One of my co-workers recommended this site to me when I decided to finally leave the world of laptops and retail PCs. All my parts were picked with the help of this site, so I figured it was only fitting to post the first pictures here.
This build is primarily for gaming with light video editing as the only secondary purpose.
All parts were purchased from Newegg and NCIX. All prices stated are in $CDN with taxes and shipping included.
Once I got over the first-time builder jitters where I was scared to break all my parts installing them, I had no issues getting everything together. All parts worked out of the box and Windows 7 installed flawlessly.
My only unhappy moment came when I received/ installed the Lamptron fan controller. It had bent pins and frame out of the box. Luckily, it wasn't an issue getting them back in shape.
All in all, I am pleased with the performance of this machine. At Ultra settings, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell runs 114-145 fps on average. On older 3D games, I have seen 350+ fps at Ultra.
I do plan on overclocking the i5 once I have a better understanding of how to do so.
Feel free to post questions/ comments below. Any feedback is appreciated and I am happy to answer any questions regarding my experiences with the parts I used.