I'll start with a little about myself.. I'm 17 and have been interested in building a gaming pc for quite a while, and have finally saved up enough money to build something worthy of my time. I wanted something that I could use to play any game our at this time with decent fps and that is just what I got out of this build. I mostly use this pc for photo editing, gaming, school, and internet browsing.
CPU: I went with AMD because I have only heard good things and I was also trying to be budget conscious. I plan on overclocking in the future if it is necessary, but at this point there is really no reason I would need to as it can handle everything I do without any difficulty.
CPU COOLER: I chose this because of great reviews and high popularity. It's quiet enough and keeps my cpu at great temps
MOBO: Not only did I love the features of this mobo, but I also love the black and grey color scheme that goes with my build. I have had no issues yet and suspect that it will be an easy overclock in the future.
RAM: Its fast and good. Was thinking about 16gb but rather save the money. (casing is actually black)
HDD: it works. nuff said
GPU: This was the most difficult decision of this build. Originally I purchased XFX r9 270x, but due to listing errors (rakuten.com) I received a r7 260x. So after that whole return was over I just wanted something reliable that was in the r9 series. I got the toxic because it seemed to perform better than the other 270x cards and that beautiful design just pulled me in. I have had issues with screen flickering in internet browsing, gaming, and most of all gpu benchmarks. I have tried updating the bios of the card but that did not seem to work. If anyone has any idea of a solution or have dealt with the same issue as me, please comment below. Your help would be greatly appreciated. :-)
CASE: I stay at different homes due to divorced parents and this case is very sturdy and portable without a sacrifice to the mid-tower design. I have no complaints and love the gun metal steel finish.
FANS: I just wanted something to light up on the front to look cool. It does that. also are quiet enough to keep me happy
PSU: have had no problems with this and love the modular design for cable management. I got 850w so I would have room to crossfire in the future.
OS: got to love windows 7
I plan on getting new peripherals in the future, but for now this is just going to have to work. Feel free to comment. I will post up more pictures if anyone asks.
Any suggestions or criticisms are welcome. This is my first build after all..
3/10/14 Added peripherals and set up a better workstation..
3/21/14 installed new GPU MSI r9280x after returning the 270x. Will post benchmarks and more details soon