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After going back and forth in my head and entertaining the idea of becoming a PC gamer, I finally decided to take the leap with the help of some friends to build my first PC. Originally, I had no set budget but eventually I decided to stay somewhere in the $1500 or less range. If I ended up going over budget then it wouldn't have bothered me since I wasn't shooting for a budget PC from the get-go. I was lucky enough to have some of the parts for my build already like an HDD and peripherals so I did not have to buy those for my build.

As a first time builder, I had to do a lot of research on getting the best bang for my buck to accomplish my goal while looking aesthetically pleasing and matching the overall color theme I had in mind. I was aiming for a build that I could overclock but could still crush 1080p in max settings and do quite well in 1440p non-overclocked in modern games.

At first, I had no idea how I wanted my build to look but as I scrolled through this site, checking out other user's builds and adding to my own, I eventually started to have a working build in mind. What it came down to in the end was a choice of a red and black theme because it was a common color theme among the parts I was adding to my build so I stuck with it instead of trying to re-do the whole build. Personally, I'm loving the red and black even though it originally wasn't something I choose.

Honestly, it took me quite some time to physically put together my build. Probably more so than the average person but it was still a memorable experience. Nothing beats finishing up your build and having it run properly on the first attempt, too. Considering the fact I was entertaining the idea of simply buying a pre-built PC instead of building my own, I'm glad I decided to not do that and just build my own. In this day and age where items are usually already pre-built for you and require little to not assembly, building my own PC was a great divergence from that. If anyone reading this is still on the fence about building their own PC or buying pre-built then I'd recommend custom built every time. The feeling of "pride" and sense of ownership in oneself from building a pc instead of buying one pre-built is incomparable.

So far, I'm loving my PC. I'm still in the honeymoon phase with it considering I've yet to overclock any of the components or try running any demanding games on the highest settings on it. However, I think with a few tweaks, some more research and using good judgment then there shouldn't be any problems I won't be able to handle with my build in the foreseeable future.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Nice over all look..

Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

thoughts on the mobo? :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it a lot. It's easy enough to use, great quality and very sturdy based on how much stress I put it through when assembling my PC. Let's just say that I wasn't the most gentle with it. At times, I thought I may have even damaged it or made it unusable. However, it worked like a charm and booted up with no problems. It feels like it will last quite some time. The BIOS is pretty good and easy enough to understand for a first time builder like myself. It looks awesome also with the primary red and black theme with hints of silver. You get what you pay for with this mobo. I was going to originally go with one that was $60 cheaper but I'm glad I went with this one instead. It's a solid purchase if you can afford the price. As a first time builder, this mobo was a great choice. I would just make sure it has the things you need if it's your first mobo or upgrading. I'm still new to it so I haven't tried out many of the features or did any overclocking on it yet but I've heard good things about all those, too. If you're looking at this mobo as a viable choice then definitely look into what this comes with, other reviews on the features and if it's worth it to you for the price.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have already purchased it and its currently in my room!

I just haven't ordered everything else yet and wanted to see other peoples opinions! so thank you :)

(also first time builder)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Then you'll love it. Were you planning to get an overclockable cpu with it too like maybe the i5-6600k or i7-6700k, etc.?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the i7 6700k in the mail coming and i've paired with the cooler master hyper 212x .. Im hoping that the cpu cooler will be fine because I'll probably be only doing general daily stuff as well as studying for a while before i think about over clocking so i think it should be fine for the moment :) I'm trying to future proof everything as much as I can!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be fine. I've yet to overclock any of my components so just gaming at default settings or web surfing with 10+ tabs open including multiple programs and my cpu rarely goes anything above high 30s to very low 40s. However, the choice of thermal paste I used may play a factor into the temps I get so results may vary. Also, you shouldn't focus too heavily on future proofing if you can't afford it in your budget since there are so few things that can actually be future proofed in this day and age. From what I've been told and came to realize, it's better to buy the $200 gpu (can refer to other components, too) that will get you the results you need and hold you down until your next upgrade when you could use the saved up money to buy the $500 one than to buy the $500 one now when you don't truly need it and be stuck with only getting a $200 one next time when you'd most need the $500.

  • 42 months ago
  • -1 points

You could have spent an extra $300 and got a 6700k and a cheap 1080... Still a nice build though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

I could have but I saw no reason to justify paying the extra $300 for my first gaming build. I'm doing just fine with what I have now especially coming from a console to a pc. Thanks anyway.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That's true. Still a dope build though, it was just a suggestion.