White Wind - First Build June, 2015
I wanted to build my own machine, so here is the result. For a first build it went easier than I thought. The whole build took me 3 hours working on it straight. Snugging away the cables took the longest but it was not difficult at all because of the case.
I am not a hardcore gamer but I do enjoy gaming once in awhile. The build will be mainly used for everyday use, some coding and of course gaming.
Choice Of Parts And Details
Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core - I was doing some research on what I actually needed and not necessarily what I wanted, so I went with this CPU. Later I want to do some overclocking on it (after I get a CPU cooler ). Microcenter had a pretty good deal on it and additionally they had a deal where you get 20% off of a motherboard, and I was able to get my preferred motherboard from there as well. EDIT - I got a cpu cooler and did some overclocking. Currently I'm at 4.2 Ghz with 31C idle and 60C under load (stress testing).
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - Added this few months after the build to play around with overclocking. Must say, this Cooler is great.
MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX - I really wanted this motherboard not because it met and exceeded my needs but because of the white/black look of it. In addition Microcenter had a sweet deal where I got additional 20% off on it because I bought my processor from there and another -$10 mail in rebate. This motherboard has everything I need and it's super easy to work with and I love the BIOS (mouse usable/clickable). Another plus is the support for SLI that I might utilize later on.
Kingston HyperX Fury White 8GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 - Went with this so it goes with the color scheme. I will be getting another one of these soon, so I can get the Dual Channel mode, and that's why initially I went with only 1 memory stick and not 2x4 GB because I don't want to throw any memory out, since my motherboard supports 32 GB. EDIT - Got a second stick for a total of 16GB now.
Storage - PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" SSD - I bought that one a year ago as an upgrade for one of my laptops, so I took it for my build, hence the price.
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM - it's pretty self explanatory, don't really need more storage for now.
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB Superclocked Video Card - Of course the GPU took me the longest to decide. The GTX960 suits my needs perfectly even exceeds them. It's super quite. The fan is not always working as well when the temps are lower, which saves some power as well. My brother got the GPU for my birthday so it is basically free but still want to put the price for it and that it had another -$10 as mail in rebate. I could also do some SLI later on.
Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower - I fell in love with this case when I first saw it, and because of it I really wanted the white/black build. It was super easy working with this case as it is pretty big. Cable management was not a problem with this case and it was pretty handy since it's my first build and the cables actually took the longest to fix up. My wife wanted to buy something for my build, and I thought this part would be best as it is always visible and she can enjoy it as well :)
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply - I was reading some reviews about this power supply and got mixed feelings about it but after I installed it I really liked it. It's pretty quit, and it's semi modular, so the cables I don't need are not sitting inside the case. Also, it allows me to do SLI, which I am considering doing later on.
TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 - I needed a wireless connection, so this product made it a breeze.
Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter - Pretty cool little device. Super easy to install. I wanted to be able to connect some bluetooth devices (mainly keyboard). I was looking into one integrated into the wireless card but most had some antennas with cables coming out if it, so I went with the little dongle and it's perfect.