STORY TIME I've been on the console (PS3) for maybe 5-6 years. About a year ago, I decided I wanted to join the PC community. It took a while, but that dream has finally come true. And I have one thing to say, this stuff f***ing rocks. I don't know what it was that influenced me, some 14 year old, to even attempt it. But oh man am I glad I'm here today, playing BF4 on ULTRA and playing my jams in a different window at the SAME TIME. Feels good, man. So far I have not ran into any issues, and everything works fine. Amazing experience, 10/10 would build again.
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CPU: The i5-4670k, still clocked at 3.4GHz. Couldn't have got a better deal; almost half-off with the PSU and it was just right for my PC; not overkill but still a lot of power. Looking back I probably should have got an AMD CPU, could've upgraded to a R9 290 graphics card with the saved money. Oh well, happens when you purchase components months apart. I plan on overclocking soon, just been doing lots of busy stuff, like procrastinating.
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken x60. You would think that because the case and the watercooler not only have the same brand name, but were showcased together, that it would be pretty simple to install. Nope. This was the most difficult part of the build for me believe it or not. Only came with 4 screws, or maybe I lost them, I don't know, and there were no arrows to tell me which way to put the fans. I figured it out eventually, but I feel like it shouldn't have been that much trouble. Although all that doesn't mean anything, it's still a awesome cooler, getting 22C idle temps is pretty cool (heh).
Motherboard: An overclocker's dream, this fine piece of hardware is. Very dandy. The BIOS is easy to maneuver, so many choices, I look forward to learning what all that stuff actually means! I also like what Gigabyte was trying to do with this line of mobo's, very cool color schemes. I chose the Z87-UD3H because it seemed good for this build, maybe even too good. Not to mention blue is my favorite. :)
Memory: ..not much to say. Corsair is the right way to go with memory. 8gb is the magic number, all you'll ever need. Especially when they come with stylish blue heat-spreaders!
HDD: 1TB for all those storage-hungry games. Makes noises sometimes, but I have a headset so I'm not complaining.
Graphics Card: Behold, the ever so impossible to get R9 280x TOXIC. The plan was that I was going to get a 4gb GTX770 for $450, but then I heard about the new R9 series on the market in mid-October. Same performance, for $100 less (at the time). It hurts to say this, but it was well worth the 20-day wait. I was lucky do get it when I did!
PSU: Buyer's remorse is a terrible thing. Right after I purchased this, the HX850 went on sale for less than what I payed for the HX650. I got it back when my build was planned to be a much more... casual PC. I'm lucky that 650W is just the right amount of power the R9 280x TOXIC needs. More watts would be nice though.
Optical drive/Cup holder: I don't know why so many people say you don't need one of these, when in reality it can be pretty useful on those dry, thirsty nights. Nah but seriously, you don't know when you might want to burn a disc or two, or play a physical copy of a game.
Keyboard & Mouse: CM Storm Cherry MX Black and the ROCCAT Kone Pure. The keyboard is a keyboard, no complaints. The mouse has an insane amount of options A++ (also has a light up kitty on it!). I have nothing to say but good things about these two. Besides that sometimes my fingers get tired from typing (blacks have the most resistance) and that the ROCCAT guy's voice is the sound of cancer.
Monitor: 1080p Asus 23". Looks great. Some people complain about the stand but I see nothing wrong unless you live next to an active volcano or constantly have earthquakes in your house.
The NZXT Phantom 530. I love this thing, even if it an oversized crate. I shouldn't be attracted to a piece of metal, but damn this case is sexy. This thing is insanely customizable and manages to looks awesome at the same time. Comes with SIX hard drive bays: a single bay, a double bay, and a triple bay. All removable and SSD compatible. The optical drive was also extremely easy to put in, you just kinda slide and snap it into place from the (outside) front of the case. Really cool, no tools involved! Standoffs already installed, cable management in the back is excellent. It is a little pricy, but it's totally worth it and I recommend it to everybody and anybody. Five stars amazing.