Australian over here, hence the title. Woo, Socceroos for 2014 World Cup! Its my first build, took me about 2 hours or so to build it while watching a "How-To" video from LinusTechTips youtube channel, really good stuff. Reason for building? Gaming mostly and just for the fun of building my own PC.
CPU: i5-4670k. I cbfed waiting for Devils Canyon to come out, so I just pulled the trigger and bought Haswell, which I'll probably regret. Oh well. Hopefully when it comes out, its dramatically overpriced so that my decision to buy Haswell is justified
MOBO: AsRock Fata1ty Z97 Killer. Did a lot of research and I think this was the most bang for my buck as it comes with a bunch of neat features and looks nice as well. I was thinking of getting the MSI Z97 Gaming 3 board as it was the same price, but I read good things about AsRock and it has been nothing but awesome so far.
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB. Not much to say really, I knew that 8GB was all I needed for gaming and that 1600Mhz was ideal. Saw the 1866Mhz version for the same price, so I bought this one instead. I'm happy with it and its easy on the eyes.
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB. Always wanted an SSD and have to say I'm impressed. I did my research and I found that Crucial was the the best SSD at that price. From what I've read, the Crucial M500 has a slightly slower read speed than other SSD's and a significantly lower write speed. But OZC, Corsair, Samsung and Intel 240GB SSD's were priced over $200 and I wasn't willing to pay fork out that much cash on an SSD.
Video Card: GTX 770 2GB and It's worked great. I've only played Rome: Total War II, BF4, Skyrim and Simcity (lol) so far at pretty much maxed on 2560 x 1440. I actually wanted to get an R9 290 3GB as it was on sale for only $50 more and on par with a GTX 780, which is $245 more. But, I read there issues with the Gigabyte and XFX R9 290 versions with heat, fan and BIOS issues. I didn't want to have to buy and install an aftermarket GPU cooler and deal with any future issues so I decided against it. Hopefully this doesn't come back to bite me in the *** as I've read that 2GB VRAM won't be enough in the near future as games are apparently starting to use a lot more VRAM to a point where 3/4GB is recommended. But, I already have an AMD 7970M and wanted to give Nvidia a try due to negative experiences with AMD's driver support.
Case: CM 690 III with a side window. A regretful purchase. I should've spent a bit more and got the NZXT H440. Don't get me wrong, the CM 690 III's been nothing but great, it was real easy to work with. Had no issues and has great features like the little pocket on the top of the case where I can put my USB's, keys, phone, wallet, etc. Except in terms of aesthetics, I prefer the NZXT a lot more. The CM 690 III, in my opinion, is just too bland in comparison.
Power Supply: It's Corsair and 650W. What else can I say? Quality brand with more than enough power. Really easy to work with as its fully modular and very quiet with a 80+ Gold Certified rating.
I already had the OS, keyboard and mouse from my gaming laptop.
I still have to add in a fair few things, such a HDD, LED strips, CPU cooler and some more fans so I can start overclocking. I really wanted to build it and really, really couldn't be bothered slaving away at my minimum wage job for another week or two. It took me about 2-3 weeks of working part-time to buy the parts and I wanted to quit ASAP. So, I just bought the essentials.
I was pretty worried about one of my parts being DOA or defective as I've heard horror stories, but I was pretty lucky in that everything worked fine out of the box. I had no real issues with building it, it was a painless, smooth build. I'd like to thank Youtube for that, in particularly, LinusTechTips and his How-to video.