NOTE - The boxes stack photo was taken after the build, that's why some of the boxes are missing.
This is the more impressive build I hinted towards around 4 months ago on my previous 'build', I saved up for 10 months to get the money together for this build and was practically picking up pennies from the street (not literally) and when I finally got the money together for this build I pretty much started buying everything I could from various websites.
And I almost had everything apart from the PSU which was originally a Fractal Design Integra R2, but it ran out of stock from Novatech when I bought it and then again even after they had new stock, lucky me. So after 3 weeks of waiting for it I decided enough was enough and cancelled the order; however Novatech were very helpful on the phone, so that's good. I ordered the EVGA PSU from Amazon and it came in 6 days with a standard order; which was good as it was the day before I wanted to build it. I built the PC on Valentines when I had a day of school as it was a PAD day or something. I have been gaming on it for the past few days so I guess you could say I have been busy ;)
CPU - Brilliant! Was originally going for the 8320 but settled for this, and i'm glad I did as it's easily enough power for gaming and multitasking. One qualm however is that the stock cooler is fairly loud whilst gaming, but if you use headphones you can't really hear it. Will probably be buying a watercooler or something from 'Be Quiet!' and maybe overclock a bit.
MOBO - Very good product, as per usual from ASUS. I did have a few problems with it however, but they were most likely because i'm not too experienced. For example, some of the standoffs are in a rather awkward position and the 6-pin connection was a pain to get at, but other than that it has been great and looks awesome. Probably handle some overclocking too.
RAM - Not much to say really, solid stuff; matches the build, went in without a hitch and have had no problems with it so far and don't expect to have any in the coming years.
HDD - Great, works well, can't hear it and lot's of storage so all you'd want really from a HDD. One problem was that on first boot I hadn't given the ODD and HDD power haha, mainly because I was excited. So yeah, great product. I would go with this or the Seagate Barracuda as they are the same in spec. Just whatever is cheaper at the time really.
GPU - The yellow isn't that intense, and the logo looks really cool. The main reason I bought this GPU is that it has a full backplate which is really nice and well it looks really good. I reckon it would really suit a Gigabyte mobo, one of the orange ones. Its very powerful for my needs, in terms of performance it can run BF3 online and campaign on ultra very smoothly and games like Mirror's Edge alongside the CPU. They are the only 'demanding games' I have so far. It runs Crysis 2 on Extreme I think, but not ultra as it was ever-so slightly stuttering, but hardly. So great performance :)
CASE - Great looking, bigger than expected but fits everything fine. Obviously had to remove the second HDD cage as the card is 31cm long but I didn't want it anyway so the fan could cool the GPU better. The fan controller on the top is very useful; it was a bit of a faff for me to install as I didn't really get the concept at first but it works really well. This was probably another issue for me because of my inexperienced self.
PSU - Meh, it's OKAY but not brilliant, its not loud at all and the cables are sleeved fairly well but there just feels like there is a lack of quality somewhere. Hopefully it'll last me a decent time seen as EVGA are a trusted company.
ODD - Well its an optical drive and is very fast and I have already installed losts of CD's onto my iTunes library. One problem is that it is VERY loud whilst working, but seen as it's quick, look's good and is only loud whilst actually doing something for the first five minutes it still gets 5 stars :D
MOUSE - Brilliant also, looks good, feels good and the DPI switcher can be useful for sniping on BF3 ;)
OS - It's Windows and it's great. Got it for 48.99 on eBay --> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Professional-64bit-with-SP1-OEM-Full-Program-Product-Key-/281265191900?pt=UK_Computing_Software_Software_SR&hash=item417cb63bdc
LED's - They're OKAY, not as bright as I would have liked but oh well they work and the control thing is only small so thats a plus. But if you have the cash go for the HUE probably alot better.
MONITOR - GREAT MONITOR, looks brill and games look great on it 1920x1080 and I got it for £83.99 on eBay sales so that was a definate win.
Overall, I enjoyed the build immensely and am glad I did it. Now to save up for a watercooler and new keyboard. Yay... hah suggestions for keyboard would be greatly appreciated also, thanks :) Thanks to PcPartpicker for this great site otherwise it would have been a pain and almost impossible for me to do this. Thanks alot :D