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(please excuse the ugly flash on the photo's, or slightly low resolution, I had to take the pics with my phone and the room was too dark to see anything.)

Hey everyone, I just finished my first build ever, for a whopping £561.27. It was a slight budget build, but I spent months (10, infact) planning this computer and going through several versions before I settled on this (not including saving the money, I originally started with only £200 to build with, and saved up £560.).

I wanted this for not only gaming, but also just general use. I wanted this to be a completely new start for me and computers to, I am used to having an old Lenovo low profile computer, and before cheap £200/£300 laptops (at the time, now probably worth £150...), and I really wanted to make something that would just be so much of a change.

The reason why Windows 8.1 on this was £25 is because I bought Windows 7 for this machine for £40, and installed it, and then bought a Windows 8 key and installed Windows 8 (windows 7 was literally just something I used to download and install Windows 8 on it (I bought an upgrade key for £25). You could say I could have just gotten windows XP or something, but its always good to have that extra Windows 7 CD laying around, it has proven useful in restoring my old computer not too long ago.

Cable Management on this build was a nightmare, I never thought it would be as frustrating as it was, or at least it was for me because I wouldn't settle for anything but decent. With a case with no cable management, and my first ever build, I think I did quite well. It's not perfect, but it's as good as it will get.

So anyway, that's my build. I named it the ultra cow, because I love cows...

Please tell me what you think, and thanks for reading :D

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Its too late now, but if you look up XFX R9 270X on amazon, there is one for the exact price you got your current one. And there's a semi-modular 600W corsair PSU up for grabs on newegg for 34.99. Good build for the budget

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to go with Gigabyte really (a brand I know and trust more), and from what I have heard and seen you can get the same performance from the R9 270 as you can with the 270x, it just takes a bit of over clocking. As for the power supply, I could have gone for that really, it would have been nice :/

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to mention it should be pretty easy to OC on the windforce.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It is :)

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Quick question, I too am getting that RAM, any problems with it so far? Its not that popular and I was wondering if you encountered any issues, thanks and great budget build!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems at all, it works like a charm! The only slight problem I had with it really was installing it, it took a lot more force than other ram did to install (I tried installing just a un-named brand from an old desktop PC and it installed fine) - you just have to push it in much harder than you usually would.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

moo

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Like the name! (Cowinator is my preference though:D) Cool case too!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha :D Thanks.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

might wanna clean the dust off you parts and move the gpu up to the top pci slot for better bandwidth, otherwise solid build

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the motherboard doing good for you?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, sorry for the late response, I haven't used this site in a long time.