first computer build and finnished it about a couple weeks ago,. i've built this to handle any game i throw at it and to handle some c++, c#, UDK script and maybe video editing if i get back into it. i decided to build it myself because my local custom builder/repairer wanted £400+ more to build it, made a complete mess of it with my brothers computer and even told me he makes mistakes quite often due to cockiness and to top it off he tried to scare me out of doing it myself.
putting the computer together was actually incredibly easy, a lot easier then i was expecting and so was managing the cables, all in all about 2hrs spent putting the parts together and dealing with the cables and another 2hrs thinking about the cables. from what i could tell it doesn't seem possible to put a computer together wrong to the point where it actually damages components because each part only connects where it's supposed to go and won't fit in anywhere else, this is what i found made building a computer a complete breeze. i did find it a little amusing that the most nerve racking part of putting the CPU in the motherboard was also the easiest thing to even do. after building this thing i honestly can't see how anyone could mess up putting a computer together other then getting incompatible parts or just a poorly balanced build which makes me wonder how my local custom builder manages to mess things up..
so fare so good, everything has been running smooth with no hiccups, the only problem i did have was my ~4 year old windows 7 license being rejected so i had to get a whole new one. didn't get windows 8 because dealing with it on my laptop is really frustrating especially when trying to get to the bottom of a BSoD right at log in because of the lack of safe mode and to boot on minimal requires you to log in and choose an option to do so so. luckily the laptop has a button to boot directly into recovery options which was handy. i know i shouldn't let one bad experience put me off but i also hate dealing with metro and prefer the visuals of windows 7. hopefully windows 9 will be better.
at the moment i've only been playing CS:GO and hosting a pixelmon minecraft server for my brother and his friends. tested out UDK and that ran very smooth compared to my laptop and i still need to setup SDL to take another look at my c++ project.
i haven't overclocked the CPU yet though i've been meaning to, i'm just enjoying using it to much and it runs fine that i won't be seeing any benefits from the extra performance at the moment.
the pictures were taken with my sisters Nikon D300, though she didn't mention that the LCD display shows images brighter then they are so i had the settings a little off because i thought the images were going to be overly bright which is why they're a bit dark.