So my current PC: Dell Inspiron 530 Intel Core2 Q6600 2.4Ghz 500GB HDD 6GB RAM 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8300GS
is nearing the 9 year old mark and I felt like it was time to upgrade. I really wanted something "nice" this go 'round. I don't have much experience other than adding a video card, swapping out sticks of ram, and adding an optical drive. Granted the majority of this happened even before I bought the dell :) So it's been awhile since I've popped open the case for anything other than getting rid of the dust...
My background: I'm in my 30's, I'm a Firefighter/Paramedic, I'm married with two kids (5 & 1yo). I like a lot of electronics/tech in general, I have no formal training/knowledge. I'm also impatient and impulsive:) I've always had a console to game on for as long as I can remember, but I wanted to give the PC a try. Especially since I can use my XB1 controller on it. (Sorry, not gifted enough to use a KB/mouse). I've done some photo/video editing in the past as well. All in all, I really just wanted to have the option to do whatever the hell, I felt like doing.
So back on track, I decided that rather than go with another "canned" PC, I'd pick out the parts myself and put it together. I spent a long time looking at parts sites trying to make sense of it all, before I found this site. After seeing so many truly amazing builds, I was pumped up and felt more than ever that I should go ahead and do it. After creating several parts lists and scrapping each one, I finally came up with one that fit my budget and seemed to be a fairly high quality setup. (At least for me).
The build took me about 5 hours (I went slow and gasp read some of the manuals, as well as youtube videos...)
Everything was pretty smooth until I somehow managed to install windows on my SSD, but the system files on the HDD. (At least I think that's what happened) I also made the mistake of using the MSI disc and letting it install the drivers. I'm pretty sure some were outdated/bad and caused by usb ports to malfunction. I ended up removed both drives, connecting them to my old Dell and wiping them. Reinstallation of Windows and skipping the MSI disc in favor of direct downloads of the drivers seemed to fix it. No problems since.
All in all, it was a pretty cool experience, even though I'm still learning about a lot of this stuff. I probably should have done than a week and a half's worth of research, buuuuuut like I said impulsive and impatient. My impatience struck again as I tried to clean up the cable situation. I'm now thinking I may get some white replacements and then give it another shot.
I suppose I've went on for long enough. Comments, knowledge bombs are appreciated. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
**Edit 3/7/16: Added another set of 2x8gb RAM
The price point on the 4690K sold me. I like having the option to OC in the future.
Works well, Corsair Link interface is simple and snap to install. I'll post some test temps soon.
Motherboard and Mushkin RAM came in a package deal with the CPU. I liked the look of the Krait Edition and it had everything I was looking for. BIOS was simple to navigate. (Boo for the install/driver disc)
Not gonna lie, Kingston RAM was picked solely off looks. Don't tell me it sucks...La-La-La, can't hear you But no issues so far.
I really wanted a SSD (After I spent an hour or so looking up what the hell it was...hey, I said it's been awhile) I started off thinking 120GB, but the price on the 500GB was pretty good IMO.
The graphics card could be a (possible) regret. I may wish I had went up a step, we'll see. It seems to work great for the games I've installed so far, but I haven't tried out any of the more recent releases. So I don't think it's been pushed very hard. Benchmark tests to come.
I really got to like the Corsair cases, starting out looking at the 240, and then going with the 540. I saw several builds with a white/black scheme and knew that was definitely for me. Building in it was very simple, even for a first timer.
Power supply may be a bit overkill, but I wanted to make sure I some wiggle room.