I was using a late 13 macbook pro retina 13 inch as of now for everything. At the time it seemed like a good decision since I was in college and I was on the go more often than I was home. I am still in college and I started getting interested in building my own pc after seeing my friend's custom pc build. For a while now, I have been telling myself that this macbook is enough for me but it really isn't. The 13 inch screen is really small and I can BARELY open up two window tabs simultaneously while doing my homework or research papers. Second, this macbook only has 128gb ssd and I am maxed out. This budget PC build is really aimed for everyday use, multitasking with school stuff and also AutoCad. I still wanted this pc to be able to handle playing games such as LOL, starcraft, CS GO, couple steam games, and possibly GTA V. I am not a hardcore gamer as you guys can tell, but I did want my PC being able to handle other games if I do choose to buy and play in the future.
Note: Every item here is listed with tax and after rebate. I added the microcenter tax at the end. I got windows 8 for free from my university.
CPU: Purchased at microcenter for really cheap. It's an i5 4690K. What more can I say other than its one hell of a cpu. I could've went with a weaker CPU since my gpu is only a 960, but it's for future proofing. I plan on OCing it in the future. I just have no reason to as of now.
CPU COOLER: Cryorig H7. Read some reviews about this guy and was surprised. Looks good and is extremely quiet.
Motherboard: Got the MSI Gaming 5 for really cheap after rebate and 40$ cpu/mobo combo. FIts my red and black build and looks good.
Memory : Kingston Fury Red Series (2*4GB). It's just ram, but had really good reviews, looks good, fits my build color scheme and 8gb is plentiful for me.
Storage: 250 GB Samsung 850 evo SSD. Boots my computer in less than 5 second and couldnt be happier. I will be adding a 1 TB HDD later when I need to, but for now this is enough.
Video Card: Before anyone says anything about how I should've gotten a 970 instead, but like I said I'm not a hardcore gamer and I wasn't willing to drop another 100 for a 970. If I really get into gaming later, I can always upgrade it. Got this at Frys for really cheap AR on their weekly promo deals. I was originally going to go for the G1 960 or the MSI 960, but this one was extremely cheap and it had a backplate so I just got it. For overclocking, this is my first pc build so I'm waiting on my friend to overclock it for me, but I will definitely be overclocking it.
Case: In my honest opinion, probably one of the best looking budget windowed cases out in the market as of now. Not too big, not too small, and looks really good. Cable management was really really easy with this case.
Power Supply: I know 850W is overkill for what my system is running. Notice how it says purchased for $0.00. I got it for free from my really close friend who helped me with this build since he had an extra lying around. I was surprised how silent the fans were.
Monitor: A 13 inch from 27 inch is a huge jump, but I love it. It's a 1080p on a 27 inch and I know people complain about it being blurry, but I don't really honestly notice it. I came from using a retina display Macbook and it doesn't bother me much. Even my friend using a 27 inch 1440p monitor said it doesn't look as blurry as other 27 1080p monitors. Maybe it's because of the AH-IPS and glossy screen it uses. IDK. I would recommend this monitor.
Keyboard: I love the tactitle feedback of MX Blues. Was hesitating between the MX Browns, but MX Blue felt better to type on.
Mouse: I am going to be doing a lot of every day use so I just wanted something that's wireless and felt great on my hands. Picked this mouse up from staples for really cheap.
Speakers: I'm not really much of an audiophile. I do enjoy listening to music and these aren't as bad as I thought they would be. Bang for your buck in my opinion.