I wasn't looking to build a "high-end" system. Just a fan of the Star Wars: the old Republic MMO. (Also of the movies.) So I just needed a rig to play that along with helping get some school work done. In retrospec alot if not all parts could have been upgraded at little or no higher cost. But keep in mind this is a first time build and alot of pieces were bought for me for holidays. My wife got me started about a year ago by surprising me with the NZXT Guardian 921. A beautiful start, thank you Hunny! ;-) And the rest fell into place with help from family and myself. Took about a year and couple months. I am open to constructive criticism and tips keeping in mind I also plan to improve this computer later adding better graphics card and psu possibly. And there you have it my first build "the Blue Guardian".
CPU: All the other cpu's i chose became out of stock such as my first choice of: "AMD FX 965 quad core black edition". And so I went with the next best thing I could find. Over all I believe I made a decent choice.
MB: I chose the As Rock Extreme 3 because it was combined with the RAM stick that came with it and seemed like an over all more intelligent choice for later upgrade ability.
RAM: Came with MB. Also seemed like a good amount and speed.
HD: Chosen for it's capacity and speed.
VC: I chose the Radeon r7 240 mostly for budget and my gaming needs are not very "high-end" required. And overall this seemed like a good way to improve the build from my previous mistake of GeForce GT 610.
Case: My wife had purchased this case for Christmas one year. A very good choice from what I've seen.
PSU: Antec seemed like a good company to go with and 500w met my needs for my graphics card. Upgrades could be made but for now this is the perfect amount.
OD: Rated well and affordable.
OS: Chose Windows 7 originally, but for lack of nostalgia Windows 8 seems like a better choice because of the built in anti-virus and faster start-up.
Mouse: Again another gift for Christmas few years ago.
UPDATE Computer runs better than I could have anticipated. Love how the case runs quiet and smooth. played some Star Wars: The Old Republic on medium settings, ran great and system stayed cool. All around awesome computer. Can't wait to build another!