Before anyone hates on me, this is my first build. I am 15 years old and play a lot of counterstrike so I didn't need a pc too powerful. I also don't have a lot of money which is why I kept to a tight budget.
instead of individual parts reviews, I'll just tell you the things that went wrong and the things that went great. If you'd like my opinion on a specific part just comment and I'll get back to you.
So first of all nothing went wrong with the build, I was pretty confident I knew what I was doing and the only problem I found was when installing the dvd drive, the case uses twist and lock things that just popped out when I placed the dvd drive in. I just left it though and everything seems to be fine. The only other thing I did wrong in the build was at first when I had completed it I went to turn it on and nothing happened. Turns out I hadn't plugged in the front panel buttons to the motherboard xD easy mistake to make.
Problem 1: Once I had set windows up and downloaded a bunch of programs, I booted into my bios and saw that my RAM was only running at 1333mHz. Not good. I took the side panel off, popped the RAM out, placed it back in, still the same problem. I could set it to 1400mHz but it would not go any higher than that. Turns out that my RAM accompanied by this motherboard do not work well together and therefore the RAM is permanently under clocked. I was not aware of this problem before the build and after searching I only found one website which sold the motherboard stating that the ram and motherboard combo were incompatible.
Problem 2: this isn't so much a problem as much as it is an annoyance. Turns out CSGO does not play very well with dual core cpu's instead of quad cores. I thought since CSGO is an older game it wouldn't make any difference. It's not extremely bad, but it annoys me that I'm getting strange frame rates.
Apart from that, I've currently overclocked the cpu to 4.2ghz on 1.27V and the stock cooler ( which is doing surprisingly well when combined with the coolermaster exhaust fan). The GPU core clock is at 1350mhz which I could have pushed further as I haven't even changed the voltage and the memory clock is + 300mhz. Both components were stress tested for 3 hours each then a 3 hours combined stress test and everything is stable. I'm pretty happy with the performance and the PC as a whole. You may also notice I was unlucky enough to receive the German keyboard layout instead of the UK layout which seems to be a common problem when ordering this keyboard, but that doesn't bother me.
If anyone has any helpful advice or tips for next time I would greatly appreciate it :)
I knew the 750ti was the card to get and between asus and evga the only reason I chose asus was because it was slightly cheaper.
The case is pretty good. Considering its price tag, it is well built, looks great and the included fan is nice and quiet. You can definitely tell that its cheap as some parts don't feel as solid as others and it was also a very tight squeeze getting the side panel back on with all the cables routed round the back, but a good case overall.
This thing is pretty damn loud, which isn't a problem to me but to others it might be. Although it is loud, it does it's job and is a beast at moving air.