This was actually my first ever computer build, but I believe it turned out rather well. For Christmas 2014, my parents gave me $500 cash to buy whatever I liked. At first, I almost got a tablet, but after talking to some friends, someone told me they were only really good if you had a decent desktop with which to use it. And since I'm planning on going into IT, and I have many geeky friends that have done this before, I decided to give it a try. Most of the parts were gathered over a period of a couple months, because I needed to get the rest of the money to buy the parts. I started building in the beginning of February, but I didn't have the case yet, so until the end of February it was in a cardboard box, with appropriate holes cut out :P
By the end of Feb. I had the case, so I managed to get it decently well cable managed (For a first try, I've seen much better handy work than mine). As of now, it is my main computer, replacing a laptop I used to use. I use it for light to medium gaming, schoolwork, and general use, and it fits my needs perfectly.
For some reason, I can't include custom parts in reviews, so heres the review for my GPU. The 560 TI was considered new in 2011. It's an old card, and when I post this build, I consistently get complaints that I'm using it. So, first off, yes I know it's old. However, I got it for $20 dollars off a friend, and it's still able to handle most of my games at decent settings with good frame rates. There are however, screen tearing issues, but being on Arch Linux, I'm not sure how much of that is driver issues and how much are card issues. It also heats up like a toaster, proving that you can play minecraft on a toaster. I will soon be upgrading to an EVGA Gtx 970 FTW edition, so that will pretty much blow this card out of the water. However, until then, this card is doing a decent job for being old, with not much memory.
I also got a 2.1 surround sound system for free from the place I volunteer/help renovate. It's actually a very decent system, with great sound, but I don't know exactly what kind it is. Kinda just came in a cardboard box which surprisingly had all the needed cables :P
Overall, I'm very satisfied with how my build turned out. Everything works together like a well oiled machine. It's powerful enough to handle everything I want to do, with no major problems.
Thanks for reading! :D
(PS: Sorry for the potato quality images... phone isn't so great for that :P)
Honestly the i5-4690k is a beast. It's handled everything I've thrown at it with ease. Currently it's overclocked to 4.0ghz, but until I get a AiO or beefier air cooler, I don't want to attempt higher clock speeds. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good cpu.
No complaints, other than it was a little weird to get the back plate on and everything screwed in, but for the price, I don't think it can be beat.
Again, no complaints here. Linux even recognized the wireless chip by default, which I was a little wary of. I also like the features that it comes with, as well as the UEFI/BIOS options. I had trouble getting it to boot a usb in UEFI mode for a while, but I believe that was user error.
No complaints here. I haven't tried overclocking, or poking it much, so I can't say as to how that would go, but it serves my purposes quite well.
Been running strong for several months now, and shows no signs of failing or any problems, so all good here.
Holy crap, this thing is a powerhouse. Fans barely even turn on during normal work, and it handles gaming with ease. At some point when I have the moolah, I'd love to get a 2k monitor and push this a little more.
I LOVE this case. I had a few other options I was looking at, mainly from Corsair, but this case blew all the others out of the water. It is a bit expensive, especially when you're without a paying job, but at the same time, I'm very glad I saved up to get it. There is tons of cable management room, it's very sturdy, and it looks great. I love the size, and the white/black color scheme. I also like the 140mm fans included, as opposed to 120mm.
No complaints. I wanted a decent quality power supply, and everyone recommends corsair, so that is what I went with, and I have no regrets. I do recommend modular or at least semi-modular if you'll be building a computer though. Much easier to cable manage.
No complaints. Reads and writes dvds/cds quite well, and much faster than my laptop. I was however surprised when it sounded like a jet engine when it wrote a dvd. Was not expecting that, having come from a laptop.
I don't know the exact pricing of this monitor, but it was ~175 dollars give or take 5. I bought it at est buy, because I'd much rather buy that in a brick and mortar store, rather than have it shipped, just for safety. I don't have many complaints about the monitor, and the menu is pretty easy to use. However, it does have a glossy screen, which can be a little annoying, if you are watching a movie with a dark scene. However, colors pop out well, and as far as the 7ms goes, that isn't noticeable to me.