Hi, this is my first computer build. I am 14 so getting the money for these parts was a little hard. My parents did help me out a bit by getting the CPU as a Christmas/B-Day gift. They also bought the mouse a little while back. The reason for building this computer was to get out of the console world, I had the option of getting a new console but I decided to go the extra mile and build a Gaming computer! My goal for building this computer was to run all games at ultra setting for at least the next year or 2. I also use it for some video editing and wanted it to last around 3 years before building another.
I chose that name because it's green, obviously. Well some stuff is red because at the time of buying I couldn't find a good green motherboard for a good price. But that's ok not a big deal. Building it took roughly 3 hours, wanted to take my time and not mess anything up, and it was easy... and FUN!. I will definitely build a computer again, and again, and again. I know storage is a little small right now but for now I got a 2tb caviar green HDD right now that I'm using as a storage drive, I'm thinking of getting a 1tb drive for my secondary drive like storing more games, I got about about 90gb left on my SSD so that's not enough for more games. Now reasons and my rating on the parts.
CPU: Intel i5 4670k is the most common CPU for gaming (I think) I was also planning on doing some video editing so I went with Intel as they have powerful processors. This is a very fast processor and I recommend this to anyone, they do run a little hot so I recommend getting good cooling for it if you are overclocking or putting a lot of usage on it for a long period of time. I give this a 5/5
CPU Cooler: The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a VERY good cooler for its price, I haven't overclocked with it yet but I would imagine that it can handle at least 4.2GHz with this CPU. The fans do feel a little cheap but what can you expect from a $30 cooler. Also, this cooler is a little on the big side, so make sure you have enough room between the CPU socket and the RAM. I also rate this a 5/5
Motherboard: The MSI Z87-GD65 is a great motherboard for it's price, the BIOS is easy to work with, there is alot of cool features on the board like Sound blaster cinema, USB supercharger and killer ethernet (which I don't use) I have a USB WiFi stick. one thing to note if you're using this board is to put the sata cables into the motherboard before installing your video card, I would imagine its the same with most motherboards. The reason I got the GD65 instead of the G45 is because the GD65 was about the same price as the G45 at the time so I figured why not. 5/5
RAM: 8gb, it works, it looks cool and it is DDR3-1600. What else? 5/5
SSD: This was a hard decision but with the amount of money spent on all the other components I figured I should go with an SSD so my storage is fast like everything else in my computer. This SSD is really good, Windows boots up extremely fast, compared to the normal 1 minute on my old computer. game load up times are fast. I get first pick on vehicles in BF4! and copying things takes no time at all. Another 5/5
Video Card: When putting my parts list together, this was my most changed part. I started with the 2GB version of the GTX 770 way back when the prices were still high, Then I switched it to the GTX 760 4GB but that was pointless so I changed it to the R9 280X. I was set on that card until Nvidia dropped there prices and came with a holiday bundle. So I got the 4gb GTX 770 that came with $160 worth of games. It runs all my games on ultra setting with 60+ FPS. Best purchase I have made. 5/5
Case: This case was easy to work with (Full Tower) I went with the full tower for 2 reasons, It would be easy for cable management, easier to work with, and, it was on sale for a very good price. I really wish that all the HDD trays were removable but I knew that before I bought the case. one part of it is though. I really liked the tool less HDD trays and optical drive bays. Makes it really easy. one thing I didn't like was the door at the front. I actually don't have a optical drive so it was no big deal for me but for some people it could be harder to reach the DVD drive if the door swings the way they don't want it to go. overall this is a really good case and it gets a 5/5 from me!
PSU: This was also a little bit of a hard decision for me, I didn't know if I wanted to go with a 650w, 750w or a 850w. I was also thinking of getting the RM series from Corsair, but as soon as I saw the Seasonic drop to the same as the corsair I grabbed it. I went with the 850w so I can install a second 770 if I wanted to and I have a a lot of head room. I was also looking for a fully modular power supply with at least Gold efficiency. The flat black cables were sometimes hard to work with, but in the end, it made my build a little cleaner. 5/5
OS: Should of went with win 7. Windows 8 had so many problems when I first installed it. It took a lot of changing to get it to fully work. It does work now and it's a good OS if you get Classic shell. I'm going to give this one a 4/5 Not very noob friendly.
And that's my opinion on all those parts. I haven't over clocked yet but I will very soon. Just haven't had the time yet. BF4 runs at 60-85 FPS on ultra settings. That's with MSAA x4. Unigine valley benchmark test with EVERYTHING on max I got a score of 2000 I think. If you have any questions, be sure to ask them!