I've always wanted to build a PC for a few years now but never got around to it. Well now I have. This is my first gaming pc ever. I've been playing on a multimedia laptop with an nvidia 750m. It wasn't too bad but it couldn't handle most of the newer games I wanted to play so I wanted something that could run today's games at high/ultra settings at 1080. Fortunately I did my build around Black Friday and got a bunch of good deals.
I know the wiring in the case is messy rn but with all that room in the case I got a little lazy and just wanted to get it up and running. I'll definitely get down to cleaning it up soon.
Overall I'm really happy about my build and glad I chose Black Friday to buy the parts. Ended up building a better computer than originally planned.
EDIT: Cleaned up cables, moved computer to new desk and added logisys rgb led strip.
CPU - Wanted to go for a i5-4690k but didn't want to drop another $40. Plus wasn't sure I was going to overclock considering this was my first gaming pc and didn't want to screw stuff up. Also why I decided to stick with stock cooler
MOBO - Solid price for a solid board. Good for oc also. Was easy to navigate around the BIOS too. The only negative for this board for me was that it didn't support SLI, even though that wasn't really in my budget. it does support crossfire though for all you amd fans
Memory - $30 for 8gb 1600mhz from a trusted brand. Need I say more?
Storage - Just wanted something to put OS and some of the games I play more often. Have an extra 1 TB hd laying around I'll install
GPU - This was my favorite purchase of the entire build. $265 for a 970?! Was planning on getting a 960 but the $100 price difference was too wet. Plays all my games (BF4, Rainbow Six Seige (Free with GPU), Shadows of Mordor, Tomb Raider, Rust, LoL, CSGO) at high or ultra settings at over 60 FPS. Most over 150. The only bad thing about this gpu is that it doesn't come with a backplate, which is pretty dumb considering how much people are paying for these. You can buy one for $20 though.
Case - I wanted a windowed case because I plan on adding LED fans and strips later on and wanted to show off my build and this case was just what I wanted. It is also very very quiet and spacious. The case was made for adding water cooling so not having one made putting everything in easier.
PSU - Needed something that could handle the GPU and future upgrades
Wireless Network Adapter
Wifi PCI-e - Can't run a wire to my room so needed wifi. So far it's been solid and has had no lag problems like the crappy one in my laptop
Monitor - Nice crisp view. Very bright. Had to turn down brightness to around 40. No HDMI port. Uses VGA or DVI Also viewing angles aren't the best. Stand doesn't til much either. Just a little up and down.
Keyboard - Just wanted a mechanical keyboard for gaming and found this at Fry's on sale for $60. Not too bad. Pretty solid and the clicks feel nice. Also pretty loud, though that's expected from a blue switch. (Kailh not Cherry MX)