This is my
nearly completed Gaming Build and also my first ever build from scratch. Using PCs for a long, long time but have only ever upgraded graphics cards, HDDs, RAM etc and when thigns were getting dated I would order a whole new PC and rinse/repeat!
I done a bunch of research about, I have no budget in mind apart from following the typical "bang for buck" theory and my own idiotic "bigger is better" mentality as well.
I have currently salvaged the PSU (700W EZCool) and GPU (HD 5850) from the corpse of my old PC but the GPU will be getting replaced within the next couple of weeks. Both replaced 01/06/2015
PC is running amazingly well so far, really impressed and love the way it looks. previous PC had a Q6600 and 4GB DDR2 so there is a noticeable difference in games even though the GPU is the same.
I actually hadn't bothered to buy an aftermarket CPU cooler but I dun goofed during the build and instead of snipping the tail of a cable tie I snipped the ******* wires on the stock CPU cooler.... Picked up the Zalman Cooler from a local PC store for a great price and it's actually fantastic, looks great too.
CPU: FX 6300 to replace what was a Q6600, noticeable difference here and can't wait to get into some Illustrator and PS work.
Mobo: Slick looking MSI Gaming Mobo to replace my old P5NE-Sli. Reviews were excellent, price was excellent and it looks fantastic!
RAM: Not much to say, upgrade from 4GB DDR2 to 8GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance Pro.
Case: Excellent reviews and looks amazing! Awesome cable hiding features, compared to my old Thermaltake Soprano case this is heaven. Case looks brilliant and the case fans are so quiet.
Possibly looking at getting an XFX R7950 GPU soon, got a couple on eBay i'm watching at the moment - think that will finish off the build quite well for the time being.
EDIT 01/06/2015 Just got a PowerColor 7950 graphics card and learned that my PSU was completely pants after all. Was using my previou "700W" PSU from a company called EZCool which, according to Tom's Hardware, is a Tier 5 snider of a PSU and does not contain 700W of power inside it, only shame and depravity. Ordered myself a Thermaltake 630W 80+ Bronze PSU which should do me nicely now. That will completely finish my build.
Thermaltake Smart SE 630W PSU and PowerColor HD 7950 GPU added and running nice and solid as of 02/06/2015
On another side note, I sold my P5NE-SLI + Q6600 as a combo on eBay and got an instant sell of £35. Could probably have asked for more but just wanted it gone! Old Radeon HD 5850 is currently on eBay as well