Hi guys :D
This is my first ever PC that I built. I have never really been into gaming that much before but I gathered that was probably because I couldn't play anything on anything more than low on my previous PC which was a Sony Vaio Laptop with a GeForce GT540M.....
So whilst this PC isn't for serious competitive gaming, I don't want to have to upgrade its parts in the near future and it should be able to handle most things that I can throw at it.
My budget for this build was around £1000; after tax, shipping and peripherals it came to just over that.
So far I have had little to fault with regards to this build and I am very happy about my work! Since I'm a bit of a noob I haven't been doing any benchmarking or stress testing as such yet but I plan to soon!
I built this PC in a day with a little help from a friend who built a PC a few months ago, in case I needed any assistance from someone with real experience. Since I got a few games from NVIDIA with my GPU I gave the codes to him as a reward.
I had to list a few parts as custom below since they are not on the PCPP database. I ordered all parts from SCAN utilizing their fantastic today only offer and reliable delivery service, DPD. All was good except the original monitor (AOC i2369vm) was DOA and SCAN took 2 weeks to send a replacement, even though they're capable of next day delivery!
Here's my opinion on a few of the parts:
Motherboard - I didn't want to spend too much on the mobo but realsied how important it is. I like Gigabyte as a make and this mobo is no exception with good cooling and connectivity (10 USB 3.0 ports (!)).
SSD - This is the first SSD I Have ever used and my god it's fast! I was thinking about getting a new Intel SSD at first but everyone on the internet (including Linus) recommended this so highly that I had to have it!! Samsung's supplied Magician software is also optimized for the EVO. I currently only running on this 120GB SSD and a 40GB old 2.5" HDD for music storage - I will hopefully be upgrading to a WD Black/Blue 1TB soon.
GPU - well, I hadn't really heard of EVGA before I started planning my PC build but I heard quite a lot of good things about them - to be honest I had a bit of trouble seeing the difference between all of the graphics cards' makes. This card has been good however it's pretty loud compared to what I would expect. There was also a ton of coil whine which is the most annoying sound ever, especially when it changes depending on what you do on your game (if you haven't heard of coil whine search it, I recommend the Linus video on it). This has mainly died down now so hopefully my GPU will be fine.
DVD drive - seems a bit dumb seeming I only used it twice (once to install Windows 8.1 and once to install Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets the Video game from 2002) but HOLY COW IT'S LOUD!!! It really doesn't matter because like I said you hardly use it on a modern system but it is so loud you think it's gonna blow up!!!!!! Bit of a gripe but nevertheless if you're planning on burning a lot of CDs buy a bit of a better drive. Note that I didn't bother with a Bluray drive because I don't own a Bluray disc :(
Case - Love it!!! - I could have done better cable management but I couldn't really be bothered - the case has a lot of points to tie down cables with cable ties.
PSU - For some reason it keeps getting really loud, then I whack it and it stops, but then it comes back :( - perhaps I need to stop whacking my expensive parts..........
Monitor - Well packard bell is a bit of a dodgy make but the monitor has served me well so far, at least it's not DOA like my original AOC, one problem (which is general with all monitors) IT'S TOO BLOODY WOBBLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you've got any questions or comments please let me know!!! - Apologies for the poor picture quality!!