So you probably might have been the person to either check the part list or the pictures before the description. And then you were like ehhh that is a bit of an unbalanced build isn't it? Well yeah...this was supposed to be a GPU-less $700 build. I only needed it for studying purposes after my old computer died and my dad agreed on splitting the money between us so we could get it. Definitely thinking of upgrading it...
Well let me give you some reasons for the price...
-First of all this is Canada so expect up to 70 dollars or so of a difference compared to USA.
-Secondly I had to make this as future-proof as possible so the Z97 board was required as I had thoughts to overclock the g3258. Also got a 750 watt PSU because the future of GPUs are efficient as ever and I plan to get GTX 970s or 960s in SLI once I get the money.
-Had to go for an SSD as you can't really change that later...super fast compared to hard drive and pretty good price/performance ratio.
-Decided only to get good quality parts now as I had no intention to upgrade such little things later...
So it's just the GPU and cooler I plan to upgrade the computer. Birthday is next year in June so if the 5th gen i5 comes out then, I'll reward myself with it.
So for part choices...
CPU: Had to get this CPU. Only 70 dollars and it overclocks. Got it to 4.5 GHz on the stock cooler at only 41 degrees on idle (1.25 v) and it seems to offer what I need for now. Pretty powerful budget CPU and destroys the price/performance ratio when overclocked. A seriously recommended CPU. Looking to upgrade it to an i5 though. Runs minecraft on about 300 fps on highest settings with low chunks.
Motherboard: Pretty good motherboard for the price. Offers the majority of essentials needed in a z97 board, has decent sound, and looks good with a black PCB. Only downside is 5 fan headers. Had to use up all of them for my 5 stock fans.
Ram: Not much to say, just a standard 2 sticks of 8 GB RAM. Don't ever use more than 5 or 6GB so it's more than enough for me.
SSD: Had to get an SSD. This thing is pretty fast being 30-40 dollars away from the Samsung Evos. 338 Mb/s read and 498mb/s write. Not bad at all. Boots to windows in just about 15 seconds.
Case: Now I was really looking to get an s340 and I even ordered the s340 but I then I canceled and headed to Canada Computers to get the h440. Sorry...wanted a better looking fridge and I could not stand staying away from the h440. H440 master race I guess... But case is pretty good. It keeps my PC very quiet and it looks real nice. Cable management was also very easy but I ripped and dented a lot of the foam on the back panel due to the cables. Though the temperatures inside as of now are good. Case is cool. Can keep the goodies fresh.
Power Supply: This wasn't so hard to pick. Needed something cheap that could be very future proof at only 80 dollars. Just missed the 20 dollar rebate but who cares...I hate filling those out anyways. But 750 watts and a ton of headroom for overclocking. Probs won't even do SLI. Who knows...
And that's about it. As long as I don't have geeks eating from it... ;)
UPDATE: Got an h80i and stuck it in. Put it in quiet modes and updated temperatures for the now 4.4 GHz. Can take it to 4.7 GHz stable, but gonna down-clock it for now.
UPDATE 12/26/2014: Decided to fit an old hard drive from my laptop and a 1 TB Seagate Drive. I'm looking to get a GTX 960 hopefully sometime in the beggining of the New Year... Also fitted Spider-man inside...
GOING TO REPOST THIS BUILD ONCE THE GPU IS IN.
UPDATE 2/14/2015: Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming came in the mail this morning. Going to completely refresh and re-upload this build in the next day or after. This GPU is just amazing. Hits 1585 MHz on the boost clock. I'm very happy. Also very cool. Usually idles in most scenarios. While gaming I have yet to see this GPU go above 50 degrees. Ever. Scores 5972 on 3D Mark Firestrike with a mild overclock. Overall is scoring 50-60 fps on the majority of games I throw at it before AA.
But seriously. I will reupload this.