After my trusty Advent Monza S200 basic laptop decided to just burn out the motherboard, mostly my fault for pushing that thing to the limits playing CSGO and ArmA 3 and the likes at the lowest settings at 15fps with the laptop overheating without proper cooling, I finally forked out money to buy... a gaming laptop even though I was told not to.
Then, 7 months later, after saving up enough money, I finally managed to buy the parts and build my trusty new PC. This new beast is currently my main workstation and gaming battlestation and after benchmarks in 3DMark using Time Spy, I have built a new PC which scored 4 times higher than my ASUS ROG gaming laptop of a similar price (so kids, never buy a gaming laptop if your intention is to game.)
With this being my first ever build, I was nervous as hell, and was very very shaky and was sweating buckets during the build since I was handling expensive and fragile components. I ran into a few rookie errors and potentially stupid errors in my end which I managed to fix with the help of Google and a few friends (thank you David and Peter for your help throughout.)
A few of the silly errors I made were: HDDs and SSDs were mounted the wrong way round and I had to remove them all again so I can mount them correctly for the sake of efficient and better cable management. The front panel IO was wired incorrectly, though I don't know anyone who managed to wire this correctly on their first time, with the reset and power swapped about resulting in me panicking as to why my PC wouldn't turn on. Lastly, I didn't insert the RAM stick enough into the DIMM which resulted in my PC not booting, but thanks to the EZLED diagnosis on the mobo, that was worked out pretty quickly by David and myself and the PC finally loaded up.
The biggest and potentially worst error I made was that I didn't screw the CPU fan tight enough onto the motherboard and when I lifted the motherboard by the CPU fan, one side of the fan unscrewed itself of the motherboard, almost dropping the motherboard and snapping the mobo in half (thank god this didn't happen.)
Oh, and Royal Mail delivered my mobo late so I ordered another one for next-day delivery and guess what, both mobos arrived the same day. :(
Focusing on the positives, once all the parts were installed, everything ran smoothly, my old WD Scorpio Blue from my burnt out laptop still worked and the PC actually booted to that first, so now I have an extra 750GB of HDD (but everyone has requested me to take a hammer and a nail and destroy it in slow motion so...) After benchmarking, the PC posted a solid score of 4000+ on Time Spy, a 4x improvement from the 1000 score posted by my gaming laptop and the PC manages to run Wildlands, RS6, GTA V on max/ultra graphics just fine at approximately 60fps. But obviously, the most important thing is, CSGO runs at a solid 200-300fps so I'm gonna go pro soon lmao.
Overall, despite the nerves during building and a few panic attacks when the PC wouldn't start or post, everything went fairly smoothly for a first build. I am honestly really satisfied as to how it went and am absolutely loving the new setup I have and can't wait to build another PC in the future when the time comes.