This was my first time purchasing parts and building a PC on my own, and was partly payed for by my parents as an early Christmas present. I bought this during Black Friday sales, and paired it with parts and peripherals I already had. This is going to be used mostly for gaming and I will be taking it to college next year.
CPU: My previous build had an AMD Athlon 7750 Black Edition, and it has always been reliable. This cpu was a pretty good deal in my opinion, and it works perfectly fine. I also chose it because this generations consoles all have AMD cpus. The Stock fan is not that great, and is pretty loud, and is the only problem I have with it.
Motherboard: I've never used gigabyte before, but I do like the bios and it works well. The only complaint I have is that there aren't as many fan connectors as I would like.
Memory: I had never even heard of G.Skill, but this RAM had fantastic ratings, and the price was right. It was very easy to set the timings, and It looks pretty nice.
Storage: I've always heard good things about the Barracuda, and they were all correct. I've only used WD before, but this hard drive is on par if not better than the WD blacks I have used. Boot time is pretty fast.
Case: I really like this case, from the screws holding on the sides, to the removable drive cage. The only issue I have with it is that the cable routing hole for the 8 pin power cord is not large enough to fit it through. The fans it came with are alright, and I moved the blue led one to the top of my case.
Power Supply: I know it looks like I'm over compensating, but for the price, it was cheaper than the usually cheaper PSU's, and I'm all for future proofing. The semi-modular aspect is extremely nice, but the non modular cords are simply too short to use the case grommets, but it's not that big of deal to me.
Everything else I already owned. The wireless adapter and the monitor are not what I have, but they are close enough. I also have a logitech keyboard with FN media controls and chiclets keys.
I currently have in my possession 240$ for upgrades. Things I am looking at as a possibility to upgrade are my
GPU: I've always used nvidia, but I have heard that AMD are currently best bang for the buck. If I go with this I can then sell my 560ti on craigslist for probably around 100$
Storage: Any SSD that is 120GB or 240GB that is fast for the price for me to put Win7 and frequently used games and programs
Keyboard: to a full size mechanical with media controls
Monitor: to something 1080p
Case Fan: A 140mm fan for the top of my case would be nice to help keep things cooler
CPU Cooler: If I opt out of the 140mm fan, I wouldn't mind having a closed loop liquid cooler for my CPU with a radiator on top
Any help with my upgrades would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.