This build has been a long time coming, so a bit of backstory is important here.
I began the journey with this PC (Percy, as I affectionately call it) by stumbling around in BestBuy looking for a new computer, as the P.O.S. that I had before kicked the proverbial bucket and I needed a modern computer stat. Being the ignorant console gamer that I was, I thought that all PC's in the modern market came equipped with the hardware needed to play modern games and Oh! Boy! was I ever wrong.
I returned home with an Acer Aspire TC-100 computer and immediately discovered that I was woefully unequipped for the rigors of PC gaming. Unwilling to delve into the plethora of upgrades I knew I must acquire, I returned to my Xbox 360 disheartened and dejected, but the idea was there: one day, I would have a computer worthy of gaming.
Fast forward 2 years to the present, and I had decided enough was enough. I had a taste of Fallout 4 on the PS4 and I needed that game! I rapidly learned all the nuances of PC building and began my ascension. Throughout the past 4 months, I have been replacing each individual component from the original Acer computer (save for the WD 1TB HDD) and now, it is finally finished.
People, I present to you my first and very own PC:
Easy to overclock to 4.4GHz. Purchased mine used for a steal so I can't complain.
Looks slick. Performs well so far (brand new, overclocked i7-4790K runs at 28 C) but is a little bit loud. I tried adjusting the fan speeds with Corsair's Link program but it was not intuitive and didn't really work that well.
Can't complain about this one either. It has some basic overclocking features and just enough ports for expansion and upgrades. I do wish it had some sort of built-in PWM controller for adjusting and fine-tuning fan speeds (it has 3 case fan headers and 1 CPU fan header which is nice).
Great memory for the price! I was able to score 16GB for $50CDN which is awesome and already matched the RAM that I bought new from CanadaDirect.
Works fine I guess. Time will tell if it stands up to long-term use, but I'm not too worried at such a low price.
Really you can't go wrong with these HDD's. They're a bit ugly and heavy, but for $40-$60 it is a great buy.
Found one of these for $100 but from what others are saying about these, I wouldn't rely on it to be my one and only drive. This will function as my main storage for games and large files but I will always back up the data to another external drive in case it fails.
Performs just grand. I only do modest 1080p gaming at 144Hz (or close to it). My only complaint is that it is loud with only one small fan and the temps approach 80C when I play Witcher 3 and Fallout 4.
This thing is a lot bigger than I thought it would be, but it ended up being really nice as it allows me to easily incorporate 140mm fans everywhere for cooler, quieter performance. I think Phanteks should include at least one of their hard drive brackets, though.
No complaints. All the wires are blacked out so even the non-modular 20+4-pin cable isn't hideous. They give you plenty of cables for whatever setup you might have.
My monitor is running fine now, but when it first arrived and I initially set it up, I was worried because there was a single dead pixel in the middle of the screen. I gently applied pressure to that area with a dry cotton swab and the pixel was fine after that. It doesn't instill any confidence in me though and I suspect that it might cause issues in the future. I saw an Asus monitor of similar specs go on sale for $250 locally and I'm wishing I had held out to get that instead.