Hi all, I am Dan.
I used to have a very bad PC (Dell Inspiron - AMD Dual Core 5400+ @ 2.8GHz - On board Graphics 2GB RAM etc.) it was so slow. I got a laptop last christmas which is much faster but only good for web browsing really, I did not want to have another console because I want to do gaming and web browsing all on one machine, I also wanted better graphics and build one myself (and probably new PC anyway if it wasn't for gaming I would not have got that PSU/GPU and probably case.) I wanted a new PC for Photoshop Rendering and Gaming.
Last year I started looking at Alienware's, once I got a little knowledge I found out they are overpriced junk then I moved to 3XS systems on scan.co.uk (Over a year ago i5, GTX 560 Ti £850) at that point I started learning a little bit about components (Only the basics like CPU cores/threads, GPU models, and amount of RAM) but nothing like MOBO's, cases power supplies etc.) but at that point I did not think about building the PC myself but then I saw a lot of people on tomshardware who were building a system but I still wasn't convinced. After more and more research I finally decided I wanted to build one.
I am 14 so I don't have much money but I did have some saved (After buying my Teufel E 400 Speaker System for my room :D), I got the case in August from Amazon and when my dad went for a business trip to the USA he went into a microcenter and picked up a i7-4770 (About £50/ cheaper over there than what it was here at the time). For my birthday back in early November I got the RAM/SSD/Optical Drive/HDD from a local shop, then as an early Christmas present I got OS and Motherboard but I payed for the CPU, Case, GPU PSU.
Anyway this is a breakdown of my parts list and why I chose them:
CPU: i7-4770 I would have got an i5 if I only had the choice to buy in the UK (i5 UK £170) but since the i7 in the US was just £180 I decided to go for it, I did not get the K model because I am not overclocking and for your information yes I am using the stock cooler ;).
Motherboard: Gigabyte H87-HD3 I don't know LOADS of stuff about Motherboards but I decided to go for this one because it looked nice a simple and Gigabyte is a good brand. (Again H87 over Z87 because not overclocking)
Memory: Corsair 16GB I chose this RAM because it was in my local store, I know there are probably better options but this is popular stuff so I went for it. And I know Corsair is a well known and good brand for Cases, PSU's, Cooling, Peripherals and PSU's. I got 16GB for the future (I want this PC to last 4-5 years) and Photoshop rendering but surprisingly Photoshop does not eat more than 8GB of RAM as I have tested so far.
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB + Seagate 1TB I wanted this to put the OS on it and some important programs, if it was much more expensive I would have stuck with a good 1TB-2TB HDD. But I am quite impressed and it boots up about 15-20 seconds from shut down on Windows 7 which is better than I expected because boot up is slower on 7 than 8. And the Seagate HDD is working well too.
GPU: MSI GTX 760 OC I was going to go for a 280X for £30 more but I chose the GTX 760 because I have always liked nVidia better when looking at drivers and reviews and stuff even though AMD drivers have improved. I haven't tested many games yet but it runs Just Cause 2 (Demo) 1080p at around 60-80FPS, I had to turn v-sync off though because when I was driving fast or going through a town it dropped to like 25 FPS. Everything else is maxed though.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black I am VERY impressed with this case, it is REALLY quiet even when I am gaming and I put the fans on max, I did add an extra FD 140mm to it just to make sure it runs cooler and I un covered the side fan vent to allow for some more airflow. It looks awesome, it performs awesome, it's silent, nice to build in, good for cable management and is just an amazing case even though it was just under £80 it was still totally worth it in my opinion!
Optical Drive: Samsung or Generic Well an optical drive is an optical drive right?! All I can say is I have had no problems with it and performed well when I used it to install the Windows disc.
Power Supply: Antec HCP-750 Gold I'm gonna get much hate for this and you can say you can get a quality 600w for less and would be plenty, true but in the UK PSU's are loads more expensive than across the pond and I got a cracking deal on it (£78 down from about £130) and even the TX650 is only about £4 less than this so I absolutely had to buy it! It's really good quality but I hope it lasts!
OS: Windows 7 Simply because I do not like Windows 8 and even though you guys can call me stubborn I never had a problem with Windows 7 on my old PC so I got it for this too :)
Overall I am very impressed with this PC and it took about 2.5 hours to build and was fairly easy, built it last Saturday.
The only problem with building it took 5 mins to put the 4+4 CPU Connector in I could get the first 4 pin one in but took me a while to put the second one in lol.
==============EDIT 7TH APRIL 2014====================== The stock cooler is useless so I will be buying a Hyper 212 EVO :) Whilst i'm working in it ill also probably improve cable management :).
Also today I setup my dad's 17" DELL monitor as a second monitor :D
========== NOTE: 2ND TO LAST PICTURE IS COMPLETE CABLE MANAGEMENT OTHER PHOTOS ARE WITHOUT TWEAKED CABLE MANAGEMENT ==========
Guys I really want to see your comments thanks!
General other specs and stuff below:
Monitor: ASUS 24" VE247H & DELL 17" Monitor 1280x1024 Keyboard: Logitech G110 Mouse: DELL Wired Mouse Speakers: Teufel E 400 - 500W 12" Subwoofer 5.1 speakers. Laptop: ASUS X54C the one with i3 2310 and 4GB RAM. Old PC: DELL Inspiron 546 (AMD Athlon X2 5400+ 2.8GHz, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 500GB HDD, 300W PSU, HD 3200 Graphics) Phone: HTC One M7 Silver 32GB