Hello there, this was my first ever build done for my brother (Before Shiny Charizard, my own personal second build).
The choices of parts may not be the most optimized as It was my first attempt at selecting and assembling a PC. There were many frustrations and problems encountered throughout the build (through amateur mistakes) and is still something that will require fixing in the future.
lets get straight into the part choice!
For the CPU, I decided to go for a quad core i5 as it was on sale bundled with the Asus H97M-Plus M-atx motherboard and Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB, giving a good discount of $90 AUD. The CPU is rock solid, although temps may get high when my brother plays GTA etc. (due to stock cooler)
Came in a bundle. This motherboard is packed full of features however there are some issues encountered. The standoffs do not appear on the right side of the motherboard where the SATA and 24-Pin ATX power socket is located. This causes flexing when plugging in cables and a finger was required to hold the underside of the motherboard. The 24 Pin Power Cable also has trouble fitting the socket as it won't fit flush like the 8Pin EPS, but is still locked on pretty well with just under 1mm gap (Hopefully it'll be ok, although its been running fine for the past 6 months). Otherwise a rock solid motherboard.
Nothing much to say here, looks shiny, solid and very nicely built.
1TB is plenty for all my brothers movies, videos, and games, he doesn't mind the speed that an SSD could bring, so saves a few bucks here.
GTX 760 is more then enough juice for all the games my brother enjoys, it also runs super cool and quiet and looks awesome in the case!
My brother wanted a white case with blue accents and it was between the Aerocool Strike X (Blue/White) or the Phantom 410, however Phantom 410 prevails. Custom Panel Modifications have been made to give the case a unique look. The routing of the CPU/EPS 8pin was difficult as the cutouts were tiny!, however still manageable. The rubber grommets dropped out way too easy from moving cables through. Very roomy and overall, a good case besides the hard to put back side panels and front/top bezels.
Rock solid, quiet, reliable, I always trust the quality seasonic brings.
Overall, this first building experience was great, yet frustrating due to all the setbacks and complications encountered with the Phantom 410's difficult front/top bezel. It took so much brute force just to pop them off to attach the fans, and the side panels were a nightmare to align to get it back on. Plugging in all the cables to the mobo also made my OCD kick in ALOT due to the fear of putting too much pressure on the cables, especially the 24 pin, however overall worked out well, and the PC is performing rock solid!
(Apologies for Bad Pics, these were taken long time ago before my second build log which i posted)