9/25/15 I build this machine about a year ago in May of 2014, but did not care really to update this. Now that I am using this site more and not just for myself I decided it was time to do so.
This was the first computer I ever build together which was inspired by watching YouTube videos of people building computers and wanting to try it myself. I build this machine partially because I was about to start school for my bachelors in Computer Science and I wanted to play video games on a much higher quality.
Since this is a late update some of the parts in this build has changed mainly the motherboard. I had an issue with the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming motherboard with the back audio jack crapping out on me. 2 calls later after waiting on a call back for I couldn't just send them my board so I was trying to get a board first then send them the old one and I pulled the trigger and bought the board i'm currently using on a sale. I switched them out called MSI and got a new one and shoved it in my closet. The other is just the inclusions are a blu ray player, the orange fan led for the back, and the LED strips which is attached to the bottom and the windowed door.
Disclosure that I bought all my items on sale through the months so that did influence some of my purchasing decisions.
In terms of building it everything went well. I was surprised about how much easier it was then I feared. I even wrote instructions to myself which seems silly now after having done my third build. It runs SO fast compared to my laptop and family computer and plays game like a dream for me. I did cut back on some parts just because I was on a tight budget, but I couldn't be happier with it.
12/6/15 updated it with reviews to specific parts and new photos and added orange heatsink ram sticks from G.Skill.
I got a good deal on this CPU and was what I was looking for. Something Mid range for a Mid price. I know I could have done better, but I didn't want to get into the overclocking scene on my first build and I've read great reviews about this CPU. The Cooler was a later edition when I switched out the motherboards and took a little getting used to the mounting plate, but running great so far!
I really didn't know what I was looking in for a board except for the potential for added parts later on and the correct socket. I also loved the yellow/light orange color on it and go really nice with the orange theme I have going (it's my favorite color).
I did originally have Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 2 X 8GB sticks, but these matched the color of my build and they kind of look gold-ish in the light. So far they've been great except I can't remove a white sticker on them for it voids the warranty which is dumb. Why not just have it on a piece of paper instead of ruining the look of the casing? I'll just remove it later.
This thing is a beast and have been loving have my OS boot in 30 seconds. While the price of this has gone up in price I got it at a significant discount and run a few games off it, but mainly the OS and programs I use on a day to day basis.
While most of my most played games run on the SSD this HDD is still great for playing games as well as just pure storage of all my videos, music, and other files. Easy to install and easy to use I can't recommend Seagate enough.
I love the color of this case and not many orange cases are made. This case was very user friendly for my first time building and has plenty of upgrade ability. The led fans in front look awesome and provides plenty of airflow for cooling. My only knock against this case is even though its big I can't support a 240mm radiator up top unless you mount it on top of the case according to pcpartpicker. I've seen some people do it, but its a tight fit.
Going semi modular was the best option for me so I didnt want to do custom sleeving on a full modular power supply and this guy provides enough power though I know I'll get **** for its only bronze certified. Easy to use and install and also very quiet.