the first picture is a picture of ALL the parts i have bought in the last year. I'm 16 and am finally able to build computers for people. Now i know all of you are going to flame me for having bad cable management. i have a reason for this bad job: the power supply hasnt come yet, nor does the case have enough space behind the motherboard tray to fit cables. i used a power supply a friend gave (he works at AMD). The optical drive was also not shipped yet, along with the heatsink as it is backordered.
heres my thoughts on the parts:
CPU: I regret getting the non-k version.
Heatsink: cant comment.
Motherboard: its small. for an ATX size, the width is short. the UEFI is laggy when you drag the mouse. The SATA ports are placed right next to the graphics card - perpindicular to the cable management slots, rendering the cable management terrible.
RAM: it looks nice, preforms well.
HDD: very basic. massive amounts of space. ill explain later on.
SSD: Boots windows in less than 8 seconds from time of BUTTON press.
GPU: Im not sure if anyone noticed the price drop, but Amazon screwed up and posted a GT620 for $70, but product description and picture matched a 7850. How does this relate? I got the 660 before i realized the price drop. So instead of refunding it, i kept it anyways.
PSU: cant comment. (well i kinda can). Brand: i know many of you hate OCZ for their power supplies, but i've had great experiences with them. i definitely did not buy OCZ cuz its OCZ, i bought it cuz of the value.
Keyboard/mouse: very basic, was a steal for the price it is at haha.
windows 8: haha people may think it sucks. but like my other build (the office one), i got it for free. how? MSDN subscription. friend has an account so he sent me one.
Alright, the main purpose for this machine is to have it last 5-7 years; hence futureproofing 1866 RAM. i didnt go too extreme on the GPU because of the sole reason of it being a movie watching machine. literally. 3TB of harddrive space was meant for storing work and videos. please dont down vote for this reason. i got quality parts having the mindset of futureproofing so please understand. i had a 1500$ budget and i dont think i blew it by a bit. the rest can go towards a nice monitor.
Today was our last day of school until the winter break, so i skipped the second half of school and came home to start building. for start to finish installing windows 8.
The issue building the computer was that i had no optical drive to install Windows. so i had to take it out of "The Blue One" (my first build) and plug it in. i took it out after installing windows. no motherboard drivers were needed as Windows 8 has a massive compatibility base now.
The only major issue is lack of SATA cables. the motherboard comes with 2, i have 2 harddrives, one ssd, and one optical Drive to connect.
in the end, i am very satisfied with the parts i picked as it will have potential to play any games in the future. this is not for me, its for a friend!
have any comments? feedback? please let me know!