The main reason I build my own PC is that I can carefully select appropriate parts that suit my budget. As I already have several parts I will continue using them until they fail (Keyboard, mouse, monitor and hard drives). I already had a w7 license so I had no need to buy an OS.
I have built many PCs to use as my own system. This one listed below was done in December 2011. There are many professional reviews regarding most of the components I have decided upon so I won't attempt any such reviews. The system I am building is for day to day use at home. I my desktop to watch TV ( HD TV using 3 tuners 1 freesat DVB-S2 tuner and a dual Freesat DVB-T2 tuner- BGT3620 DVB-T2).
1 year so far the system has been running without any issues. No overheating what so ever. I have been testing out Windows 8 and that is going well so far.
I also run several Virtual Machines to test new technology products.
The Components for this project included the items listed: