I have been playing video games for a long time (8 year Xbox live member) but never really got into PC gaming until now. I have passed the point of no return...
This build was originally completed December 2015 but I recently rebuilt the computer, adding case fans and an optical drive (so that I can save some $ buying new games through amazon prime). All the parts were purchased at once so I did not save money by buying them over time. The good news is that I was able to snag a few good deals by buying them during cyber weekend. This build is pretty much only used for gaming.
Currently, I have not OC'ed the CPU (although I may do that in the future if I upgrade my cooler). You may be thinking to yourself, that CPU is a little overkill for just gaming, and you would be right. However, I went ahead and bought it because 1) I like overkill, and 2) I wanted to try to future-proof my computer as much as possible without going "too overboard."
I am going to go ahead and anticipate the typical GTX 970 vs r9 390 discussion and explain why I went with the GTX 970. I wanted to get a 144 hz monitor but did not want to break the bank by buying a 1440p or higher resolution monitor. I opted for the GTX 970 because it would do the job, and runs cooler than the r9 390. I know that I sort of ruined the black and white themed build with this particular variant of GTX 970, but it had fantastic reviews and the color scheme wasn't a huge deal to me. In the future, I may get another GTX 970 and SLI them (part of the reason why I went with the overkill 750W PSU), but at this point in time there is no need to do so.
Anyways, I am super thankful for PCPP because it helped me out a ton with selecting parts, and the community is awesome. Additionally, I was fortunate to have a friend who helped me build the computer the first time around. I have no regrets and am glad that I have joined the PC gaming community!