I built the machine for casual gaming. I took it with me to college and it's been doing pretty well ever since. I had NO idea how to put this thing together until I sat down and researched everything on Youtube for a couple hours. I primarily chose to build a PC, because it was cheaper than buying a pre-made one, it's upgradable, aesthetically pleasing, and can serve many purposes when built properly. While I used to play console games, I wanted to amp up my gaming experience to a higher end that let me enjoy and have more control over the games I played.
While I did go lower-end on the case, I put neon blue LED fans and a single 3-way laser that I mounted to the front to make it seem more aired out and ventilated properly. Cable management was a tad bit of an issue for this case since there wasn't much space behind the mobo mount to run wires behind it, so that took a lot of planning to deal with, as well as zip ties.
I bought everything within a month's time and put it together once the final components came in. It runs VERY smoothly and has absolutely no hiccups thus far. I can play Planetside 2 with the setting maxed out completely and it runs very clean. I haven't had the chance to run any benchmarks but I don't think it'll be necessary as it's not a totally high-end gaming rig; it gets the job done though (:
I also do plan on OC'ing (as soon as I teach myself how to OC). Aside from that if I were to go about upgrading this rig, what seems like the best approach to doing so without bottle-necking anything? ANY suggestions are welcome, as I am a complete newbie to building PCs.