Like the title says.
It's taken me around 3-4 years for me to finally be comfortable with a wonderful computer, buying and/or trading most of my stuff from craigslist. I really don't make much money and neither does my family but I am grateful for what I have and what I have accomplished.
I don't remember many details of the story. However, it's enough to suffice. This is how it happened if anyone's interested.
It all started when I had this Dual Core AMD computer for maybe a year or 2. Keep in mind, I had no knowledge of computers at all during this time. I can't recall the specs on that computer or how long I kept it. Then after a while I wanted to get into PC gaming so I bought a brand new Sapphire 1GB 5670 for my Dual Core AMD. At first I just thought "hey I need a new graphics card to start playing games." Just based on what my friends have been telling me. But then I realized that my, probably 300W, PSU wasn't powerful enough because nothing was displaying. So I went out to buy a new 500W PSU and that just had to be the problem right? Still nothing would come on. After hours of research I finally figured out the problem which I currently cannot recall. Importantly I got it to work and it was enough for me to enjoy whatever games I played at the time. I eventually was able to sell that computer and some other electronics of mine for a decent amount of money.
I found an Alienware m11x which was a little 11 inch laptop. It did good for a while for school and gaming. However, I eventually wanted a desktop again. I was able to trade it with this nice gentleman. He gave me an AMD FX 8350, 16gb RAM, 750W Corsair power supply and an Antec 300. I forgot what MB. Furthermore, I didn't have a graphics card at the time and the 8350 didn't have an on-board gpu. A friend of mine was nice enough to let me have his old 1GB 9800 GT. Later on, my dad and my brother were able to buy me a MSI 270x for my b-day/christmas gift. Which I am very grateful for. And I kept this build for quite a while.
Eventually times came when I needed the money for rent so I put it up on craigslist and I was able to get more out of it than I planned. I was able to keep the MSI 270x and the 750w PSU. And the guy who bought it from me was so kind and give me an extra evga 430w psu and an EVGA 740. Both of those are now sitting in my Girlfriends computer. She does light gaming but its nothing a 740 can't handle.
So before I had the main components of my current build I already owned the 16GB Corsair Ram, 750w Corsair PSU, the 2TB WD Green(which was originally an external HDD I got on sale but my friend took it apart for me to put in my FX8350 build) and the Corsair H75(I honestly do not remember when and where I got this. I only remember I got it on CL for the 8350 build so I can overclock the CPU but then I never used the H75 on it)
I was able to get the i7 for only $200 and the MSI Z87 mb I traded my CM 212 EVO + The No.1 From McDonalds, since I already had the H75. The Samsung 840 Pro I got for like 40 because the guy just bought a 480gb SSD. Also, I got the WD Black on a Fry's Electronics Promo sale and the CM Case I got for cheap. I can't recall how much. I just recently got the GTX 680 for only $120 because he was just getting rid of it since he apparently has 3 GTX 970's in SLI. I can only dream... lol
My Rig is only being run on single 8GB stick because I put the other 8GB stick in my GF computer so she can game too (:
If you have any questions just ask.