So this is my first build on here so forgive me if this isn’t up to the standard of other builds on this site. This PC is my 16th birthday present which I got early because of my laptop dying on me. Before this PC I had been using laptops which lasted about 2 years then melted due to the fact the cooling was terrible (probably not helped by my gaming needs).
When I first decided to build a PC I was scared and had no idea where to start but with the help of this site and the internet it has given me a good understanding of how computers work and the reality that it really isn’t difficult to build a PC. Just a shame that everyone doesn't know that it is. I will mainly be using this PC for school work and gaming and some future music production and video editing. I haven't fully configured my computer yet so I haven't run any benchmarks yet and the temps are based on the highest I have seen them and not under load. I did have help with this build from a good friend and he did give me some advice which I didn't agree with so I will change things such as the fan setup and turning the PSU the other way around but that is pretty simple.
CPU- I was stuck between the 4690k and 4790k purely for the fact of hyper threading and in the end I went for the i7. This was because I do plan on doing some video work and music production so it will come in handy and is nice for when lots of programmes are open
CPU Cooler- Highly rated on here as well as the sites so I figured that I couldn't go wrong. The Led is a nice touch which can be changed to any colour and keeps my CPU cool
Motherboard- I admit I did choose this board partly because of the looks but I did check some reviews and it did pretty well so I thought I would go for it and it works well. I don’t really require any of the higher grade motherboards since the features aren’t that useful to me. I only plan on SLI and some overclocking. And I have to point out that it really does look freaking awesome
RAM- Went for 16GB because of the video work and specifically went for this RAM kit because of the looks
SSD- Nothing too special about this SSD than the fact it’s highly rated. I put my OS on there along with some of my main programmes
HDD- Would of gone with 1TB but for an extra £10 you get double the space so I thought why the hell not.
GPU- I was originally going to get a GTX 780 but with Maxwell just round the corner I thought it would be better to wait. So when it was released I went for the 970. The 980 was tempting but the price difference just wasn’t worth it. I was thinking on getting an EVGA card but the cooling has been reported to not be as good so I went with ASUS. Hopefully in the future I will be able to change the temp range in which the fans starts to spin up. Also it's dead quiet with the fans on
Case- This case is massive and I love it. I know not many people are keen on curves or plastic on their cases but it’s actually not that bad. 1 thing to notes is that at the time of buying this case the windowed edition wasn't available in the UK so I had to buy it separately.
PSU- Was going to get a RM series from corsair but I was put off due to some reviews mentioning subpar capacitors. I’m sure they would be fine but I decided to go with an EVGA PSU. It was actually cheaper and had a 10 year warranty which means they must have great confidence in it. I know 850w is overkill and probably should have gone with a 750w but we all make mistakes and I guess it means I won’t have to buy another PSU if I need more wattage
Disc Drive- always handy to have and I can use it for playing films or TV shows
Wireless card- No I can’t get wired internet unfortunately and this card is ok it serves its purpose. There is also little to no benefit of me having wired since my internet is so bad and the card itself did take some setting up but once it was done it works well
Fans- Perform well and I like the changeable rings as you can use them to match your colour scheme
NZXT Hue- Great way to brighten up your case and isn’t the cheap LED’s you get on cheap pre-built ‘gaming’ pc’s. The included tape could be better and in reality the leds just sit on the bottom of my case right now :( if anyone knows any good ways to stick it better please let me know
OS- I went with windows 7 purely for the fact I know if and I have heard horror stories with windows 8 so I thought I should stay clear of it. I’m sure it’s fine but I have no reason to change to it either as I’m perfectly happy with windows 7
Overall I think the build went well and with a few bits of tweaking I think I will be set up well : ) and I can't thank my parents enough for the money they put in and in the end I paid for half and they paid for the other half with lots of hard saving for over a year. Also sorry for the picture quality I know it isn't the greatest : (