After initially deciding that I wanted a Surface Pro 3, I realised that it just wouldn't cut it for gaming. My next step was CyberpowerPC's Syber Vapor as that seemed like a good gaming PC. Then one of my friends told me about building one yourself. I thought that was a good idea, so I spent ages watching build guides and making parts lists. Eventually, I was left with the decision of using an i5-4690k or an i5-6500. I went for the 4690k because I plan on doing some overclocking (I have an aftermarket cooler but it isn't on PCPP and isn't installed yet). So this is what I ended up with! It's quite loud though (any suggestions? using the default fans in the case).
SORRY ABOUT LACK OF PICTURES! I FORGOT TO TAKE THEM WHILE BUILDING AND I HAVE SORTED OUT THE CABLE MANAGEMENT! :)
Brilliant CPU so far! Eats up anything I throw at it, but that isn't much though so I need to really test it! Cinebench score was 541 which beats a mobile i7!
This is a more budget Z97 motherboard (the cheapest on PCPP!), and you can tell where corners are cut compared to more premium "Gaming" motherboards. The main downside is only having 1 PCiE slot, but for most people this is fine. The inclusion of only one USB 3.0 header is a downside too, as I cannot use the USB 3 port on the 5.25" connector hub I was given as a gift. However, it looks amazing, has 6 SATA 3 ports and plenty of front I/O. The connectors are also placed in very good positions for cable management. In my opinion, these positives are far more important than the negatives so this motherboard gets a 4/5 from me!
Don't know why I went for 16GB, my max usage has been about 5-6GB! Anyway, it's a great kit of RAM and looks great!
Super fast, boots up in under 10 seconds! Especially as my old Core 2 Duo / Geforce 100M laptop took over 5 mins!
Amazing card for the money. Crushes PvZ Garden Warfare 2 (my favourite game right now) at high settings in excess of 90fps!
This is a nice budget case and it looks great. The included fans are good but loud, and there isn't much in the way of noise cancelling. Cable management is OK, but not great. There are plenty of places to route cables, but there aren't many options for mounting cables to the back of the case in convenient places. The tool-less drive bays are brilliant though, so it gets a 4/5 from me.
Brilliant power supply, cables are sleeved as well! Super quiet too!
Lovely display with a great design and nice colours!
Mouse is amazing! However, the keyboard does feel mushy at times, especially the Enter key.