My Story - you've probably heard this before. Love my iPhone, love my iPad, needing a new PC- of course, the sexy iMac = started to research, iMac is way expensive. What, there are people who actually build their own PC's? Began to research = Found PCPartPicker, Found Linus, Found AJ, Found Paul @ Newegg. Made decision, convinced wife- and here it is:
Requirements: New dad here, starting to get fairly serious with my video and photo editing. 2 yr old Toshiba Satellite laptop just wasn't cutting it anymore with Adobe. I needed a powerful mid-range gaming/low-end workstation type build. I have only gamed on consoles in the past, thought I would give the PC a try. Budget of around $2,500.
Requirements from wife: "The only place we have to put this thing is in the Children's Loft area, I don't want to see wires everywhere!"-- "oh and you have to name it after our daughter!" (Bells is our daughter's nickname, short for Bella)
Process: Started in early August. I promised myself I would be the responsible adult/parent and purchase the components throughout the course of a few months--hopefully banking on catching a few good sales. And that I did. Purchased the final part (GPU) on Halloween. I took Friday, November 8th off work to build. Luckily, I didn't have any major problems and I am sooo extremely happy.
Case: Simple. Not a new model but has had consistent raving reviews. I hada hard time deciding between the gray or white so I let my wife decide. She made a good choice with the white.
CPU: Since I was going to be editing, I went with the 4770k to try my hand at overclocking. I was intimidated a first but ASUS' UEFI makes it pretty easy. Thanks to AJ and his youtube videos.
CPU Cooler: I got the H100i because it was on sale for $90 bucks, had pretty good reviews and I thought it just looked awesome.
Motherboard: Went back and forth on this one. Started with ASUS after reading reviews and watching AJ on YouTube then wanted to go the MSI Power route because of the color scheme. Ultimately landed back with ASUS because it makes more sense to go with your instinct and not color schemes. Landed with the HERO- wanted to go with the FORMULA, but could not justify the price difference.
PSU: Went with the Corsair 860i for expandability, and again, I caught a decent sale. Also, the compatible white sleeved cable set was a huge plus.
Memory: Probably the biggest struggle I had was deciding 16 or 32. Let's face it- these things aren't cheap. At the end of the day, I kept going back to my video editing needs-- knowing that 16gb would be more than enough for just gaming, but for video editing, I may find an advantage with the 32.
Storage: Easiest decision- wanted the SSD for programs and boot drive-- and the 2 mechanical drives for scratch disk/media separation. I may setup a RAID 0 or 1 in a month or two.
GPU: Struggled with this decision too. I was originally going with the NVIDIA GTX 760, but since this was my last purchase-I was lucky enough to wait until NVIDIA slashed their prices a couple weeks ago- so I moved up to the 770 from MSI (Lightening). The yellow doesn't match my color scheme but you really don't even see it. I love the black re-enforced metal on the top of the card. It looks solid and BAD A$$
Fans: Nice Xigmatek white LEDs-- replaced the stock fans on the case and CPU cooler. Very quiet and look good.
Monitor: Went with two 24" IPS monitors from ASUS- Again, got a good deal on Newegg with these. I use dual monitors at work and we all know, "once you go multiple monitors, you don't go back"= I would have gotten a 3rd one but I don't have enough space on my desk--- maybe in time.
Splurges: NZXT HUE and APERATURE. Love the LED effects-- so does my 1 yr old! Cheap at 30 bucks. Needed the APERATURE for the USB 3.0 and digi-card reader. Also-- got the ASUS Blu-ray just because I'm one of those guys who keeps a bluray of photos in my safety deposit box. And finally-- the WHITE Corsair sleeved cables. 100 bucks, TOTALLY UN NEEDED but LOVE em!
Hope you guys enjoy my build-- be gentle, this is my first go around. While I absolutely love this computer, I do feel a bit 'empty' now that the process is over. I'm trying to get some of my friends to let me spend their money and build them one, just so I can go thru the process again-- is this normal?
I'm happy, baby is happy, wife is happy-- The end!