This build was funded by a gap year filled with shelf-stacking night shifts. My old laptop had an original i3 and ran on integrated graphics. Would get around 15fps on tf2 on lowest settings, 786p. Now I'm getting 1080p 60fps on high on planetside 2!
For the CPU I thought I was going to get an AMD fx6300, but after enough hours research I decided that for medium gaming an i3 would be best, as I barely multi task.
Made sure the right BIOS was preloaded on to the mobo so I wouldn't have to do a bios update (something I would never be able to do), and made sure it looked half decent.
Ram was pretty much just the cheapest 8 gigs at the time.
Got an ssd then added the hdd later when i realised that the ssd would run out of space immediately. This is why the spending in this build is slightly odd (picking a high end ssd instead of putting more money into the gpu).
I decided on a 270x fairly quickly, it being the pest price vs performance at that price. Spent a little more on the XFX juts because it looks so sleek.
Case I got because I wanted something small and quiet. It's way bigger than I expected but I had no idea what to expect. I can fairly clearly hear the stock Intel fan when I don't have headphones on so it's not that quiet a case. It does look gorgeous though. Plenty of room to work in.
All I wanted from the PSU was for it to at least be semi modular, to make cable management in this case a feasible task.
Got Microsoft from a friend who's dad owns a computer repair shop and has keys lying about.
Monitor I splashed on as I am a (god awful) photographer and I wanted something with a beautiful accurate picture.
WNA I didn't end up needing as there's an Ethernet port in my room.
Ran out of money so I couldn't buy any nice mechanical keyboard or anything, this pair looked nice enough. No problems so far.
Any constructive criticism feedback (or compliments) welcome!