Discovered this site about a month ago, and its great to see some love for the desktop! I've always had a passion for electronics and I have fixed them countless times, however I never built a PC. Its always been on my bucket list, however never got time to get around to it. Fast forward, my HP desktop from 2005 was running decently well for its age. Unfortunately it ran into a hard drive issue one day while ironically browsing this site. Took me a few hours to diagnose and fix the hard drive, and thankfully I was able to get my data off the desktop. It was that day I committed to building my first PC.
For my first build, I wanted to keep it budget friendly and try to get the most bang for my buck so to speak. Although I did splurge in areas I maybe shouldn't have. I don't do any gaming, my daily usage includes emails, browsing, and all the basic stuff. The odd time maybe some minor audio editing and photo editing, but nothing crazy. I'm sure I could have probable made this PC slightly better or spent money smarter, but I think I did half decent for my first time. I think if I spent $200 I could have beat my old machine!
The build took me a few hours, most time was spent with cable management. I hate to see cables showing so I tried to hide them as best as possible. There is not a lot of room in the case, but I do like the look.
I love this PC, it is lightening quick and handles tasks so easily. I guess I've been missing out for the past 13 years!
Old Desktop Basic Specs Processor: Pentium D 820 (2.8 GHZ, Dual Core) Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (onboard chip) Storage: 300 GB HD RAM: 2 GB
New Desktop Basic Specs Processor: Pentium G4560 (3.5, Dual Core, Hyper-threading) Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 610 (Integrated) Storage: SSD- 120 GB for Boot, HD- 1 TB for Storage RAM: 8 GB
Now that I've got my feet wet, I'd love to build another PC in the $1000 range. Dabble into overclocking, maybe liquid cooling, who knows. Probably overkill, but definitely fun.