I made this computer as an experiment of sorts. I wanted to build a machine that I can use for school and moderate games in my spare time. I became interested in custom building in 2013, and I’m in college studying CIS, so building a computer made perfect sense! I want to continue updating this as parts get old or break. My goal is to eventually have a really nice, valuable computer.
CPU- This is a good chip. Don't listen to people saying it's not. It has a good price-to-performance balance, and really performs well with a decent GPU, being that it’s hyper-threaded. It's only the really expensive GPU's (i.e. gtx 780)that bottleneck it. I’ll probably use it until I can afford an i5 and then have another build for the i3.
Motherboard- I got it on a good deal a few months ago. Plenty of features come with it. No WiFi or SLI support though. Plans to get an SLI compatible MOBO soon.
RAM- I feel like I overpaid for this but I wanted it to match the red/black theme. Nothing much to say, it works.
HDD- boot time is really fast but it is rather noisy under load. Might consider getting an SSD soon (if I decide it’s worth it).
Graphics- This was really all I could afford at the time. I was pleasantly surprised at its performance though. It runs most games I play at high settings. (NBA, Mass Effect Trilogy, Sleeping Dogs, BO2)
Case- I cut back prices on other parts so I could get this case. It’s awesome! Plenty of room for upgrades, and great airflow. I might put some red fans at the top soon. One problem with the case…one of the SATA cables it came with had bent pins. But no worries, I had an extra.
OS- Upgraded to 8.1. Bought through my school, really cheap.
Power Supply- It does what I need it to, will upgrade if need be.
PS- I wanted to show you my pretty school. The picture is from this morning on my walk to work.
**Update Future upgrades- Since I only have a 1080p monitor, I haven't really entertained the thought of a really expensive GPU. So instead, I’ve been thinking about getting gtx760 and possibly SLI-ing them. Not sure which brand yet. I was looking at Gigabyte or MSI. Of course, I’ll need a better psu.
I realize I probably could have gotten a better value for the money I spent, but, it was worth it to me!
Let me know what you think!