----- The Prices listed were paid Euros, even if it says $, Because I can't put € sign there, since I live in Europe, and it's a BIT more expensive, the price of the PC was actually 1000,03€ = $1366 _ ((The name: Red+Green BoomBox is because the PC is red from outside, but green from inside, mobo and gpu both have green info lights, but case has red lights))_ My Cable Management isn't great, I know. This was my first PC, that I completely built myself (my actual first PC was bought in 2007, is made By Acer, and is still running no problems, exept old parts=> not too good for gaming). Moving from my 600€, 2007 PC, to this one, I'm feeling like there's a NASA's supercomputer below my desk now. It took me 5 hours to build this PC, but first I had to wait 2 weeks because the parts delivery had a few problems, and they didnt get stocked in time.
--CPU-- Umm, yes I know i5 4670K could have been better choise for this build, but I just simply ran out of budget, so I couln't spend 150€ extra for the mobo and Intel cpu. But this cpu is still a Beast + I can OC it with just 30€ for custom cooler.
--GPU-- I had to choose this or GTX 770 2gb, I chose this because the GTX 770 was 30€ pricier, had only 2gb memory, + Mantle sounds nice (: Also this is the non -Top version of the Asus r9 280x DirectCuII, so I went with this because it's cheaper and I can OC it, if I ever need even more performance.
--MOBO-- Well this had all I needed and even more, so I can update to an SSD, If I need more speed, but for now my PC starts in 15-20 sec, with Asus's fast boot thingy, and I like that a lot. My old PC has WD Caviar Green+ Win7, which makes is a LOT slower, so I feel like the extra 100€ for an SSD would be a waste for me. EDIT: Got a 120gb SSD, didn't make much difference to be honest.
--RAM-- I got a really good "deal" from my local store (they had put a wrong price on their site, lol) so I got this ram for 76,95€, soon after I got the ram they fixed the price back to 110,95€.
--HDD-- Standard WD drive, works, is reliable and I can't even hear it from my case.
--Case-- Really good case, Got everything I needed,has more than enough room for parts, I like the looks of it too.
--PSU-- Working, no problems, exept the cables were a bit short and stiff in my opinion, hard to stretch them for good cable management, though I'm not too good at cable management anyways.
--Optical Drive-- Actually I couldn't find the exact same drive same drive as I have (from Pcpartpickers lists) but It's looks just the same as this one, mine is ASUS DRW-24B5ST.
--OS-- Okay, This is something I feel I have to say: I don't really understand all the hate and whining against windows 8 and 8.1. I think Win8.1 is even better than Win7, Win8 is faster, smoother, cleaner and I love the new shortcuts, such as the new search, when pressing windows key+s, then I just type what app/game I want to open and hit enter, it's really easy and fast, but it doesn't find my Steam games, still that's just fine. Also the "Start" is button back in 8.1, I just need to right click start and then I can go where I want. (I'm using StartIsBack btw)
Here were some benchmark results I got on my old 1680x1050 monitor [all maxed]:
Unigine Heaven extreme, fps: 38,4 and points 967. Unigine Valley extreme, fps: 46,2 and points 1932. Battlefield 3, fps: 80-250, but in MP, it can drop sometimes even below 50... Crysis 2, fps: 70-150, (although I did get a couple of rare drops to even below 50, but not below 40) Dead Space 3, fps: 200-250. GTA IV , fps: 45- 80. (bad optimization I guess...) League of Legends, fps: 130- 200 (5v5 normal game)
Here are my YouTube benchmark videos on my YT channel: