I'm in the process of changing the theme of the build and ditching the red LEDs. More picture to follow.
This is my first computer build.
I've been primarily a console gamer since my parents bought a Nintendo NES in 1989. Ever since then, I've owned nearly every mainstream console released (with the exception of the Sega Genesis and PS1) and dabbled a bit with computers in the 1990's. In the early 2000's, I had a friend give me his old AMD Athlon computer. I used it for about a year until shorting the system by trying to replace the PSU. After a short memorial and mourning period, I decided to stick with consoles and subsequently bought the first Xbox. Fast forward to 2011 and >100,000 gamerscore points on the Xbox 360, I bought an overpriced pre-built Dell XPS 8300 for the pure purpose of playing Diablo 3 and StarCraft II (warning: don't try playing these on a 2010 MacBook). Overall, its been a good secondary system for games. The Dell XPS 8300 had an i5-2400, 6GB of RAM clocked at 1333 MHz, and an ATI Radeon 5870. Last year, I decided to research on how to build my own computer. Countless hours of study and watching tutorial videos on YouTube lead me to this point.
Additionally, I grew tired of the locked nature of consoles. Most games have terrible textures along with low frame rates and loading times. For instance, games like Dishonored 2, Battlefield 1, and Final Fantasy 15 all had terrible textures and low resolutions on the Xbox One. I couldn't take it any more of the abuse.
TL;DR: Console gamer to PC master race.
After reading forums about PC building, I noticed a lot of bias towards Intel and hatred towards AMD. So, when I heard AMD was working on a new CPU, I decided to be one of the first adopters. I remembered my first AMD system being a beast before I fried it.
My build experience was pretty painless. I had to reorient the CPU cooler a few times for better cable management.. plenty of zip ties were used. I did have a short period where I thought my PSU was DOA. Fortunately, my computer case power button wasn't properly hooked up so I was able to figure that out.
I wanted to build a great system for a fraction of the price. I think I was able to achieve it, mostly. All of the parts listed were bought sporadically and on sale over a period of 8 months. I sold some of my old console games and other various gaming memorabilia to cut costs down a bit. The prices listed are accurate to what I paid.
The final savings was around $500.