I decided to go the PC gaming route after I has about $1500 in Xbox games and accessories stolen out of my home. I managed to salvage the Xbox unit itself as well as 2 controllers and a cheap afterglow headset. According to Craigslist, the components I had left were going for about $100 to $150 so I posted them for sale or trade. Now that the Xbox One is out, these things lost all their value esp. with no games. In trade for the Xbox stuff, I received the case(orig. $90), psu(orig. $120), mobo(orig. $200) and ram
I got the i7-950 for just under $100,the Evercool Transformer 4 for $30 and the Red LEDs for undr $15 from Ebay. Operating system and games are stored on the 840 evo purchased from Amazon. Additional storage and video encoding is handled by the WD blue also purchased from Amazon as well.
Got a good deal on the gpu through amazon and it came with Assassins Creed 4 Black flag.
Played with OCing the cpu,gpu and ram. All were pretty simple after some reading over at Toms on what all these new options are from my old system.
Thank God for the modular PSU. Space was pretty tight behind the mobo tray and I dont think I could have possibly hidden any more wires back there.
I took the screen from an old, broken rear projection tv to make the side panel. Using a razor blade, I cut the side panel to size. I used a dremel to drill some mounting holes and spray-painted a red boarder onto the plexi-glass. Used some black spray-paint on the hex-head mounting screws. I'm glad it was a big tv because I cut 3 different side panels from the screen before I was happy with it. I'm new to plexi-glass so I made some mistakes along the way figuring it out but still came up with what I think is a cool looking mod for free from stuff I already had sitting around.
I've got access to about 80 Steam games. So far I've been very satisfied playing everything on Ultra @1920*1080. I've also been very happy with the performance gains in convertxtodvd over my LGA775 C2Q. Definitely making good use of the HT.
I know this isn't a sandy or haswell system but it is extremely snappy and I honestly don't see myself needing anything faster for a long time.(or being able to afford it)
Some pics show the Asus gt630 gpu as opposed to the Gtx 770. It took me a while to pick a card, find a deal and get it shipped so I was stuck with the gt for a few weeks.
Let me know what you guys think.