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My name is Callum, I wanted to build a PC because: 1. My laptop is dying as I've had it for a while now and 2. I am fed up of Microsoft making me play games in 30fps and then charge me £50 to purchase the game and then on top, charge me an additional £40 a year for Xbox Live. Two words: DAYLIGHT ROBBERY. I want my PC for gaming and watching movies on.

CPU - Wanted an i7 CPU for future proofing. I am not overclocking so I settled for the 4790. I know this is probably overkill but oh well.

Mobo - I wanted to go cheap here. I am not overclocking so there was no need for a Z97 or X99. So I decided to go for a H97. I heard that AsRock are a trustworthy company so I went with them.

RAM - Two 4GB sticks of RAM is enough for me. I went with the one of the cheapest ones with the best reviews.

SSD - Just your standard 128GB SSD. I was originally going to get the Kingston SSDNow V300 but upon reading reviews I saw a lot of people complaining that the performance was not what Kingston had said and that they were producing a lower quality product than what they said they were producing. So I stayed well clear of that mess and went with the Sandisk.

HDD - Went with the cheapest one out of the Seagate and the Western Digital. Seagate it is!

GPU - Its going to be used for gaming. I want to game at 60fps. I refuse to pay the extortionate prices that the 980 is being sold for. I settled for this EVGA GTX 970 SuperClocked ACX 2.0. The ACX 2.0 cooling should keep it cool while I game away.

Case - I went for the Phantom 410 because it's a spacious mid tower with that allows for great cable management Also, it looks pretty damn good too.

PSU - I wanted a semi - modular PSU and my wattage isn't that much so the CX 600W will suffice.

OS - Chose Windows 8.1 because it's £15 on g2a. Saved me some money there!

Monitor - I originally wanted a monitor that was beteween 21" and 22", has less that a 5ms response time, is 1080p and that has hdmi connection. But my dad convinced me to go with a 24". I first ordered a BenQ GL2450HM but it came with a European power lead so I sent it back and bought the BenQ GL2460HM instead.

Other Bits - Simple, I went for the cheapest.

I will post reviews once I have properly tested out each of the parts :)

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Something you won't hear many people say... "I settled for this EVGA GTX 970 SuperClocked ACX 2.0."

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That said doesn't look too shabby. I know you've gone on a cheaper side of things, but do you think you'll get a backplate for your 970, or is the little extra not even on your radar at this point?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been thinking about it and maybe I might do. Hadn't really thought about it to be honest

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the case, nice choice!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I like that case.

And I've always loved how sexy that Hyper X RAM is. For some reason I got it in my head I couldn't use it in my build so I didn't buy it in red. I can't remember how or why I came to that conclusion.

Only things I would change is that cable management and stuff them all behind that back plate.

And maybe rip off that PSU sticker. The green is killing my eyes.

Sexy build man. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yeah, I'm glad I went with the white Hyper X Fury RAM, looks amazing. Its one of the best looking RAM out there.

Struggled a bit with cable management on my first build. Its a pain in the arse!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah mine was horrendous at first too. Sometimes you really gotta stretch the cables as safely as you can.

I spent about 3 or 4 hours cleaning the cables up in my build. The hardest to deal with for me was my Kraken X61 cables and the SATA power cables. They made the side panel harder to get on properly.

It's totally worth it though. I just smile whenever I look inside my PC now.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It's tough as you don't want to over stretch them. But if you can get it perfect then it looks immense

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Been debating getting the 4790 to replace my Athlon 860k, how's it perform?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! It's fantastic. However if you want to over clock you may as well spend the extra £10 and get the 4790k.