Obligatory its my first build, and I made it in March.
Please excuse my spelling and grammer, my Nexus 5 auto correct has been annoying as of late. It even died 1/2 way through at the GPU part, but some how PCPartPicker saved it all so thanks.
Early in January if this year my creativity was sparked in computers. Don't get me wrong, I was always interested in technology, but this was one of the first times I was interested in hardware as opposed to software. Naturally I learned more and more about it until I reached where I am today. This started off as a dream build with a 970 and a 4690k but slowly shrank due to budget. Consequently I had to make the dollar go as far as possible as there are only so many driveways to shovel. After the main part of the winter ended I had saved around 400 so I was thinking G3258 and 750ti, however I had an ace up my sleeve, my birthday. I managed to garner another 100 bringing my grand total to around 500, and for a 14 year old that is a lot of money, that is when this build became what it is.
TLDR: Saving up pays off.
Now onto the build:
CPU-4690k: Not sure what to say about this... It is one of the parts that got the upgrade due to the B-Day money. I got it at that price due to Micro Center + a 10 off coupon which was and still is a great price. The chip has treated me well till now. I can get at 1.3 VC 4.7ghz on core 1 4.6 rest if I push it to the limit, however I typically use it at 4ghz with 1.04 on the V Core. Not sure how well this was binned but suum cuique.
CPU Cooler-212 Evo: Who has not heard of this cooler? It is legendary for the price and is fairly quiet compared to stock. All I can say is that when I tried to install it I had to wrestle with it. Either it is due to my first time building or the cooler actually being that bad, but I can say I put blood sweat and tears into installing it.
Mobo-Z97 Anniversary: This board is doing its job ATM. It turns on it works and provides a light of, however I do have quite a few gripes about it. To begin with, the narrow ATX drove me insane as the 3rd set of standoffs on the case are not being used and you can see more of the PSU wire, it also hase a 4+1 power delivery which I hope is holding back the CPU from reaching 4.7. Also the color does not match at all. I am thinking of replacing it with a Sli Krait once grass season rolls around.
RAM-G.Skill Aries: Ram is Ram and it works, however it is Orange! I bought this because it was the cheapest at purchase due to a Shell Shocker however hindsight is 20/20
Storage- OCZ Arc 100 120gb SSD: The ssd helps with boot as it loads Windows in about 10sec including the bios screen. Where it falls short is storage. A 120 GB is not a lot and so far I have used about half of it. I got this over a hard drive at first due to the fact that reinstalling windows is annoying at best when I got around to adding it. Around July I should have a 1 TB Blue there as well.
Graphics Card- iGPU: It wasn't meant to be this way, I had an open box 7970 from Micro center lined up through in store pickup for 50$ as it was open box, however, my reservation expired an hour before I got there and it was gone. That card would have totaled the build to 500 so that was where the remainder of the 50$ was slated to go. I am thinking of getting a used 290 off hardware swap with some money from cutting lawns.
Case-S340: Its a great case to say the least if you know how to build in it. I made one stupid mistake by installing the PSU from inside the case and that took 30 minutes to get in. My one gripe is the side panel scratches too easily. When my 5 year old cousin came over in April, he took an eraser from the back of a pencil and drew a triangle on the window with the little eraser waste. Little did I know he scratched it with an eraser. I will be forever reminded of the illuminatti. I got the case for this price at Tiger Direct with 3 Cougar Vortex Orange fans for this price. I am seriously contemplating becoming a Mets fan due to the color. I even live in the TRI State Area.
PSU- EVGA SuperNova NexB 750 Watt Semmi Modular Power Supply: This is way over kill,however it was way cheap for the price Micro Center Pricing Errors FTW.
Conclusion: This PC started as dream, faced reality and converted me into a Mets fan due to the accidental color Scheme