As the title says, this is the first PC I have built on my own. My primary use is gaming, but I also use it for internet browsing. I have to say I am really satisfied with the performance of the PC. I was worried the CPU I have chosen might not be enough, but the it proved me wrong. When choosing the parts, I was on a budget, so I looked for parts that had great price/performance ratio. As for the GPU, I spared no expense, so that it can last me a few upgrades, which is why I went with the 980. Yes, some will say the 980 isn't worth it for the price, but it was my dream GPU, so I went for it.
CPU: I've been trying to decide between 2 processors, the i5 4590 and the 4690, since I wasn't going to overclock, I didn't consider getting the 4690K. between the 2 processors I have mentioned above, there was only 200MHz difference, so I thought I'd rather save what little money I can off this, and invest it for a better GPU, same goes for the rest of the parts. The 4590 has a great performance , and I think is one of the best i5s if you don't want to overclock.
CPU cooler: I was really unhappy with the stock cooler's temperatures in games (65-68 degrees), so I got a better cooler. After reading reviews about this cooler, and seeing how satisfied everyone is with it, I had to get one too. Replacing the stock cooler with this did look a bit hard at first, but with a few tutorial videos, and going through the manual a few times helped a lot. Now I am getting max 56 degrees under load, and I can barely even hear the fan going, so it's not even at a very high RPM.
Motherboard: I wanted a motherboard, that had at least 3 case fan headers, I will add 2 more fans later, but there's the molex adapter for that. The motherboard has all the features that I need, and then some, so there really wasn't a reason for me to get something more expensive. The automatic control of the fans is really good, I haven't set anything up manually, and still the PC is cool enough, and also runs quietly.
Case: I picked this case for 2 reasons. First beause it simply looked appealing to me, the case has a really nice design, and second, because it had enough space for the 980. It also has a lot of case fan mounting points, with dust filters, so it was an ideal choice for me.
- GPU: I've been trying to decide between the Gigabyte, EVGA and MSI version of the 980, but in the end I went with Gigabyte's version of it because it had the highest memory frequency, compared to the other 2, and it also has a really effective cooler. It still runs a little too hot to my liking in very intensive games, but overall it was the best. I only wish the card came with a red LED, to better match all my case fans. Highest temperatures I had were 75 degrees, but after replacing the stock fans with high airflow ones, it dropped down to 71. This with an ambient temperature of 25 degrees.
The only problem that I have is with the PSU. Since it's not modular, I have tons of cables, of which I don't need most, and that means most of them are in the side of my case, but there are so many and so thick, that I had trouble putting the side panel back on. So in the end, I ended up putting some of the cables at the bottom of the drive cage. Since I will only use 1 HDD, they are not in the way. All in all, I am really happy with my new build, and I am surprised I was able to do it all on my own for the first time. The cable management is still a work in progress, but I think the PC looks neat enough.