edit don't know why my pictures uploaded sideways, sorry guys (and gals)
What's up PCPartPicker.com!? If it were not for this awesome site and the help of it's users I would not have this PC today. Onto the build..
Everything in this build is geared for gaming and schoolwork with a 1400 price range. I went over by a little bit but I felt the upgrades were necessary.
I chose the i5-4670k simply because I did not have the money at the time to get the 4770k, this will be a future upgrade though. And since I know Haswell chips run hot, I chose the best and most recommended affordable air cooler I could, the NH-D14. As you can see from my Bios picture it has a very cool idle temp. I want to run benchmarks with this build but do not know how to and won't of fear of breaking something. Any professional tips will be appreciated.
The mobo I picked because of the great reviews and SLI compatibility. The interface is easy to navigate and I love the one click overclock option.
Memory is pretty basic, I picked this one over the others because it had a CAS of 8 as opposed to 9 or 10 and I assumed the lower the number the better.
Storage was again pretty basic. I just installed the SSD yesterday (1/19/2014) and don't have anything saved on it. I attempted to move windows to it and didn't because I don't want to lose all my data. I have looked into imaging software and don't have the money to afford it. I tried EaseUS because I heard that it was free, but sadly the "trial" doesn't offer cloning. Oh well. I'll just save future games on it.
The 770 2gb was recommended to me on tomshardware.com and after some research I opted to go with the 4gb version as upcoming games are using more and more vram. I plan to SLI later this year witch lead me to buy the 850psu and the z87-g45 board.
The monitor was the cheapest 1080p that I could find and would like to upgrade to a 120hz soon.
The keyboard I purchased because I read good reviews and it was In my price range.
The mouse was on sale at Newegg and couldn't turn it down. I was going to go with the Razer Deathadder 2013 but his one was 10.00 cheaper and had more features.
The headset I have had for a while and use it with pretty much every thing. I love the versatility of it and the quality is great! This should not be factored into the total of the build itself.
This PC is currently sitting on my kitchen bar (lol) and I will purchase a proper desk and chair when my income tax comes in.
All but the PSU, CPU, monitor and Headset were purchased on Newegg. The PSU and CPU were NCIX.com and the monitor was B&H. I got the headset from Amazon early last year and use it with my Xbox 360, Xbox One, phone, and obviously, my PC.