This is my first build. And in hindsight, I would make a few new changes. The initial fear I suffered from when building a PC was spending too much money on inadequate hardware (money could be spent more effectively on better quality). There are some areas where I can see a better purchase (motherboard). But for the most part, my budget oriented PC is just that, oriented for a budget, commonly labeled "Price to Performance".
CPU: This is one area where I cannot complain. I would like an i5 or FX-8350, however, I simply cannot complain with the price to performance with this CPU. Many call it a budget CPU, though it performs as well as I would need it to. Since I had never owned a high end PC (which I would consider my own to be), I was not sure the 6300 would be good at all, since all I ever read is how the i5 is the choice for gaming. I have not had any problems, it does what I ask, and remains cool with its CPU cooler working at a very low speed often. I don't see it really bottlenecking my 760 in any way. I feel as though it would take a much weaker processor to do such. MORAL OF THE STORY: Don't let the word "budget" scare you away. This is a very strong piece of hardware, yes there are better processors, but I can assure you there are much worse. I don't know of many people who would be disappointed with this processor (only the hardcorest of enthusiast)
CPU Cooler: Upgraded this after 2 weeks of hearing that terrible FX 6300 stock cooler. It did keep the cpu cool, but it was so loud, found myself opening my from door of my case to get it to shut up sometimes. The hyper 212 is not on pcpartpicker at this time for some reason, but I will review it anyways. It actually brought the temps of my whole PC down. Once again a very great decision for those with the "Price to Performance" mindset.
Motherboard: Definitely a weak area of my build, on part of a build that should not be weak at that. There is nothing wrong with the board, it has been known to have potential problems. Many recommend not overclocking on this board, I do not intend to do so anyways (though that is where the 6300 really gets to stretch its legs :D). The motherboard does do what it should. However, I did attempt to enable the "Windows 8 feature" in the bios and ended up having to unplug the drive from the mobo just to get to the bios. I do not recommend using MSI fast boot either (same thing occured). Also after about a month of random crashes, I discovered how to properly set my SSD out of its legacy IDE mode to the AHCI alternative, stability has increased, and so has speed (placebo effect?). I do recommend dealing with this before the Windows installation. (Setting is found within the "Integrated Peripherals" tab in the bios I believe). Also needed something with SLI support, this supports both crossfire and SLI.
Memory: Nothing to complain about here. So far the memory is healthy and stable. Purchased it because if was 8 gbs and cheap. As well as a decent brand name.
Storage: Really wanted an SSD, never experienced the speed that they offer and was more than excited when my budget allowed for it. This is mainly the drive for my OS and a few programs (except Steam, I didn't see any difference in it being on my storage drive or SSD) Overall, decent drive, supports Trim, fast speeds, ahci mode capable. Definitely recommended. The Barracuda is always a safe bet in my opinion (that or a WD blue) for storage. It holds data....... What else can I say?
Video Card: The "Heart" of a gaming machine. I have read, and can attest for, that a video card is more important than CPU for gaming in a majority of situations these days. This graphics card was definitely a great investment for 200 dollars (killer deal). I was in the range for a r9 270x, but seeing how this MSI Twin Frozr GTX 760 came in around the same price, I would have been a fool not to pick it up (unless I really cared about Mantle... Which I really was excited for). I guess I can suffer with Shadowplay (oh! the misery... :D). So far, no problems, handles everything I throw at it (except for AC4: Black Flag... I feel as though it should do somewhat better) Splinter Cell: Blacklist -maxed, Crysis 3- medium to high (with MSAA), Titanfall -Maxed (new beta drivers for it came out today), South Park Stick of Truth - Maxed..... Haha. Battlefield - high settings to Ultra, and Outlast - Maxed (This game scares the **** out of me), SLI in the future should have my PC blasting through games on max for year to come, but I will wait until I am stuck using a medium setting often.
Case: Very limited reviews on here for this case, hopefully I can help some people out. This is my first case, so I cannot compare with many others, however, I have not seen any problems with it. It is quiet, and the stock fans aren't too horrendous. I like the minimal layout (I really like fractal design r4's look), but the case is functional and quiet, just what I wanted. It is maybe a little limited on the cooling aspect, there are not top mounts for any fans, only 2 on the front, 1 on bottom, 1 on the back.
Power Supply: The real heart of a PC, I have read not to cheap out on this, so I stuck with the Antec name, (Corsair, Seasonic where also mentioned often). It works, its quiet, its semi-modular (which means it has the 8 pin and motherboard connectors mounted, which you will assuredly use anyways). I got a deal on it, so that is why I picked this specific model, though I may have to upgrade it for SLI in the future. (Though my watts drawn wouldn't surpass 600 with the another MSI GTX 760 more like 520 at load).
Optical Drive: Cheap, used for games, and OS. Ehh.
OS: Windows 8.1, the ".1" part of that was important, I enjoy booting to destop. I never see that horrid inefficient metro interface. I can get a snappy experience and boot with the ssd and newer OS.
Monitor: Very good monitor, 2ms response time. Though I probably wouldn't notice input lag anyways, can't hurt to have the response optimal. The color reproduction is good, comparable to an IPS display (though, it is not one), looks great and is sharp, I use the preset modes for different application, though I rarely use the "Game Mode". Got a good deal on the monitor as well. Can't complain for the price (or at all for that matter).
Keyboard and Speaker: Cheaped out on these to put more into the build, extra 50 dollars on a part is a big difference. I will upgrade these later when I have more money. I invested as little as bearable though so the overall price on the peripherals won't be too much. Any suggestions on a good mouse?