Title says it all - a few months ago I decided to use my Christmas bonus to invest in a new machine for gaming, media, and browsing.
I've never really had a powerful computer before (just prebuilts or laptops), so I wasn't looking for some monster that would crush anything I threw at it, just something that could comfortably run games at medium to high settings in 1080p. This particular build was a combination of /r/pcmasterrace's "Next-Gen Crusher" guide, advice from a PC-building friend, and me hunting for deals or just whatever was cheap.
Very useful in that it can be mounted at any 90-degree angle to an AMD mobo (I had previously used a T4 which could only be mounted up or down). A bit small but it lines up perfectly with my case's exterior fan so I can't complain.
An excellent amount of available inputs from the rear panel, numerous and very well labeled ports throughout. Only issue is that the color-coding of some portions isn't the same as the color-coding from my case, but clear labels and the enclosed instruction manual made that easily overcome.
Inexpensive and gets the job done.
Very low-profile and small but works very fast. OS boots up in a second, at most, and the software I've saved to it (Adobe, Steam) launches quickly as well.
What can I say? It's an SSD and it works like a charm.
Inexpensive and works great.
Runs excellent, can play most modern games on highest settings with ease (MGSV looks amazing). Very quiet despite having two fans. Very cost-effective and recommended for first-time gamer builds.
I chose this case was bought as it was inexpensive but still a good size. Functionally it works just dandy, three built-in fans keep it cool and the three front USB ports (two 2, one 3) are a nice touch. Easy to hook up to the motherboard and the frame makes cable management simple. My only gripe is that it doesn't have an SD card reader, but that's not exactly standard so I can't complain.
In terms of style, the orange swoop adds a nice touch of eye candy. There are orange LEDs on the front and side; I don't particularly care for them but they don't bother me so I'm leaving them be. There's also a large window on one side so you can look in on the system.
Splurged a little as I figured the power supply is not something to go cheap on. Well worth the investment - plenty of juice, low-profile, and the modular setup makes cable organization a breeze!
Nothing fancy, but it certainly gets the job done with both CDs and DVDs. A lot of people say you don't need an optical drive, but I've found the twenty bucks is well worth avoiding the hassle when you have a disk but no drive.