1200, I actually managed to get it a little under $1000 through several sales (and no MIRs).
Actual cost before tax:
i5 3570K: $169.99 (Fry's Microcenter Pricematch)
Asrock Z77: $104.99 (Newegg Black Friday)
CM Hyper 212 EVO: $29.98 (Amazon)
G.Skill Ripjaws: $35.99 (Newegg)
Gigabyte HD 7870 OC Windforce x3: $239.99 (Amazon)
Kingston SSD: $59.99 (Newegg Black Friday)
WD 2TB Caviar Black: $69.99 (Western Digital employee discount from friend)
Antec 620M: $83.99 (Fry's pricematch Newegg)
CM Storm Trigger: $79.99 (NCIX.US)
Razr DeathAdder Black Edition: $44.99 (Amazon)
CM HAF912 Tower: $54.99 (Amazon)
Before tax total: $974.88
6-22-17: replaced CPU/motherboard