A bit of back story; my name is Jack Davies. I'm 16 years old, live in the UK and in February of this year, was diagnosed with a cancer of the blood called 'Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia'. Treatment for this spans around 3 1/2 years and consists of daily chemotherapy (Pills, Drips, Operations, Syringes etc..).
As Dumbledore said, 'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light', and as with any situation, however awful, a silver lining can be found. Mine came about in the form of the governing body deciding that cancer is the ultimate disability and thus, those afflicted should be compensated with a fantastic thing called 'Disability Living Allowance'. Long story short, I am payed a sum of money for living with a 'Terminal, serious or life-threatening illness'.
Anyhow. I had always wanted to build a real PC, knew the composition of them and all that jazz, but up until that point it had be possible- mostly due to the limiting factor that is budget. Now that this was no longer an issue, I spent a good 3/4months researching (Off the 3G on my phone from my hospital bed:')) to ultimately arrive at the list below.
The core build was completed in mid October and the only modifications since have been in the domain of peripherals.
I have plans to replace the stock fans with some after market goodness.. Possibly replace the primary GPUs backplate and kit it with a singular watercooling closed loop system.
The only real thing that I have to save for, as I currently hold a job at a local DIY shop called 'The Range', is a new monitor. I am very aware that using a smart TV as to display the likes of an SLI enabled system is, effectively blasphemy.. Frankly I just don't have enough for an improvement at this current space in time. I will update when I do gather these funds.
Ideally, I would want for a singular monitor, at least 120Hz, res greater than 1080 and lower than or equal to 4K. I am aware that I would really be pushing it gaming at 4K on this, but there is always downscalling. A response time of less than 5ms would be nice too. This leads me to the ROG Swift, but I think I'll wait till it drops in price. Another hot, but unrealistic contender would be the LG 34uc97. That one, however, is almost £1k.
The prices that I have included are the totals including postage. They were obtained from various sources, the OS and the Power supply were both fantastic deals on eBay. PSU was even brand new from someone that had miss-evaluated his power consumption:')
Regarding the rather 'botch job' style behind the Mouse wrist support, I had a Kensington Duo pad lying around that wasn't really serving a purpose, so I cut the gel section out of it and use it for my new mouse mat. I couldn't bring myself to buy a webcam, thus I use the Kinect module that has been collecting dust from the Xbox 360 as camera. Prior to the build I had an Afterglow Universal Wireless headset so I use this for headsetty things including speech and communications.
This machine is used primarily for gaming, but I build it to serve any purpose that I may want for in the future; a jack of all trades if you will. Something to take me through A-levels.
If I'm being honest, I really haven't had many problems with it thus far. Besides maybe accidentally seating my secondary GPU in a PCI ex/1 lane:') I have no idea how.
Finally, I realize today that the RAM is under-clocked and that will be changed instantly. Upon receiving insufficient frame rates in a game, I will overclock the GPUs; I would rather extend the life of the cards rather than push frames far past the capabilities of the Human eye (Even though it is fantastic to get 6000+ frames in something like Minecraft).
I do hope that I've written this correctly as this is my first time building a PC. Thanks for reading if you got this far. :)