My completed $1200 PC Build. All shipping and taxes are included in the final purchased price. At first I was going to keep this build under $900, but got a little carried away. The shipping and handling costs are included in the total price that is shown on pcpartpicker. Reasons for the price increase from $900 to $1000 are shown below.
CPU: At first I was going to get an AMD CPU because it's cheap and also reliable for gaming. Although, after looking at reviews, benchmarks, and recommendations from friends, I couldn't resist going with Intel. I wanted something that was good all around and not just for gaming, so that's why I chose the i5 4570. There was a significant price increase between the i5 and AMD CPU, which in this case may be the only con.
MOBO: At first I bought the Asus H81M-A Micro ATX board. I must say that this board is small compared to an ATX. This board was DOA and had to be returned. None of the USB, HDMI, Mouse or keyboard ports were working. I was also getting a "USB device over-current" right before the bios screen, causing the PC to shut down in 15 seconds. (MRW it didn't work http://i.imgur.com/Gi9cwgR.gif). So I returned it and got the Asus H87-PLUS, which booted up on the first try (MRW it worked http://i.imgur.com/blwaecg.gif). I am more satisfied with this ATX board as it has more components and more ports that can be used later on. The price increase from the H81M-A to the H87-PLUS was $50.
RAM: Another reason for the price increase was because of the RAM. When I first made my parts list, 8GB of RAM was only about $65, but I missed the sale and ended up paying $97 for my Ripjaws. So far no problems with the RAM and seems to be working fine.
HDD: Seagate 1TB of storage for $67, can't complain. Uploading files to the HDD isn't the fastest but it will do. If I could, I probably would have gotten a Western Digital or Hitachi HDD, just because they have a longer life expectancy.
GPU: After reading terrific reviews on the GTX 760, I decided to go with that GPU instead of the R9 270x. I must say that I'm in love with this GPU. So far I've played GRID 2, DIRT 3, Battlefield 4, Tera, Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3 on ultra settings with stunning visuals and no frame rate lag. Although, during one of the cut-scenes in BF4 there was a bit of frame rate lag, but nothing big of a deal. I could not be any more happy with the GTX 760 and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a less than $350 GPU that can play most to all games on ultra. Games that still need to be tested: Tomb raider, Bioshock Infinite, 3Dmark benchmark
CASE: For a mid-size ATX case, I am more than satisfied with the space in this case. The ATX board fits nicely, extra screws are given, zip-ties are also given, there's enough room for all my parts, and enough space. I don't currently have the greatest cable management because of the short lengths of the PSU cables. Other than that, everything fits nicely and I still have room for other parts such as another GPU.
PSU: 500W PSU, covers the 350W I require. The only con I can think of with this PSU, is that the cables are way too short. For example, the CPU power cable couldn't extend far enough for me to place it in the space behind the MOBO, so I had to extend it over my GPU which kinda ruined the whole point of cable management. OS: Chose Windows 7 home premium because I personally don't like windows 8's layout and Linux seems far too complicated for me.
Network Adapter: The UA600 wireless adapter is amazing. My router is all the way on the 2nd floor of my house and I get full bars from my basement. Whereas when I'm in the basement with my laptop, I usually only get 4 bars, sometimes even 3. I highly recommend this wireless adapter, plus it was only around $50 off of amazon (CAN $).
I bought my parts from DirectCanada, Canada Computers, Newegg Canada, and Amazon. DirectCanada and Amazon's shipping/handling are reliable and free and I highly recommend ordering off of them. Had no troubles with them so far. Newegg's shipping came in on time and packaging was good. As for Canada computers, keep in mind that their warranty for motherboards and I believe PSU's too, are only 2 weeks. They don't state it, so be aware of that! Anyway, I'm happy and satisfied with my $1200 build. Installation of both the parts, bios and drivers worked out great and easily.