Hello all! :) As an upcoming IT student I decided that I should probably build a computer! ;)
Originally I had a $550 rig that was "meh" at best. It wasn't bad but I eventually sold it and months later this is my build. I've put hours of research into this so I do hope that it will live up to my expectations! I realize that there are no already built photos, but I plan to add those very soon as I am waiting on the SSD and GPU still. Btw, yes that ocz box did come with that dent in it :/ no damage to the psu though! But it was still a little disappointing, oh well. If you have any questions or critiques please let me know! In my mind I felt that this is exactly what I needed and the best I was going to get for $1000. By the way, I ended up spending roughly $1050 after promotions and rebates so it did take a while to get all of the parts rounded up due to waiting for sales and such. As far as overclocking goes, I don't plan to overclock as of now, but I went with the 3570K because I may change my mind in the future. Now I'll add a reason to why I picked each part :)
Case: I picked this case because it had every feature I was looking for. I didn't really want to get too much into liquid cooling, so I wanted something that was spacey and had some great airflow options. Which I just remembered, I'll have to upload my "airflow diagram" for this build. Mind you, it's not the best but I made it pretty quick! I picked this case up for $80 on Newegg (on sale).
Motherboard: I decided to go with the ASrock Extreme4 mainly because of the amount of positive reviews and for the great upgrade options it has. I may want to add another 7950 in the future or perhaps some more RAM. I felt that this was definitely a worthy Motherboard. I got this for $95 at Microcenter (this was with a cpu bundle)
CPU: I went with the i5-3570K for many reasons. Many of you know of its performance capabilities already, so I'll stick to the other reasons. I saw this on a bundle with some Motherboards and ended up saving a lot of money through that. I bundled it with the ASRock Extreme4 and was able to pick this up for $200 at Microcenter.
CPU Cooler: I picked this cooler because of the popularity/positive reviews as a very effective budget cpu cooler. It does block the first DIMM slot on my ASRock Extreme4, I was planning on grinding down the fan on the cooler once I decide to add some more RAM. Especially with vengeance being so tall. I got this for $27 on newegg.
Memory (RAM): I picked this RAM because my motherboard and cpu are compatible with up to 1600mhz ram without OC'ing and because it is CAS 7. Also, it was surprisingly only 1.50v, fully compatible with my cpu and mobo without OC'ing. Yes, I paid the extra for the 7-8-8-24 timings, but this was just a little fun thing for me to do, finding this and then ordering it :) I picked this ram up for $80
Power Suppy: I was initially going to get an Antec HCG-750W non-modular psu, seeing the great reviews, but then I saw that the OCZ ZT750W (fully modular) was on sale for $55 so I checked the reviews out and it turned out to be tier 2 on the newegg psu hierarchy and got great reviews. I does not have an MOV for the filtering stage, but despite this, it got some pretty nice reviews. I got this for $55 from Newegg.
Storage: The reason I chose a 256gb SSD was because in my last PC, I used about this much storage after almost 2 years. If need be, I can always upgrade for more room, but it'd be another 840 Pro. This is the best SSD in the price range for me, the random speeds are nice, and the sequential read/write is 540/520mbs respectively. I got this for $220 on Newegg.
Video Card: I picked the MSI Twin Frozr 3 OC HD 7950 as my gpu mainly because of the cooling and future capacity of it via overclocking and such
OS: I chose Windows 7 as my OS and I got it for free because I had ordered this a long time ago but never used it due to Ubuntu catching my eye.
Optical Drive: Not too much to say about this. I needed something cheap to use two or three times and that's about it :)
That's my build guys I hope you were interested in it as much as I am and I will be providing some built photos as soon as my last few parts come in. PLEASE critique this build because I tried to get the best I could for the money but perhaps there may have been a better option somewhere. Thanks for your time guys I hope this helps you in some way or that you help me in some way by providing some tips :)