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This is my first build (i'm 16), and i have spent months researching how to build a computer and what are the best parts to put together, for a budget of course!!! At the start i didn't even know what a SATA cable was or how the cpu fitted into the motherboard, but thanks to newegg tv and carey holzman videos i have learnt alot.

So my build... i managed to squeeze out £900 from my parents so far... After looking at many of the builds on the forums and seeing what parts and at what price point work best this is what i ended up with.

CPU: it had to be the i54670K, perfect for gaming and daily usuage. i didn't go with the i7 4770k because i don't need the hyperthreading or extra cores.

MOBO: Initially i was going to do with a MSI G45 mobo, but decided to upgrade a little to the ROG Hero due to better drivers and reviews i had read. i als feel this has the better overclocking capabilities and nice software packages.,.

RAM: So i wanted at least 8gb of ram for gaming, so i chose some good quality corsair vengeance pro 2133. hopefully one of the upgrades i will do later is to go to 16gb of ram, which will be perfect for me and my family's needs for many years

CPU cooler: ok so i did go a little overboard with the cpu cooler, i was gonna go with the hyper evo, but i thought if i'm gonna ensure a few parts will be future proof then the H100i is the way to go.

PSU: 750 RM great psu, fully modular and gold certified. perfect and ready for a second gtx 770 4gb in SLI later on!!! However the first rm 750 the power cord was faulty as it only had two slots and not three for all the pins on the power supply to fit so i got it exchanged.

CASE: Corsair 540, great case, in at a good price. I could have gone with the 300R but i wasn't sure about the h100i fitting. the case is great, with super good air flow and no cable management!!!!

SSD/HDD: 250gb ssd, great fast boots and for MS Office. reusing my old 500gb HDD and got a 1TB HDD as main storage. the 500gb will be used to back up important information.

Graphics card: I'm planning on getting my hands on a GTX 770 4GB edition, so i can play BF4 on high/ultra. maybe in the future i will SLI or just upgrade to a 780Ti :D

Monitor: reusing the old one, still great at 1080p and 24inch all i need for now, maybe dual monitor set up later on for gaming... see how much money i can get.

OS: Windows 8.1, although many people have hated on this OS i have learnt to use it and although it can be awkward at times, i really like th tile layout and once out of the tile home screen its just like windows 7

For all of this is paid £920 and including the additional ram, dual monitor and SLI the future total price would be £1600

The Build!!!! Ok so these parts i got over about 2 months. I initially bought the case, and when it arrived i was so suprised at its size, it huge compared to my old computer. No dents no scratches all in perfect order. Ordered the RM 750, really easy install and the flat cables are awesome to use. then i ordered the h100i, SSD and HDD and installed that. the h100i was simple to install, with a third hand !!!, but work s perfectly and is silent and the HDD and SSD well there a HDD and SDD not much to talk about :p then the mobo came, the ROG hero, and it came in a huge box and it wasn't until then i realised how large a ATX mobo is (btw i have only seen MATX). anway install was really simple just I/O and some screws and then wired everything up and tidied the cables up a bit. really simple and neat, with loads of sata ports, compared to the two on my old pc. Cable management was straight forward, and tested it out to check that the mobo works and all the fans were working.

Then had to wait another 5 days for the all important chip and ram and os. I actually thought install of the cpu would be scary and dangerous, but really it was just a drop in and close. And the h100i fitted onto like a glove, screwed down nice a tight (not too tight don't worry!) and all sorted. RAM simple clip in, booted up first time and installed windows 8.1. Currently transferring all the old documents on to the WD Green, and have loaded up all the programs on to the SSD.

I have currently overclocked the CPU to 4.2 GHz, with idle temps at 28 degrees and not hitting much more than 60 degrees and i may tweak it a little bit more. RAM is at 2000 MHz, which is 4 times faster than the old PC RAM!!! The boot time now is 8/10s, whilst the old one was about 90s + (it was dying)

Anyway thanks for reading all of this. building it was a great experience and i have learnt loads about how the computer works. Matt

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  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

looks like a very solid build, but your mess of cables in the back of the case

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, i need to have another go at it back there are try tidy it up a little bit more

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

but at least it is behind the wall, my pc looks like that as well

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

hi just now used more cables ties to push all the bundles of cables to the frame of the case, out of the way but forgot to take a pic :p and its all wired now. BTW it was also a bit more of a mess since i had a pci-e connector there ready and waiting for the graphics card. This is my next aim get the EVGA Classified 4GB 770 and maybe some lights to jazz it up a bit. matt

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it +1

Im bias because i choose almost the exact same core parts ( http://pcpartpicker.com/user/supramp/saved/3H0s ). I choose the AX over the RM. just waiting for the parts to come in.

I do have one question... you said;

so i chose the gtx 770 4GB because i want to play bf4 and amd is definitely targeted towards it.

Did you mean to put GTX770 (Nvidia not AMD). You are correct that the AMD is targeted to BF4, but that card is not AMD.

My guess is with all the parts, number, prices, research, and videos, you probably just typed the wrong one. Regardless, Nice build so far, keep it up.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I think he wanted to say that he choose the 4GB version because of BF4 uses much vram but still not sure why he mentions AMD in that way then...

Anyhow you're right, AMD is indeed targeted for BF4.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

that would make sense too.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, sorry for the confusion. So what i meant to say was that i haven't got the GTX 770 4GB yet. But i will in 2 months, and it will be more suited to BF4 since is has 4GB vram. But thanks for the comment and enjoy your build

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

"So my build... i managed to squeeze out £900 from my parents so far... " i like this bit :D when you get older that will slowly dissapear im lucky to even get a tenner from them nowadays! anyhow nice build. how is that psu?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Im 30 now. if i need money from my parents I have my kids ask for it. Just kidding, but that would be a good idea.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU is silent, the cables are kinda rigid at first but they soften up and bend much more easily after a while. I haven't heard the fan spin ones, even when i'm running stress tests but then again im only pulling in a 1/3rd of what i can given out. But that will change ones i get a GTX 770

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to build in the air 540 but i'm worried about not having a dust filter on the psu intake. Is there any dust build up in yours? Should I buy a dust filter.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, currently i have practically no dust build up in my psu. i am using the RM 750, so the fan does not even spin for 95% of the time. However, i would say a dust filter on the bottom of the main compartment is useful (beneath the HDD drives). you can buy an entire set of dust filters, but that for me is a waste of money, instead i would just buy it for beneath the HDD's. Matt

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks I'll probably buy the RM series then

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for mentioning carey holzman. Nice build. Need to manage those cables better though

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yh his videos are awesome

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job! I like the creative name. This will be a great machine once you get that graphics card. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, a bit generous calling that a "little" cube though :) +1