So,where do I start? How about some quick backstory? (Feel free to skip all of this :P) The idea of building this PC-which happens to be my second ever PC, and the first one I ever built-came about in a pretty cool way. A little backstory to the backstory, for around the last 3 years or so I've been an Xbox 360 girl, and before THAT we (elder bro and I) had a PC that we used to game on. I'd never known till recently that my bro actually picked out the parts in that PC and then got it built, but in my defense I was a sort-of youngster then. All I knew was that we had a computer, and I could come home from school and play on it. Never once though about what was inside it, or anything else of the sort. It was sometime last year, or maybe a little before, when I decided how much I really liked gaming, and therefore wanted a gaming rig. I believe this decision came about when I found out about modding and all the great visuals and gameplay you could actually get on PC. Also,to clear things, our first PC was soon sold after we got the Xbox, so I couldn't just improve on it. My noobishness starts here; at first, I was aiming for a gaming laptop. Specifically, an Alienware. Around this time my bro had a laptop, and I didn't, so I thought 'might as well kill two birds with one stone'. Luckily,the Alienware never happened. For a couple of months, I researched into various laptops, until my bro said "Why don't you just get a desktop? You don't really need a laptop for any reason...", and so the destop search began. Into the homestretch now. Now, I still didn't really know anything about parts, and I just looked at pre-built PCs. THEN I stumbled onto pre-built vs non pre-built. Cue an onslaught of "should I build, should I not build....." debating. I ended up deciding to build, as you can obviously tell, but I STILL DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PARTS. Cue around 5 months of sheer research and planning, and finally ending up with this in March 2016. Definitely some of the best fun I've had, from the research to the actual building.
Apologies for the backstory becoming a wall of text! Talking about parts now :D Here goes:
1)CPU- I chose the i5-4690k for a couple of reasons; its a perfectly good processor for gaming and any other basic needs, and I really just didn't need an i7 right now,maybe later in the future. I could have gone skylake, but I honestly don't really see the need to right now, again maybe in the future. Finally, I got this on sale at Microcenter for 180$, so win :D
2)CPU Cooler-Hyper 212 Evo, a well recommended cooler, tried and true, and a good beginning choice I think.
3)Motherboard-Asus Z97-E,there's a bit of a story to this actually. I had intended to get the MSI Krait edition motherboard (black and white aesthetic), but it wasn't available at the store. I actually had an entire build theme worked out,and I'll mention which other parts I swapped out (I'm big on aesthetics). Just decided to get this mobo instead, and I'm not complaining yet :) Asus makes good motherboards from what I've heard, so I've got no issues.
4)Memory-I was originally going to go with Kingston's HyperX in white,but because of the sudden mobo change I went black. Made a bit of a mistake at the store, was going for DDR3-1866, but accidentally picked up DDR3-1600. Still,don't think it makes much of a diff,so I'm cool with it.
5)Storage-I went the typical beginners way at first, a simple 1TB WD hdd, and I decided to get the 850 EVO a little later. I should state here that I've not actually gotten to test my PC, since I've yet to get the OS. OS will be on the ssd,and maybe one game as well (modded Skyrim?) I'd appreciate any advice on whether or not that's a good idea :)
6)Video Card-Probably one of my biggest debate points. At first,I was absolutely sure I would go with Nvidia, and I didn't even consider AMD. I also knew I'd be getting a 970 because of the price point, maaaaybe a 980 if the price was good. However, since I was in a position where I could only research and not actually buy anything, I ended up looking at AMD and then got ultimately torn on what to go with. As you can see, I ended up with a Sapphire Nitro 390, and I think it'll work out great.
7)Case-Originally,to go with the black and white look I was thinking of, I was going to go for one of the NZXT Phantoms, probably the 240. As with all the other changes, I revised my case and ended up with the Define S, which is gorgeous IMO. Bought it not just for the looks though, I see watercooling somewhere in my future, and the case is the last thing I think of upgrading, so Define S seemed like a good choice.
8)PSU-Got this on recommendation from the guys at Microcenter. I was originally gonna go EVGA 650w 80+ Gold, but 750w was probably the better choice for this built, so I went with it.
Other than that, I got a TP-Link wireless adapter, since I simply cannot connect this PC to ethernet right now. Bought a new monitor (since this entire build is from scratch, I have no old parts I can use), and it ended up being an HP Pavilion monitor-21.5 inch, 1080p, IPS, 60hz. Pretty run-of-the-mill, a simple beginners monitor. I love the sleek design, and I don't really need anything else out of my monitor just yet, so this is good.
Building this was lots of fun, took a good 5 hours, but it was worth it. Surprisingly, I only had a few issues; getting the mobo into the IO shield was one, something I hope never to repeat, because it was god-awful. When I first powered on the PC, nothing would come on, and I panicked for one second. Checked the psu to mobo connector,and it was slightly loose, fixed that and everything came on. Last problem was my hdd and ssd, they simply weren't recognized in the BIOS. Took a while and my bro's help to realize that the power connectors were, again, not in completely. I made the mistake of mounting the hdd and ssd BEFORE I plugged them in, so when I couldn't push the connectors in any more, I thought they were connected, but nope. They definitely took more force than I thought was needed, but all's well that ends well.
That's about it really! Again, many apologies for the amount of text- this is my first time posting about this PC anywhere, I promise that the next time I make a post it'll be way shorter :D Feel free to ask anything in the comments, and I accept all criticism :)
*Quick edit-someone noticed my sort-of terrible mouse and keyboard lol xD Just wanted to say that its not permanent, I'm changing over to a better wireless set, and I'll probably change again when I find an even better more permanent solution, so try not to cringe too hard :D