Never built a computer; How hard could it be? Very hard, if you get bad parts mailed to you. But overall, a fun experience and looking forward to installing upgrades if I see fit. I was going for $700 budget, added an SSD to come in at around $800, not to shabby. I wanted a machine for moderate modern gaming demands and possible upgrades. It's got a nice blue glow when it's on, nothing overpowering or anything.
Most of this build is based on a suggested build from user, RyneSmith. I spent a little less on a smaller HDD and Geforce GT 740, and a just little more on blue RAM and added an SSD.
CPU- Dollars for donuts, a good price for good speed/gaming.(from what I read)
MOBO- Suggested as it's new and compatible with future upgrades, if any. First one mailed to me was bad, but I heard they were good, so just had another shipped.
RAM- just found some blue, 2x4, CAS9s
Storage- Opted for 250GB because my gaming library is about 20 GB right now, and with the 128SSD, these are all I need.
GPU- 2gb Geforce GT 740 SC seemed to satisfy all my gaming requirements...for now anyways.
PSU- After a bad Corsair 430 from Amazon, a cheap brand 550w from local parts store.
Nothing specific about the other stuff, just picked what fit, for the most part. The 'battle station' stereo in pic is an old Aiwa dorm room stereo with powered sub, so games music vibrate the whole house.
Edit- Yes, I know the GPU could be better but I'm just a casual gamer now, which might change after I get done with grad school, but for now it's more than enough. I also added a fan controller because, even though I got these specifically for their low Db level, they're a bit noisy in a quiet room. And this was a ground-up build. New keyboard, mouse, monitor, cables-everything, so price was considered on every purchase.
Edit2- Upgraded GPU, PSU, and CPU. Got an i3 and new PSU so I could run the 960; which fits nice and snug. Games are freakin spectacular now and the processor is solid fast. 10/10 would upgrade again.
Added two more sticks of ram and 500g HDD a month or so later, now in it's final form.
Fast and simple, what more do you need
As an intro PC builder/gamer, this card satisfies all my gaming needs. On ultra/max settings- WoW, Kerbal Space Program, War Thunder, Skyrim, Portal(s), and any pre-2014 game I have sitting around. Should be a keeper for a long time to come.
Nothing to compare it to, but it powers everything I have plugged into it flawlessly :)
A bit noisy without a fan controller to turn them down.