To adress the name- this build was inspired by JailBreak's build, Yeti - The White Beast.
All items priced at $0 were pulled from a previous build this replaced.
This is my first build, at least my first full build. I've replaced parts like RAM and the GPU in times past, but never actually built an entire PC before. I was amazed at how simple it was to do.
So, after six months of planning and learning, I finally built my PC! The goal was to provide the best gaming performance possible in under $1200. Obviously I got almost $200 below that, but I planned to get a different hard drive and PSU, but opted not to. I'm really quite pleased with how it turned out, it runs great, it sounds great, and it looks great. Couldn't ask for more.
*CPU: Pleased with my very limited usage with it so far, Windows is nice and snappy, and games run fine. Who said AMD processors suck?
*CPU Cooler: I had some difficulty getting this to connect to Corsair Link at first (and because of that the fans ran at full speed, which was ridiculously loud), so I just pulled the Link cable out and connected the fans to the motherboard and put them on a silent preset. Temps are fine and it runs quiet. I prefer to have as little background processes as possible anyway.
*Motherboard: The BIOS are nice, but then again this is my first time with UEFI BIOS, so what do I know. The board runs fine, is pretty sturdy, and perhaps more importantly, fits along with my black/white color scheme.
*Memory: Had this from my other build. I know 12GB is odd, but I had another 4GB stick on my old build, although it was a different type a of RAM so I pulled it out (back when I didn't know better). Really no complaints here, runs fine and fits along with the color scheme. The only issue I have is Windows Task Manager says 4GB of it is hardware reserved and running at 667MHz. This isn't true, as in the BIOS it shows a full 12GB running at 1600MHz. Dunno what's up there, but no performance issues so far.
*SSD: I originally planned on a 840 EVO, and I asked for the EVO at Best Buy, but the guy handed me the Pro and I was just wanting to get this build done (didn't want to wait on shipping; I had all the other parts) so I just went with it. Never had a SSD before, but damn I can really see what everyone is talking about. It makes a world of difference.
*HDD: Nothing to say here; it's big and I had it in my previous build.
*GPU: Yeah, I can already here you saying I should've gone with a Tri-X. Well I like the way the XFX cooler looks and it fits with my build, so that's why I picked it. Stays pretty cool, and produces great frames. My only complaint is the cooler faces down, kinda-sorta defeating the reason of why I chose it.
*Case: It's sexy, it's easy to use, it's got great cable management, and it glows.
*PSU: Had this one from my previous build. I know it isn't the best ever, but it'll do for now. I'll probably replace this in the future.