Building this machine was a breeze, for my first build, I actually finished in a fairly quick ammount of time, so I spent more time reviewing everything to make sure I did it correctly. After triple checking I turned the baby on and almost melted when I saw the fans starting to spin.
This computer is amazing, and after upgrading from the same 5-year old Toshiba Satellite Laptop, I dont think I'll be, with the performance I now have, upgrading anything until at least 4 years down the line. Having picked out the parts mostly for gaming, games run at a smooth 60 frames that isn't anything more than something like Watch_Dogs (came with the graphics card) or Battlefield 4 on Ultra.
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core This CPU is ultra fast, I realize I could have gotten just a couple of frames per second more if I had went for an intel, but I'm not exactly over-burdened with money, so I had to keep this somewhat budget-minded. Other than the games, this cpu handles photoshop nicely and is generally awesome.
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Solid Mobo, I'm not overclocking, so I really just looked for something with PCI-E lanes, Dual Channel RAM, and good on-board audio. Also, crossfire is a great added feature, but I can't run it with two 660s, my b.
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Awesome ram. One of the biggest improvements over my old laptop going to this comp is definitely multitasking, I can run sooo many things once and not have any hint of the computer being inhibited by a lack of ram. Definitely NOT upgrading to 16gb, unless I pick up video editing as a hobby.
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" SSD Definitely one of the biggest performance increases in the computer. After installing the SSD (I got it 2 weeks after building my computer) the start up and shut time down on this computer was cut in half at LEAST. Holding all my core programs, OS, Guild Wars 2 and some smaller games, everything is just... fast!
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM But of course an SSD can't store all of my games, so I got this drive based on reliability and price. So far it's been good, running at low temps and quiet.
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Coming from the same Intel HD 4000 Graphics for 5 years, this card seemed like the solution to all of the headaches induced by 20-frame league of legends games. I am a lack of words for this card, it has definitely played everything I've thrown at it so far, games like Watch_Dogs and BF4 are 100% playable at all ultra settings, but turning them down to High gives me that extra boost of FPS that I just cannot pass up. Besides that, League is smooth, old games like Portal and Half Life, CS:GO and DiRT are beautiful and more importantly, buttery smooth in their gameplay. My only regret is not getting the AMD equivalent (I'm pretty sure they're equivalent, anyway) the R9 270x, so I could run them in crossfire with this Mobo. But it's no big deal, because I can't see myself wanting to upgrade until another 4-5 years at LEAST.
Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Nice case. Has everything I want, good airflow and many slots for fans, and lots of storage drives. It even has a native SSD mount ad the very bottom of the front of the case. For the price, I couldn't have gotten anything better.
Corsair 600W ATX12V Good power supply. I'm not exactly sure how to judge one of these things, but thank God it's 80+ Bronze and Modular.
Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Coming from a 1366 x 768 display on my laptop, this 1080p goodness makes me smile whenever I turn it on. The panel doesn't get hot, viewing angles are good. The only small gripe I have is that the splash screen, when you're turning the monitor on, takes a good 3-4 seconds to load, and I just think this is a bit unnecessary. Other than that, great monitor!
Other than that, the majority of the cable clutter at the bottom of the case near the power supply is attributed to two Rosewill CPU 120mm fans I got, they came with controllers and I installed them because they are LOUD when they run at full blast.
All in all, great computer. For the price, I'm not sure I could have done better.