Okay, I admit: cliché name.
Anyway, I've never done anything remotely hardware-oriented regarding computers so this was a huge learning curve for me. Spent a good few weeks simply researching parts and builds. In the end, I finally settled on what you see here. I've not been much of a gamer as I've been restricted by the fact I've only owned laptops for the past 8 or so years but I wanted a build where I could finally transition into the lifestyle without too much hassle. I'm not interested in overclocking, but I did buy with the possibility of a future SLI set-up if I need it. The entire idea was to create something that I could change when I need over the next few years.
Took about few hours to set up, most of which was a) looking up how-to videos for certain parts and b) figuring out why the 760 wasn't working (if you're wondering: the card is fine I just hadn't realized that it needed a DVI cable as the monitor only came with a VGA).
I know my cable management could be so much better. I'll probably continue to fiddle with it as I await a few extra modifications to arrive. I still need one more SATA cable for the optical drive (oh how I wish I could have found a white drive: it looks so weird right now), some blue LEDs and maybe another fan, just to be safe. The temperatures I've used were those I grabbed from HWMonitor while running PassMark. I have no idea if they are good, or if I should be looking at more cooling? Please do tell me!
The HDD is a carry-over from an old external HP SimpleSave. I hated using that thing as it required AC power. So happy I was able to re-use it.
Other than that, please have-at-it! Any suggestions would be great, or questions regarding the chosen parts.
Regarding parts/prices: I live in Australia. Prices suck. The case was from Umart, everything else was MSY.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core||$225.00 AUD|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150||$165.00 AUD|
|Memory||G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$85.00 AUD|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$105.00 AUD|
|Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM||$0.00 AUD|
|Video Card||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE||$329.00 AUD|
|Case||BitFenix Shinobi Window (White) ATX Mid Tower||$85.00 AUD|
|Power Supply||Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V||$99.00 AUD|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer||$19.00 AUD|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$109.00 AUD|
|Monitor||AOC E2260SWDN 21.5"||$131.00 AUD|
|Wireless Network Adapter||TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1||$18.00 AUD|
|Total (Australia):||$1370.00 AUD|
|Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||34.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||71.0° C|