Edited: As of January 14 2015 This PC is for both gaming and video editing. I like the case a lot. It has a lot of room but not quite enough for proper cable management. 6 fans can be put in here and it is overall pretty quiet. Gaming at 1080p is very doable. Rendering is a lot faster than my old oem pc from 10 yrs ago that's for sure. Glad I built it and saved a bunch of money buying used. Nothing wrong with that. Windows 8 was not pirated FYI, I get a free copy as an engineering student.
CPU: Bought on ebay from a seller who couldn't get it working with his motherboard so he listed it really cheap so he could get a new cpu quickly. Luckily I was looking at that point. I got it overclocked to 4.3 very easily with no voltage bump. I'm looking for more but it's fine for now. I heard that bulldozer is bad but it can't be worse than using an athlon x2 3800+... Big improvement.
CPU Cooler: Switched out the hyper 212 cooler for a thermaltake nic c5. It runs cooler but it is very loud, even with headphones. If i turn down the fans the noise is bearable and still with decent temps.
Case: Bought on Newegg also for 34.99 with a 10$ MIR. It was worth every penny. Decent airflow with included fans and space for long gpus. I don't know if I could fit an AIO liquid cooler in here in the future but I could try.
Motherboard: Switched out the ga-78lmt-usb3 for a GA 970a- UD3 I can overclock much more on here and it is full atx so i get some more pci slots back. Also sata 3 instead of 2 for faster drive speeds Ram: Jumped from 8gb all the way to 16gb ddr3 1600 and I love having more ram. Nuff said.
GPU: Changed out the gtx 550ti for a radeon 7950/R9 280. I can play any game at 1080p and that is what I was aiming for. OCed it to 1150mhz core and 1250mhz on the memory.
Storage: 120gb hdd came with old pc so free...? 500gb hdd was bought a couple years ago from blinq through ebay. I got it on sale new for 28$. Such a great deal even today IMO. Added a 1tb WD Blue and a 120gb 840 evo. Booting is lightning fast as well as general tasks.
PSU: Was bought a couple months after hdd. It is fairly quiet and supplies enough power. 80+ bronze from Antec. It's gucci.
OS: Being an engineering student, I am allowed at most one copy of almost any windows OS so yeah. Free 99
Monitor: 22" LG IPS panel (Matte) Great colors and 5ms response time. Video here:
There weren't many pictures during building but I did make a video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YIX0zzv9Cw&list=UUslThwjWeZoi448DUub_kmw
The pricing for the ram, motherboard, cpu cooler, and graphics card are all estimates. This is because I got a great deal on ebay for all of that at 145$. Clearly it is all worth more than that so that's what I believe the breakdown to be.
All of this for around 500 and I'm glad I didn't have to buy a console. No offense.
Overall this pc can be upgraded piece by piece and I'm fine with that. Cheap gaming and editing here I come.