Looks pretty good less the case as mentioned...
Here's how to get a little more quality for the money IMO.CPU + Memory Combo: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz + Ripjaws Series (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
($252 @ Newegg)
Arguably a nicer "quality" RAM kit in this combo than "team" memory.Motherboard + Power Supply Combo: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H MicroATX + Rosewill Capstone 450W
($124 @ Newegg)
Definitely a better motherboard. Heatsunk VRMs and a B85 feature-set, 4XDIMM slots, HDMI out, nicer integrated audio, USB 3.0 headers, more IO/sensors etc gives the machine more long term prospects, better flexibility, and more diagnostic capabilities.Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($59.99 @ Newegg)
If there is anything about this build I would recommend changing at an increased cost to implement it would be this. 240GB SSDs are only $50-60 more that this drive and that will cut all booting/loading times by 70-90%.Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case
($40.98 @ Newegg)
The prodigy, is overpriced IMO, though there is a microATX version of it that I can't comment on, the ITX version is, IMO, a neat idea with numerous major implementation errors that make it a C- at best. There are SO MANY little areas in that case that if they had just shifted things a few milimeters, the whole case would be radically better. The plastic handles are VERY flimsy, I'm scared to lift the machine by them, which means they are just in the way. This basic "Cougar" case, is nothing special, but nor are they asking for special kinds of money either. Perhaps that's the reason I am so disenchanted with the bitfenix case. If it had been half the price I probably would have been impressed.
If you WOULD like to get something a little fancier than this cougar, I can throw you some ideas.Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer
($15.00 @ Newegg)Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
($101.98 @ Newegg)Monitor: LG IPS234V-PN 75Hz 23.0" Monitor
($135.00 @ Newegg)
23" IPS panel. I actually have one of these cheap LG IPS monitors over on my WIfe's machine and I think it looks great for the money. Really easy on the eyes and bright, holy crap it can get bright! I don't think the low response time should be a concern for most users. For general web browsing and stuff it is just very low strain to use IMO. On the other hand, if I had to pick between this nicer monitor, and the SSD, I might just go for the SSD myself. I have a couple basic "$100 21.5" panels and they work well enough.Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse
($32.98 @ Newegg)
Hey that's a good deal on a pretty snazy looking backlit key/mouse combo. I may wind up ordering this for myself to replace my thrift store keyboard! nice find!Total:
$767.56 SHIPPED (all newegg pricing above)(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-28 07:07 EDT-0400)
I tried to include the same parts list. Price winds up the same but the combo specials and more cost effective case afford some key upgrades.