This is my first build. My objective was to be able to play games as well as current gen consoles, and do other computer things below the price of a console($350 console, $50 1tb hdd, $100 2 year ps+).
I bought the ssd and the g700s for the family computer and then moved them to my computer. I was given a computer with a q6600, 680i lt, 250gb hdd, dvd drive, good enough case, and other parts I replaced. I got a hyper 212 and thermal paste on amazon, then the HD 7850(great card), 8gb ddr2 and power supply were off of craigslist. The monitor I got from freegeek. The 1tb hdd is a loan until I can get another hdd. I then built the computer.
After about two weeks the motherboard(could be cpu) died on me. I was not able to find a replacement for a reasonable price so I decided to look for a new cpu/mobo combo. After some searching I found a i7 920 and evga x58 sli for $130 on ebay, I then found ram for $30 on newegg.
Further upgrades include a usb 3.0 card, a better case, more ram, another(big) hdd(will consolidate data), a w3680(i7 980x equivalent(including being unlocked)), and a free/g sync monitor and better gpu when both get cheaper.
Great cpu for $30, mine is at 3.2ghz.
It works well, what else is there to say
its ddr3- in a nice blue+ white color scheme.
If you have not used a ssd before- get one. This one is fine as I have to use sata 3gps so a slower ssd is ok.
HD 7850 @1ghz stock w/ a very good cooler- I will bite for $60
Its a 530w power supply- again nothing special
NO microsoft- I still want my windows 7- BAD microsoft for turning upgraded windows 7 retail keys to oem keys(digital entitlement)
75hz! 75hz! vesa mounting, dvi-d dual link, vga and internal power brick
hardware- 5 out of 5- buttons feel great, lots of them, wired or wireless, AA rechargeable battery, great ergonomics
software- 1 out of 5- TERRIBLE, uses lots of system resources for a peripheral control program, a headache to get the mouse to connect on setup, button bindings are lost all the time, power management is not great, crashes after coming out of sleep.