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For around a year now I have been planning to buy my first PC as I was running on a amd athlon x64 4800+ and 2gb of ram which wasn't able to even run csgo on lowest settings above 30fps :( . I began by surfing PCpartpicker and the net to see what others have put together for =<£750 (couldn't afford much as I was preparing for my GCSE's at that time). I came to a conclusion that if I wanted a build that would last me a long time whilst being able to run all games at mac setting at 1440p I would have to buy the pc without the GPU for the moment as my price point wouldn't be able to handle most triple A games at ultra settings at 1440p:( So I decided to wait for the gtx 1080 and 1070 came out so I could game at 1440p with ease (although I would have to save up a bit more :) )

CPU: I went for the i7 6700k for one reason so that I can run all games with ease whilst streaming or recording. The CPU's hyper threading also helps with rendering and multitasking which i do a lot of.

CPU cooler: I went with the H100i v2 as it gave sufficient cooling whilst having a great price. Another benefit is that it has RGB lighting which lets me keep with the Red/Black theme.

RAM: Choose this RAM as it was one of the sot popular sticks on the market whilst having a cheap price compared to others like Corsairs. Went for 16gb so I had enough for editing and rendering whilst easily having more than enough for gaming.

Motherboard: Mainly got this due to the deal I found but so far the motherboard has had all the features I need such as game boost and RGB lighting which was a nice feature :)

SSD: For the SSD I initially wanted to go for the Samsung 850 evo as it was the most popular one on the market but it had a higher price tag due to its popularity so I looked around and found a faster SSD from Kingston the HyperX which has read and write speeds of over 500mbs which is a considerable increase from the HDD I had in my old evesham PC.

Case: For the case I decided to go with one that had good reviews whilst having all the features I needed. I originally wanted to go with the fractal design define s but I preferred the look of the NZXT S340 as it had a simple yet modern look which I felt the define s have :(. Cable management was surprisingly easy as well, which was great as I didn't spend much time to keep all the cables from vision and ended up with a cable tidy system (which is mostly due to most of the cables being sleeved in black).

PSU: For the PSU I went for the EVGA SuperNOVA 750w psu as I wanted to have a range of options for graphics cards (when I get one or two :) ) so i went with 750w unit instead of a 650w which I heard a single gtx 1080 could run with but if I wanted to upgrade and get two I would have to upgrade the PSU to support the two GPUs. The sleeved cables were also a great addition to the benefits the PSU had as most PSU had none of the cables sleeved leaving red, yellow and green cables being the first thing you see when you look into the case.

OS: For the OS I went with windows 10 as it was the latest and best looking operating systems on the market at the moment.

Conclusion: Overall my first build went very well, it took me under a hour to build the PC which I was impressed with as it was my first time building a PC. The PC booted without a problem which was nice, so I went straight into installing windows which took only a fraction of the time it took me to install on my old HDD. So far the PC has served me very well getting surprisingly good frame rates with an integrated gpu around 70fps on csgo max settings. The idle and load temperatures of the PC are also great considering I can run civ 5 and stream at the same time whilst listening to spotify without reaching 40c! (on integrated graphics!) Once I have got my gtx 1080 this PC should be great for gaming, rendering and general use PC which was what I was looking for when I started to research building my own PC. I will update the PC build once I have saved enough for a gtx 1080 and post some benchmarks onto youtube. So yeah overall the PC build went great and the PC is reaching my expectations and going well over them :)

If you do have any suggestions I would be happy to hear them in the comments below:)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to start building my own pc very soon, do you have any tips that could help me when I'm building it? Maybe a few problems you had that I can avoid?

Anyways It's a pretty good looking build, incredible cable management for a first-time build. You should consider installing a few led strips to make the computer light up and look even more awesome.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Whilst building the PC i didn't have many if any problems, the only problem I can remember is that the tubes for the h100i v2 were too long leading to the side panel not fitting which meant I had to flip the radiator around to have the side panel on. Other than that their wasn't anything that went wrong :) As long as you wear a anti-static band, don't drop anything you should be ok. Cable management should be relatively easy (depending on the case you get) so you shouldn't have any problems with that :) Thanks for the feed back, I was going to get the hue+ once I have got my GPU ( to show it off a bit ;) )

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I won't be going for a liquid cooled build anyways so I won't be experiencing the radiator problem. I will get an anti static wrist band, and my case is apparently incredibly easy to build in. I'm getting the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition so no worries there I guess.

If you want a link to my build just ask and I'll probably respond withing a few min.

Have a great day!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good long-term planning build. I suggest you wait until 1080 ti came out if you have not bought a GPU yet. Granted there will always something better as time goes by, but I think this 1080 ti will worth it, I hope.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get a matt finish s340.?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The red and black edition of the s340 is matt black and gloss red.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

damn that's awesome.Too bad i cant find this version in my country.My glossy s340 needs cleaning every single day.

Anyway thanks bro and congrats on your build :) that looks sexy

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

so minimalist. Great build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC is cleaner than my house.

+1
  • 43 months ago
  • -1 points

WAY WAY TO MUCH POWER..... pfff why would you want 750watts when 450wats is easily more than enough... this will only make it more expensive to run elektricity wise...... stupid

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I went for a 750w psu so i didn't need to upgrade it when I buy a gtx 1080 or 1080ti

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty sure that GTX 1080 uses slightly more power than GTX 1070~so around 500 psu should be fine

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, it will also help for when you install you GPU

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I initially wanted to have them the other way round but the side panel wouldn't fit with the tubes being so long :(

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Flip the radiator around those tubes shouldn't be that tight. It will not take much force to get the side panel on with those brushing against it.

Edit: Look at this builds pictures. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/wyJV3C

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