So this is my first build and I took my time looking for deals on certain parts and other stuff I didn't want to wait for to go on sale lol. I'm in college and I wanted to build a gaming/study setup that would be and look awesome!
CPU: I heard that this cpu is one of the best cpu's for gaming and it was in my budget.
CPU cooler: I got this one, because it was cheaper than the i80 liquid cooler. it was less than half of the cost of the i80. Yes, the cooler doesnt really fit into the case perfectly, but it does fit. I am able to have it fit by leaving the top screw of the window panel unscrewed and this brings enough room for it to just rest against the panel. Still looks good and you wouldnt have noticed if i didnt tell you.
Motherboard: For some reason, the motherboard listed isnt the motherboard i have. I got it at the same price, but i got the ASRock Extreme 6. Microcenter had a deal on it when you buy the cpu with it. i saved $80 on it alone.
Storage: I wanted an SSD for my OS to have 10sec startup times and i wanted alot of storage for what i want to install and keep on my computer. the 1TB harddrive did the trick perfectly.
Video Card: I was close to going with the gtx 780 i think, but talked to a few people and asked me, "why dont you just go with the new 970? it just came out" I heard it was either a big hit or miss. I took my chance with it and it is perfect. Wanted something to handle whatever i wanted to send its way, this does just that.
Case: I love the looks and it was on sale. i wanted the 410, but didnt go on sale during the timeframe i wanted to build my pc.
Power Supply: Just needed a power supply to go with my rig. This one was on sale and it had good wattage.
Optical Drive: didnt want one, but got one to install my OS.
Monitor: After looking around, this one has 1mm response time (i think thats the unit...mm right? idk...) and is perfect for gaming. looks beautiful. my other screen is my 32inch visio tv. i wouldve used it, BUT its waaaaay too big. i use it to view movies at night from my desktop.
Keyboard: I wanted a Chiclet keyboard. thats what feels good to me and i like the brand.
Mouse: Ive had this mouse. i dont like it, but it'll do for now.
Headphones: So i purchased this because im always getting calls from everyone all the time. it has a controller and port i can plug into my phone and answer my calls. besides that, the quality is beyond amazing.
OS: got it free from college!! yay for being a CS major!!
Fans: I added 3 blue lighted cooler master fans to bring light to the tower and also cycle more air through it, not that it needs it, more so just in case. Not listed below.