EDIT: This build is only a few months old but has a lot of new updates. I will be updating once I get a new CPU installed for overclocking.
I built this for mostly gaming and to finally stop using a laptop. This is my first build in over 10 years. Haven't built a computer since Windows 98.
Price had a lot to do with this build as I tried my best to keep it within a reasonable budget but constantly found myself saying, "an extra $50 wont hurt". I started out with an amd FX-6300 based build but I'm really happy with what I ended up with.
Please feel free to let me know what you think. I am still new to modern PC building and have only been doing research on products for the last 6 months. If there is anything you would have done differently, I would love to hear it.
EDIT: I've just installed the Be Quiet Dark Rock 3. Temps are great, looks are great...what do you think? I was hesitant to put it in because of its size but another late night online shopping spree pushed me into it. In some of the pics it does look like its resting on the graphics card but there is about a half inch of space between. It overlaps the first ram slot which i was not using.
I have two AF 120's and two AF 140's still to come. The 120s will be placed as exhaust on top and the 140s will be placed in front as intake. When that happens I am debating placing the dark rocks fan in pull, straight in front of the back exhaust. Any thoughts?
--Sapphire r9 280x (bought off eBay for an extremely great but risky price)- So far its running great. I've run all my games on max settings (borderlands 2, battlefield 3, titanfall, war thunder and --still more to test)
--NZXT Hue LED controller- Best $40 spent. The options are great, the lighting is great, easy to install and easy to use. I couldnt decide what color lighting I wanted so this was a great option for me.
--Corsair 350d The hardest of all pieces to pick. Im very happy I chose this one. The 350d is very easy to work with and has great cable management. The airflow is great but also has great options for watercooling. The case feels sturdy and the front panel brushed aluminum finish looks sleek. Exactly what I was looking for.