My first build! Wanted to build a desktop computer for gaming. Had several people assist on here and on reddit because I'm new to hardware. What I wanted from the computer was to be able to play VR and stream to twitch, but I didn't need 4K capabilities or anything. I’m not a huge aesthetic person. Idc how it looks so long as the job is done.
I originally started with an AMD build but then my roommate got a new PC (an HP Omen) so she had no need for the parts in her HP Envy Phoenix 810. I took the motherboard and CPU ($150).
Originally, she believed the problem lied in her HDD so she got a new one as well as a new copy of Windows, so when she didn't need it anymore, I took the OS USB as well (paying $80 instead of $120). Turned out that the software was so out of date that I had to make my own USB but the activation key was still needed anyway. So $80 not wasted whoooo!
So far it’s running great. Not unbearably noisy or anything. Need to get some games on it and really take it for a spin.
Works great despite its age. A good CPU especially if you can get it secondhand
Easy to apply, cheap, works just fine. Not much to say about thermal paste.
Got it from Newegg. Worked right out the box. RAM is RAM and does what RAM is supposed to do
So far no troubles. Got it used from Amazon Warehouse. Works fine, no problems. Wish I’d known to do separate SSD & HDD for desktop but eh oh well.
Got used refurbished from Newegg. Works great, no issues.
Pretty case, nothing fancy. No space for optical drive if that’s something you need but I don’t use disks anymore personally. Got it from Newegg for $35 after rebate and definitely good for my money.
Used it to keep me grounded while building and obviously powers the PC just fine. I can see how some might consider it noisy but tbh it’s not nearly enough to bother me at all. I didn’t expect a completely silent build and it’s not a problem especially with my headphones on. Microphone can’t pick it up.
Honestly, unless you can get a much better deal with a USB or Disk (if you even have an optical drive), you’re better off just buying a key for Windows because my USB wouldn’t install correctly. It kept giving me an error the USUALLY indicates bad RAM, but the RAM tested just fine. I had to download my own copy off the windows site and use the key that case with the USB packaging. Then it installed just fine.
That being said, once it was installed, Windows software works just fine. I actually enjoy Windows 10.