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Very First Self Build £1500 all in - I5-6600K, 4gb GTX970, 16gb 3000mhz RAM, M.2, 2560x1440 screen

by andycmac

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Details

Date Published

April 11, 2016

Date Built

April 9, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

18.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.11GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

Almost exactly £1500 at time of purchase from Overclockers.

I5-6600K 4GB GTX970 16GB 3000mhz RAM M.2 SSD 2,560 x 1,440 screen

So,

I decided to take the leap and build my own PC after my Dell eventually gave up on me. Having never had any PC building experience it seemed like quite a risk but it ultimately turned out to be a good investment in both the hardware and learning new skills!

Some Newbie lessons were learnt the hard way:

Day 1: Went to bed with no POST! Everything was plugged in but just a black screen and a red LED on the MB, or so I thought. Turns out I made the no.1 mistake and missed plugging in the 8 Pin CPU connector to the top left of the MB, this check list was invaluable: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/id-1893016/post-system-boot-video-output-troubleshooting-checklist.html

Day 2: Woke up having found the answer in my dreams, plugged in the CPU and got windows 10 installed with very little effort, the M.2 HDD was so amazingly fast :) However, no CD drive so no way to install the Ethernet divers from the CD with the MB. Not having a spare PC I had to wait until the next day to download them on a flash drive at work :( I feel like this may catch a lot of people out who may not have a spare PC.

Day 3: Drivers in hand I finished the rest of the install. A few extra hiccups were resolved my reseating the RAM (several times) and reinstalling the Nividia drivers. Games were crashing after 10 minutes of play but this has seemed to fix everything and all is running smoothly.

It was a long but fun process to go through from selecting the kit to watching tutorials to actually geting software to run. It's a lot of money to risk but with excellent support from forums and the bump in the spec £ for £ I would highly recommend anyone else who hasn't built a PC before to give it a try!

PS: When I posted my build part picker and someone else was concerned that the M.2 port would clash with the PCI slots but this was not a problem. See: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-3004022/pci-price-sata-ssd.html

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Great cooler. 5 stars for a very well laid out instruction manual especially useful for a 1st timer like me. The CPU mount was very easy but the fan unit was the thing that I installed and un-installed the most due to needing to get in behind it, user error! I was glad I went for this smaller as I don't think a longer fan unit would have fit inside my mid tower easily.

Motherboard

Great price and great BIOS for a beginner. I would have given this 4* but was told the drivers came pre installed so wouldn't need a CD drive. They didn't so I had to delay my build by a day till I could DL the drivers on a flash drive at work.

The manual became a touchstone throughout the build but it could easily have been more user friendly. No troubleshooting chapter was a real pain. All in all good still for the price and utility.

Memory

Seems to be plenty fast enough for the price. However the metal surrounds are glued (??!) together so I swear that mine were coming apart when I opened the packet and I expect the heat generated inside the tower won't help. I don't know if this is typical but I wouldn't have though it difficult to mechanically fix the surrounds. Has some memory errors that windows couldn't scan. Re-seated the sticks so we will wait and see.

Storage

This was a fantastic buy for the price from overclockers! Installed with no fuss and worked a charm. When I posted my build part picker and someone else was concerned the M.2 port would clash with the PCI slots but this was not a problem. See: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-3004022/pci-price-sata-ssd.html

Case

This is a really nice case and beginner friendly. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, the screws well labelled and overall good quality for the mid range price. Size seemed big enough and the two fans supplied were useful. Two slight criticisms that prevent a 5*, these are the clear side panel scratches easily and the air flow diagram was opposite to that recommended by the water cooler manual.

Monitor

For the price (£209) this was one of the cheapest 2560 x 1440 screens with good specs I could find. The stand is solid metal but only tiltable. However the form and aesthetics are very nice indeed and the bezel-less screen doest disappoint.

Comments Sorted by:

Silveriovski 2 points 10 months ago

Nice computer. Can I ask you if the 3000mhz memory give you any problems with the asus pro gaming?

xXDayTimeWarriorXx 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Great case, nice choice of parts

andycmac submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks dude!

CamyHunt 1 point 15 months ago

So glad you got it working! Love the PC by the way :) +1

Michelle.G 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Great job,Congrats!

WillRevenge 1 point 8 months ago

Hey, the Samsung M.2 XP941 SSD you've got looks terrific! I'm looking to get a M.2 PCI SSD as well (thus saving the 6 SATA 3 slots in my mobo for a RAID 5 setup). Just to make sure, the Samsung SSD didn't take up any of the SATA 3 slots, right?

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Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

in the second photo it shows the name of the keyboard