I began this build with one goal in mind... being able to play 2015's new game releases care free. This is my first personal build and is a huge improvement for myself (was playing on a HP Pavilion laptop that was 5-6 years old with an i3 processor.)
CPU - Going into the build I was actually planning on buying the AMD Fx - 8350 because of it's price. But after doing some research of my own am doing some comparisons on CPUboss.com I decided to go with Intel's 4590. I plan on upgrading to an i7 later in the future. The 4590 is locked, but I didn't want to have to buy an aftermarket cpu cooler so this works for me.
Mobo - $70 Lg1150 motherboard not too bad. No crossfire/SLI, but that's not a concern for me.
RAM - ram is ram is ram... 8gb standard stuff
Storage - Running my OS on an SSD for faster boot and load times (might put a game or two on it as well.) 1 TB hardrive really standard, but I didn't buy a Seagate or WD because the Hitachi was on sale at the time for $38.
GPU - Great price and actually better performance than I was expecting. Watched several benchmark tests on youtube. Most of the comparison's were between the similarly priced GTX 960 and in almost all of the videos i watched the 380 outperformed it in FPS averages. I also used GPUboss.com to get the initial idea of how much performance I could expect for how much I spent and I was very comfortable spending $200 with my intentions. This card is long as crap, but fits nicely in the case with only a little droop.
Case - Everything fit well and I really like the front fan mount option. The case came with one Deepcool 120mm fan that I moved to the side panel as an intake fan.
PSU - Went with the 600w corsair, a little extra wattage for future upgrades. (Not a bad PSU, but wish i went modular for the cable management.)
EDIT Consult power supply tier list from now on... Sent CX600 back and bought a Rosewill Valens 600w 80+ gold instead.
Case Fans - Wanted a blue theme so the blue LED fans were nice. The fans are very, very bright and relatively quiet. ONLY THING IS THAT THE FANS MOUNT HOLES WERE UNDERSIZED SO I HAD TO DRILL THE WHOLES MYSELF SO THE SCREWS WOULD WORK. Almost stripped all of the screws before I decided to make the wholes bigger.
Monitor - 24" 1080p, nice monitor.
Keyboard/mouse - Really like Logitech products so far. Keys are very prominent and easy to use in the dark or bad lighting. I plan on getting a blue LED keyboard in the future, but this is an excellent place holder for $10. Saw the mouse on amazon originally and decided the 2400 dpi would be acceptable for gaming. I would go wireless, but I hate buying batteries.
Feel free to leave comments and your thoughts.
Such an amazing graphics card, runs everything at 60fps high/ultra. All the drivers came on a c/d and were really easy to install. Program that comes with the drivers notifies you when there are new drivers which is super helpful, especially with windows 10 being constantly updated.
I really wish there was a 0 star rating because this thing is poop. If you are planning on putting this into any computer that you have over $500 in, I wouldn't do it. If you're going to build a gaming pc highly recommend getting something with a gold efficiency rating and consult the power supply tier list on Tomshardware.com
Really like the LED and it does a great job of keeping things cool, but there is one huge problem. THE MOUNT HOLES ARE WAYYYY TOO SMALL. Nearly stripped out all 4 screws before I decided to re-drill the wholes myself and make them larger.
Very inexpensive and I love the different sensitivity settings. Tested the durability while raging at CS:GO. Unplugged it and threw it across the room. Very durable.