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So after months of deciding if I should buy a PS4 (shock horror) to satisfy my casual gaming needs and also get myself a new mid-high range laptop for intense work use and a bit of video editing, I came to the conclusion that for the same money I would spend on both I could build myself a pretty high spec custom-built PC that would outperform both the latter options.

Me being me and not looking to do things by half, I decided to go in at the deep end and consciously build myself an overkill PC for my needs. I set out to find some of the more expensive internal components I could get thinking 'eh why not!'

My Corsair 110i GT is due to arrive in 10 days and not wanting to wait for international shipping, to tide me over until it gets here I have opted to get what seems the best Air cooled unit in terms of performance & price...a Cooler Master 212 EVO.

Also my GALAX GTX 980 HOF is not actually in that my system at the minute, this will be delivered in the coming weeks. I will update pictures when both these parts arrive :)

With my "Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail" mentality, my journey began with absolutely zero experience with PC hardware or software. I Started googling the bare basics 'How to build your own custom PC'. As I went about trawling through hundreds of threads, picking up and sponging in as much information as I could, I began building my first PC and this is results.

Please feel free to ask any questions you wish or even if you think you have a way that I may be able to set this up or make any modifications to this better my system, please please comment and let me know your opinions or thoughts.

Update (29/07/15) : GTX 980 'Hall Of Fame' Delivery arrived! Added pictures. This thing is BEAST!

See more at: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2700137/build.html#sthash.hpkRBJq6.dpuf

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  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Lovely build you got there! Where did you get that pillow-thingy you got on your desk?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

For leather wrist support I made by making a small L-shaped length, glueing some 2 inch foam on the top and stapling the sheet to one side, stretching it over and stapling it to the other. Trim the access and tuck in the corners just like a Christmas present :) My father-in-law is a carpenter and admittedly he done most of it lol +1 for him

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a great computer for £1,500+ to me. I do admit it feels a little barren without your GPU but you said that it's already coming along with your H110i GT liquid cooler. It looks clean so far, despite that red MOBO does stand out too much but it's seriously a great PC. Good work with your computer! +1

  • I'm glad you stayed away from the PS4... Woot, go you~ avoiding the console temptation and becoming a man! Or becoming a woman!
  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm glad you stayed away from the PS4... Woot, go you~ avoiding the console temptation and becoming a man! Or becoming a woman!

Or both 0.o

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

That is definitely possible too. O_O

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Like your name btw, was emulating Majora's Mask today :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Why, thank you! And that game is amazing! Truly a great game. :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol..! Read the price at 10k. Lewl. +1 For organization- black and white with white leds

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

That's some good stuff right there+++

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Move that sweet pc away from your radiator and your feet incase you knock it or it over heats apart from that good job

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

link to that sexy chair please. plus 1 for chair lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The chair is off eBay and only cost around £50! In the UK that is :) The link to the seller is http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/evershine_uk/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much for the replies guys, this is been a lot of work in progress and as my first build I am thrilled to see that it is had such a good positive reaction!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That must be once incredibly small bedroom. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Just one giant oversized computer ;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The gpu you got is pretty freaking sweet! How much did you pay for it and where did you get it from? nice clean build +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need the heater anymore.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a question that I don't ever see asked or explained... What was your experience like researching computers, parts, components, functions, etc? Everyone who builds their first PC can refer to google and youtube, but what sort of information did you get in to? Did you grab a cliffnotes version and just research the best GPU and then how to install it, or did you find out what the GPU does and how it connects to a motherboard (and how the different forms may impact your decision)?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

So after months of deciding if I should buy a PS4 (shock horror) to satisfy my casual gaming needs and also get myself a new mid-high range laptop for intense work use and a bit of video editing. I came to the conclusion that for the same money I would spend on both, I could build myself a pretty high spec custom-built PC that would outperform both the latter options.

And so stood the question, where on earth do I start?!

Bearing in mind I am generally quite tech-savy as I am a manager of an electronics company and have lots of experience with mobiles phones, TV, surround systems and similar, hardware inside a PC is rather alien to me! PSUs/GPUs/Fans/Mother Boards....aaarghh! I did not know what I was getting myself into and how deep I would (willingly) be sucked in to what seems like a whole new world.

So I started my journey began with absolutely zero experience with PC hardware or software. I Started googling the bare basics 'How to build your own custom PC' and lo and behold, Tomshardware comes shining through. Picking up and sponging in as much information as I could I began setting out a general outline of my needs: Demanding Gaming (BF4, FarCry 4 etc..) Heavy web browsing Documents Video editing General PC tomfoolery.

Guided by the forums on this website intended up at www.pcpartpicker.com and my interest in building a custom PC quickly became an obsession! Me being me and not looking to do things by half, I decided to go in at the deep end and consciously build overkill PC for my needs. Without realising they were such strict compatibility between all the necessary parts, I naïvely set out to find some of the more expensive internal components I could thinking 'eh why not!'

I don't know if it's overkill but that's where I need help in maybe be changing my set up if I have been sucked in to making a rookie mistake.

So I set out to find one of the most expensive/highly reviewed processors I could find without spending tens of hundreds of pounds. An i7 4790 was my weapon of choice.

Next I researched motherboards and settled on an Asus ranger VII, admittedly for the looks mostly, and I had no idea about any of the abbreviations mentioned in the description, but it seem to have a lot of them! Had some great reviews here also! Upon reading the specifications I was instantly drawn to the fact that they were saying the over-clock potential on this motherboard is great. I had no idea what I meant or even what it was for that matter....And so another dive deeper into the deeper darker world of overcloking! i5, i7, K this and K that, GHz and voltages...I was sucked in for days researching and I loved it!

Reviewing my previous decision on my processor and researching 'the dark side' of real high spec machines, I found myself choosing the 'K' version of the i7 4790 as this was paramount to the overlocking potential of this CPU.

I got even more excited when I started reading and researching about AIO Water Cooling solutions CPUs (which again was another good week of research) came hand-in-hand when I was sucked in to the over-clocking topics. Again me being me, I have opted for what seems to be the best reviewed CPU cooler; the Corsair 110i GT. This is due to arrive in 10 days.

Next came the RAM, I wanted a red colour to match my MB. There were so many options and prices but I was finding it hard to really find much performance difference based on the views from individuals on here. RAM is RAM. Just don't get cheap unbranded RAM. 8GB of Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz was the road I took.

Now some power! Website reviews and user experiences from this website point me in the direction of an EVGA 850 G2. Enough power to future proof myself if I ever went SLI GPU mad! Can't really comment on this as most PSUs are not really aesthetically pleasing and don't really provide any noticeable difference in performance. Eco-friendly mode and Matt black in colour, it's just a box to me and as long as it's beefy enough for my requirements, it's still just going to be a box in the bottom.

Next on the Menu....A CASE! The case was a fairly easy decision. I googled best PC cases and found the one that was most commonly at the top for reviews and price and went with that, regardless of price. It just so happened to be one of the most beautiful cases I had come across during my searches. Big, bold, transparent and plenty of room for my motherboard, PSU and my AIO water-cooling radiator for my CPU. It has to be, the one and only, love as first sight....Corsair 760T White. This thing is amazing.

What came hand-in-hand with the case, spurred by the 2 front intake Corsair white LED lights, was a purchase of one Corsair Quiet Edition 140mm fan to replace the stock exhaust...agin with matching white LED lights. Only three fans are on this case as stock, 2 front 'Pull' and 2 fear exhaust. Digging deeper again, I orderd 2 Corsair Quiet Edition white LED favs-120mm

SSD was also looking to be the way to go forward in terms of storage. A Samsung 850 EVO SATA 3 500GB SSD. This thing is rapid, boots PC from stone cold up in morning into seconds (Windows 8)

Lastly by no means least...a GPU. By far the most exciting component to research and probably the most controversial part! Weeks and weeks looking at videos on YouTube, online reviews, and hundreds of benchmarks comparing many graphics cards across many games. My original choice was a GTX 780 TI but I have been swayed towards the GTX 980 for future proofing in mind. This part that is not actually in that my system at the minute, this will be purchased in the coming weeks.

Realising I had pretty much completed my WishList, I threw this all on pcpartpicker.com and lo and behold.... no compatibility issues! What luck, every single one of my chosen items will all seem to be in unison! I also so seem to have ended up leaning towards a red and white themed colour scheme.

The only thing that I have bought in this build that is not brand new, top of the line and still sealed in factory packaging is a monitor. I picked up a 27" ProLite X2783HSU on the cheap for £50 form a friend of a friend. Its full 1080p with 1m/s response time, great contrast and brightness.

I also ordered some LED lighting from eBay but did not realise what connection I needed, I purchased five or six hoping that I would be up to plug something into a hole or socket somewhere or other!

All that was needed now was order the damn thing! It took a few weeks for everything to arrive, and during this time anticipation was immense. I was hooked on researching more reviews on the parts that I had bought and looking more in-depth to over-clocking and looking at more benchmarks for my graphics card to get an idea of what kind of power house I was going to be creating.

Finally, D-Day was here! With a huge stack of boxes on my dining room table I set to work. Following a vague guide on YouTube on how to install a MB, CPU, PSU, RAM and how the hell to link up all the cables!

4 Coffees, 15 Cable Ties, 4 flesh wounds, and 5 hours later...it was done..phew!

I called upon my stepdad who was next carpenter to do some rearranging in my bedroom to fit in a custom desk to house my creation i'm provide a comfortable one in gaming environment.

This whole journey has been one massive learning experience and I feel like I have taken on board a mighty amount of knowledge that I would deem priceless.

I would like to thank all the guys at Tom's hardware for the expert reviews, write-ups and fantastic question answering. It is a bit strange that during this whole build I chose to use Tom's hardware as a knowledge volt during my build but didn't actually have to wants answer a question that hadn't already been asked and expertly answered!

Please feel free to ask any questions you wish or even if you think you have a way that I may be able to set this up or make any modifications to this better my system, please please comment and let me know your opinions or thoughts.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't answer for this person, but when it comes to my builds, I've researched the heck out of them. I research each individual part, even the power supply and fans, cpu cooler etc. and how they might all fit together. Part of that is I'm planning on a small itx case, so everything needs to be thought out, and the other is for my personal build I'm planning to do liquid cooling which requires even more research. Along with overclocking and sleeving of cables, I've lost count of how much I've read/looked up. The opinions of others (especially on pcpartpicker) has helped a bunch too.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

When you get in to it, you get in to it!

The difference between (in my mind) a first build and a sixth is for a lot of people, they know next to nothing about computers. I remember sitting down and studying for my A+ cert and reading about the history of sockets and the year they were introduced and what form factor was popular when. I was playing with computers long before I actually went for my cert and had experience with parts and what goes where, but I couldn't have told you how a CPU is able to understand what you are typing in to it.

For a first build, do you dive into all the knowledge that's out there, about how it works and why it works, or do you find a few pieces of a puzzle that will go together and then marvel that it does what you want it to.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If your going for the color scheme of your case a deluxe would've been better

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What chair do you have?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/evershine_uk/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

This seller on eBay puts them on auctions and some go for as low as £30 with free delivery :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude nice chair, where'd you get it?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

This is prolly one of my favorite cases of all time nice job

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats with the wrong cpu box?

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Coulda got a 980ti at that price and you'll need an additional hard drive/SSD if you are gaming.

Nice build though, no complaints.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

BOB please stop spamming stupid comments like "you couldve got a 980ti" you said that to a guy whose build. Was for VIDEO EDITING not even gaming. And then you yelled at him for buying so many fans like wtf. If you're going to comment read the description. NO ONE NEEDS A 980TI FOR ONE MONITOR 1080p gaming

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

What are you on about? yelled at who about fans???? I think you're the one who needs to learn to read. Why would I yell at someone for fans?!? More fans = better cooling.

"You couldve got a 980ti" is a legit comment when there is currently £2 difference in price between the HOF 980 and the 980ti. I never mentioned gaming for the 980, I was talking about HDD. The ti better specs would actually help for rendering mentioned video editing so again my comment is valid.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

hey rajmahual... I think you are the one who's yelling atm. CAPS bro? Bob's comment is legit. He didn't criticize the build. he said "Nice build, no complaints." he simply asked why he didn't get a 980 Ti instead as it just came out and is better. it's the builders choice. all he needed was a nice explanation. there's no harm in asking.

I find it funny that two legit nice questions get downranked but rajma's CAPS yell gets upranked... gg.

"Please feel free to ask any questions you wish or even if you think you have a way that I may be able to set this up or make any modifications to this better my system, please please comment and let me know your opinions or thoughts."

That shows how nice and willing to answer questions Cream_bean is. No harm in asking even if you all think a 980 Ti isn't needed...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This is correct but I do understand where he's coming from. A 980TI WOULD...be better....if it was needed. If money was actually no object that this would be the case, I'm happy with my already overpowered graphics card to power my massively Underperforming monitor lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Again as mentioned in a comment below, given the fact that I only have a 1080p screen at 60 Hz, The 980 should take me well above 60 frames even on the high setting. In a few years time if I was to expand my interests in video editing for more than just a hobby, I would definitely be considering a 980TI correct :) A second SSD is on the menu, a 500 GB, possibly a third one of these the house even more tomfoolery!

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

was gonna ask the same questions. when did you get the 980? if you got it within 30 days, return it and get the 980 Ti lol.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello Velspec, my 980 is actually coming off of Amazon at a cost of £360 brand new. I was debating and I need to TI but was thinking maybe slightly overkill despite the fact that I do not have a 4K screen, or even a 1440 screen for that matter! Just good old 100 frames a second on my 60 Hz 1080p hahah. A monitor will be next on my list, just dont know to go down the G-Sync road :S thanks for the comments though

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Bean, it explains a lot about the ti vs non ti if you spent £360. I was thinking you spent £510ish so thats why i asked. Have fun!

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