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Due to the fact that my sister was taking the home laptop to university, I was to be without a computer other than a 2002 Windows XP Mesh computer that takes 20 minutes to boot.

I decided to treat myself and was going to make my first gaming computer. I spent a month on sites such as this one looking for the best parts with best ratings and value for money.

I wanted to keep the price around £1000, and I have managed to do just that. My friend an I built it in a few hours (he's built two before) and we had absolutely no issues with any of these parts.

The only problem we found was that TP Link had installed it's own network software which was useless. We uninstalled this and used windows own one. Also, the resolution wasn't filling the entire screen (Monitor is LG 24EN33V 24 INCH - £119.99 but couldn't find on the site) so I bought a DVI-D cable to see if that made a difference from the HDMI one. Turns out the issue was just in scaling, but I've heard that a DVI-D cable is better than an HDMI for some reason. That now links it to my TV anyway.

I've played all my games so far on max settings with great frame rate, not one issue with this computer. What do you guys think?

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, but clean up the cabling.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yea I've just realised that I haven't shown a final picture. All the cabling has been moved to the right side (looking on the front) of the case, there's about an inch gap between the case inner and the outer panel. It's almost bulging!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

You probably could've upscaled your video card with this budget and sort of decreased the spending in other parts, but very nice build, you didn't go for something ridiculously "unique"

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

As I said to Isaac, I've done this so I can upgrade these later on.

But thanks for the feedback!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice for a first one. Like the others said, could've upscaled that video card, but I think you're going to love it. Great job!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Steel,

Reckon I should upgrade the video card, crossfire another one, or upgrade RAM next?

Or something completely different?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice choice of memory and cpu cooler and cpu and motherboard. I would've tried for a 7950 which can be had for $180 in the US (not sure if you have similar deals there).

I am not a big fan of seagate any longer as the WD 1tb ezex is faster and mroe reliable.

But a nice build for the price range. No idea why you bought the aftermarket cooler and didn't overclock.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback.

Reckon I should invest in a new HDD at some point? I was thinking of getting an SSD within a year or two for my OS and important programs.

Also, I'm quite nooby to this overclocking business. I bought the stuff in the hope that I could one day if I wanted to.

Is overclocking really necessary?

Thanks in advance.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

What bits should I upgrade/replace first?

Cheers for everything so far guys.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely the ssd. Makes the system so much snappier. I would recommend the Samsung series. A new 120gb 840 evo can be had for 100 bucks. And that video card can still play most games at high settings if your playing on 1080p resolution so you can hold off on that until gameplay isnt smooth anymore. As for overclocking, you have a unlocked cpu, a great overclocking mobo, and a good aftermarket heatsink, you can safely squeeze more performance out the cpu and for games that are more cpu bound, you can add some fps to them.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers Isaac. You've been a great help. So SSD for Christmas maybe.

And some research into overclocking :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Your welcome, and dont worry, overclocking isnt too hard. another thing with the ud4h, is that the mobo has a reset switch just in case you mess stuff up in the settings, it can easily be brought back to original settings. Actually, i retract my statement, good pick on the ud4h haha because the ud3h doesnt have that feature.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, where did you get the desk from? I need a small one too :>

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

It's about 10 years old, probably from somewhere like B&Q or similar DIY shop. Wasn't too expensive. Feels a little cramped at times, but no need to buy another just yet.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Ill probably get something a bit wider from ikea :p

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably for the best. Let me know how you get on!

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

Its a solid build. Looks like all money was spent on performance. One thing i would have done, is dial back the mobo to a ud3h , skip the dvd writer, and used that money towards a 7950 for better frames but what you have there is a good build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I would agree, but I was of the understanding that whilst most parts can be replaced/upgraded over time, you're stuck with the mobo and cpu. So I went out on these knowing that I could crossfire the cards and add RAM etc at any point.

I've also left the option open for an SSD.

Or have I made a mistake with that?

Thanks for the feedback.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

oh and you definitely still have the option of an ssd. Thats another thing about the ud4h vs the ud3h, more sata connectors but i doubt you would fill them all up haha.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

Well all parts can be replaced. As long as the cpu and mobo are matching sockets its all good. Really the only difference between the ud3h and ud4h that would matter is the ud4h has a better power delivery system, so if you have not overclocked, start overclocking that bad boy!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

when you replace a motherboard under a windows OEM license you have to get another license because they're tied to the motherboard.

or, you could ring MS telling them your motherboard died/was faulty and might be able to get a replacement license.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

your right, didnt even remeber about that.