I built this computer for mainly for gaming and surfing the interwebz, this is my first build but I think i did alright. Part List:
NOTE: I am planning to buy a 290x / 780 in the coming weeks but I didn't have enough money when I purchased this build.
CPU: the i5 4670k was the perfect choice for me, I didn't get an i7 because the performance increase in games isn't noticeable. I was going to go for an amd cpu but there was little choice for motherboards.
Motherboard: I chose the z87x-ud3h because it had all the features I wanted, I was originally going to choose an asus mobo but their new gold colour scheme is ugly
RAM: goes well with the motherboard, and it was only 10 dollars more expensive than the cheapest set of 2 x 4gb sticks
Storage: 120gb for and os and some games didn't seem like enough, so I went the next step up. I also got a 2tb HDD for media files that don't need the speed of an SSD
HSF: I chose the NH u14s because it is better price / performance wise against something like an h100i
PSU: At this price point, this was the only 650 modular power supply with black cables. I mainly bought it because of that reason, but other selling points for me were that it is a trusted brand and its Gold Rated.
extra fan: I honestly chose the NF A15 to make the HSF look better, but it does provide extra cooling to the cpu which helps. Question: should I have it facing the same way as the front fan or opposite?
Monitor: (actually an Rl2450H) I bought this monitor a few months prior to buying the pc, I'm thinking of upgrading to an IPS monitor when I can get some more money
Keyboard and Mouse: going from a cheap 10 dollar keyboard and mouse set to this is like night and day, I would definitely recommend these two products.
Headset: I bought this in my console days, the mixamp works great and the headphones are okay, but they are expensive for what you get and there are better solutions
Logitech Z506: I'm only running in 2.1 mode because I rarely use speakers.
Overall this was a fun project and I didn't have too many issues, one problem however, the second fan on the cpu heatsink only works when the cpu is under heavy load. Is this normal?
edit: I was dissatisfied with my cable management so I spent a few hours redoing it, I'm pretty happy with the result atm. I'll upload some pics when I can