I built this machine about a month ago, and it was my first endeavor into the world of PC building. Since then, I've build another PC for my friend, and I am now in a class where I get to build PCs. It has really become something that I enjoy doing.
That being said, I thought I'd show off what I built. By the way, I'm 15, and I saved up for this entire build by myself. I use it mainly for gaming and watching Netflix, browsing the internet, etc.
One of my main goals with this PC was for it to be fast, reliable, and for it to be able to play most every game out right now on at least high settings at 1920 x 1080 resolution. I've gotta say, I haven't been . This computer boots up in a mere 15 seconds from pushing the power button, and shuts down almost instantaneously. It also plays all of my games on high - ultra settings seamlessly.
I was trying to go with a sort of red, black, and white theme, which should pan-out better down the road when I put an NZXT Hue in it to light things up.
Oh, and right now I know that my cable management is atrocious. I just need to get back in there some time and fix it up a bit.
Now, on to the parts!
CPU: I chose this CPU because: 1) I have always been a little biased towards Intel, and I wasn't on a HUGE budget, 2) It is the "K" version, so I can overclock it if I'd like to in the future, 3) I got a deal on it at Micro Center, 4) It performs REALLY well!
Cooler: I went with this cooler, because I was hesitant to try water cooling right off the bat. This cooler is very well made, and does a great job keeping the CPU cool. I get idle temps of about 25 C with this bad boy. (It looks cool too!)
Motherboard: MSI seems to be a reliable company, and I really liked the features that came on this board. It has the Z87 chipset, USB 3.0, quite a few SATA ports, a LOT of USB ports on the back, built in audio chipset, and an optical out port that I use to get surround sound through my Astro wireless mixamp while gaming. This board al;so has nice OC'ing features in the BIOS, as well as support for SLI if I chose to do that down the road.
Memory: I went with 8 GB of Low Profile Vengeance because it is reliable RAM, and it allows for clearance under my monster of a heatsink, so that I can add another 8 GB in the future.
Storage: I wanted my OS (and a few other Apps) to boot quickly, so I put the OS on a Samsung 840 EVO SSD. I chose the WD Caviar Blue because it was cheap, reliable, and has a lot of storage space for my games, etc.
Video Card: I went with the GTX 760 because it was the best card in my price range that could game well in 1080p. I've really been enjoying the graphical ability of this card. Bought the MSI version to match with my MOBO.
Network Adapter: Got this because I don't have an Ethernet connection in my room. This thing works perfectly.
Case: Love this case! Has nice features for cable management, removable drive bays, and it has a window and looks sweet! Got it for $70 after a rebate too.
PSU: Stuck to my instinct on this one, and didn't cheap out. I went with SeaSonic because of their overall reliability with their power supplies. The semi modular ability was also a nice, needed, touch.
Optical Drive: It's a DVD drive. It's made by ASUS. It works. What else can I say? Haha.
OS: Since I got 8.1 on this computer, I haven't regretted it. Love it, super fast OS.
Monitor: Has a fast response time, tons of nice presets, and is 1080p capable. pretty decent size too.
Keyboard: Using this thing right now, I can say that I LOVE it!! Feels so nice, and the red backlighting and removable textured key caps, along with the programmable lighting mode makes this a great mechanical keyboard!
Mouse: Fits my hand really well, has different modes that you can set with the DPI. Pretty nice.
So, in conclusion, I love my PC, and will most definitely never go back to purchasing pre-built PCs again!
P.S. WILL UPLOAD HIGHER QUALITY PHOTOS LATER
UPDATE: Has been running strong, added nicer pictures.
UPDATE #2: More pictures! Added an NZXT Hue, benchmarked, OC'd a tiny bit (only to 3.7 GHz), and managed a few cables.