Description

I built this PC in July 2015 after months of planning and research. Being 14 years old, this was my very first build! All my parts were purchased from Centre Com, with the exception of the case, as it was out of stock.

I designed this build with a red and black theme, which is why both my motherboard and video card are MSi.

I primarily use this computer for school purposes, as well as occasional gaming and photo editing (Adobe Lightroom).

Parts:

CPU (i5-4460): Purchased this processor as it wasn't too expensive, and had four cores. I was considering a FX-6300, but decided on Intel as it is a brand I've used and trusted for a long time.

Motherboard (MSi H97 Gaming 3): Initially I planned to purchase an MSi B85-G43 motherboard (https://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-b85g43gaming), but Centre Com was out of stock, so I decided on a H97 chipset board. So far, I haven't encountered any issues.

RAM (Kingston HyperX Fury Black 2 x 4GB): No specific reason for choice, just went with Kingston HyperX as it was relatively cheap.

Storage (1TB WD Caviar Blue): Buying an SSD wasn't in my budget, so I just decided on a reliable HDD with enough storage.

Video Card (MSi GTX 960 4GB): My budget for a graphics card was > AUD $400, decided on this card as it was more than capable of running the games I played.

Case (Phantom 410): Fell in love with the case as soon as I saw it. Brilliant case, with lots of room for cable management.

Power Supply (Thermaltake SMART 550W): I chose this PSU as it was reasonably priced, a brand I trusted and is 80+ Bronze Certified.

Optical Drive: Chose it because it was cheap and I didn't require anything more expensive.

Wireless Adapter: It does the job.

Keyboard: Relatively cheap keyboard I bought a while ago, so far no problems with it.

Speakers: Also bought these speakers a while ago, which is why they were so expensive. Great 5.1 speakers, haven't had any problems with them.

Monitor (Dell 2007WFP): Purchased this monitor almost ten years ago, unfortunately I cannot remember the price. It is a great 60Hz monitor, but it is obviously quite old now and I'm hoping to upgrade in the future. I didn't include it in my parts list as it is not listed on this website.

Part Reviews

Keyboard

Overall, a very good mechanical keyboard. The only thing I have to complain about is that it tends to leave fingerprints on the keys as I type, much more than my older membrane keyboard (Logitech K120).

Mouse

The DeathAdder has a really nice feel to it, and it fits my hand perfectly. I can use it comfortably on my desk with little to no friction. The two buttons on the side also come in handy sometimes, as I like to use them to navigate a website back and forth. The RGB colour on the mouse allows you to customize it, make it yours and make it unique. This mouse was a massive step up from my Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse and I would highly recommend it. :)

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 7 points

You're 14 and bought the monitor 10 years ago? Damn must have been a rich 4 year old lol

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol no, it was my Dad that bought it for me, should've elaborated on that

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I have really noticed that Australia's PSU options are really limited and are overpriced.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything is overpriced in Australia and not just pc parts.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to agree with you, don't know why we pay so much for PC parts

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Partially because of low AUD value against USD and because of our small population and we couldn't be bothered to do anything about it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build ya got here! Personally the first upgrade I would make to your setup is that monitor as it's just not going to cut it for the stuff you should be able to do on that thing. +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, and I don't know when this monitor will die on me. Thanks for the feedback!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel like we could be friends, i just built a very similar pc, i'm 13, and you have my favorite car as your wallpaper.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job on your build. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

nice one, I came here from the build you did for your dad...keep the good work comin'

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

mmh sexy

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

A nice looking build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You lost me with the Intel stock cooler. O.o !?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it because it's upside down?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice photos and parts selection! +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build how does it handle games fpswise?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! On ETS2, I get 60fps constantly, with all settings on ultra, and with v sync on, I believe.

On GTAIV, I can't exactly remember the settings, but I generally get around 60fps, with occasional dips to around 50. I believe most of the settings are high, not sure though.

Counter-Strike is always above 200fps, with everything on the highest possible setting.

TDU2, NFS Rivals, The Crew and NFS Most Wanted (the newer one) are at 60fps all the time, with all settings on ultra and v sync on.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You haven't run into any power issues with only 550 watts on the PSU?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No, not yet! I don't really think I'll make any major upgrades to this build anyway, maybe just an ssd and more ram, but nothing that will take up a lot more power.