I've taken a lot of older computers apart and mix and matched components but I have never built one from the Ground Up. I wanted a computer that could execute any normal task very quickly, I wanted to starting looking into computer gamin oppose to console systems. I looked at different combinations and planed for roughly a month and half before I decide to make the purchase. I ended up spending less then $350 bucks and so far its been everything I could imagine.
I went with the following for a few reasons.
MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+Mobo for a few reasons: 1. I wanted a reasonable board at a reasonable price that would support future upgrades with the FM2+ socket. 2. Has HDMI/VGA/DVI outputs 3. 6x 6 GB/s sockets. 4. Start up from power off takes no more than 5-8 secs. 5. Click to BIOS
AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core 1. I initially was looking at the A6 Richland dual core but after further research and huge price drop I decide I might as well spend money on a little better Processor especially seeing it controls the graphics. 2. its an APU
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB 1. I wanted to take advantage of the dual channel on the board that's why I went with 2x 2GB 2. So far 4GB is plenty for the task I'm doing now, however if I had to do it over again I would have gone with the 2x 4GB.
Kingston SSD 1. I've heard lots of good things about SSDs, I personally never used them prior to this build but the data transfer is crazy fast. 2. I also added a 500GB 2.5" Seagate HD drive for some additional storage that I had laying around.
Case 1. I chose the case because I was visually appealing to me and it was a bouns because it came with a Power Supply. 2. CONS - Power Supply wires are extremely short expescially if you want to do any wire managments/ 3. CONS - Has only 2x Sata connections.
BluRay Drive 1. I've never owned a Blu-Ray player but I've seen a few movies played and for 35 bucks I thought it would be a golden opportunity to finally have one. 2. CONS - I ordered this from Newegg and it came with no software what so ever, and it was packaged all by it self in some bubble wrap/ I thought by simply hooking it up it would some how play Blu-Rays haha, after attempting I went back to the site and see if maybe I missed anything about 30 post down on the reviews it stated you would have to buy your own software to play Blu-Rays.
Windows 8.1 1. I have an MSDN account through work and could basically chose any OS I wanted, It was up in the Air between Windows 7 Ultimate and 8.1 Pro with Updates, again after thinking of the future I decided to go with the latest version.
Overall like I said I spent Less then $350 bucks and I think I did a pretty decent job with the selection on my first build.
Please and Thank you for any comments