This is my personal build (John) and is pretty old actually, I just never got around to posting it or was afraid of the criticism I might get from it. It was a pretty low budget build, originally around $500 before I got my monitor, keyboard and headset. I had no idea what I was doing when I built this PC, and really just put it together, not even bothering to read any instruction manuals or watch any online tutorials, and somehow it worked. I forgot to buy a GPU originally, but another friend owed me money, and gave me his GeForce GT430 for free, and then about 6 months ago my uncle bought the Sapphire R9 280 to replace his GPU, but didn't like the way it ran in his build, and gave it to me for free, and got the 970 when they came out.
I had to RMA my RAM about 2 weeks after I built the PC because one of the sticks blew up, and it took me about a month to figure out that that was the problem. I think I re installed windows like 4 times thinking that would work. I originally ran windows 7, but after the RAM blew up and I got the New stick I had deleted windows and it wouldn't activate again, despite being a 3-use OEM disk, and Microsoft wouldn't cough up a new activation code for me, so that wasted all the money spent on windows, so After running about 8 months on an inactivated version of Windows I used my College discount from Dual Enrollment in high-school to get windows 8.1 for cheap.
I also realized after it was far too late to RMA my Mobo that the Ethernet port on it was broken from the factory, as I had run the PC off of Wifi for so long. After moving the PC to a different room, where I could use hard-wired internet I didn't care that the port was broken, because I had a PCI Ethernet card at home, that could handle faster internet than my Mobo could, so I just use that.
I had no issues with any drivers, despite it being an AMD GPU, which surprised me, as I had learned a lot by the time I got the 280, and knew that AMD GPU's often have many driver issues.
I realized after a while that I should have probably gone with an AMD 6300 because of my budget, and could've gotten alot more bang for my buck, but I had no idea what I was doing at the time, and the person whop helped me put together my first build list was a bit of an AMD-aphobe when it comes to CPU's.
The fans and the fan controller I bought later on for cheap off of a friend, who happens to be the other person on, and original owner of this account.
I'm still amazed at how well this PC runs games and everything I do with it despite the locked CPU, and over-all low budget.