I had no intention of building a pc. I was planning to buy a laptop to replace my old one, which has like 3 years on it and was kinda slow. But then while looking for laptops the "good" ones were priced at 700+ and had things I did not need at all - touch screen, 2 in 1 etc. I then decided if I am gonna put in money in a machine, might as well put it in a powerful one for almost the same cost, and something that will be easier to upgrade in the future. Started off with a $800 budget more or less, but then as I began to look at parts and reviews, I kinda stretched it a bit to reach where I am at right now.
It was a good learning experience for me, and I'd appreciate any reviews about things I might have done wrong here, something that I might have overlooked.
The resources here on pcpartpicker really helped me with coming up with a parts list, this site is A+!!
For purchasing parts, my preference was Amazon since I knew that if I had any problems that would have been taken care of stat (which they did for some items). Newegg was my next option if I could not find it on Amazon. So even though some parts might be listed lower elsewhere, I went with amazon and newegg cause the difference was not usually too big.
I have given a 5-star rating to the parts here, because well, they all work fine for me, and I have had zero complaints with them so far. Too early to give any of them less than 5 stars, if I did, then I definitely did not research well enough lol.
Prices are after taxes.
The cost to performance ratio made sense to get this one without going too overboard on the price. Wanted to keep the cost of processor < 200, but went above a bit there. Worth it, IMO. Amazon third party seller.
Wanted an ATX-form factor motherboard, the reviews on this were not negative. Works well for me. Newegg with $20 MIR.
Cheapest DDR4-2400 at the time I got this. Amazon.
Went with this cause I trust Sandisk. Have had their products before and had no complaints. Amazon.
Got this off Craigslist. Does its job.
Probably would not have got this if I hadn't already got the other two HDDs. But kept it because I could always use that extra storage. Amazon.
Had this with me.
Had a budget of around $250 set for this. For that price point, I felt this was the best thing I could go with. Amazon third party seller, not sure if eligible for MIR, if yes, then price goes down $20 more.
Cannot go wrong with this case, especially for a first time build where it gives enough room to hide away the cables. The manual said it should have come with 10 thumb screws in the package (other than the 9 or so attached to the case), but they weren't there. The manual suggested their usage for the third drive at the bottom of the case. But I managed without them using other screws that came with the box, so no complaints there. Newegg with MIR.
Not sure if this is overkill or not, but got it for that price after taxes, so why not. Works well. The VGA cable supports hooking up two GPUs, which I was not aware of till I began building, so I tried to make the best out of what I got. Not the product's fault though, obviously. So 5 stars stick. Amazon warehouse deals. Box was unopened and in original packaging.
Fans for the front. Reviews said they do their job. Amazon.
Did not want to go over 100$ for a monitor. Atleast for now. I think this was the best thing I could have gotten for the price. Amazon and MIR. Not disappointed at all with this. But then again, this is coming from someone who has always used laptops. But for $100, I think this is a really good monitor.
Set aside $30 for speakers. Basic, does it's job. No complaints so far. Walmart, price matched with Amazon.