This is my very first gaming PC build. And I can safely say I am satisfied with this build. Not only is this a budget build, but it can run present games at 60+ FPS on average.
It took me weeks to decide whether to build a Skylake or a Haswell system. But after reading tons of reviews online, building a Skylake from the ground up is the way to go. Skylake components are getting cheaper and cheaper too. Performance wise, it is comparable to Haswell but the only advantage that I see is the use of next-gen components (like DDR4). And it's also more energy efficient than Haswell, as far as I know.
After a couple of months saving up, I finally bought all the parts from our local dealer. I need to drive a total of 6 hours just to get all these parts from one store (in our country, that is). I was really paranoid getting it back safely home because I didn't know fragile these components may be.
So how did my build turn up?
Well I encountered problems. That's for sure. And building a PC rig was really an adventure that I took for granted. One problem that I got, besides spending hours figuring out which wire goes where and asking a friend of mine for help, was after plugging in all parts and cables then pushing the power button just to know that my PC was showing no display. I tried securing all the connections again but nothing's happening. It was turning on, all fans and LED lights are also working. Then I tried removing the graphics card, and it finally booted. I knew something's wrong, but I was not sure where. Faulty GPU? Incompatible motherboard? or faulty PCI lane maybe?
I was really devastated. I was up until midnight until I finally decided to call it a day. The following day, my friend went to our house to diagnose the problem.
And the culprit? My motherboard can't seem to recognize the graphics card. It was really frustrating but at the same time relieving knowing that nothing's wrong with my parts! And it was just an issue on the bios settings of the motherboard.
Getting it to run and install games was the best part. I was able to finally bask in the glory of my very first build! :D This build is seemingly quiet even after running games on very high settings and GPU at 100% usage. Not bad for a first build though. My enthusiasm for building gaming rigs is just starting! :)
If you have any thoughts on which component to upgrade next, just let me know!
PS: Sorry for the very long post and potato quality photos. :D I hope you enjoyed reading, or learned something I guess? Thanks for reading!