This was my first build I finished 4/21/13. I decided to build a gaming rig to switch over from console because I don't like where they are heading. I originally started with a $700 budget including os and monitor... so much for that =P ended up at a $1000 budget for the initial build. I really wanted to go for bang for buck as far as game performance. This case really has terrible cable management but I did my best on it. It turned out ok with my semi-modular psu and barely being able to fit my 8 pin cpu power behind the mobo. I really do not like where the audio cable routes across the mobo, might try to find an extension... Next time I am definitely going for a case with great cable management. My friends Phantom 410 got me so jealous and makes me hate looking at my cables haha. Just want to say I could have went with an i5-3570k or an ssd or both, but my logic was to put the money into the gpu, oh well I'm happy. So heres a list of my parts and why I chose them:
CPU: AMD FX6300 6-core I originally decided on a 965 black edition, but for a bit more I got am3+ socket, a six-core and presumably much better cpu. Also should be able to overclock easy.
Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo I put this in last minute due to the great reviews and I found out the overclock potential of the FX6300
Mobo: Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3 I originally had a cheaper mobo but after I decided to overclock I wanted a good mobo for it, this had great features, and I fell in love with the color scheme.
Ram: Patriot Viper 8Gb 1866mhz Funny enough, I just searched for the cheapest 8gigs 1600mhz or above and this was it at the time. I now realize I got a great deal!
HDD: WD CB 1tb 7200rpm Good brand, 7200rpm, good space at a good price
GPU: Sapphire 7930 (everyone knows thats the true name) (came with Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider ) I originally opted for a 7870 ghz, but after reading up on the 7870 with tahiti I had to jump. This should give me almost 7950 performance at a great price, and free games? Sign me up!
Cm elite 431+ It was on sale, had good reviews and supposedly good airflow, and I HAD a combo deal with my psu but it ended in-cart. >=[ Still not completely terrible.
PSU: CM silent pro 700w Semi-modular: Was a great deal for an 80+ semi-modular high wattage psu and came with a $23 combo(that I missed...)
Optical drive: Lite-on It plays discs... Also loud as hell so good thing I will probably never use it again =P
Monitor: Asus Ve228h It was LED backlit, full 1080p, had speakers, hdmi, dvi, and vga connections for my xbox 360 and PC. Also it was bigger and better quality than my current TV lol.
Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Loved the LEDs that fit my theme, macro keys, and great deal.
Mouse: Mionix NAOS 8200 I really needed a better ergonomic mouse for my wrist pain. It has custom lighting and awesome reviews and should fit my palm grip very well
OS: Windows 7 Oem 64 bit because I have a PC, not a tablet.
Fans: CM sickleflow red LED 120mmx2 Going for a red theme and wanted to add an exhaust fan.
Total: $1066.93 after rebates for the tower, monitor, OS, mouse+keyboard, and including two games ($100) so not bad I would say.
I am proud of this build and would love some opinions or advice on maybe future upgrades or cable management. =)
I have been able to play any game I throw at it with everything on max at at least 40 fps. Next up is overclocking!
5/20/13 update: added my new mouse, purchased prices, and updated description.
7/1/13 update: Added the NZXT Hue RGB LED controller, the Aerocool shark 140mm front intake, and my audio extension cable. I painted the front mesh covers to match my red/black theme. I spent about 2 hours planning and managing cables today so I hope it looks much better than it did. Added photos from today.