This is my very first build ever and its also a gaming rig. I used a very overclock-able system (not that it needs to be OC'ed). First i'll go over each part and then each picture. Btw dont believe that price down there, no way in hell I paid $1000.
CPU - As many of you know, its easy to wanna spend just a little more to get that better part. Well i decided the i5 3570k was worth it and i still think so after testing it. For the noobies like myself "K" means you can OC and "P" means HD is disabled.
MOBO - My original plan was to build this rig as black as I could and this board looked black and had all the features I desired; crossfire, z77, usb 3.0, vga, hdmi, lga1155, sata 3 16x. (sadly it looks more brown but its still a good board imo).
RAM - Again, black and 1600 is a bump up from my old 1333. And 8gigs is a bump up from my old 4. all in all I don't notice a difference but I'm sure its there.
Drives - Both drives are from my old acer aspire POS. It was a laptop stuffed inside a case and it played Skyrim at about 20-30 fps on lowest settings.
GPU - Once again for the money this OC-able card is great imo... except its blue... and its called saphire... but still function is key and this baby gets the job done nicely allowing me to play Skyrim smoothly on all ultra settings even before OCing.
Case - I know alot of people are like "wtf that is an ugly case!". Well I like it. idk if I would have liked a different one more but I really like this ones functionality. Its large for a midsize as well as boasts a very handy storage compartment and wire guide for a mouse or headphone. It has a large window which was a big selling point for me, and includes 3 fans with room for 3 more or 1 more and a large water cooling system. The back of the case also has a place to hide and guide cables. The downsides are the fans are very generic white and I've heard stories of them breaking in transport. Also only 3 5inch slots but I'm fine with that... P.S. very black
PSU - 650 is a bit large for this build but it should last me right? lol. Well i originally had a 500 for much cheaper but was scared into getting something of better quality so this is it. My only annoyance is its not modular.
OS - Its actually borrowed from a buddy of mine and I cracked the customizations since there was no usable key. Its certainly a switch from 7 but its okay I guess. Oh and beware, some drivers from some mobos may make it impossible for windows to boot.... learned this the hard way.... multiple times.
-1 - My humble little setup.
0 - Window view.
1 - Parts packages.
2 - The site uploaded it sideways but this is the side off view. I dislike the white optical drive but nothing some electrical tape cant fix. Also I have two long yellow power cables for the GPU but I couldn't decide which looked better so i left it simplistic.
3 - Corner angle.
4 - Just a better look at the GPU up close. Depth is not this camera lenses strong point.
5 - Another sideways pic. I focused on the rear fan looking through the front after removing one of the two front fans. nothing special.
6 - Storage compartment. I can tell you its not that hard to open as one video suggested if your not retarded and its able to hold at least a laptop HDD, an SD adapter, 2 SD cards, and 2 flash drives.
7 - For those who though wow its so clean and minimalist.... Think again. This is my mess that i shoved under the metaphorical bed.
8 - Back panel showcasing the features of the MOBO and GPU.
Id like to thank yahoo answers, tomshardware, and whoever else helped me figure this **** out lol. I'm not done however. The next stage of this build is Bling and i have ideas brewing. Also I welcome any and all comments and ratings.