Bought for my Golden Birthday present to myself. Old Dell circa 2005 ran ok, but had to upgrade from Windows XP.
This was my first ever build; my brother with 1 build under his belt helped me put it together. There were some hiccups such as:
not plugging in 8-pin CPU power
forgetting to use mobo standoffs, and dismantling to put them in. (PC was in working order for over 3 weeks with no problems before I realized it)
installing H100i radiator+fans inside case before realizing motherboard wouldn't fit that way
Live and Learn.
Haven't OC'd much, only used AI Suite II easy OC mode. I want to get to know my PC a bit before I mess around too much. Had it running at 4.4 for a while, then 4.6, decided to go back to factory clock of 4.1-4.2 because I didn't notice any difference besides slightly higher temps.
I need to move the tower off the carpet, but don't want to put it on the desk -- ideas? Will hook up 2nd monitor (old Dell 19") for multi-tasking.
Windows 8.1 was a birthday gift. I probably overpaid in some areas, but I ordered all at once (wanted to meet Windows XP deadline). Desk & Chair were ~ $280 total. Hope to get 6+ years out of this PC, the investment will have been worth it by then. Take into account that I started from scratch on this build (no previous parts used).
Daylight game w/ GTX 760 purchase
Powerbank phone charger/flashlight
$30 IronEgg price guarantee on the AMD FX-8350 (found on Amazon for $30 cheaper after purchase, 169.99)
I definitely flaked on my $40 worth of MIRebates, almost not worth my time for the trouble.
Use: Gaming, Streaming/Netflix/Youtube, Browsing.
Will answer any other questions in comment section.
Disclaimer: I claim this build to be no Bea** , this is my first build. Any tips or criticisms are welcome.