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Its been on my mind to build a PC for a while now. I bought a huge bit of text by Scott Mueller (upgrading and repairing pcs) a few years ago. I didn't read it page to page I just flicked through and watch the accompanying DVD. Worth having in your arsenal if you want a historical perspective on computers and/or you're a technician and like reading. I also read lots of articles on the web like mysuperpc.com and found a particular Youtube video trilogy by Newegg educational. To be totally honest the manual provided by Asus with their motherboard was more than enough. This build went very smoothly for me and I only got stuck because the hard drive already had Windows 8, due to a recent failed build and wouldn't install the OS. Something about secure boot and MBR etc. This was expected and despite the glut of articles on the web, most of which are misleading, I just had to disable secure boot in bios.

My previous PC was built for me in 2004, after I misfired a hard drive upgrade. If my memory serves me well my very first PC came with a 1.5GB hard drive, and cost £600 in 1999 complete with monitor, keyboard and WIN 98. The technician told me the motherboard couldn't handle a 10GB hard drive - those were the days. My 2004 build was based on an AMD Athlon XP 2400 CPU and Gigabyte motherboard. I'm not a complete novice and through having the same PC for nine years have had to work on replacing hard drives, dvd roms, GPUs and operating systems.

Well my legacy PC was taking its time in doing basic stuff like watching YouTube, editing pictures even general surfing. It wasn't even playing music properly. I suppose that's what Windows 7 does with 2GB ram, single core processor and four years use without a reinstall.

After deciding it was time for an upgrade I opted for an AMD CPU because of my previous experience with them. Nine years of hard work and it never let me down. I wanted a Gigabyte motherboard and initially, the pictures verify this, went for a Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3, FX 6350 and 4GB ram bundle I found on Ebay. I built it last month, but when I inserted a HDMI cable to hook up the monitor, the motherboard didn't like it and stopped working. Just five hours after I built it. After getting a refund I thought I should go down the proper route and get the FX8350, a decent motherboard, GPU and 8GB ram. Unwittingly most of my purchases comprise of Asus and Corsair products.

I'm not a gamer, but am looking forward to enjoying the experience, I just purchased Skyrim, Bioshock infinite and Terraria. I will be developing a website, HD video editing, HD streaming and music editing. I wanted something that would respond when I pressed a button, do things without breaking into too much of a sweat and gave me options. I suppose that's just down to using a legacy PC for a long time. One thing I love about this build is that although there's five fans in total running at the same time (two case, two GPU and PSU). It's quieter that my legacy PC that only had two (CPU and PSU). I think I'll be happy for the next three years. I'm currently running a dual monitor set up. My 19" Samsung SynchMaster is still doing a reasonable job and dual monitors seem to increase productivity. I'm typing this and watching Netflix.

Would like to know the community's view on my choices and other things I may need to consider.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Perhaps the rum (Morgan's Spiced) may have had something to do with your initial MB failure...or the smooth nature of your build :D

Overall, this seems a reasonable build. Cable management could use a little more work, and personally I'd find the difference between a 19" and a 24" monitor unsettling in a dual-monitor setup, but as long as it works well for you.

Also, where is the SSD in the case? I can't see it in the HDD cage

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for you comments.

I agree with the difference in monitor sizes. I'll look into getting another 24" screen soon. The only benefit I can tell so far is that with the 19" its easier to read articles/blogs etc. It's not aesthetically pleasing though and no doubt you can adjust a 24" to compliment.

You can see the SSD in pic number 13, second tray from top.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build! Looks like you made smart choices on each component.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Up vote. Maybe cleanup the cables a bit if you get time. There are a couple other builds using your case on this site. Take a look, it might give you some ideas. Also, was wondering how you like the EVO. Was thinking of getting one for an upgrade I am working on.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The EVO is a real step up for me. Had no problems installing it and didn't use the software it came with. Windows 8 loads in under 10 seconds and I haven't even used Asus boost yet. I'm just trying to sort out how to get minor programs to load straight to the HDD rather than SSD. I'll take a look at my cable management and post a pic once I've cleaned it up.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Picture #2: Got your energy drinks ready for the build.

Nice build. +1

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build for the budget.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The monitor pushed me over my intended spend, but looking at it now, my old SynchMaster wouldn't have done the GPU justice.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the pictures I'm considering getting that same case, and its nice having some ideas of what it would look like. Thanks!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a solid case, but not the top. I might get some filters to keep the dust out, as I will not be installing more fans.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the air flow good?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems with airflow. Case came with two fans and there's room for four more.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

i like it. how do you like windows 8?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I was almost put off by all the negative reviews. After two days of use I must say I do like it, it's fast and although not totally intuitive, you soon get the hang of it. I have though downloaded a free guide from Microsoft. People seem to be upset about the lack of a start button. I understand there is a work around for this. I think if your building a new system and don't have a spare OS, then go for Windows 8. It's even cheaper to buy than Windows 7 on some sites.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man Terraria in my top 5 favorite indie games of all time !

+1 for your sweet build .

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, played it for three straight hours last night.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid choices

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend has pretty much the same build except he has a 6300 and 7950 at roughly the same price.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I find it amazing how the prices vary from day to day and site to site. 7950 is an excellent GPU

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup MSI 3gb 7950 OC is only £173 over at Scan, he overclocked the 6300 to 4ghz and it's running fine with no bottlenecks.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm interested to know what you think of the Asus M5A97 EVO motherboard.. I have just ordered one for my own build.. I have to admit to being a pc build virgin, and am learning as I go so any input from someone who is using one will be very much appreciated... I am going for an AMD FX 6300 chip with mine so not quite as sharp as yours, but thinking it will make a better gaming alternative to the new consoles.. Cheers.. Freakout

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, will clean them up. Have been amazed at how clean some people have made their builds. I find the Corsair semi modular cable structure a bit difficult to sort out.

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