I decided I wanted something more powerful and not as hot as a laptop when playing games and working on multiple tasks so I built a computer. I did research for almost three-quarters of a year learning the ins and outs of a computer and its respective parts. Once I had the money and Black Friday began rolling around, I began to buy parts as they went on sale trying to get them for lower prices so this project fit somewhere in my budget. I built most of the computer before my finals in university (I studied for them, don't worry). I built the rest after the winter holidays once I picked up the monitor and graphics card. The monitor is a very nice upgrade from a 20" 1600x900 HP monitor.
Total Price of Tower's Components: 1301.86 USD
Since I work in a wood shop sometimes, I decided to build a tray for the computer so I can slide it around and keep it directly off the carpet. It has been helpful in moving the computer around.
I didn't plan on overclocking so soon, but I wanted to learn and so I dabbled a bit in forums absorbing more information. I wanted a good overclock, but not something that would decrease the lifespan of my CPU by too much. I originally went for 4.5 GHz, but my temperatures, although low, were not optimal. Brought it down to 4.4 GHz and I began hitting temperatures I wanted. I currently have it at a Vcore of 1.210V. Any more tips with overclocking are definitely welcome.
I bought a 4GB graphics card because I enjoy modding games and plan to add more monitors down the road when I have space to. The 850W power supply is for my future plans of having SLI 770s.
This project was very fun and required patience at times. I can also now agree that building a computer isn't all that hard in the end. Any other tips and feedback are welcome.