This is my first build, and on a strict sub $600 budget. I build this for gaming/streaming(borderlands 2, WoW, and others), college work(programming, and other homework), and some overclocking.
CPU: I knew i wanted an AMD processor, but was torn between the 8320 and the 6300, for $20 more i went with the 8 core, mostly for the streaming aspect.
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo, no explanation needed other than great cooling for low price point.
Mobo: The reviews on this board are very good, has lots of heat sinks, and 8+2 phase power. I know its not a 990 board and 10+ phase power but dollar for dollar this is supposed to be an awesome board.
GPU: I originally wanted a 660 ti, but my budget wouldn't allow it, There was a sale on this for $99 and i picked it up. With mantle and true audio support, decent clock, and 2gb memory this card should more than meet my needs.
Power supply: very cheap with mail in rebate, and 80+ efficiency.
Memory: 4gb gskill, cheap and should be more than enough for me.
Case: Raidmax Super Atlas(not on this site anymore) I got this case for $19.99 after rebate, and am very pleasantly surprised with it. Cable management was smooth with decent amount of space behind the mobo and the reliefs in the back panel. The evo actually fit which was my main concern, albeit very (very) close).
HDD: I originally had an sdd but price changes ultimately sent me in the hdd direction. I will add an ssd later and put my OS on it.
Optical Drive: cheap and all i will need.
OS: Its Windows 7, um yep.
The audio is 2x Cerwin Vega E-78 speakers and a Pioneer Vsx-817 receiver. It has optical audio capabilities for my Xp-400 headset and a ton of power. Very crisp and loud setup.
I am very pleased with the build and price, as i came in at $580 including windows. The monitor was a gift of sorts from my wonderful wife. I will be adding some lights as the build doesn't have any at all.
I will be testing and tweaking for the next few days, and will update as i go.
The name is Decimate backwards so that AMD is in the correct order.