Update: I have overclocked the CPU to 4ghz and the GPU to 1.17 ghz. I simply could not resist overclocking the GPU because I have heard that this Gpu is one of the most overclockable Gpu's that there is. (dont quote me on that.) I also overclocked the cpu after I fixed the numerous heat problems that I was experenceing, I have not overclocked the memory yet, But I will when I have the time. I also dont want to fool around with voltage controlls eventhough that there is an option. Ill update later
First of all, huge thanks to the porofesionals at PC@NCIX.COM, and the experts at tomshardware.com . Also, a very large thanks to newegg.com, for providing everything in this build, and to my parents, for purchasing everything in this build.
Ok, now lets go through all of the componetnts.
CPU: Core i5-4670K
At the time that I purchased this CPU, It was on sale for the same price as the Ivy Bridge I was going to buy. I took this CPU instead of its Ivy Bridge counterpart because of a recomendation by a relative and because of the price difference between the two. This made me have to redo the choices for some of my build components. I am thinking of overclocking just a tiny bit because its unlocked, and because of the presence of the next component.
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO
The obvious choice for an afternarket CPU air cooler. Great reviews and cooling potential. Unfortionatly, I had a small issue with the thermal paste application and so the CPU temps on the right are slightly higher than they should be. I will update ASAP.
Thermal Compund: Arctic Silver 5
The Gold Standard. Enough Said.
A high quality ASUS motherboard that has many features and that I managed to get for just under $100.
RAM: Ripjaws X 8GB
8GB of Dual Channel Ripjaw X RAM for <$50? You have got to be kidding. :P anyway, Held up for 12 hours of Memtest86 on default settings with 0 errors.
HDD: Caviar Blue 1TB
WD was highly recomended by many sites and people, and the 1TB version is within my budget.
GPU: GTX 760
I bought MSI's version of the GTX 760, because while it had a lower clock rate than any other manufacterer version of the 760, I was rated the best for heat production and noise level. It also had some of the best reviews on newegg for a GPU.
Case: HAF 912
HAF stands for High Air Flow, and Cooler Master wasn't kidding about that when they created this case. This case has some of the largest set of features that I have ever seen in a case for <$50. Cable Management, Support for up to 6 fans, and the removable HDD cage makes this one of the most versitile cases I was able to find.
Case Fan: 2x Megaflow 200mm
These fans are great because 1. They spin at lower RPM than most other fans, generating less noise. 2. While spinning at slower RPMs, they move more air than most 120 mm fans. 3. They have cool blue leds.
PSU: 650w, Gold, Modular
At first I was very sceptical of this PSU. "A Gold Rated 650w Fully Modular PSU for $50? No Way". I was this sceptical because Corsair are usually the go to company for PSUs. But I took the chance and I dont regret it.
Optical Drive: DVD/CD Writer
Something Cheap just so I could install an old copy of windows 7 ultimate.
Keyboard: Sidewinder X4
Possibly the Best Keyboard for that price range. The backlit keys look amazing, and the keyboard comes equiped with six macro keys and seveal other media buttons.
Mouse: MX-100 IRON
Certainly an upgrade from the trackpad.
All in all, I think I did a nice job with the planning of this build and the build itself. Every fan spot on the case is utilized and my cable management is decent. Im thinking of a few upgrades I could make latter. Mainly the GPU to a 770. A dual Fan Setup on the Hyper 212 EVO. And some 120mm led fans to match the Megaflows.
Link for the 3dMark11 Result: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7641605
Link for CPU-Z Validation: http://valid.canardpc.com/4t8cte
Link for FurMark (Used to Stress GPU): http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/
Link for Prime95 (Used to Stress CPU): http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/
Link for Memtest86 (Used to Stress RAM): http://www.memtest86.com/
Link for CPU-Z (Used to Validate Build): http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html