This machine is for school work, and also a lot of gaming. My previous build (https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/BTbv6h) was coming of age and I wanted to upgrade to an ATX case, motherboard and I wanted to overclock my CPU. I also managed to grab a really good deal on a second R9 270, so saw this as an opportunity to try out crossfire.
I am still very pleased with this CPU considering its price and when I bought it. It doesn't perform as well as a new i5, but when overclocked it holds up pretty well. I understand that there are better offerings now from Intel due to the overclockable i3s, but I kept this CPU and have received good results with it
I got the refurbished from scan.co.uk for a very good price considering it's a water-cooler. The fans are very quiet and I cannot hear any pump noise. My CPU stays super cool and clears lots of airflow in my case. I have been very impressed with this no-nonsense, easy to install CPU cooler.
This motherboard was a very good price, and offers an 8+2 power phase, which gives me a little more overclocking headroom. The bump up in price for a 990FX motherboard was not worth it considering the benefits. I have overclocked very well with this motherboard, as it offers a very easy to use UEFI bios. My SSD now runs faster as this motherboard has a SATA 3, whereas my last had SATA 2. Overall this is a good motherboard which looks attractive and performs well.
Running faster now thanks to SATA 3. I would recommend getting the newer 850 EVO if you were buying new, but i had this from my last build and I am very pleased with it.
I used to own just one of these and wanted to try out crossfire. I have mixed impressions of crossfire as I have had a few problems in some games. But in other games, wow, these perform really well. I got nearly 100% FPS increase in Tomb Raider 2013, and other games such as Bioshock Infinite have also seen great increases. The two cards perform very close to the recommended spec for the Oculus Rift (http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/9948760) which shows that they are around equal to one R9 390. This is very good considering the price I paid for the R9 270s.
This is where I had a bit of a dilemma, as I wanted an all black case, but didn't like the glossy of the S340. NZXT do a Razer edition S340 which is all matte black, but has Razer logos on it. I didn't want Razer logos on my case so I got the blue version of the S340 which is matte, and plasti-dipped the blue parts. This ended up with a really sleek look which I am very pleased with.
I got this on black Friday for £48 which I am very pleased with. It is very quiet, has all black cables and is 650w; enough to power my build. Not much else to say about this other than I really liked the sand blasted finish on the power supply itself.
Windows 10 is pretty damn pace
I got both of these from my dad's work for £40 each which is an absolute bargain, and they're lovely. The IPS panel looks great and the slim bezel design makes them look very sleek.
I got this for a good price with the equivalent of cherry MX blues. I will probably upgrade to a Pok3r at some point as some of the keys are losing their click a bit. Other than that I bought this for a very good price and has served me well.
I don't play MMO's, but I really like this mouse for it's many side buttons which I am very quick with. I have them bound to lots of things, and I probably couldn't go without this mouse now.
Beyedynamic DT770 Pro I absolutely love these headphones. They're really comfortable and the sounds is great. Next upgrade is a dac for them as my on-board sound isn't quite perfect.