"I am Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite PC on PC Part Picker!"
I am a console gamer (Xbox), and my roommate convinced me to build a gaming PC. I have grown to love this small, but mighty, PC. That being said, I will always be a console gamer first. The first part that I bought for this build was my devils canyon processor off of craigslist for $150. I know, I know... Buying computer parts off of craigslist can be like Russian Roulette, but I took the leap of faith, and it paid off in the end. Next I bought my RAM, a small 160 GB hard drive, and an early 2000's HP monitor. After having (nearly) all my parts, I was on the hunt for a cheap, but effective, motherboard. At first, I bought a refurbished h97-g43 MSI off of Amazon, along with my case and SSD off of Newegg. Finally, after over a month of part searching, I was ready to build my PC. After hours of intensive labor with my roommate, the PC was completed. We powered it on, AND........ Nothing?! Turns out that the motherboard that I purchased was not compatible with my CPU, rats! After coming to terms with having to take apart all of my hard work, I searched for a compatible motherboard, and found an Asus z97 m-pro (refurbished) at my local Micro Center. I put it on hold and went to purchase it the next day. Now, for real this time, I could build my PC. After more intensive labor, my roommate and I had completed the build, while a friend helped us load up the OS. All in all, this PC ended up costing me less that $700 because I bought mostly used and refurbished parts, which I have had no problems with. FINALLY, my PC was done and I was ready to enter the world of the PC master race. Having been a console gamer for so long, I have seen many pros and cons to PC gaming, but I am extremely glad that I decided to build this PC, it is teaching me a lot about the gaming community, and just how diverse and vibrant it can be. Now, if only we can end this petty war and just embrace the greatness that both consoles and PC's bring to the playing field!
Thanks for checking out my build! If you were interested in mine, please go check out my friend yarz1's build titled "SR2 Normandy" (the blue one in the pictures) for more greatness!