First of all I wanted to thank this community and website for making PC building approachable. Left to my own devices I would have likely sprung for an Alienware or another gaming PC that would have stuffed in parts that weren't necessary and would have been much less happy in the end.
This was all purchased using Amazon giftcards and tax return money. Everything except the case and the monitor was purchased on Amazon (Smile: Code.org) and therefore some of the prices aren't the lowest that could be had. Generally Amazon was a couple of dollars to $15 more than the lowest.
I am building this PC to replace (sort of) my Tap20. I purchased the Tap20 a couple of years ago with my SignOt who wanted a touch screen that was transportable. It is those things but what it is not is a PC that can play games. I have to play CivV at the lowest settings possible. It does play DOTA2 fine, but what doesn't, really? So this computer will be a media consumption, gaming and general everyday build. I want to start dipping my toes into more intensive PC games that I would normally play on XboxOne so I bought a card that should allow me to do that without going out and spending $500 and then find out that I am not one of the master race.
CPU: Seems to be the standard around here unless you are editing or modeling in 3D... Something I am not, nor will I be doing. (No matter how many times people said it requires pressure to seat this, it still freaked me out.)
Cooler: Great reviews and looks great as well. Installation was rather easy, though I did route the SATA power cable in a manner that didn't work. I realized this mistake early and rerouted it.
Motherboard: I wanted a black and white theme and this is the only board I found with that color combination. It comes with no frills, bells or whistles which is a disappointment, but it does do the job and has a great look about it. BIOS screen is pretty killer and features the snake that is on the front of the box. When I am ready to OC it does have a Genie button that will take all of the guess work out of it.
Memory: Sticking with the white theme and saved about $20 off of the other choice which was the Corsair Vengeance LP. I went 2x4 per the many forums reads instead of the single 8 stick.
Storage: I know the SSD is not a requirement or even a need but my buddy has one and I crapped my pants when his system booted the O.S. in seconds. I had to have one and I originally saw this on the build guides at one point and enjoyed the color of the Samsung version.
The mechanical drive is just what it is. Will house most all of my files.
Video Card: This was the last piece I purchased. I was either going to wait it out to spend a good chunk of change on a nicer card or purchase this card. Being impatient, I got this card. I am not a heavy gamer but I do want to start playing some more intensive PC games. A lot of the reviews I found on this card stated the cost to performance ratio was really good. I am likely going to get flamed for having this in the build and I can take some of those criticisms.
Case: I cannot lie, this case is what really drove me to build my own PC. A lot of builds on PCPP feature this case. It is great! It was a little larger than I thought it would be. It was rather easy to work in and the looks are top notch.note Some people have complained that the back panel is hard to put on after the build. I didn't have this problem.
PSU: I originally had the RM650 (plenty enough juice) but Amazon didn't have it on Prime at the time. They did have the RM750 and it was actually at a lower price point (-$20) than the 650 was. After reading forums about PSU's and finding out that having this wouldn't adversely damage my system for some reason, I pulled the trigger. I wanted a fully-modular PSU for cable management. This thing runs really quiet and the fan doesn't really seem to come on. It also allows ample W to upgrade in the future.
Monitor: IPS/1080p at a reasonable price that would work in my budget. Read many reviews that for the money this monitor was worth it. 27". (largest PC monitor I've ever owned.)
Wireless Card: Works, though I did have to bend the bracket to be able to screw it in. When seated fully in the PCIE slot it was just a touch off.
Keyboard/Mouse: Cheapest :/
Let me know what you all think! I will post temps and try to get some benchmarks, though once again I am new to this... where do I go to get these benchmarks?
-Sorry about the picture quality :/