I like to call my first build Dr. DOOOOOOOOOM (emphasis on the Dr.) because at night time the fan on the side glows extremely deeply into the night, piercing it like an arrow and making the entire room look evil.
I have pretty much taken two years to put all this together, which is quite awhile, especially since I don't have a job. I'm planning to get one though after I finish highschool, which is shortly.
I had troubles with the case, mainly the "toolless" HDD cage and the mesh front where the drives stick out from and if wanted the extra fans. The HDD cage comes with clips that are supposed to attach to the side of the hard drive, and then you simply slip the drive into the cage. The clips however, did not stay onto my internal hard drive, and I had to quickly slip it into the cage with the clips on so it would stay in there. The front of the case has removable slot covers incase you want to add a DVD drive, and one of the slot cover's clips to hold it into the front cover has broken off so I must put my DVD drive the second slot down.
The graphics card, Asus GTX 560 Ti 1GB, I have had since my previous computer, which was a Vostro 230. The card is fantastic, and I've only had minor thoughts of upgrading to a different card, but I've had major ideas of SLI'ing it with another one for more potential. The only thing holding me down is the job situation to purchase the damn thing.
I'm currently using the stock cooler for the i5-3570k CPU, and haven't attempted overclocking yet. I have only just put the CPU in, in fact, so I haven't been actually been able to test the computer on 3DMark, Crysis, or any new games.
Hopefully I will be able to run Battlefield 3 on higher settings without the computer having a brainfart and crashing from a memory error. I'd also like to get Battlefield 4 and play that, since I prefer the Dice games on PC rather than console. I regularly play League of Legends, and I have never had lag issues with that game on my previous build.
I have used the CX600 PSU in my previous computer, and it is fine so far. I haven't had any issues with wattage, and the max I've hit so far is around 480W. I may upgrade to a fully modular and higher wattage PSU though.
The monitor I received with my previous computer, and has a value of about $200. The resolution is 1600x900 and I love it. It's a nice widescreen view and is just in your peripheral vision, so you don't miss out on any detail in the sides of the screen if you are looking in the direct centre. I also have a second screen, and it's a 1280x1024 resolution, I use it for extra information when I'm playing a videogame or if I'm studying, I don't do any of that multi-screen gaming crap.
In total, I reckon the computer is great for mid-high level gaming standards, and only costed me a total of around $1300. It looks nice, and it isn't an eyesore with LEDs during night time with the little-distraction lighting. I never notice any noise due to playing music through my speakers or gaming with my headphones on.