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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,

Cheers Rich

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

If this is a new build, why did you get a 660 over a 760? Nice build though, you did a great job.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

760 was made to replace the 660ti. So the 660 is a bit cheaper than the 760. But true. I myself would've gotten a cheaper monitor to fit in the better gpu.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

I did look at the 760 but to be honest the 660 was already pushing the budget and I won't be doing a great deal of gaming on it, I'm more a console gamer and will be likely be on the PS4 mainly come the winter. The 760 was at least £50 more which was just too much.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Woot woot! Upvote for honesty, PS4 looks freaking sick, even from a PC gamer's perspective. :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

A lefty mouse I see!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, left handed! I really like the SteelSeries mouse as it's ambidextrous, one of the few good ones I could find.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the look of steelseries products, they just look polished

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, also look into getting a mechanical keyboard, since you've got a Steelseries mouse and mouse mat, maybe look into getting the Steelseries 7G or 6Gv2? c:

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I would like a mechanical keyboard, might stick one on my Xmas list. The HDD is indeed a 500gb WD Caviar Blue, ripped out of my old pc. I'll probably upgrade it when I have some spare cash but it's fine for now.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

No no don't worry, that HDD is good, no need for upgrade. Unless you want pure monster performance, then get Caviar Black. :O

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Also how much GB is that Caviar Blue, seems like 500GB, but I'm not sure.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

The case looks like a mini fridge.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit yeah, no beers inside though unfortunately!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, where are the usb ports?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

On the top, to the right of the power button (two USB2 and two USB3).

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

That monitor looks so tiny next to the case.