So, I wanted to upgrade my cheap "I have no money because I'm 14 but I want to be part of the PC Master Race" computer since I am now 17, have a job, and have money. I also wanted to make this build the most unique as possible, while staying within a reasonable budget. In addition, I had to design the setup to accompany a future life in college, so I decided to go for a mATX layout to minimize space. And yes, I love the romanticism and poetic lyricism of the Latin language, hence the name of the build.
So here's the rundown on each component and my opinions on each. If you want a summary of the build, skip to the end (END).
Case: This was the most unique part of my build, as no one has really heard (and much less reviewed) the products from DIYPC. I found two video reviews online on the Cuboid, both praising the product. I decided to gamble on it and bought the G (green color scheme) version for around $70. After about six months with the case, here are the pros: -horizontal motherboard -space for long GPUs -5.25" bay -cable management space -choice between red, green, and blue color schemes -4 total drive bays, 2 2.5" and 2 3.5" -solid build design -dust mesh filters all over the case (really important for where I live) -front I/O -fingerprint-proof soft touch finish -dual-window side panels -many fan slots (200/140/120mm front, 140/120mm x2 top, 140/120mm back, 90mm back) -toolless GPU install bay -top mesh cover is easily removable -toolless drive installation SUPER easy -room for huge CPU coolers (Dark Rock Pro could easily fit in) -great to work in
And here are the cons: -very large for a mATX case (I really wasn't expecting it but it is pretty big; not very deep, but very wide; it literally is a cube, hence the name CUBOID :P) -windows are heavily tinted -5.25" bay interferes with GPU power cables if GPU is >10 inches (I managed to squeeze mine in after I put the 770 onto the motherboard, but I probably should have put the cables in first then put the card in) -top mesh cover can be easily dented in shipping (mine was, picture available above) -pathways for power cables can get long, I keep my optical drive unplugged and my SSD cable is stretched tight due to this) -included case fans are garbage and really loud. I took out both immediately, and I'm currently thinking about buying some Bitfenix LED fans as well as some Alchemy strips to counteract the dark side panels
So yeah, this is probably the coolest mATX case on the market. It seems like all of the cool little aspects of each mainstream mATX case have been thrown into this case, and I honestly love it. For only $70 I couldn't be happier.
CPU: i7 4790k. This is where most of the money went. Fast, reliable, fantastic in PC-crushing games like Arma, and great at rendering videos, so I'm a happy camper.
CPU cooler: You probably know what the 212 EVO is like since everyone and their cousin has one. It's great.
Motherbaord: I chose the Gigabyte mainly because it was the only cheap, 4 RAM slot, neutrally-colored, overclock-compatible LGA-1150 mATX board I could find. I like all of its software features and it fits my needs, however there aren't enough PWM fan slots on it (in fact, there aren't many at all). I have to use a splitter cable from an old Noctua NF-F12 to plug in both of my CPU fans, and they're currently the only fans running in the system (but that's mainly because of the cheap fans included with the case). Other than that, it's a great board.
RAM: The most generic RAM ever, but it's reliable so I'm fine with it. I don't really think expensive, flashy RAM matter a whole lot, so... meh :/
Drives: The SSD is cheap for 240GB and fast enough to validate itself as useful. The WD Blue is good. The Samsung is old so likely no one cares.
GPU: Reference cards FTW bruh :D No seriously, I love the look, the LEDs match my theme, and it's a 770 so it gets s**t done. No overclocking, but I'm honestly okay with it, especially since I picked this thing up at MicroCenter for like $220.
PSU: After my old Sentey 625w PSU made everyone on this forum gag, I decided to step up my game. This is apparently a really good PSU, and I actually can't say more other than it adequately supplies my components with power.
Optical drive: It works.
Monitors: Beautiful, bezel less, 1080p, 60Hz, IPS displays for $120 each. Another bold gamble for me considering the product doesn't have a substantial purchase history, but definitely one that paid off. They are so cool to have as multimonitor displays and they have a matte finish which prevents glare on the screen. Truly awesome from AOC, I highly recommend them.
Keyboard/mouse: I picked up this full Cherry MX Blue Rosewill keyboard and optical Naos 3200 mouse from a guy on Craigslist for $70 total. The keyboard feels SOOO good to type on, and the mouse is amazing for fingertip/palm grip styles since it has extra rests for your ring and little fingers. The mouse has configurable RGB lighting and a DPI switch, which is always a nice feature to have.
Mousepad: It's really great. For those who have cheap $2 mousepads from Target and think that gaming mousepads don't make a difference in your performance, think again. As an avid CS:GO player, the change made such a difference in my hs rate and flicking. I do recommend the Steelseries mats, as although I haven't tried anything else the Steelseries ones feel much better than the cheap ones.
Mic: It sucks, as expected. The Icicle is cool though, as it supplies phantom power and only costs $20, which is crazy cheap when compared to other amps/mixers that can do that.
Headphones: They're good, but slightly uncomfortable as there isn't a lot of support on the top of your head. I end up getting pains on the top of my head after a while and have to adjust the headset every now and then.
BONUS: if you flicked through the pictures above you might have noticed the colorful PS4 controller. I actually painted that myself using spray paints from Lowes and a clear coat spray sealant. If you wanna paint a controller yourself you have to open up the controller and remove the top plastic frame, then paint it separately. Don't paint the buttons, triggers, or toggle sticks as they get too sticky to properly move around (I had to replace most of the buttons after learning that the hard way).
END My setup is great for my needs as a high-schooler interested in gaming and video editing. It's green-themed and uses some obscure yet surprisingly awesome parts. I recommend all my components (except the headset and mic) to anyone looking to get a PC in the $1000 to $1300 price range or looking to enter the PC enthusiast community.
Thanks, and glhf :D