I built my very first PC around three to four years ago. I had a small budget then and didn't know too much about computers. Recently I started getting into some games/applications that require more from my rig, and it wasn't able to keep up. So it was upgrading time.
I had an i5-2310 in my first build, I didn't get the 2500k which I probably should have. I was looking around online and didn't like the thought of having to buy a new motherboard too. I found a 3570k for $180 at microcenter and went for it.
For my motherboard, I went with my old Asus P8B75-V, it's a budget board but I haven't had any problem with it and it does fine for me.
My ram is recycled ram from my old system. As my motherboard only supports that speed, why upgrade?
Storage is a 1Tb HDD that I got from another system. I had 500 gbs in my original build and found this one again. I'll probably go buy a Samsung SSD within a month from me posting this.
The gpu was a hard choice for me. At first I was looking at a 780 and a 290x. I started looking into the 900 series some more and saw some of the reviews of the 970. It seemed like the perfect card. Blue LEDS, triple fan cooling, the high overclocking capability. (Note that I received the card two days before the big 3.5 GBS ordeal, but I stuck with it because even if it doesn't have that extra .5 gbs to a full capacity, the benchmarks that were achieved before don't change.)
I saw the Corsair 760t from a build online, and I instantly fell in love with it. I loved how he had put LEDS on the inside to make it look even more stunning from the windows. So I decided to do just that.
My power supply is a Corsair 650W that I got from my old build. I had it then for having head space to upgrade. Sadly it isn't modular, but the 760t had cable management slots. (Or whatever the proper term is) It's quiet while I run games, and still has enough power for me to probably add a second 970 in sli if I ever needed to.
Operating system, I had always used windows 7 in my life. I wanted to try out windows 8 and I enjoyed it. Even if I feel like the only person in the world who actually does. I do have one complaint with it however. I have had to wipe my HDD around half a dozen times and reinstall everything, because it changes my boot drive, screws up partitions, and some other crap that I can't seem to fix after hours of research and tests. I've tried changing the partition to boot with etc, it just doesn't work... And now I have it installed, but it only gave me a part version of it because it doesn't accept my key after using it on the exact same computer time after time. So I get a window popping up every hour interrupting whatever I am doing, if it's a game or editing with a popup saying to fix windows. Because I am too lazy to call microsoft I just deal with it.
Nzxt Hue, The adhesive is trash. Straight up terrible. I applied electrical tape along the top to keep it in place, but even then parts of it still droop down. I do love that it is installed in a front panel however, it's easy to use, and looks sexy as hell in the front, and lighting up my case.
My monitor was something I picked up at best buy one day, because I used to have some square monitor that I don't even want to think about. It's been fine for these 2 years, besides the fact that there is a dead pixel towards the bottom and middle that drives me nuts. Thinking about picking up a 144hz monitor and using this one as an alternate monitor along with my tv.
The blackwidow is just a good overall keyboard, there isn't much else to say about it. I know some of the switches might be cheap, but I love the sound and layout of the keyboard.
I feel in love with the naga when I started using it, I'm not the best with the side button keybinds, but I know how to use them well enough that it's helpful for buttons 4-9 and the other three keybinds I set as 10, 11, and 12. Because I have smaller hands it's one of the only reasons I can keep up without having to scroll. (Keybinds are lifeeeeeeeeee)
Last of all, but not least. My kraken 7.1. As you may have noticed all of my peripherals are razer, I swear I'm not a fanboy ;-; I just had two razer peripherals, and why not have them all match. And do I love it. It was the first headset that I used 7.1 surround sound, which I love for games, it's comfortable and fits perfectly around my ears, I love how adjustable the mic is and the little led it has. But one small complaint. The left side of it stopped working at one point, I called razer and they had me send it back and they fixed it. Considering I had it for almost a year, I am extremely impressed that they allowed me to send it back to be repaired. Thank you for that razer.
Apparently the files don't upload to pcpartpicker, so the peripherals: http://imgur.com/a/Rb7PA
Thanks for reading if you got this far. (For those that are curious, my old computer before I started recycling: https://i.imgur.com/IcYvFDl.jpg)