My first build (in 15 years). I wanted to build an affordable gaming PC so I could play the latest games at high settings and double it as a home theater PC streaming and blu-ray playing.
I started out with the ASRock mb on the parts list, but decided to go with the Gigabyet GA-990FXA-UD3 so I could take advantage of the Phantom case's front USB 3.0 parts.
The radeon 5770 graphics card is an old card I had from a previous computer. With it, the AMD FX-4300, and 8 GB DDR3 memory, I am able to play Far Cry 3 on Ultra with [edit: acceptable] results. Though my only real complaint is the card's fan is so dinky (smaller than even the pictured one one the parts list) that its the loudest thing in there. Everything else runs so smooth and quiet. My next build will probably inherit the Radeon 5770 and I will get a 2 GB DDR 5 GPU rolling in this one.
I bought the Blu-Ray writer OEM - by mistake. I have no software, though when I tried the cyberlink DVD trial, the blu-ray playback was awful, so I may have dodged a bullet anyhow. Since blu-ray playback isn't a high priority, I haven't sat down and worked it out just yet.
I haven't overclocked anything yet, though I have the after market cooler for my CPU so I will be able to without any problems. I doubt I'll overclock the GPU - its more than a few years old and runs hot as is.
I opted not to throw in a large storage element as this computer will be used for gaming and online entertainment. Anything else I can pull from the cloud. I'm glad I, instead, went with the SSD. Definitely a difference.
The phantom case is pretty awesome looking and decent for cable management. It was bigger than I thought it would be (though it is a 'mid-size' so it wasn't like I should have been surprised), and the outer-shell is awkward. The 'fan control' on the phantom is kindof a joke. I may get the NZXT Sentry fan controller - why? Because it looks cool. I don't have enough components to really justify any cooling utility add-ons, but it does look nifty. I definitely want to add in the NZXT Hue when I get a chance to get a little more color in there.
I think I may try out the Corsair on the next build. Unless I decide to go small.
I am VERY happy with this build. It runs like a dream and I haven't run into any limitations in the more resource intense games.
It seems my claim on the Ultra Far Cry 3 is unbelievable. So I attached a photo. 24 FPS - by definition is 'playable'. I honestly thought it was higher than that as the play experience is great. It actually ranged from about 23 to 33 as I was running around and taking down pirates.
On 'High' it gets 35-45 fps at the expense of not having higher end lighting effects.
Couple things I forgot to mention:
a. The motherboard DIMM slots are actually paired opposite from what they are labeled. Either that, or I got turned around somehow. With only two - technically I should have them in the slot closest and third closest to the CPU. The way I read the manual and board, I had it it in the other pair and only realized when I looked in BIOS that that was incorrect.
b. This particular motherboard and cpu cooler pairing is really tight because the memory is so close to the cpu. It actually makes me a little uncomfortable how close those components are.
c. Someone noticed (see in comments) that my memory is DDR3-2133. Total waste to go above 1600. Some may argue successfully for the 1800s, but anything beyond that and you are ego feeding. I bought this memory in error and it is actually running at 1600 anyhow.
d. Pictured in the build, my cpu cooler is blowing up towards the top fan instead of the back fan. This is technically fine for what I have. The airflow is successfully bottom right to top left. However - it is customary for PCs to have a strictly front to back priority. Eventually I broke down, however, and turned it to point towards the back. This did not make the spacing with the memory any better, however.
e. I attempted the geforce GT 640 2gb DDR3 card just to see if I could get away with equal performance. I knew it performed worse than the radeon, but I had to give it a go. Sure enough, it could not handle what I threw at it. Bummer too, as the fan was much quieter. Guess that card will have to be the HTPC card.
Thanks to all those who commented!