My parents decided to buy me a new computer as I had a dinosaur with less than 1 gb of RAM and 80 gigs of hdd space from 2001. As my friend was going to build his own computer, this inspired me to do mine. After convincing them, and even volunteering to buy the parts (I have a job) they gave me a budget of $700 I did research for months until i felt comfortable enough, and the prices were right to finally was able to bring this together. And i know i can do better with Cable Management ( I stuck the rest of the cables in the ssd cage...) but im pretty proud of this. I'm going to be using this for Gaming as well as schoolwork.)
Name: I was playing bioshock at the time and was going to name it after one of the characters...soon I began to hate the guy, and kept the name anyway
CPU: originally, I was going to use an i3-3220, but I got a budget boost (I didn't even ask, I orginally had a budget of $500) but i upgraded to an i5, and got that from microcenter at a great price. I didn't choose a haswell because I would of needed to pay more for the cpu, and a massive amount more for compatible motherboards. I chose the K over the normal because I may OC in the future, and it was actually cheaper than the normal 3750
Motherboard: Decided on Asrock over MSI due to the extra features, almost shorted out the board, but it works great and the features work. it came with some extra crapware though..
Memory:either this or corsair, both great. I'm still not over the fact that I can now run more than two webpages, unlike my old computer! Can run a ton of stuff at the same time
Storage: what's there to say? its a hard drive. I didnt get an ssd because its way more expensive for less amount of space. My computer already boots up fast due to Asrock's "instant Boot" (It works!) and load times are fine with skyrim and anything else.
Video Card: between this and gtx 660, I missed the deal to get four free games with the 7870, but mine did come with crysis( can play it on High, maybe ultra..havent tested). I've already bought skyrim and it is a MAJOR step up from consoles...without mods! this videocard does everything I've wanted it to so far, and I'm sure it will keep up with the next-gen games.
Case: a bit big for my office-furniture thing, but looks great and has great use. one problem: theres a standoff-point you need to remove, otherwise it will short out an ATX board.
Case fan: I got it for 3 dollars, cools and makes nice lights.
PSU: Silent and powers everything. came with a ton of wires i had to store in the ssd cage.
Note: All prices are after rebates
Pictures will come....later