After approximately 8 years of only using basic laptops, I wanted to finally build a desktop which could be used for some light gaming, Java & web programming, web browsing, and Photoshop.
When I began to build the PC, I thought it was going to be a walk in the park since I watched about 10-15 build videos on YouTube, but was I wrong... I was VERY nervous the entire time I was handling any of the components. But, the installation of the various parts went relatively well, though took about 3 hours due to installing - uninstalling - installing due to the case size and cable management (forgive the spaghetti mess, I fixed it the best I could after taking the GPU in and out about 4 times).
Thankfully, the system was able to post. But, my "fun" was only beginning... I was able to install Win8.1, update drivers, and was able to upgrade to Windows 10. Out of no where, both PNY memory modules (original memory shown in photos) failed. Thankfully, I am able to get a refund and ordered the Corsair memory (so far so good with Win10).
The 2 1TB Barracuda HDDs are actually very important for this build - though possibly not the smartest part cost choice. One is used for the usually OS/Documents/Games/etc. while the other will be used to store strictly DVD & Blu-Ray backups. If I can figure out how to share the entire drive over my network, I would be a very happy guy!
Overall, the PC is exactly what I wanted and only went $14 over budget! Please give me feedback and any suggestions as this holiday season I will be looking out for some great deals! <3
The i5 was what I wanted as the performance to price was something I was looking for.
The Gigabyte motherboard was a component which shaped the build in a way as I initially wanted to dual boot Mac OSX. Although plans have changed now due to fears of another system failure (my little heart probably could not handle another issue and panic attack like I had with the memory), I can still Hackintosh the build if I choose.
GTX 950. This was the card I wanted from beginning to look at PC components. Yes, I could have gotten an AMD at the same price point with possibly better performance (motherboard support crossfire support). Yes, I could have only gone with 1 HDD and used the extra $50 for a 960. But, I am happy with the price to performance and full fills the needs I have (used to playing on Intel & GTX 740m graphics so this is a HUGE upgrade) which will usually have games running in Medium graphic settings.
The PS08B is the only component I wish I would have changed. Yes, it is a cheap case and I expected very little, but the size was a shock. The case is good quality for the price and has decent airflow as what I can tell, but is very tight. For a first time build, I would not recommend this to a builder. It looks nice and does it job.
Was able to upgrade to Windows 10 easily. Even after hardware failure, I was able to get Windows 10 activated easily.