So its been a while since I wanted to build a gaming pc and finally I decided to go ahead and build one. I wanted a computer that could handle new games without breaking the bank and originally it was going to be a budget build of $700 but it gradually increased as I went along. I gotta say that it has been one hell of a ride in this build, one that almost brought me down on my knees and not in a good way. I swear I have the worst of builder's luck.
So choosing the parts were easy, thanks to this website, youtube and the community. And building was easier than I thought as well. Except.. when I first powered on the pc, there was no POST. I was stumped. I ended up building and rebuilding the pc all in vain. I did end up replacing the mobo, psu and ram thinking one of them was defective (they were not). So maybe the problem was the gpu, so I sent it off to newegg for a replacement only to have them send it back claiming the serial wasnt placed in the back (which is the stupidest thing because it was in the back, I did not take it off). That was my first breaking point. Just imagine, here I thought the gpu was defective (which turns out, it was not) and sent it off only to wast 3 weeks now im going to waste another 3 sending it to the manufacturer! Worst luck ever.
So then I decided to take it to Micro Center and see if they could fix it, 1 day later it turns out the ram wasn't pushed all the way in (being a newbie I didn't wanna break it so I guess I didnt use enough force). I was in disbelief! Hysterical laughter followed soon after.
The I go home, Powered on my pc and proceed to install the needed drivers. Back then I had the MSI 970A-G46 motherboard so I was using the MSI Live Update 5 (the so recommended program to install needed drivers). Lo and behold my pc just shuts down in the middle of an update, making my mobo unusable (I checked, took it back to Micro Center and it was bricked). Word of advice, dont use that program. That was my second breaking point. Nothing else could go wrong I thought.
I did end up buying a new mobo (Asrock 990fx Fatal1ty Killer) because I didnt want to wait another 3-5 weeks waiting for the manufactorer's new mobo.
Thankfully everything else went smoothly, although there was a bit of trouble installing the new OS in the new mobo but nothing else that couldnt be fixed.
Still, this pc build did grind down my ego quite a bit.
In the picture Above, the location of the pc is not the final one. Once my extended family move out Im going to move all my stuff to my room and then Ill upload some pictures of the final setup.
CPU: I chose this one because it is affordable and good enough for gaming. Only thing I regret is not waiting a bit longer because in my local store they were selling the fx8350 for the same price.
CPU Cooler: It is affordable and it had really good reviews.
Mobo: Originally chose the MSI 970A-G46 because it was affordable and it had a few good features I wanted (such as SLI and Crossfire, good for overclocking, etc) but then later on changed for the Asrock 990fx Killer because I was recommended it and its great for everything I needed. Plus it goes well with my color scheme.
Ram: I regret this one, only because of the color though. I should of chosen the red one.
GPU: It was well within my price range and can keep up with today's game. Only thing I reqret is not going for the Gigabyte Winforce edition but no enough to dwell on it.
SDD: For booting purposes. Kinda regret not going for the samsung840 evo.
HDD: Enough space plus good brand. In the future I will add another 2tb.
PSU: It has enough juice for along time plus its from a good brand.
Case: Good looks, great price and great quality. Couldnt ask for more!
Fans: I picked this at the go. They provide good airflow plus they go with the color scheme. Could've been cheaper.
Let me know what you guys think!