(UPDATE G3258 Now been swapped out to I5 4690K, although G3258 entering into a HTPC build)
Welcome to my build, I have been following the excellent builds that other people have been putting up on the site and have been thoroughly impressed! I swore that when I eventually got my build together I would give back and put mine up here as this site and community has helped me so much with my decisions, this is the first build I have done for a long time so please be gentle as it was a great learning curve and my cable management could be improved! anyway onto the build!
So as a brief overview my PC was built around a half budgeted, half future expansion in mind and as such is a mixture or expensive and some not so expensive components, with the idea of upgrading to better parts as time goes on, this being said I wanted a PC that could still handle a good bit of gaming and could complement my CDJs features as MIDI controllers nicely to drive various DJ software such as Traktor amongst others, so this required a motherboard with decent onboard audio, plenty of room for expansion and a decent amount of USBs all with a bit of future proofing in mind in case I get a separate soundcard of some sort.
So that being said I will explain my build.
The Case is a Corsair Spec - 03, I'm surprised I haven't seen more builds with this case as I found it excellent quality and a really good price at £40ish lots of cable management features and a nice side window, plenty of room
The CPU is the lovely anniversary G3258 pentium, which I have got to an overclock of 4.5ghz with the voltage at 1.31 and the temps getting to around 69 - 79 full load, this was attached using artic cooling mx-4 compound and the world famous cooler-master 212 which I didn't realise was as big until it came to the door! But I was suitably impressed, it fits perfectly snug. The Pentium performs well for everything I want to do on it and seems to be perfectly happy combined with the GPU for the games I have thrown at it
The motherboard is an Asus Z97 Ranger VII I chose this board for a few reasons, one of these was to follow a decent upgrade path from the G3258 and drop an i5 or i7 when the going gets tough (which I am aware of will happen as games go more multi-core) I also liked the amount of USBs that it has and the onboard audio features seemed appropriate for my uses. I'm not going to lie - I also liked the look of the board and felt ASUS was the way to go. It also had very good results combined withe the G3258 and I wanted an uncomplicated board to break me back into the world of PCs
The RAM is Corsair vengeance low profile DDR3 8gb I got this because I was worried about clearance inside the case, however they sit quite happy near the cooler and I feel normal size wouldn't have been a problem if I had chose that instead. It's in 2 x 4gb configuration
The PSU is a Corsair CSM 550w Modular, I chose this because I liked how you could configure the PSU well with cable routing and also suited the style of the case, I felt 550w would be enough to drive the PC without too much drama, of course this can be upgraded in future if need be
The Hard drives are self explanatory I have a 1tb Seagate and I also got a 120gb Kingston SSD, I love the quick windows boot times of course!
The GPU is an Asus GTX760 OC this was the part of the build which caused me much pain as I swung from AMD to NVIDIA and back. It was a fine line between this and a R9 280 or R9 270x but in the end this was the right price at the time and I didn't like the heat and power that AMD cards need/chuck out but of course that's just my personal opinion. It could have easily been the other way round, anyway the Pentium is happy working with this GPU and I have had no issues running most games on Ultra/High so far! Of course there will be exceptions to this as time goes on. And this does include a fair amount of older games from last couple of years. I'm still experimenting with this.
So to conclude, this has been a great learning experience and I have dipped my toes back in enjoying some overclocking and having a great project to work on (and continue to work on!) has given me great pleasure. if you're still reading this thanks for having a look and I welcome all comments,suggestions and queries (although again please be gentle!) :)