Before I begin to elaborate on my part choices and what I think about them, I just wanted to say that I built a PC after Black Friday sales last year (2013). I originally had a i5-3570k + MSI Z77 mobo + Corsair Vengeance 8GB + ASUS 7850 + Kingston 120GB SSD + Western Digital 1TB HDD+ Corsair RM650 + Corsair 200R. I chose to go for a more budget-type build back then because it was my first build ever! It was a big success as it was running amazing. Because I chose more of a budget build, I never really got to put together a PC that I thought looked cool. After working my *** off for the past 7 months, I decided to upgrade it!
CPU: I don't plan on overclocking my PC so I originally was going to go for the i5-4590. But at the last minute, I saw 4690's on sale! I sold my old i5-3570k to my friend, so it worked out pretty well. No complaints about the 4690! It runs well.
Mobo: I always wanted to build an mATX build, but I got the 3570k + ATX mobo for a sweet deal back in November ($179.99 for the combo). But here, I wanted to stick with my preference and went with this. It's been running swell!
RAM: I stuck with same memory from my previous build! It was amazing back then and it's still amazing now!
Storage: I decided to just buy another SSD so I could use both my old one and new one. I never had a SSD before my first PC and I've gotta say, ITS AMAZING. Super fast boot times and all. I recommend everyone spend a little extra for an SSD! I also kept my original storage HDD.
Video Card: The build components below shows a 7770, but I have an 7850. (You'll notice it in the pictures) It was again on sale during Black Friday for $90. I love it. I originally wanted to get an Nvidia card, but I couldn't pass up the deal which was amazing. Runs DOTA2 at max settings with 80+ FPS. I don't play with max settings, so I play with 120+ FPS. No complaints at all!
Case: Ever since I decided to build a PC, the Corsair 350D was THE case I wanted. But the Corsair 200R was on sale for $19.99 and I couldn't pass it up. But I just decided to pay whatever for the 350D. Looks amazing and I love the side window panel :)
PSU: Kept the old one. I love the modular aspect of it and I chose to buy custom cables to make my PC look cooler!
OS: I always had Windows 7, but I decided to just give 8.1 a chance. It was kinda difficult to get used to, but after awhile, it's actually not that bad!
Accessories: Thought I'd add some cool coloring to the PC so it looked pretty awesome. I couldn't decide on what color to go so I just bought all white components and then bought the NZXT Hue to change colors of the LEDs. The color of the LEDs work pretty well with the white cables and fans and I love the way my PC looks (though others may not like it xD)
Conclusion: I definitely should have waited until this year's Black Friday, but after looking at some builds on PCPartpicker, I couldn't wait. So many of them looked so amazing. I wanted to build the PC that I really wanted, whatever price it may be. I'm satisfied with the result and thanks everyone for reading! (If you did :P)
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