Edit: I have since upgraded my build and it can be found here http://pcpartpicker.com/b/zRtJ7P
This is my first build ever. A lot of you will probably see this build and think hey this looks very similar to phillips S340 build. My build ended up being almost the same as his build by coincidence and i'm kinda glad it did as I had used the video as a reference while I was building. Also sorry if the picture quality isn't fantastic i'm not a photographer and i used an Iphone.
General: I built this to push the boundaries of science. Some of you may know this as playing some games. I had been planning this build for months and I had originally planned to do a i7 all the bells and whistles build, but decided to save the money and put it to other things. I am a freshman in college and I plan to go into the medical field, so as many of you know this is just the beginning of a long financial struggle so I opted to go with a budget build with only what i needed over a flashy i7 build and I think I made the right choice. If you want to leave constructive criticism please do so.
CPU: This Pentium G3258 is incredible for the price you get it at. Unlocked and overclockable this things performance is amazing. When it was released along side the i7 4790k I knew I had to try it and so far im not disappointed. I had thought about getting an AMD fx 6300, but I had concerns of heat problems as the ambient temperatures i'm around are not pleasant in the summer and I wanted to build as cheap as possible. I have not overclocked yet because I want to see what this CPU can do with stock performance, but I will very soon.
Motherboard: It came in a combo deal with the G3258 at microcenter both for $100 and there was no way I was turning down a z97 board. This motherboard isnt as packed with features as other z97 motherboards or even the greatest looking but it is definitely a quality motherboard and will do everything I need it to. Also with the z97 chipset i will be able to upgrade later in the future so that's nice.
RAM: Well its ram. 8Gbs of ram is all you need for gaming so that's all I got. It was the cheapest I could get and although 1600 isn't the fastest it'll do and it works excellently.
Storage: 1Tb hard drive not much to say you've seen this thing in like thousands of builds.
GPU: I wanted something that could handle more intense gaming so I decided to go with the R9 270x over entry level cards like the gtx 750. It was my last part to arrive thats why it got its own picture in case your wondering. I know a lot of you will say I should have gotten an R9 270 and just overclock it, but i only paid $105 and C'mon that damn cheap.
Case: The NZXT S340 this thing is amazing and was an absolute pleasure to work with. I had originally been planning to get a Fractal Design Node 304, but at the last second i changed my mind. I love the no frills simplistic look of the case and the steel construction is awesome. The cable management (although mine isn't the best) is incredible you could literally put your computer together blindfolded and the cables would look nice... okay maybe that's pushing it, but you get my point.
PSU: Many of you will notice in one of the pictures i have the box of a 550w CSM, but that was DOA and in a desire to complete my build at that very moment i ran to the store and bought the power supply listed, so that was disappointing, but i quickly replaced it and now everything is good. It wasn't the smartest choice i ever made, but oh well. The CX series isn't the highest quality power supply, but for my build it will be fine. 600w is a little overkill for my build, but when I eventually do upgrade it'll be nice to have the room and with a 12v rail that supplies 46A upgrading should be no problem.
All in all this was an incredible experience and i would love to do another build (I want to see what I can do with an APU) . I will be posting gaming benchmarks for those that interested within the next week, so look out for those! And if anyone of you want I can take more pictures of the case if your interested.
Gaming bench marks
Note: all benchmarks done at stock speed.
Borderlands 2 Maxed Average FPS: 108 FPS
Skryim with Realvision ENB and 2K textures Average 35 FPS
Titanfall Maxed Average 60 FPS
Assassins Creed Black flag Fxaa, ambient occlusion off Average 45 FPS
SWTOR Maxed Average 50-95 FPS depending on area
Battlefield 3 Maxed Min 45 FPS Average 60 FPS Max 80 FPS
Witcher 2 assassin of kings Ultra uberampling off Average 40 FPS
Tomb Raider Maxed Average 47 FPS
Grand Theft Auto IV Maxed Average FPS 60
Battlefield 4 Maxed Average 45 FPS
Far cry 3 Maxed Average 25 FPS