Hey all, this is my first build and first mod ever. I'll try to to keep things short and sweet but there is much I'd like to say about this machine. I want to say this machine is for general use and school, but the reality is, it's for gaming and nothing else. It all started around a year ago, I watched a video by JackFrags called how to build a budget gaming PC in 2014. From that point on I was hooked, I started watching all the tech channels on the face of the earth. I did my research over the course of the summer and decided to get a job at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) scooping ice cream as I just turned old enough to work there (15). I earned around $1200 in two and half weeks. I decided to wait until black Friday to grab my parts to maximize my value. I never ended up buying a PC then and I'm glad I didn't. However I did blow all my money on food, gifts, and airsoft gear. Fast forward a half a year of watching Linus Tech tips, Hardware Canucks, Awesome Sauce, a small youtube channel called All talk on, and many more lead me to my PC knowledge today.
My first thought of actually building a PC was after Linus' scrapyard wars video. This was around the time that a few of my friends got Grand Theft Auto V. I knew I had to play. For around three months I set up deals on craigslist, and Kijiji scoping out the exact parts. It was long process but the return was high.
CPU: For the CPU I ended finding an Athlon X4 860K for 65 bucks on Kijiji. It was either this or the Pentium K. I ended up choosing this CPU because I felt the Pentium K was too limiting with only 2 cores.
MOBO: The only part in my PC bought new. I ended buying this motherboard partially for its all black PCB and sleek looks and partially because it's so damn hard to find any mini ITX mobo's on Kijiji...
CPU Cooler: I figured I'd be overclocking and I found this liquid cooler up for grabs on craigslist for 40 bucks. The dude showed me it was working and was keeping his 4690K cool under load.
HDD: I reused this drive from one of my old laptops. Nothing special about this part.
PSU and Case: I bought these from a dude all the way across the city. They were pretty much brand new, only used for about 2 weeks. These in my opinion were the biggest score out of everything. I have been looking at this case for months now. I saw a picture a long time ago of this case painted white with a 120 rad and window mod and knew that is what I wanted to do. Big thanks to that picture for this build, wherever it may be on the internet.
GPU: This was the First part I purchased for this build. I bought it back in April and it has been sitting in my room in plastic bag haunting me until now. I bought this GPU because Linus used it in his scrapyard wars. It had pretty solid performance then so I figured I might as well use it too. This thing was a real B**** to get. I originally saw this on Ebay but contacted the guy if he could sell it to me through cash as he was not that far away. It was still a 70 km GO-bus ride to get it but it was worth. I also did a black and white paint mod to it to match the case.
Mod: The mod took a lot of time, more than I was expecting. This was my first time working with a dremel and spray paint so it might not be top quality. With 4 cans of spray paint, 2000 grit sand paper, a dremel with a back up cutting tool, and two 8"x 10" acrylic sheets I was able to make this thing.
I case you kept reading, here are some numbers. GPU OC to 1100mhz and mem OC 1300mhz CPU OC to 4.1ghz with turbo to 4.5ghz
Battlefield 3 Ultra averages around 58 - 66 fps.
Battlefield 4 high and Ultra averages around 50-60 fps.
Borderlands The Pre-Sequel locks at 60 fps stable.
There are also two fractal verturies hooked up to an NZXT grid + because there is only one fan header on the board.
I'm open to any questions if anybody wants to ask.