@jouseldelka Believe me, it is much easier to just build one on your own. I was curious to figure out how much a local computer store would charge me for building my PC. They wanted at least 200 dollars extra just to build it for me.
Also, I just have a few questions for the OP as usual. :p In terms of graphical prowess, what are you looking for in terms of good graphics? Are you planning to do 1080p or 1440p gaming? Are there any peripherals that you need in your budget (such as keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc.)? The computer towers that you describe, can you tell us what they are (mid-tower atx, full tower atx, a small form factor pc)?
I do have some ideas since I am currently making a Haswell Gaming based system for a friend, but in my opinion, Haswell isn't worth the price. That is my opinion though. Farewell socket 1155, you will be missed.
I think you have a fair point in your argument, but perhaps the Humble Bundle is just expanding their scope. Think about it. Indie games are relatively cheap while AAA titles run you around sixty freaking dollars. I am a budget gamer so seeing something like this gives me a lot of hope and gives me a chance to catch up on AAA experiences. It could be an example to other publishers that they can sell these games at pay what you want level.
The spirit of the Humble Indie Bundle will never die, but I am not going to complain where they are going with this "buy AAA games for cheap."
The only thing I would critique would be your cable management. Other than that, it is definitely a rock solid build. I really do love the NZXT Phantom design (dat futuristic look) I may have to bite the bullet on the next paycheck and buy myself one instead of getting a 3DS (the Animal Crossing Bundle). I am not a big fan of my current case, but I love NZXT stuff and will get it soon enough! Still, @colourful_hippie congratulation on your build and future power to PC players!
@andorski I haven't been following up the tech news because of work. I was planning to upgrade to either a 770 or (if my SO will allow it) to a 780. However, if AMD is planning to release new cards by October that is perfect timing for me. I don't have any loyalty, just want the best card that I can afford at a given time.
I never liked pre-built gaming PCs because they tend to cheap out on parts that are absolutely critical. For example, the power supply. It is only a 350 w PSU and even if decided to upgrade that particular computer. You will have to upgrade the PSU. I mean that Nvidia card is used for low efficiency costs.
Another issue I have with this particular build is the graphics card itself. I cannot remember whether Linus or Logan did a test comparison, but 1 GB of GDDR5 is simply not enough for 1900 x 1080p gaming (provided if you were going to use those resolutions).
Other issues is that they do not name the Ram, Motherboard, Power Supply, or Aftermarket cooler (typically stock). You want a name behind these parts because using generic pieces will only land you in a world of hurt.
TL;DR Don't buy pre-built machines, build your own.