I've been looking forward to posting my build here. Had a lot of fun building my first PC. It was supposed to be a cheap iGPU AMD PC.
I first ordered an AMD 6600k but I wasn't happy with the graphics performance and wanted a bit more humph. Sent it back, got a 860k to replace it and got a GTX 750 TI. Really good GPU and I was impressed but again just didn't feel like it was enough. Settled in the end for a R9 285 that cost me 120£ which seems like a good compromise between money and power. Just wish it was 3 or 4GB of VRAM instead of the very-soon-to-be-below-average 2GB.
Same thing happened with the hard drive I had, a 5200rpm. Pretty slow to be honest, sent it back and ended up getting a 240GB OCZ ARC 100 for 59£. I know it's got pretty average scores but oh my god does it make a difference, i'm not going back to a normal hard drive ever again.
Got the 500W power supply in case I get a more powerful GPU in the future. Just wish it was a modular or semi modular because a lot of the cables aren't used but that would've made the build more expensive.
The Case it absolutely brilliant, I've got no complaints in terms of cable management and ease of installation, all the sides pop off and make it really easily. Only minor annoyances are the plastic lid which has a few scratches already and one of the side panels which bends inwards when pressed but doesn't vibrate or make a noise when the computer is on.
I liked the Motherboard but the BIOS is pretty basic without many extras.. One thing which turned out to be the most annoying thing of the whole build - The PCI slot for the graphics card is really close to the CPU and this is well documented online but I thought It wouldn't be much of a deal. I was so wrong. The stock CPU cooler was noisy so I wanted to get an aftermarket one. This was so hard because any of the decent ones would cover the PCI slot. Pcpartpicker wasn't much use either because I checked dozens of coolers that were supposedly "compatible" and looked in the datasheets for dimensions and they weren't. Finally found a good one, the Cooler Master Hyper 103 and I can confirm that it fits with just about enough space to get the graphics card in there and it cools my CPU to 50 degrees Celsius at full load with the fan not even spinning at 100%.
I haven't overclocked anything yet but i'll play around with it soon.
In total my build cost no more than 450£
CPU temps - Prime95 - 50 degrees Celsius
GPU temps - Geeks3D FurMark - 60 seconds test >> 60 degrees Celsius / 120 seconds test >> 70 degrees Celsius
I think that wraps it up, it was a lot of fun building this and I can't wait for my next one. Feel free to comment, constructive criticism is welcome!
P.S. Banana for scale.
Cheap quad core processor for the latest FM2 chipset. A good buy right now and leaves the possibility of replacing it in the future with a better FM2 processor when AMD releases one.
Cools the CPU to 50 degrees Celsius at max load and it's relatively cheap. Plus it fits this annoying motherboard without covering the PCI slot.
BIOS is simple, not much extra functionality. Latest FM2 chipset so it allows for further upgradability. Major annoyance is how close the PCI slot is to the CPU which makes it hard to pick an aftermarket cooler. Other than that it's a good mobo.
It's RAM, it does the job.
Looking just at the SSD's performance and the slightly less capacity I'd give it a 3 star. I get about 400MB's READ and 380MB's WRITE but it gets an extra star for the price.
Great graphics card, run battlefield 4 with everything on Ultra. Also everything to max in Cities Skylines but that is easy. It struggles a bit with Total War Attila at Medium to High settings but apparently it is either the poor optimization of the game or the AMD driver is not up to snuff yet. I'll update this info in the future.
Great case. If you wanna get an Mini ITX don't even think twice.
Does the job and allows upgradability.
I was gonna get a fan without lights but since the case had a clear top i decided to try it out because the fan is cheap anyway. Still don't know if i'm gonna keep it because the blue light does annoy me a bit, especially at night. Other than that, the fan does the job.