I've been wanting a PC to do some gaming for a couple years now, but I could never find the justification to do so. My last PC was just a regular old desktop that my dad used for work, and that soon became off limits to me. I did have a laptop when I was in middle school but after using it for a year or two, it suddenly died on me. After my girlfriend and I got into PC gaming 2 years ago, I started wanting to build a PC I could use to play with her from my house. Last summer, when I was 19, I finally got my first job and began saving for a PC build, and so I finally started my PC build.
This build really was a dream build to me. It turned out better than I could imagine. I love using my new PC everyday, and am really glad I caved in and built it. I had initially wanted to save a little more before buying it, but now I'm so happy that I forgot all about the dent in my wallet. I'm looking forward to building another one in the future, maybe for my brother/sister or girlfriend :)
So I was a little on the fence about whether I should get the i3 or the i5. I was leaning towards the i5 but because I was trying to stay on a budget, I went with the i3. The cpu stays under 40 degrees so I definitely have no regrets on my choice so far. Maybe in the future I will upgrade but the i3 is more than enough for my needs right now.
At first I was going to use the cooler included with my i3 core, but after seeing how nice the white of the Cryorig looked with my case, I just had to get it. it was very easy to install, though I was quite puzzled about applying thermal paste at first. I suppose it does it's job pretty well considering my CPU temps stay under 40 degrees.
I actually got this motherboard as a recommendation on Reddit. It was pretty simple to plug everything into, and the built in Wi-FI was a bonus. The BIOS was easy to operate, overall a great motherboard.
Not much to say about this, I kind of get what it does but at the same time not really haha. They blue LEDs are nice with the case though.
Before building this PC I actually had no idea what an SSD was. After someone on Reddit explained for me, I figured I should get it. No regrets whatsoever, this thing loads up my PC and games faster than I had even expected. Wish I could just get SSDs instead of also getting a hard drive.
Not much to say about this except that it was really cheap for all that space. I guess that it'll be good to have that space for pictures/movies/music later.
Another reddit recommendation. at $170 it was a bit much for my "budget build at the time" but I caved in and bought it. It runs Overwatch on medium graphics and hits around 80 degrees at its peak(is this too high?) Funny story, after I finished putting my PC together, I actually plugged in the HDMI cable into my Motherboard instead of into my graphics card and had a mini heart attack that I fried my Motherboard somewhere along the way...
When I started my build I knew I wanted a white case, but at the time I was going to go with the NZXT S340 ATX Mid Tower. After browsing the completed builds of PCP everyday for a couple weeks, I saw a beautiful build using the Thermaltake "cube" and fell in love. I love the cube style and the top window is just great. Installing everything in it was pretty straightforward, but the slides for the storage were a little hard to unscrew and pull out. Space was a little tight but it wasn't that hard to fit everything in. Very happy with this case.
Another Reddit recommendation. I almost got a non-modular PSU, but after using this semi-modular one, I'm very glad I didn't. The wires were a little stiff but I assume that all PSU cables are like so. I definitely like being able to choose which cables to keep plugged in. It saved me a lot of space in the end.
I basically just chose the cheapest decent monitor I could find. I was a little sad that there was no built in sound but I bought some speakers that work really well so it turned out okay. The graphics were really nice, in the words of my younger brother; "Wow that looks even better than my xbox."