Around a year ago, I had decided that I would build myself a good desktop PC to game on and to use for school. However, I was on a very tight budget, as any 15 year-old with a crappy part-time job would be. The next 6 months were spent garnering enough capital to start the project, and also doing some very mild research.
This is my first PC build, and I couldn't have done it without PCPP, so I thought I'd contribute with my completed build.
As of now, the PC has been performing excellently, however I still regret not doing enough research, as it would have not only created a better-performing PC, but it would have also saved me a few bucks.
The CPU One thing I wouldn't change in the build. I wanted an i5 processor, but the 4690k was out of my budget, so i5-4460 it is. It performs excellently for what I do with it and saved me the cost of an aftermarket CPU cooler.
Motherboard This is where things start going downhill. Why did I choose a z97 board for a 4460? I wish I could tell you. I guess I basically just chose the first ATX LGA1150 motherboard I saw and ran with it. I could have gotten a better motherboard for cheaper, seeing as I bought a locked CPU, but it's in the past now. I didn't really understand the significance of my choice in a motherboard back then, but I've learned since. Nevertheless it was easy to build on, it does it's job, and I have the means to upgrade to a 4690k in the future if I so please.
Memory "I bought a blue/black motherboard, so I should just buy 2 sticks of bright-red RAM. That'll look good." When buying parts for the PC, looks were my least concern, as I prioritized spending as little as possible. The red RAM saved me like $5, while making my PC awfully hideous.
Storage I started off with a Seagate SSHD, because it was only $10 more than a WD Caviar Blue drive at the time, and it performed pretty well, opening my most-used applications a little faster. A few months down the road I had decided to switch my OS to a Samsung 850 EVO, as I got a pretty good deal on it. I'm glad I did; Windows loads in 8 seconds.
GPU This is a reminder that I must not let myself be manipulated so easily. I had walked into my local computer shop with my heart set on an R9 380, only to be convinced that the GTX 960 is an "all-around better card". The card performs great, giving me 60 fps on max settings on any game I throw at it. It's quiet and power-efficient, but sometimes I still wonder what could have been.
Case I bought this case because it promised good airflow and USB 3.0, and it was on sale. It came with 3 fans and my inner 5 year-old was lured in by the blue LEDs. It was a nightmare to build in as it provided virtually no room for cable management and the top panel tends to be very loud with the fan spinning at mid-high speeds, but other than that, it's alright.
PSU I bought my PSU with haste, as it was the part I needed for my build and I didn't really understand the importance of a good power supply. It's semi-modular, runs quietly and provides sufficient power for my build.
All in all, I'm still pretty content with this build. It continues to impress me with it's performance and I'm comfortable with the price I paid for it.
Let me know what you guys think, and thanks for checking out my build! :]