I Originally was going to get the gaming MSI 970 but my dog had to go to the vet and took $200 from me, So I settled for this 760. I plan on getting the 970 in a few months and keep the 760 as backup. I started off going to do a AMD $800 build, but after a lot of reading I decided on intel. Its my first build so it took me forever to decide on parts lol, I didn't have no idea what a case was 3 months ago. never had a desktop, been playing games on a 360 for years.
CPU- first I was looking at a fx6300, then 8320. then I decided on intel and a 4670k, read a 4690k was better for like $10 more so I bought it.
Cooler- everyone recommends it, good reviews.. will upgrade to a better one. but I need to learn more about them
Mobo- this was picked mostly because I liked the look and price of it, the features helped some to in deciding.
Memory-Couldn't decide on this either and thought it would fit no problem with the hyper 212 evo, it was red so...
HDD/SSD- a lot of people use them, I didn't really look into these.
PSU- I didn't look much into these either, wish I would of because its the loudest part I've heard yet.. Its not bad but I think it could be better. I can deal with it.
GPU- really wanted the 970, and couldn't decide what else to get around $220.. bought it because of all the good reviews and I liked the backplate.
DVD- for $20 I guess I couldn't beat it, I didn't really look into these either. would like a quieter 1 day if possible.
Case- was the 1st thing I decided on, good looks, window, and reviews got me to buy it.
Fans- I havnt got them yet, looks like it would be tough to put 1 at the top rear, so I may just add 1 at the front.
I still need to install the drivers, and windows updates. I have the newest drivers and utilitys on a USB, but don't have internet right now. let me know what you think, and things I can do to improve it.