So I just want to start this off by saying this is my first actual gaming PC. Before this I had many OEM Dell Optiplex machines and had upgraded them with various GPUs.
This build had started off when I was looking for a new PC for video editing, as my old E8600 wasn't cutting the job, and my grandfather (HUGE Tech Enthusiast) had said he had an old PC. This PC had an I5 3570k, non-overlclockable motherboard, stock Intel cooler, and 8gb ram. A perfect starting point. We had dug around in some spare parts and had come out with an old Quadro card (FX 3700). A few google searches later, and I found the specs of this card and determined it was a massive upgrade over my existing GT 210. Alongside the GPU, we had found another 8gb stick of ram to make it 16gb. There was no need for a new drive, as I had used the 3 drives from my previous PC.
The Intel cooler had a lot of dust as the existing PC was a SFF Case from Rosewill, so I had tossed the case and psu and went to clean the cooler. During the removal of the cooler I saw thermal paste had gotten into the cpu socket and I had removed the 3570k from the socket. Disaster stuck. During the removal 4 pins had gotten bent on the motherboard and it was not good. Not only did the pins on the socket bend, the cooler's clamps had broken aswell. Needing a Cooler, Motherboard, Case, and PSU, we had shopped around town only to find nothing. A few shops had told us that a motherboard with Socket 1155 is impossible to find nowadays (which I find hard to believe as it isn't that old) and that we needed a new cpu and all. With no luck, I had taken the motherboard back to his house and tried to bend the pins into place. To my surprise it had worked and the CPU had worked properly. Now we ordered the Hyper T2 on rebate from Newegg, knocking it down to $14, a real steal. An even bigger bargain was the Case & PSU. Those each were normally 50-60 USD but they were on rebate for $25 a piece. The best bargain. When those had arrived I put the PC together and everything worked flawless!
EDIT: I am also planning on upgrading to a GTX 1050 (non-ti) in the coming weeks.
This CPU is a massive upgrade over my old Core 2 Duo. Isn't that far off from a modern 7600k (so I have heard).
Would recommend to any budget builder.
Solid board, just wish I could OC.
It's ram, it's compatible, and it's fast.
Blazing fast, use this as my Windows 10 Boot drive.
I primarily use this drive to store music, photos, files, and some games and it gets the job done.
Kind of slow but I only have this in my system in case the other drives get full.
A real steal, very easy to work in, nice cable management.
Powers my build just fine and the fact that it is Semi-Modular makes it even easier to work with.
Runs the games that I play flawlessly at around 120 FPS or more (Minecraft, Call of Duty: World at War, CS:GO, etc).