I wanted to build a PC for a long time to record/ edit my music, also I'll be needing it for school since I'm a computer information systems major and i do some kind of programming on it PLUS my old mac is driving me crazy! This is my first built and I had a budget of $1000. I made sure I got the best parts for that budget xD
I was going for a cheaper Video Card but a friend of mine advised me to get the new GTX 760 and I ended up getting the Asus GTX 760 and believe me it deserved every penny!
I'm not a hardcore gamer but i enjoy playing games whenever i have some free time. i do slight photo/video editing so that 760 was really a jump.
I needed a silent case because the computer is going to be next to me when i record, and the best case i found was the R4. it was a really good choice for me, I barely hear any thing coming outside of that box!
I was going for the 4770 locked version, but there was $35 difference between the locked and unlocked
I haven't done the OC yet and I don't think I'll be doing that soon.
The Hannspree monitor was better than I expected! I like the slim look, perfect colors/resolution, and Full HD for the price of an old 18" monitor.
Most of my parts were combos and some of them was 10-15% discounted The total for the computer plus the monitor was $1077