Hi all, this is my first proper build and due to the enormous help that PCPartPicker was, I figured I'd give something back and post my build and pics. This site along with Linus TechTips forum really was invaluable, thank you.
The main uses for the PC are for my programming (Java mainly), some moderate gaming (although I'm more a console gamer to be honest) and for the family to use for internet, homework, email etc.
I had a strict budget of £1000 for the pc, a monitor and the OS so I had to be very careful getting the right balance. I wanted quality components but had to be realistic about what would be suitable and within budget.
Overall the build went smoothly, the only problem I had was I put too much thermal compound on the first time and had to clean it all off and do it again.
As far as the components go I'm really happy with the case, it was a joy to build in and really looks great on my desk too. The motherboard seems fine, and the bios is nice and straightforward to use. CPU and ram, well I haven't overclocked it yet (will be soon though) but the PC feels super quick. The SSD seems to make a huge difference, booting to Windows 8 from cold is like 5 or 6 seconds I think. Ridiculously quick. The monitor is lovely, very bright vivid colours, glad I went for an IPS display.
The PSU took a bit of work too fit, mainly due to the length and type of cable. The 24 pin only just reached the motherboard after routing round the back, and that was with the psu rotated fan down. If I wanted it facing up it wouldn't have reached at all.
The CPU cooler was actually pretty straightforward to fit and runs nice and quiet, matches the case fans quite nicely too!
I haven't got any games installed yet so can't really comment on the GPU , but I'll be buying Crysis 3 soon and will update then.
The mouse and keyboard are really nice, especially like the mouse.
Oh, I tried to do some cable management and it went ok, but I was a bit gutted at having to use a red SATA cable for the ODD. I'll probably replace that with a grey or black one if I can at some point.
That's it I think! Thanks for looking,