Since around March of last year, I had wanted to build a Gaming PC. I had been using a crappy a4 APU HP Laptop from two years ago, and wanted an upgrade. Being fifteen, $1000 isn't super easy to come by. Luckily, my family got wind of what I wanted to do, and decided to help. So for my birthday, and for Christmas (which are very close to each other) I got a ton of parts. Anything listed as $0.00 was a gift or salvaged from an even older Dell.
CPU: 8 cores, AMD. I've heard that overclocking this is the way to go, so I plan to take it to 4-4.5 ghz.
Cooler: This thing was kinda hard to install, but keeps the CPU cool.
Mobo: It has good reviews, usb 3, sata 3, everything I needed.
RAM: It's RAM. 8 gb, dual channel, good reviews. It's RAM.
Storage. I wanted to have an ssd boot drive and a 1 tb HDD (a standard these days). The EVO is super fast, and the HDD? It works. All I need from that.
GPU: I went back and forth between this and a few other gpus. But when the price jump hit, I settled for this bad boy. Factory overclocked, quiet, cool, ASUS reliability.
Case: I've wanted this case from the beginning. It's simple, and easy to build in. Only problem is that my hands are huge, so it was a little tricky at first.
PSU: Saw it, loved it. Since Rosewill's starting to make a comeback, I was happy to get it. Modular, 80+ bronze. The only issue I had were from stiff cables, but I can handle that.
Monitor: IPS, 1080p. Jumped on the chance for that price. Works great. No dead pixels.
ODD and Sata Cable: Pulled from an old pentium 3 dell build. Works.
Overall, this was very fun to do. Forgive my horrible cable management. If you have suggestions for cable management, please comment! I will upload benchmarks ASAP.