This is the first PC that I have built. I have a laptop that was bought for gaming, but I decided that it was time for an upgrade. (baring in mind I only just turned 17, -all the parts I have picked are semi budget orientated as I am at college and all the money I used was from saving up.. for a LONG time..!).
This is a build in progress and is no-where near finished. I don't plan on water-cooling my build yet as that would involve dismantling my beautiful GPU, and voiding my warranty.. -So no cool tubes and reservoirs for me yet. Having said that, I do plan on getting a water-cooler for my CPU and getting rid of the stock cooler. So far I have had no trouble with it, but I would like to dabble in over-clocking and don't want to risk damaging it.
Update, -the CPU fan (I believe has started buzzing when under stress. It is clean, and is not touching any cables. I will purchase a after-market water cooler asap!!
Things to add in the future: 1) LED case fans 2) 1/2Tb HDD 3) Custom Cables (blue and black) 4) Another 8 Gb of ram 5) Water-cooler for CPU
Cable management isn't very good at the moment, but that is due to the fact that I will be moving house shortly and do not wish to expend allot of effort if I know I will be changing it all soon..!
Comments are welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read this :)
This was the Best value for money CPU I could find. I have always had Intel in my Laptops, but was going for a semi-budget build and this looked good!! Have had no issues with it yet and it hasn't bottlenecked my GPU as of yet. I specifically choose the black edition as I do want to try and over clock. This thing is running very well with the stock cooler, but I will upgrade to a closed loop water-cooler soon.
Very nice looking motherboard, and honestly the fact that it has the option to run SLI and Crossfire configurations for such a low price is amazing. The bios is easy to use (coming from a first time builder) and when I choose to over-clock it should be a breeze. Very pleased with this motherboard and would use it again.
Looks cool and is cheap. Not much more to say. The blue heat-sinks go well with my build and I have had no problems with the set yet.
Went with this SSD as it was the cheapest around, -and I only wanted a small one for my OS and most played games. My only complaint is that it is red, and stands out like a sore thumb in my very blue/black coloured PC. But otherwise, its fast, small and gets the job done.
Wanted a good card and this has delivered. Cool configurable LED's on the front and an effective cooling means that this thing always runs cool. Should be able to over-clock it a tiny bit, but at the moment there really is no need.
Case looks cool and the blue highlights really light up with my LED strips. Cable management is good and there are lots of points to which you can anchor your cables. Nice clean and simple, but very effective.
Went with a modular PSU as it separates the less desirable from the good. Works fine and is quiet. Only problem I had is when I unpacked it, there was a small piece of plastic loose inside it. I managed to get it out and it looked like it had snapped of something, but I was eager to get my PC built so I set it aside. (this is probably more the shippers fault but anyway).
Wireless Network Adapter
Bit of a fart to get installed, as I had first put it in a PCI slot, before realising my motherboard had a 'port' for it (Poor instruction manual.. -just a piece of paper with instructions). Had to download and install the software from a USB stick as I don't have a disk-drive, but after that its been as fast as my laptop's connection so I guess it works!