This is my second computer ive built but the first time i had use my own money. :x So for this money was definitely a concern but i wanted something to be proud of too. Took around 6 months staring at part boxes to finally have all the parts together purchased and ready to build. Im happy with what i ended up making. also one other thing. i avoided leds. my last pc had a ton and i have a tendency to leave my pc on over night. bright red lights dont help me sleep.
CPU : I chose the cpu because as from what ive seen it was fairly popular, easily overclockable and was $30 cheaper than a 4670k around the time i bought this part. Not regretting it as it still monster.
Cooler: Everyone has h series and evos, i wanted a different look. i couldve thrown in the h50 from my old rig but i didnt. found the Gemeni and loved the fact that it faces you and hangs over the ram. I stuck a corsair 140mm on it to make it look sexier.
MOBO : I wanted a z77 that i could sli in the future. the g45 was the cheapest of handful that met that criteria and i havent had problems with it except i had to flash the bios to support the 3.0 headers on my case. easy peezy.
RAM : All ram right now its pretty much the same price so wasnt gonna just choose the brand x ram and settle. I saw this ram and dropped my card on it quick. was on sale on newegg, spreaders were blue to match my board and it has cas 8 latency. yay!
SSD : I was gonna settle for a evo but then i saw Frys had a sale on the pro so i took that. My first SSD, never gonna live without one.
HDD : took the old hdd from my first build. 64mb cache, 6g, and 7200 rpm. not too shabby. never been a person to obsess over how many terabytes are in my pc. i dont download videos and i keep my game selection small.
GPU : Wasnt too sure what route to go but found a deal on a 660 ti for 199.99, took that mess. i put 220 just cause of taxes. dont think i save that much money.
Case : love corsair, love side windows, love micro boards, loved this case. right when i ordered it, newegg put it up for 80. gawdamitnewegg..
PSU : not power greedy. semi modular for 60 bucks, sure ! should handle a sli setup when i feel like spending again.
Keyboard/Mouse : cheap gigabyte gaming mouse. miss my intellimouse cuz i had used that mouse for 10 years. it finally broke and didnt wanna spend alot. keyboard i got a steal. bestbuy had a sale to drop it to 60-ish had a student coupon to drop 35 off. only paid 28 plus tax/shipping.