This is my first multi-purpose (mostly gaming) rig that I put together since my laptop wasn't quite cutting it with games I play even on the bare minimum settings so I decided it was time for an upgrade. There are some things I would like to mention about the build but I'll get to that as soon as I get to each respective parts. Also, wall post BEWARE!
CPU: I originally ordered a used 4690K for $179.99 from a third party seller on Amazon. Long story short the order never got processed so Amazon refunded me and I decided to order the 4690 which was Prime eligible because at this point I was already getting impatient and just want this thing to be available already. The 4690 is not bad and I have no complaints about it whatsoever, I just wish the 4960K order went through. Also, for those wondering the seller's name is Kendra Primoss. NEVER order from that seller EVER!
CPU Cooler: As I mentioned in the CPU section I intended to use a 4690K which I was going to overclock so I needed an aftermarket cooler for that because I know full well the stock cooler isn't going to quite cut it. On to the cooler itself: I both love and hate this thing. I love it because the radiator on this thing is quite rugged and will definitely last a long time. I really got my back for the buck with this one because of how relatively quiet the fans are. Reason why I hate this thing though is because installation took quite a bit more effort than I had expected when it came to mounting it. I probably spent about as much time as I did figuring out how I'm going to install this thing so that I have enough room for everything else inside the case. Other than that I would definitely recommend getting this cooler to anyone.
Motherboard: I originally purchased an MSI Z97 PC Mate Motherboard but during the process I accidentally bent/broke some pins which basically rendered it useless. Also due to impatience I decided to get the first MoBo I could get my hands on at my local computer parts store the day I finished building this rig. I knew I overpaid for this MoBo but at this point I really didn't care. This Gigabyte MoBo isn't too bad and certainly gets the job done. Being a mATX board it does feel a bit way too small for the case and due to the limited amount of room it has that made mounting my CPU cooler and my case's fan headers because there's only one system fan port in the MoBo. Luckily the case fans were using Molex cables and my CPU Cooler came with a Molex Cable Adapter so I Daisy Chained them together.
RAM: i just wanted a relatively decent priced 2x4 8GB sticks of RAM and I happen to like Kingston's RAMs. Struggled to install them on the MoBo a little bit due to how I originally had the heat sink and tubes placed.
SSD: Did some comparing and figuring out which ones were Prime eligible. For the price this is what I decided to go with and I'm glad I did. My boot time with this thing on average is about 15-18 seconds. Will use this on every build I do from now on.
Hard Drive: 1TB for as cheap as possible that was also Prime eligible.
GPU: This was a birthday gift from my mom and I REALLY appreciate her for that because this is a pretty solid graphics card for the price. It was $299.99 when she purchased this back in June and now it jumped in price to about $324.99 on Amazon. I haven't tested it on any AAA games yet but for the games I mainly play on my PC so far (Dark Souls 3, Overwatch, CS:GO, League of Legends for now). FPS wise none have dipped below 60FPS at any given time so far. I care about graphics quality when I play but I don't care THAT much so I'm already highly satisfied with running games on High settings at 1080p.
Case: Thought it looked cool because of the Green LEDs on the front and the side panel fans. Had to remove the side fan and one of the top fans because the radiator took up some space where they both originally were. Not a bad case but I wish it had rubber grommets where the holes for cable management were. Had it been the case this would have been a home run for me.
PSU: Just wanted a decently priced PSU that could cover all of my needs. I kinda wish I bought a modular PSU so I could have a much cleaner cable management but thanks to my case being relatively huge I managed to get away with a slightly messy cable management.
Optical Drive: Only reason why I have this is because I still have Blu-Ray/DVD movies and animes and I needed a way to still be able to watch them on my PC. Not saying that I don't need it but I would rather have it and not need it than need it but not have it.
OS: The original plan was to use my friend Ryan's copy of Windows 7 but because he realized he doesn't have it at his place I had to get an OS from somewhere else. Luckily my friend Enrique has a copy of Windows 10 so as much as I didn't want to run Windows 10 I decided to use his and run Windows 10 after all. I would just change it to Windows 7 later on but that would take more effort I don't need to exert so I'll stick with Windows 10.
Monitor: I had nothing particular in mind when choosing one but when I stumbled upon this particular monitor I decided to go with it because no other monitor had a 1ms response time that was around the price range. The screen is wide enough for me so I'm quite happy with it. If I had the money I would have spent more but I digress.
Peripherals: -I got the Keyboard, Mouse, and Headset for sale on base and it's always a good time to buy stuff on base when they're on sale. And they were tax free so can't complain. - Mouse Pad because I'm a Team Liquid fan. - As for the mic I'm in the process of doing some freelance Voice Over on the side. I've had it for a little over a year now. - The speaker with Subwoofers were used but they're still in great quality and for only $15 can't really complain.