Hi People, This is my first build, I am a 20 year old mechanic and I wanted to change to pc instead of the next get consoles. The Parts were picked by a friend of mine (Pate thanks A LOT!) and I put it together myself using Youtube guides. (I have yet to test load temps)
Ok. After 5 days of having this thing done Its time to update it on here.
The Build: After finishing work I got home and got ready for what I thought was going to take all night and be an absolute swine to do. Pre Work - I had the Case, HDD,Cd Drive + PSU before hand so I had them ready installed into the case. Got all the parts set up and got started. Started by mounting the Cooler Master 212 evo bottom plate which was a pain because the stand off's would not go trough the hole in the bottom plate unless the angle was absolutely perfect but got it done eventually. CPU- This part didn't worry me at all, how hard can it be? Opened the lever and slotted it in lined up and closed the leaver to hear a lot of horrible sounds... Sounds that relate to things breaking.. I thought it was over but hey ho.. Carried on regardless hoping for the best. Cooler - Never again will I fit one of these, When I come to upgrading to an i5 I will be buying a new cooler just so I don't have to refit this one... Getting the screws lined up with the coolers pin dropped was an absolute... something but when I did finally get it in place I realized I had left the plastic cover on the bottom plate. (GO ME! (y). Took it off and eventually got it fitted.
Ram- Simple 30 second job.
Mounted into case and plugged everything in, Simple just followed the MOBO manual as it was laid out really well in the book. Everything in except the GPU and I went for a test boot. Test boot - Had it all plugged in and wired to a tv, Press the button... Nothing... Panic set in, what had I done wrong? DUH.. PSU switch was off... Ok this is it. Time to see it boot up for the first time. Press the button and... Nothing. Had the CPU broken in installation I worried again.. What I'd I had just broken £170 worth of parts before I'd begun. Checked all the cables and plugs and the main power to the mobo hadn't clicked in, Thank god! it booted.
GPU- Straight in and sorted.
I did the best with cable management as I went along and it looks alright so I've stuck with that, Was not sure what to do with the rear case fan or the cpu fan cable as there is alot of spare but its find where it is.
The Corsair 200r was an absolute dream to work with, Very roomy with a good build quality for the price.
Windows 7 Ultimate installed.
Games (1080p max setting) - So far I have played CS:GO (200+ FPS solid), Fallout 3 with mods, DayZ(50+ on most servers 30 in towns) Sniper Elite V2, Burnout paradise. All running smooth. Was thinking of overclocking the GPU but there is no need what so ever at the moment. I will be playing BF4 when it comes out as well.
UPDATE: Plays BF4 with most on ultra with decent FPS. Just purchased SSD.
UPDATE: SSD fitted and using for Battlefield 4 + CS GO. Will be installing Windows 8.1 in a couple of weeks. Also made template for side window cutout. Cable management sorted but pictures came out looking like they were taken by a potato.
UPDATE: Window fitted and Blue LED's fitted a week later. Will be getting a new piece of perspex as the current one was free and is rather scratched .^