Hey everyone, I named this build after the robot character "Sektor" from MORTAL KOOOOOMBAT!! This PC build was built back in August 2013 with old PC parts from a friend that was going to throw away his old PC because he had bought a new HP computer and I offered $20 for it and he took it haha. I managed to salvage the 2GB ram it had and the motherboard everything else was useless. I had an old Dell Optiplex 280 sff, so I took out the 2GB ram from it so I could have a total of 4GB ram of DDR2. It is safe to say that because of my friend's old PC I learned about building PC's and all this great websites to aid me in building a budget PC!
CPU Cooler: Got it since it was at a good price and is a decent cooler.
Graphics Card: I was gonna go for the HD 7770, but then the 7850 was going for $160 after rebate plus Crysis 3, which I sold for $12 and brought my cost to $148 for it. This GPU is a beast it has handled all the games I have with no lag and even BF3 and FC3 run smoothly at 720p, 1600x900 and even 1080p on my HDTV. To think that initially I was going to buy a 6450 hahaha
HDD: I wasn't going to buy a new one, but it was pretty clear that my game backlog was going to be too much for my 300GB hard drive lol
PSU: Most people recommended that a 500W PSU Bronze Certified would suffice my needs. So far so good.
Case: I got it because it was at $42 after rebate (but I never got the rebate -_-) but it looks cool and I bought it mainly because I love the black/red color combo and it looks really slick, it even has a USB 3.0 so whenever I upgrade, it can become handy. This case was a pain in the a** lol it didn't have any space, the mounting brackets were hard to put on, the back plate of the mobo barely fit, and I barely squeaked out some cable management (you guys be the judge)
OS: I decided with Windows 8 because I already got used to it and once you buy the Start8 program, you won't miss Win7. Plus, the boot time is much faster and it just feels smoother when browsing.
DVD Burner: It is really old, I took it from an old PC I had. It makes loud noises when it starts up because it is an IDE drive, but I don't really mind since I don't use it much.
Case Fan: Just looked at an affordable red case fan that would cool things up a bit since the Q6600 gets really hot under load.
The monitor, keyboard and mouse I had already owned which saved me a lot of money. I am contemplating on buying a backlit keyboard. Is it worth it? I just browse at night and a backlit keyboard would come in handy.
This PC build plays all games I have with no problems and I installed a bluetooth dongle so that I could use my PS3 controller wirelessly and play them on my 32 inch HDTV at 1080p! I have managed to play almost all games I have wanted to play on my PS3 on this PC thanks to all the good Steam sales that keep popping up everywhere!
All in all, I built this PC looking to use most of the parts for a much better build. I kept hunting for deals and I finally got the best deal so far, an i5-3570K+MSI Z77-G45 combo for less than $200!! Now I just need to find a good deal on 8GB RAM during black friday/cyber monday.