Always wanted to build my own computer for gaming or just to have something reliable to use for all my needs. Obviously didn't want to throw in $1000+ into a computer because that's just way too much to waste right now as I have other things needing attention. However that didn't stop me from trying to build one.
What started things was finding the motherboard and cpu being sold on Craigslist for $100, quickly ran and got it off the person and didn't stop there, i just had to make myself buy more parts but for the cheapest. Everything bought here was practically new besides the case. Found someone selling the ram w/ ssd combo for $70, ran and got that, the 500gb hard drive was from my previous computer and just ripped that out of it. Bought the gpu with the heatsink for $90, found the case for $70, the power supply for $60 still wrapped up in plastic in its packaging and there I had it, everything I needed to create a computer. Just picked up the wireless adapter today as a free gift, 150mbps isn't the best but it'd have to do now, I'm looking to add a bigger hard drive and a DVD burner from whenever I do find one for a good price.
Currently using a plain dell keyboard and Toshiba mouse with my 24' tv.
was a great cpu for everything i did on the computer, i never got to use it to its full potential but i was happy with it.
kept my cpu at a nice temperature, never did try overclocking with it though. only complaint i have is the same as everyones and its the difficulty of putting it on.
worked well for my needs
awesome case with an enormous amount of room for expansion
Wireless Network Adapter
didnt work that well as it'd disconnect from time to time and id have troubles reconnecting but it worked fine whenever it did.