This is my journey as an amateur PC builder.
I'm a student in accounting and I really enjoy programming. I was becoming more and more demanding of my venerable ThinkPad and the need for a more powerful machine arose. I didn't know weather to buy a completed build or do mine. I found out it was cheaper to just build your own. Thanks to this website, compatibility of the parts were not an issue. My needs were :
- Enough RAM to run multiple apps and virtual at the same time
- Great CPU for that data crunching ! ;)
- Okay GPU ... Not my main focus, but I could use the opportunity of having a good PC to play games a little if you know what I mean. (I personally like first person shooters)
- An SSD for fast booting and loading
- Good looking case (Why not ? after all, I'll be looking at it for a couple of years)
I started building and I had a few issues. Mainly, I didn't install my 212 Evo correctly... Yeah, that's the price to pay for going to fast I guess. Anyway, I just reinstalled it and now it's fine. This build can deliver more than I need it to. It's overkill for what are my needs but I tried to be as future proof as possible so I won't need to upgrade anything for a couple of years.
Powerful and reliable CPU. If you don't need to overclock and you intend to buy a GPU, there is no need to spend more on a i7.
At this price point, it doesn't get any better than this. Word of advice, take your time at the installation because you don't want to do it again.
No problem with this board. The BIOS is good. Cheapest H97 available.
Best card between 200 and 300$ at the moment. & with XFX you can't go wrong.
Looks good and it has great cable management capabilities. However, the air filters are a little on the cheap side.
Perfect monitor for playing FPS games with that 144hz.