Description

I named my pc Illusion because at first sight it seems like a powerful pc, but if you watch closely...

Hello everyone!

Since a couple of months i am coming regularly on pcpartpicker to see others builds, because the hardware world and the gaming pcs passionnates me.

By the way I am a 20 year old French student so i'm still learning english, therefore sorry for the grammatical mistakes i'll make...

I have only played video games on the family pc in my childhood, i never had any console or gameboy. I loved games like Rayman, space invaders, the old and excellent Star Wars battlefront 2 and tons of other little games. Ahh the nostalgia :D

2 years ago i talked with my uncle about pc and he told me he had some old components lying around, I only had 200€ in my wallet at that time. He sent me the parts : - an old LGA 775 motherboard - 2 sticks of 1 Gb DDR2 ram - an Intel Pentium E2140 at 1.60Ghz with his stock cooler - an ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card - a 250 Gb hard drive with an IDE connector

I am the kind of person you know that can chose aesthetics over performance, so i wanted a pc that i could be proud of and that is visually pleasing. Consequently i bought a fancy H440 case and i needed a power supply too. I was new to the hardware world so i chose a 650w PSU to be future proof, but it was overkill for my build.

At that time a friend of mine bought a monitor so he gave me his old one : a 22inch Asus.

I had some trouble at the beginning to install windows but the pc worked at the first boot. It was finally possible for me to have a desktop computer and play at league of legends in decent conditions.

In 2 years i managed to find 2 sticks of 1 and 2Gb of DDR2 ram, don't ask me how it works with the 2 that i already had lol. So i actually have 5gb of ram... After that i wanted a more "powerful" processor so i bought to a guy an Intel Q9300 for 20€ plus a Bequiet dark rock 3 to overlock the Q9300 to 3.2 Ghz (difficult to oc more than that on this proc). I also had an AMD HD 7770 for free, For the storage i updated to a SATA hard drive and a SSD.

And then here i am, after 2 years. I can play BF3 and CS:GO with a good framerate, I finished the Witcher 2, Tomb Raider 2013 and Outlast haha. Since then i put some money in a mechanical keyboard, a mouse, mousepad... But i never had enough money to step up and get a new MB/CPU/RAM combo. In the near future i will have a job so you will probably see a pc build with an obnoxious amout of money spent on it lmao, and the aesthetics are gonna be on point of course :)

Hope you enjoyed the build, I took some fun pictures from the balcony so you also know how Marseille, France looks like :p

P.S : little tip, my PSU cables were mustard and those ugly colors, so i approximately painted them in black with a permanent marker, looks much better!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Great looking cpu cooler, it is pretty efficient too. The bequiet silentwings 2 included with it is not silent, You have to set the speed to 800rpm to get rid of the noise. The other downside is the mounting process which is a nightmare

Case

This is a nice case, with a lot of cooling potential with its 4 fans included. I have 2 problems with it : - After 10 months the led on the psu shroud lost almost all its brightness - There is not enough space between the back panel and the motherboard tray.

Otherwise the paint job is great.

Mouse

It has a nice ergonomic shape, this is a palmgrip mouse. The side buttons feel nice but i only use 2 of them. I don't recommend at all this mouse for fps, it weights way too much (133 grams)

Headphones

Best sounding headset for the price. You get a big bundle (bag, replacement pair of cushions, 3.5 jack extension...) Very comfortable, nice build quality. The microphone is ok

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job on that rear cable management! Why do you have it facing backwards on your desk?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Because i wanted to change, it was on my right for 2 years ^^ I think it looks ok since i did not do a mess with the rear cables

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

When you brag about how powerful your PC is to your friends and they come over to see it,then they see this

+1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks haha

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

You English is better than most Americans :(
Your PC is beautiful.
You should be OUTSIDE enjoying that beautiful country, not inside playing PC games!!!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't play that much, i spend a lot of my time sailing :) But you know in the evening it's always nice to play pc games and chill !

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Your view is stellar! The PC is nice too, but I can't get over that view. ;)

+1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Sneakier!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you've invested in the right areas. That CPU cooler may not be compatible with new socket layouts though (maybe bequiet! has an adapter plate they can send). The SSD is great for OS + a game or two. H440 is a gorgeous case as well. +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That mobo! Why don't they make em in those colours anymore??

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late post. Absolutely fantastic presentation. The whole deal is beautiful.

Thumbs up.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words, i wonder how you found my build after this time.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking into a core 2 quad CPU. Your build was listed. I'm so glad I stumbled onto it. Thank you for posting it and replying.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

She's safe on my desk right now :)