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This is my first ever computer build. I spent around 3 months reading web reviews, articles, magazines, how-to's and of course the forums on PC Part Picker, before spending a single penny. Overall I spent a little more than I anticipated (original budget was £1,000) but I feel the extra was worth it.

The whole build went really smoothly, no major issues. I'm really pleased with how it looks (I think my cable management isn't too bad for a first effort) and how it runs. Much improved over my previous 7 year old Dell machine.

I haven't had chance to attempt overclocking yet; that's my next challenge once I'm content that it runs stable at stock without issues for a few weeks.

Apologies that the photos I've got aren't great - taken at night in poor lighting and with my iPhone. I'll get some new ones taken in better light shortly.

Hope this contributes to future builds for others. Any questions, feel free to message me. :)

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 61 months ago
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The motherboard is great for me, bios/drivers all installed fine, and it looks good too in a windowed case. As this is my first build I cant really compare its performance to anything else though. However, for a fairly budget motherboard its running perfect and has all the features I needed. The UEFI is easy to navigate too, although I haven't attempted overclocking yet, and so haven't experienced those added tools and features (OC Tweaker, Dehumidifier, etc).

Check out: http://www.asrock.com/mb/intel/z97%20pro4/ for full features. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

oK thank you very much

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ikea malm desk? very nice workspace.

  • 61 months ago
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Yep Ikea Malm, plus desk pad. Looks great. It does have a cable tray too, which I really should use - would tidy those ugly cables underneath.

  • 61 months ago
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I need to pick up one of those trays, but good thing you can still manage to hide the cable behind the desk with it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How you liking that monitor?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Overall I'd say the monitor is OK; it looks great out the box, and the picture quality is awesome for gaming and general use. However, it has a couple of negatives for me:

  • No height adjustment (which is a particular bugbear of mine)

  • Built-in speakers are very tinny (as expected). Not an issue as I intend to get new speakers next time I get paid

  • No volume external volume control for built-in speakers

  • No side USB ports

However, I knew about these issues before I bought the monitor. Its looks and image quality out-weigh the above negatives in my opinion. The thin 0.8mm bezel makes it look awesome, although something of a gimmick as you still get a 1/2 inch black edge around the picture.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are looking for speakers i recommend the klipsch promedia 2.1 thx certified speakers, they are awesome and even a quarter of a way up they are plenty loud. I haven't touched the dial since i got it so i don't know exactly how loud they can go.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks for the tip. I'll look into those.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

you're welcome

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I just purchased the same mobo and am trying to figure out fan controlling methods (it's my first build). Out of curiosity, how are you controlling your fans?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry slow reply. My Define R5 case has a 3 toggle fan switch behind the front panel, which I use to control the case fans. The CPU fans I change through Corsair software if needed, although its all pretty low temps most of the time, so I keep fans on lowest speeds settings. You could use a dedicated fan controller if you prefer.