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.