So this is my first build guys. I would like to thank everyone who gave me feedback and comments in the forums for my questions and concerns.
Basically I set out to build somewhat of a budget build, general computing and gaming. My older gaming laptop, basically, was just getting older. I have an Asus g5ov and although it still kicks @ss after all these years, I'd figure instead of buying another gaming laptop, why not build a computer and have some fun? I did go over my original budget of ~1k, however i decided to aim instead at quality parts for the purpose of being future proof somewhat... as in my laptop is still around after 5 years so this pc should as well... in the future I might buy another gtx 770 and sli them!!
After some time I decided to narrow down my parts decision based on a theme... perhaps not the smartest choice but it sure made things easier... so I looked at the forums and noticed red or blue themes very common, so I went with a black and gold theme! Of course Asus had a black and gold theme mb so that was a start... was looking at the z87-a or the sabertooth... the later too expensive and I could not justify the price... I went to local micro center and I got a discount on the z87-plus that made it the same price as what the lower model was, so i took it lol Both the i5 and mb were a good discounted price worth my time... the memory was chosen primarily on aesthetics... again maybe not the best choice but they look amazing :P
My biggest problem was finding any gold type fans... none found. So I decided to modify some instead... at the end of the day I got amazing results with the corsair quiet 120mm editions for a nice touch. I got the fractal design case based on the fact that it had plenty room and a clean front bezel/door... perfect for any potential mods or stickers or spray paint if i wanted. In the end I decided to pay homage to my old (and missed) teggy by installing some carbon fiber for a unique touch, like the hood I used to have lol... I also have some jdm stickers and the likes laying around but I havent decided on that yet (not sure if a ricer case would be too much)... the final jdm touch I stopped at for now was the gold cathodes I ordered online... only issue there is, is that they aren't too bright and wires way too short for proper wire installation or tucking. :( over all happy tho. Also the corsair h100i gave me some trouble as the c-link wasnt reading the fans (software issue) after some re-installing of software and fiddling around I managed to fix it and was able to change the led light to yellow... also managed to oc the i5 first try directly to 45 multiplier and 1.25v... stable.. havent pushed harder as i don't really need more.
My windows index is at 8.2... limited by my ssd (mb i guess isnt full 6gb transfer i heard) everything booted right up first try, amazing experience overall... worse part was the mb i/o shield made me want to kick a baby in the face... nothing broke but it was a close call. I havent played any games yet (installed bf4, mw3, batman arkham origins, assassins creed, splinter cell and later on ghosts) If anyone has questions or anything ill try my best to update... I kinda impatiently threw this summary together XD