This is my first gaming rig and many months went into this.
First, I decided to finally switch to the world of PC gaming after the announcements of the Xbox One and Playstation 4. The XBone's attitude toward DRM really turned me off and I wasn't quite ready to jump for a PS4 until other exclusive games came out. Instead, I wanted to finally get rid of an artifact that was sitting in my room and make something much bigger.
You see, I have been stuck with a Dell Dimension 2400 that a friend had given me for as long as I can remember. While I was gracious to even have a computer, and it being gifted by a friend at that, it was... a detriment. Always locking up or crashing, never being able to handle more than two processes, play anything other than Half-Life 1, or even render footage properly, I was starting to become fed up with it.
I had several friends who were PC gamers and they were more than happy to start helping me with this project. They took into account my rather strict budget and desires, working together and helping me pick my case, graphics card, and everything else. I went through several cases until I found the X-Trooper, which I can honestly say is nice, but it was a nightmare trying to figure out.
The X-Trooper's manual is horrible. My friend and I spent at least an hour trying to pop out the optical drive bay covers while reading the instructions. Pushing inwards while pinching the inconveniently-placed means pinching the tabs while pushing the cover from the outside. It might sound simple in hindsight, but you must use considerable force when pushing, and we did push on both sides, hurting out fingers in the process. Also, removing the front of the case to clean the dust out is a bit difficult to do, but possible. The right side of the case where your stray wires go is far too cramped when everything is in there, even with zip-ties. So much so that it becomes difficult to close that side of the case when your wires are present. I also hate that the PCI slot covers permanently come off when you remove them, as I miscalculated where my video card would go and now have an empty slot in the back, just there. This is a nice case when it is all put together, but the process of putting it together is a nightmare, especially if this is your first time building.
One last note about the X-Trooper case is that the colors on it are nice and the fans are almost silent, which is really good for me, as I like it to be quiet when I work on projects or am just browsing the internet.
My 650 Ti is awesome. I really love it and have no plans to upgrade it anytime soon. It can handle anything I throw at it, although it should be noted I have not tried games like Battlefield 4 or Crysis 3 on it yet. It does however, handle emulation really well, except for when it comes to Gamecube games. Unfortunately, I do not yet own a monitor capable of 1080p or above resolutions, so I can't really get the full experience of HD.
My CPU is quite nice, being able to render videos and not have any problems during. I have no complaints. The same also goes for my motherboard.
My CPU cooler is... nonfunctional. Partly my fault, I did not notice that the mount was missing when it first arrived, forcing me to use the stock CPU cooler that came with my CPU. I'm pretty sure that it is far too late to contact Cooler Master about the issue, considering that this is the one part I can't find a receipt for and it has been several months since I initially ordered the part.
I really don't have much else to say about the rest of the parts. Everything is working perfectly and far exceeds what I thought it would be. I got Windows 7 free from a friend and the keyboard from another. My friend got me a second HDD after I won a bet with him. The wiring in this build is a little messy because of the case, but I can't complain, other than that.
I primarily use the computer for gaming, but also use it for video editing and podcasting, so I do a lot of audio editing, as well. Being a high school senior, this was partly a Christmas present, graduation present, and part of it came out of my own pocket. I honestly couldn't be happier. I don't really know what else to say about this build, but I'll be happy to answer any questions in the comments.