Description

Thanks to pcpartpicker and the build guides, I'm happy to report I've completed my first ever PC build. Everything went pretty smoothly, but I forgot to take pictures to document the process. The build was easier than expected and I didn't run into any problems.

This build is mainly a console replacement/entertainment system. Lots of movies, youtube viewing and light gaming (BF4 & SC2).

I started with the CPU and built around that. I didn't want to mess with overclocking or watercooling yet; perhaps in the not so distant future. I feel it's a good entry to mid level rig. I went with a HDD for the price. I may upgrade to a SSD at a later date. I feel Windows 10 boots up fast regardless so hard drive speeds aren't too much a factor.

I wasn't going to get an optical drive but then how would I install software (CDs that come with parts)? (I'm a newbie).

Unfortunately, I don't have any benchmarks. As stated, I'm a newbie to the PC building world. All I can say is I set most of the PC & game settings to auto and it runs/looks great.

I already had the monitor and mouse from my previous PC so if you subtract that price from the total, I'd say it's a successful budget build.

Thoughts? Upgrade recommendations?

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job on making a PC!!! Here is some constructive criticism. The I5 in this system is a bit overkill for light gaming and entertainment. An i3 or a AMD FX 6300 CPU would have better. The extra 80 dollars could be used towards either an SSD or a better GPU. Overall, nice job :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

forgot the +1 XD

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I chose the i5 so I have some wiggle room for if/when I decide to upgrade the GPU or other components. I'm loving the idea of building, upgrading my own PC. Wish I would have started sooner!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That video card takes up the whole thing. LOL. The cable management looks really difficult in there. But good build for you.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Honestly it wasn't too bad...up until the power supply install. I did not know there were so many wires, plugs, connections coming out of that thing. I tried my best to zip tie all the things.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I might get that case for my build, looks great

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pleased with the case. Small form factor and hardly any noise. Also gets great airflow.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Which way is the power supply fan facing? It should be oriented fan-side up to get better airflow. An optical drive isn't used much anymore (software installation can be done via USB or internet) but can still be useful on some occasions. You got a Blu-ray player so that's an added bonus. Did you have enough slack on the Cooler Master SickeFlow cord? The distance from front fan and the motherboard was pretty far and I barely had any. It looked pretty awkward. Good job and cool build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The power supply is actually "upside-down". Now that I think about it, I should have installed it right-side up. I have a fan on the CPU blowing up and power supply on top of that blowing down; with a case fan sucking in air from the front, exhaust out the back. It made sense in my head. The cooler master cable was long enough for me (it's the cable in the foreground in the last picture).

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU fans & Power Supply Fans are actually intake fans. They take in air to cool the specific components. The ideal airflow for the power supply would be to isolate it. Fan-side up would have it intake cool air from the top and exhaust hot air to the back. Anyway, it probably doesn't matter too much. I just saw that it takes a lot of blockage in airflow to affect temps.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

seeing the prices of these cpus makes me happy that i got my 4690k for $179.99 at microcenter :)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

i know when i saw the price go down i knew i had to get it before it went back up, waiting on my motherboard to ship :)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a great cpu for the price! i built a computer for my friend who has one

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine at a local Fry's Electronics. They will look it up and price match on the spot!

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