So I've been wanting to build a computer for years and finally came up with the funds to make it happen. I have always wanted to get into pc gaming so that was my priority when putting together this build.
Part Selection: CPU- I was originally going for something cheaper like the i5 4570 or 4590 but I was home for the holidays and found myself near a Micro Center offering the 4690k for $179.99 in addition to $40 off a Mobo when they are purchased together.
CPU Cooler- I don't have any immediate plans to OC but because my computer is in an enclosed space I wanted something other than the stock cooler just as an extra precaution against heat issues. Plus the red fan matches the other components :D
Mobo- The gigabyte mobo I selected had solid reviews and its features will allow me to SLI or upgrade to a newer CPU in the future. Paired with the $40 discount from the CPU bundle it was a steal. Memory- The memory is pretty standard and it was in the right color too!
Storage- SSD is used as a boot drive and everything else goes on the HDD. I picked the cheapest products with the most reliable brand I could find.
Video Card- Budget was close to the top of my priority when picking all of the parts in my build except for the GPU. I have gamed on mediocre systems my whole life and I wanted a system that could **** on any game I threw at it. The Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming is what I ended up going with. It has yet to disappoint and its heat sink design keeps it super cool in my small case.
Case- The room I live in is extremely small and space for a computer is limited. I had very specific dimensions for the area designated for the pc so my main concerns were size and airflow when looking for a case. The Corsair Air 240 fit all my criteria. It is small, has excellent airflow, there are two chambers for easy cable management, plenty of space for fans, and in my opinion looks great. It popped up on Newegg's Shellshocker deal a few weeks ago and I snatched it up for $29.99 after the rebate.
Power Supply- This is the category where I think I could have made a better choice. I wanted something at least semi-modular with the SLI capability if I want to add another gtx 970 a few years down the line. Although I fulfilled my criteria, I'm afraid the 620W won't be enough to power two 970s in SLI.
The build itself went fairly smooth for my first time. I'm happy to say that the biggest problem I faced was when I was doing my out of case initial setup and the system wasn't powering on after touching the Power pins with a screwdriver. I had forgotten to plug the PSU into the wall outlet..... So far I am very pleased with my system and everything has turned out great. Let me know if you have any questions or feedback. Thanks for reading!