Preface: I came from a pre-built Dell desktop with a first gen intel i5 and an AMD 5770HD, with a 100W power supply. The computer would often make noises at me and I had to eventually start playing games on lowest settings to play. I play games like Dota 2, CS:GO, and Street Fighter 4 quite often and competitively and my old computer would no longer run CS:GO. I decided to save up for this project and I didn't expect the process to be so cumbersome. But at the same time, it felt all the more worth it upon the first power on.
CPU: Pretty standard choice, the go to CPU for a gaming build for the last couple of years.
CPU Cooler: Man, was this a ***** to install. I had previously hoped to install this as an intake fan in the front of the case, but the wires would not reach the CPU. I removed all the case fans in the front only to find out that it was futile. I then chose to install it as exhaust on the top of the case and tried to install it like philip from pcpartpicker, and I swear you need like 3 hands to do that. I gave up and installed it regularly and the temperatures are 30-33 degrees C idle which I think is okay, and around 37-42 when I play games. Had to remove the plastic part off the bracket as it wouldn't fit on the MOBO without doing so. Read up that it is okay to do so on the 1150 models since there is a back panel to prevent short outs. Also the stock fans are mad loud, I'm thinking of swapping them out soon.
MOBO: Was on sale, so I caved. The soundblaster audio addition appealed to me, but when I installed it, it was actually quite disappointing as it only includes drivers and no actual sound cards (still use Realtek). The BIOS is pretty easy to navigate, there are 3 different options to choose from. Hate how the LEDS are right next to the USB so the wires were hard to plug in and I dislike how the SATA ports get covered by my graphics card. Otherwise, pretty much what I expected for a MOBO. Don't install the application software, it is garbage and only causes problems.
Memory: Wished I had got it in red, but best buy didn't have that model color. There was a problem with the 16GB being maxed out, but I fixed it after a clean boot.
SSD: Cheap ssd, big improvement from my old HDD so I'm happy for what I have. Had a problem where boot times would be 3 minutes. I would have the windows logo boot up then have a black screen for minutes. Turns out the problem was the application software from the MOBO. Figured it out after a clean install.
HDD: 3TB space, heard there were many problems with this hard drive, so I'm hoping it doesn't die on me. Otherwise, it's running pretty fast for a HDD and 3TB for 81.53 is pretty good imo.
GPU: Was worried since I got it from the amazon warehouse, but I think there were no noticeable defects. Games run fine, temperature is 45 degrees C at idle though. Temperatures get to 70 degrees when benchmarking. Stays at 50-55 when I play games. I think the middle fan is a little dented, but the fan still works when I look at it closely.
Case: Sexy case, I probably should've gotten it in white. Installation was pretty straight forward and flexible. Kinda sucks that there's no optical drive input, but USB installation wasn't too much of a hassle. I like the backlit IO panel and the window so I can see if everything is running. Had a problem with the case fans but I just forgot to connect them to the power supply via Molex cable.
PSU: Newer psus that came out, read up on reviews seemed good. Wires are pretty damn thick, but really easy to manage and are all labeled. Had some weird sound coming from the fan, but I think there was some plastic lodged in there. Shook it a bit and no longer had the sound come up again.
OS: Got it from dreamspark, not sure if it is eligible for windows 10. I like how clean it is compared to my laptop with windows 8. No excess applications.
Monitor: Got it from amazon warehouse, no defects, pretty much new condition. Only a small indent on the box. Figured out that i had to use a DVI cable for the 144hz and man is it night and day. It's like watching SD to HD especially with FPS games. Could be partly due to the graphics card, but I'm pretty sure it's the monitor.
Speakers: Haven't bought them yet, but will get a pair soon.
Peripherals: Had a Das keyboard and Razer 2013 deathadder from my old setup. The scroll click for the deathadder is actually broken, but the mouse itself still works and I don't plan on sending it in.
Thoughts: Was a struggle. Researching parts and impulse buying on sales was probably the harder portion of building a PC. I built in in a day, installed software the next. Had to find the solution for the slow boot ups and reformatted the day after that. Day 4, couple games weren't running properly because I didn't install windows updates. Day 5 going strong, all games run, fast bootups, no problems I've encountered yet.