So I never had my own desktop before, let alone ever built one from the ground up. I used to have a Dell XPS 17 3D laptop that was the closest thing I ever had to a gaming machine. Unfortunately, 3D never took off like I thought it would. Still, it served me well. So after 5 years of faithful service, I decided to use the money I would get from selling it to help pay for this beast right here.
My main focus was cost while having the most potential to last 5 years without major upgrades besides the CPU. So I started with the best current graphics card, a single 8 GB RAM stick, and a roomy case. Next I went with the MSI Gaming 5, I7-4790k, and the 750W power supply based on some friends' advice and personal experiences. I also wanted to be able to do some digital renderings and 3D modeling once I got a massive HDD, so the I7-4790K sounded right. The 250 GB SSD is little lower in capacity than I initially wanted, but I don't plan on putting much on it other than a few games here and there until I get a 1 TB HDD. Finally, I decided to round out the build with a bit of personalization with the NZXT Hue and the Zalman CPU cooler. Honestly, the NZXT hue system was a little more of an impulse decision; that being said, I have no regrets, it looks wicked!
With these parts all picked out, my next plan is to buy a better monitor. To save money for the important parts, I decided to use a spare monitor/flatscreen TV that served me well as a second screen for my old Laptop. A friend of mine also gave me his old Razor Black Widow Ultimate Keyboard when he replaced it.
Spacious and well-built
Looks awesome; Adhesive could be better.