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