Hello everyone, this is my very first PC build. I finished building it last weekend, and works like a dream.
CPU- Love it, and a huge upgrade from my 5 year old intel pentium 2 core. runs cool, no problems.
Mobo- So easy to install, and works great. however, some where complaining that i could have gotten more for the same or same for less. the reasons why i got this one was 1. built in Wifi 2. gold colour
RAM- "Why did you waste extra money on vengeance pros" you are probably asking your self. "why didn't he get something cheaper?" well, i got them because all the other ram sticks i found were ugly, and i loved the look of these.
SSD- boot in 7 sec., and apps open instantly. worth the 100$, definitely
HDD- Good, reliable, fast. not much more to say.
GPU- why not AMD? cuz im an Nvidia/Intel fan :) i didn't get a 770 cuz i wanted to save that extra $$$ for upgrades later on. i love the cards performace so far.
Case- Why so big? upgrading. i may switch out to a bigger and better card later, and the bigger the case, usually the easier the build.
PSU- Why so much? upgrade-ability again. the efficiency of the PSU is very nice also, and its fully modular, so that's a plus.
OS- i wanted win 7, but i wanted it to be future proof, plus someone who i know works at MS, so i got office and win 8.1 pro for 20$ :D. he couldn't get win 7 for me :/
Monitor- i was going to get an asus vg248qe, but i decided to spend more money on my parts rather than a monitor.
Keyboard: i love Logitech, and this was what was in-stock on best buy, so i picked it up.
Mouse: simple, fast. all i wanted and expected.
summary: my goal here was basically performance without burning a huge hole in your pocket and look nice at the same time. money really isn't a problem, so i went for aesthetics. it took me about 6 hours to build.
ACTUAL total: a little under 1600$