Pretty much decided to build this computer because my laptop had finally died on me a few months ago. And I really needed it for school and work. I do intend on playing some games on this build but nothing major. I also will use it for video/photo editing. I do a little bit of youtube just for fun.
Intel i7 4770k: When I first started searching for a CPU I knew that I wanted an i7. I thought it was best to spend the most on the CPU-this is going to be the brain and work horse of my machine so I had to put in extra. I've had i3's in the past and heard that i5's were similar to i7's minus hyper-threading. The hyper-threading will come to great use when I'm rendering videos on AfterEffects (AfterFx). the 4770k edidtion is a "clockable" CPU. Another reason why I chose it. Although it took a chunk out of my wallet I feel happy with the performance and it's pretty clear that the i7 was for me.
Gigabyte z87x: Got this cause I thought it looked really nice hahah. Has many 3.0 usb ports, so that's very useful. Also has pretty good ratings and reviews. Not to mention at the time of purchase it was on sale on NewEgg.com. Originally priced at just under $200, i got it for $183. Maybe not that much drop in price but I really wanted a dependable board.
Corsair Vengeance 16gb: 16gb is a bit unnecessary for my build. I will be thrown on the hotseat for that. Yes, I know, 8gbs would have been more than enough. But you see at the time, the RAM was the very last piece I needed for my build. I was in BestBuy one day and happen to spot these Corsair RAMS. They were the only ones left on the shelves and the store associates said they're the only ones left and they don't hold 8gbs in their stores. Impatient as I already was during this whole "computer build" process. I did not want to wait another day or week for some RAMs. So i impulsively purchased the 16gbs. I don't regret it. But that WAS A HUGE chunk coming out of my wallet.
Kingston 120gb ssd & Western 1TB: Bought the 1TB Hardrive for Media files and word document files... maybe a few games. It's affordable and it's not as slow as people say it is. It works great if you asked me. And I HAD to get an SSD for OS/Boot up. It was a choice between the Samsug Evo and Kingston. Made my choice based on the 6 dollar difference between the two. lol. Im not sure how they compare in performance but an SSD is an SSD. Way better than a mechanical drive. Boot up is a breeze. My computer starts up in like 10 seconds. THANK YOU KINGSTON!! I love it.
EVGA GTX 750 ti: A comfortable purchase as far as cost goes. The 750 definitely is a bang for your buck card. It has good power consumption. Doesn't plug to your power supply. It has a core clock of 1176 MHz. I've played games like Ghost Recon (don't remember which) and Grand Theft Auto ( probably bad example) on it and it runs smooth on high settings. My videos when I'm editing looks great also. I would recommend this to anyone unless you're a hardcore gamer. hahah. You might want to go up a notch for that. But for what I use it for it does a good job and it also saved me money!!
Corsair 500r: I think I made a good choice with the 500r. It's very roomy. Many cable slots/holes. It came with FOUR fans!! I love how it has a very clean and simple look to it. Not too bulky or flashy. I guess I kind of like to keep it classy.
Corsair 500w ATx12v: Everything I thought it would be I guess... Powers up my rig and that's all that matters.
OS(Windows7): A buddy had a free OS dvd for me to use. So..why not? Saved myself $100
So..Yeahh.. There you go folks.
7/24/14 UPDATE!! CPU Cooler: I have had my computer for almost a month now and since it's birth it's been running on the stock cpu cooler. Just recently I've purchased and installed the "Cooler Master Hyper 212" cooler. Bought it off Amazon.com for about $25 and some change. I haven't yet to put it through any test but so far I'm liking the fact that it's really quiet. Also I'm able to overclock my 4770k.
7/29/14 UPDATE!! Cardreader: Installed the Rosewill 3.0 Multi-card reader. Purchased it off amazon for about $40. The card fits into the external bay from side-to-side but it's really short from back to front. I had a little bit of issue screwing it in cause the screw-holes were close to the front and the snap-on mechanism from the drive bay didn't work for this drive.
8/6/14 UPDATE!!! Corsair Fans: I bought 3 Corsair Air Series AF120 fans and installed them to the top of my case. They are quiet and were very easy to install. I had only installed 2/3 fans I purchased because I felt like the stock fan on the back of the case is doing a good job and it's also as quiet as the AF120. For now i'll keep the third fan as a back up.
12/18/14 UPDATE!! GPU: A huge upgrade in the GPU department! WOO!! I am now rolling with the NVIDIA GTX 970! I love how it looks and runs! With the new card installed I will have to also upgrade my power supply to a 600 WATT or Higher.
P.S. I've done the best I could with my cables. They're really thick so it's really hard to bend, twist, fold...etc-which made it really hard for me to fit my back panel back on to the case. At least the inside looks tidy. :)