I'm 18, a girl, and this is my first pc build! Coming from an xbox 360 to pc! I've wanted a gaming pc for about two years now! I wanted one for my graduation present from high school but my dad wouldn't allow it...I even said I'd split the price with him with my graduation money, but he refused! I've already been through my first year of college now, and my dad got me a summer job at his workplace, and guess what i did with my first two paychecks! (I'm an accountant's intern...it's a lame summer job to help with $$ for college lol) anyway...I BUILT MY FIRST GAMING COMPUTER EVER! So I started out not wanting to spend over $700 but that dream died quickly as I figured out that I wanted to future proof my rig, and have a beefy enough gpu to mod skyrim. So this is my baby, hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do!
cpu: 8 cores for "future proofing" don't plan on overclocking
cpu cooler: heard the stock cpu cooler was loud and a lot of people suggested this one since i wasn't overclocking
mobo: has everything i need and then some! ($10 mail in rebate)
ram: got this for a great deal on newegg with a promo code
hdd: i was going to get an ssd but i bailed last minute because my budget was already WAY over! still works great though compared to what i was used to (5400rpm hdds on previous laptops)
gpu: awesome! modded skyrim with some stuff from steam workshop, handles it really well! (maybe future youtube benchmarks) ($30 mail in rebate)
case: its okay! cheap, looks awesome! i wish there was a tad better cable management though! also paint chips easily! ($10 mail in rebate)
psu: works, semi modular, 80+ bronze AND matches my ram ;] ($10 mail in rebate)
optical drive: opens, closes, writes discs
os: before anyone shames me for pirating...I got this from a friend who works at a computer repair place...windows 7 rules!
monitor: WOW! amazing! love this thing! also got it for a STEAL on newegg! its refurbished but you wouldn't know it unless i told you! which i just did....
wifi adapter: works just like its supposed to! my room is in a basement and i use my mom's hotspot (her room is above mine)
keyboard: ok for now i just needed something cheap until i can upgrade in the future
mouse: came free with my college laptop!
PS: I KNOW CABLE MANAGEMENT IS SUB-PAR BUT EVERY TIME I TRY TO MANAGE THE ONES IN FRONT OF THE RED LED FAN THE FRONT PANEL CONNECTORS COME OUT AND THEY ARE A PAIN IN THE BEHIND TO GET BACK IN! oh and sorry the pictures uploaded in the wrong order! by the way, I did change the orientation of my cpu cooler to exhaust out of the top of the case!
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update 10/21/14 overclocked gpu from 933/1250 to 1140/1445 without changing stock voltage on msi afterburner and saw a 10-20 fps increase in most game benchmarks! also went from a 5893 to a 6662 on 3d mark firestrike! AMAZING! super impressed