So not only is this my first build ever, this is also my transition from Console gaming to PC gaming (RIP PS4). So my mate, for legal reasons he cannot be named but lets call him "The Obese Vegan" , has been going on at me for years to jog on console gaming for pc gaming and I would always shut him down as I could never really see the appeal. Recently I was getting bored with the console and started looking at youtube videos and reviews for PC gaming and thought you know what lets do this!
Originally my budget was going to be £500 and my mate "The Obese Vegan" put together a modest build on pcpartpicker. After checking out some of the completed build guides I very quickly got the bug. I thought no way am I going to have decent pc for just £500 so I'll up my budget to £1000. Then when I actually started picking my parts I couldn't help but always go for a higher spec component. Honestly its like a disease - I'd see a perfectly fine mobo (yeah i know the lingo now ;) ) which would have suited my needs perfectly fine but then I would see the one with a few RGB's on that costs like a £100 more and convince myself my life would be complete if I bought that part instead. I'm such a sucker for a few LEDS. Anyway before long I had chosen my parts and you see my final components on the left.
The next thing I stumbled across whilst doing my research on custom builds was how much effort some people put into to making a truly custom pc from an aesthetics point of view. I came across 100's of truly remarkable looking pc's. Being the complete douche that I am, as soon as I saw this I was changing out my case choice for one with a big window and thinking about how I can make my PC unique and look COOL as Duck. I like Ducks. They're cool.
As you can tell from the title of this guide I wanted my pc to have a Joker theme but I had no idea how far I would go to achieve this. In the beginning i was just thinking of having green and purple lighting. Things escalated quickly. RIP my bank balance.
As I am a complete noob to building Pc's instead of doing a full intensive guide I am just going to highlight a few tips that helped me during this build.
Installing the Cpu was fairly straight forward - there are so many resources on the internet to help you with this on the internet from youtube videos to step by step instructions. The one thing I would say for people that never have done this before is when you are locking the CPU in place with the lever, it will sound creaky but this is perfectly normally and don't worry about it too much!
RAM is the most straight forward part - they literally just click in. I had to check my mobo manual to check which 2 bays to use as I was only installing 2 sticks of ram but other than that it's easy.
CPU cooler looked intimidating but just follow your instructions. Once the back-plate went on the rest is simple. When I initially put the back-plate on I thought I did it wrong as it seemed quite loose however once I attached the cooler to the CPU it was completely fine and tight.
Case fans were straight forward however I recommend that you think about the orientation of the fans (as in what configuration you are going to have) as well as where the wires come out of the actual fan so you can place them in the best possible position to route the wires to the intended ports on the mobo.
Cases front panel wires confused me a bit as at first I couldn't work out where on the motherboard they went. Secondly once I did find out where they went I wasn't sure which way round they went (Pwr + wire i knew but then I was like well does the pwr - wire go beside it or below it.) Luckily a little adaptor came with my mobo that helped. Also I googled it. alot.
PSU again really easy to put in, especially because I had a fully modular unit.
Connecting all the wires from the components to the mobo was a little daunting. I don't think it helped that I bought custom cables as I had to work out which cable was used for each component and then where it went on the motherboard. The motherboard was labelled fairly clearly so it wasn't as challenging as I first thought.
GPU so your probably wondering why I haven't mentioned this previously and that is because the GPU was the very last component to arrive (pre ordered it on the 6th June expecting it to arrive around the 11th/12th but didn't actually arrive until the end of July....... cheers EVGA) this again was easy to install all though i was extra careful in installing it because it looks beautiful and something that precious deserves to be handled with care and love. The only difficult part was fitting in with a huge throbbing boner.
So it was pretty much done at this stage, or so i thought. I liked the look of it but unfortunately with the Corsair 750d the PSU is completely on show with all the cables hanging out the back of it. It kind of reminded me of an ex. I couldnt have that, not after putting in so much time and effort so I decided I was going to buy a PSU shroud for the case. Turns out it wasnt that easy to buy so I had to make one myself.
How I made the PSU Shroud
first I used some of the cardboard from the zillion boxes I received over the last few weeks to make a template of the shroud. Can be seen in the pictures.
Once I knew the dimensions needed and where the bend would need to be I went to my local DIY store and bought a sheet of 2mm acrylic. If I was going to do this again I would have ordered the exact measurements I needed on the internet as cutting acrylic was a little tricky.
Then I used a heatgun to bend the acrylic.
Once I had the shape i realised that some holes would needed to be made in order run some of the wires to the mobo. (the main wires were USB3, USB2 header and the front panel cables.
Now for the fun part ( or so i thought). I knew I wanted to paint the shroud but I wanted to have a logo on it that wasnt painted to I could run some LEDs behind it and make the logo glow.
first choose the logo you want, then print it out on adhesive paper. I found some on amazon that you can stick in to most printers and print what you want.
Once I had printed off the design I wanted i had to cut it out. Which was a pain. I literally almost gave up on life at this point as it was so painstakingly boring and fiddly. It was like being a child on a tv gameshow in the 80's. Look at how many tiny little bits there are on the joker logo. Its ridiculous. Anyway I managed to do it then used another printed out page with the same logo and placed on the inside of the acrylic and used that as a stencil so I could stick on the jokers face and have everything lined up as close to perfect as possible.
I did the same for the "HAHAHA" - I used a Stanley knife to cut out the area between the A's which again was fiddly. - Next a coat of primer and 2 coats of black spray paint.
Once everything was painted all I had to do was peel off the stickers to reveal the original clear acrylic underneath.
in order to get the joker logo purple and the HAHA's green all I did was place a bit of coloured card between the LEDs to separate the glows.
And there you have it! My first ever build!! It took around 2 months to fully complete but I must say it was one of the most satisfying and rewarding things I have ever done. I came across a few challenges but nothing that would stop me from doing this again. If your thinking of doing a build just do it. You will not regret it. If you get stuck ask people in online communities, look at youtube videos or come on pcpartpicker and read through some of the guides as they are extremely helpful. Last but not least have google open and google the duck out of anything you are not sure about.
Shout out to my mate the obese vegan - we now only communicate online. Nothing to do with me being addicted to my PC or anything like that, Its just I now have no money. If you want to help a brother out please send biscuits.
Let me know what you guys think! Positive or negative feedback welcome!
***EDIT As im new to PC gaming would be cool if you could also include game recommendation in your comments! I've only got CS:GO at the moment!
I Bought this as I wanted an i7 chip that i could overclock. This was my first time building a PC and wanted to try my hand at overclocking so this processor seemed like a no brainer! its worked perfectly and gives me the performance I need. Very impressed
nicely packaged and considering I was a first time builder I was a little nervous when it came to installing this however I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was relatively straight forward.
NOTE: When putting on the backplate I initially thought I had done it incorrectly has it was quite loose however once I connected it to the CPU it was absolutely fine and tight.
cant knock this product. Cant really praise it either. Works as it should.
love this motherboard. i was initially going to the formula due to the added RGB's. but once you have a full build you wouldn't actually be able to see most of then lights anyway so pleased I saved money with getting the Hero. Please note there is a version available called the Hero Alpha which I wasn't aware of at the time of purchasing this. If I had known I would have probably gone for that instead.
easy to install - looks nice and performs well. good choice If you are considering buying these.
use this ssd to run my windows. Boots incredibly fast. No complaints here.
so far this HDD is working great. Ive only been using it a few weeks so I guess time will tell!
This Card looks and performs incredibly well. The aesthetics alone are incredible and when you add that to its performance (I'm currently getting 2015mhz and this is my first build so I'm sure a more experienced person could probably push this a further). my favourite thing i have bought this year!
Love the case for a few reasons. Firstly its very spacious and easy to work in and as a first time builder I think this probably helped more than I think. Secondly, cable management is made fairly easy in this case! The only criticism i would have is that I wasn't a fan of having the PSU on show and thus had to build my own PSU cover. Wasn't that hard and there is a step by step guide in my completed build if anyone is interested.
As I was using custom cables I need a psu that was fully modular. I must say EVGA package this item really well and this product really does have a premium feel to it.
Im a big FAN of these :D I really like the fact that they come with 3 different colour rings as I wanted good fans that would match the colour scheme I was going for. Because they include White rings its easy to spray paint them to what ever colour matches your build. In my case green.
I'll be honest I wanted SP140 fans with the interchangeable rings (normally come with red, blue and white) however I couldn't find any so I settled with these. Initially I wasn't to keen on the LEDs but I must say they have grown on me. Now they are in my build and everything is completed I am BLOWN away by these :)
For the price, this is a fantastic monitor. I mean 144hz for around £200 is great! Monitor looks nice and I think the colours out of the box are fine.
I literally bought this because it was the cheapest mechanical keyboard I could find that looked half decent. Feels much better to type with than a normal keyboard. Only criticism is its a little loud when typing and the green LEDs could have been brighter. Honestly though, no complaints here.
Absolutely love this mouse. I'm used to using normal work type mouses and to be honest it never really bothered me but this mouse feels so comfortable to grip. The worst part of this mouse is that now when I'm at work I spend hours just staring down at the mundane, disgusting, cheap plastic mouse that I have to use whilst I day dream of running around meadows with my castor singing life is beautiful. Not getting much work done at the moment.
I actually love these speakers. They are incredibly good for the price. Obviously if you work with music these probably wouldn't suit your needs but for the everyday gamer/ PC user and spotify user these are superb.