Ok, so in 2007 my dad got a new computer - it was really good at the time, but software updated, and the machine slowed down. At last I saved enough money to build something decent, if not brilliant.
Build: I enjoyed the experience of putting parts together, it almost all fitted together smoothly and runs like a charm! And the best but is, I had no help from my dad, the only help was you guy's and your excellent forum :)
CPU - I was originally going to go with the FX-6350, then the FX-8350, but I found the sweet-spot and compromised with this CPU. I haven't overclocked it yet, but I can certainly feel the jump in performance from 2.8GHz - 3.5GHz.
Cooler - I was going to go with the stock cooler, but somehow decided against it - and the 212 Evo has lots of great reviews and its cheap, why not? This was probably the only part I had trouble installing, it seemed that the screws were just not long enough, but I got there eventually.
Motherboard - I really wanted that ASRock Fatal1ty, and I thought I could get it too, but I had forgot to look at shipping prices, and it turns out it would have been £30 more, so I went with this thing! I have heard that it overclocks really well, and it has all the right ports and the on-board audio is absolutely amazing!
RAM - I got 1x4GB at first, then about 1 week later I got another stick for duel-channel configuration - This RAM is really good, I can't go 4-way unless I get a different cpu cooler, but the temperatures on it are really good!
SSD/HDD - I wanted more room on my C: Drive than 64GB, but anymore than 128 would be too expensive, I purposely got an SSD with 120GB of storage, not 128GB, because I know that the 8GB is used for protection against corruption(or something, right?). It's really fast and the OS loads in under 13s!
- I didn't actually get the Hard Drive, that is a present from my Uncle that is coming in June(I think), but I know it is that model.
GPU - Okey, I know, I know... "You should have gone with AMD". I chose nVidia because I had an AMD card in the past, and I wanted to try something new. If you look at price/performance, the 760 comes close to the top, and I really don't need anymore performance then I can get with it on its own, or in SLI(I'm planning to do that in the future). It is also really easy to install and the drivers update themselves too.
Case - I could have gotten a way, way cheaper case - but this is the one thing on a computer - save for the motherboard - that you don't really upgrade, and I love Fractal Design(s), It fitted into my budget and I can brag to my friends about having one, so I say it was money really well spent. It makes almost no noise at all, its really well built and I love how all the cables are modern and sleeved to start off with.
PSU - I was going to go with the cheaper EVGA 750G PSU, but I thought against it since it uses a multi-rail design, and I heard that it wouldn't do well under load. This one has brilliant sleeving/casing/whatever, it is SLI ready, and it makes no noise. Ok, that was a lie, you can probably hear it with military-grade ultra-sonic listening devices ;)
Optical Drive - It works. It is cheap. The front is black. It's fine. Theres really not much to be said about this part is there?
I named it Kanova because I like the sound, and it can be translated into some meaning - you decrypters should be able to do this(Tip: it involves different language translations).
I am also really happy with the speed of internet, our previous computer could only handle a max. of 65Mbps, I don't know that max. this can handle, but it is currently at 100Mbps, which is astonishingly fast!
I also happen to know that 7.9 is the highest Windows Experience Score you can get, and this computer gets 7.9 on everything but the RAM and the CPU - making it 7.7 - making me happy.
I really enjoyed building this, and everyone in my class now thinks of me as a geek too(also a plus). Please comment, and say what you liked and disliked about my build, be honest - I won't learn unless you tell me the truth :)
P.S. Bear in mind that this is my first build, and bear in mind that prices are not directly converted from USD to GBP - everything in GB is more expensive than in the U.S.