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This was my first ever Gaming PC build. My friend helped me make this badboy (Basically did it for me xD). I'm really happy with the overall build and it looks amazing. I went with the un-original Red and black build. This PC will be used for light gaming - games such as DAYZ, Minecraft, GTA V, CSGO - as well as college work in Graphic design. Here you can find some images of the completed build as well as the reasoning of choice for each part. Please feel free to comment and provide advice or tips below!

CPU- A solid budget CPU. I had this in my crappy pre-built DELL computer - which to be fair has done me well - but this CPU is amazing. Sadly, as I've said before, I've been buying these parts for over a year, so at the time I didn't know about Skylake so I just chose haswell. Still, I know I'm going to get an amazing performance with this CPU for a great price. In the future I will look towards upgrading this to Skylake or a i7 which can be overclocked!

CPU COOLER- Didn't know too much about it accept my friend said it was really good. Had it for a while now and is cool as a cucumber. Also looks aesthetically nice in my opinion too.

MOBO- Brought it before I'd heard of skylake. Didn't know too much about it accept that it can overclock (which I'm looking to upgrade my CPU in the future to do so), that it was made by MSI and was rated one of the best motherboards for the price at the time, and that it was red and black which matched my color scheme! Since having my PC, it has done everything I need it to. Comes with awesome software which allows me to control the fans and LED's of my graphics card.

RAM- Picked this single 8gb RAM stick up for under £30 at the time! I knew that HyperX was a good choice from recommendations from friends, it was Red, and it was on offer so It ticked all the boxes. Again, If I knew about Skylake at the time, then I'd probably have DDR4 but oh well. In the future I'm looking to add another 8GB stick, the same as this one.

STORAGE: HDD- Fairly quick, does the job with plenty of storage. This keeps most my programs on as well as all my photos, documents, music and videos. Picked this up for around £41 knowing that it was going to do what it supposed to do and that it was going to be long lasting - hopefully- by going with Western Digital.

SSD- Lightning quick. Never knew how good these really were. My PC boots up in under 10 seconds. I have installed, my games, some apps as well as my OS and boot up. Really recommend this SSD and an SSD in general.

GPU- It was either this or the 480. I was in two minds. Black Friday came and this card was on offer; the MSI one which I wanted. It was a steal for me coming at £195. Some people say 3GB isn't enough for the future but for what I need it for, it is. I don't do that many intense games and all the games I play run over 60fps which I wanted. As well as this, this GPU is fantastic for editing as I take Graphics at college and is perfect for Photoshop and other designing software.

CASE- My favorite case ever! I wanted this case since day dot. So good for cable management and made it easy for me and my friend to cable manage. This case is so spacious and not to mention so good looking. This is also perfect for future upgrades and any modifications I make.

PSU- Didn't really know to much about this bad boy. Managed to pick it up on offer and it's been decent. Not very loud and has plenty of juice for future modifications. As well as this, Corsair are a fantastic and reliable company so what's not to love about it. Only down point is I wished I was have gone with a Semi-Modular PSU as I have loads of spare cables and they look really ugly. In the future, I may consider buying so extra cable sleeves or a higher Watt PSU depending on the changes I make.

FANS- This case already come with two fans from NZXT. They can't really be seen so it doesn't matter to me. As well as this they actually are really efficient. On the other hand, my two Corsair fans are golden. They can be seen and look amazing! These bad boys are also really efficient. Only problem is that when building, my friend placed the fan the wrong way but it doesn't really matter as I can only see this looking at it from a certain angle.

LEDS- This is awesome! Nice and bright, but not too bright. Has options to change brightness and to turn them off.

Future upgrades: New Keyboard, Mouse, Mouse mat, Desk LED's, headset/mic.

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty nice man. Reading your comments on each part you sound just like me when I build my first pc lol. I had no idea what I was doing if I'm being honest. Looking back I wish I would have done some things differently but all together I'm fairly happy with it. My parts are similar to the ones you have now just different as I went with an AMD R9 280 3gb for my GPU. I have had zero issues with only have 3gb of vram so I don't think you'll have a problem. I'm going do a completely new build here in about 2 months or so and I cannot wait! Gonna spend a little more this time but I plan to keep it for a while.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/TPxhFd

I attached my new build I'm going to do. I already have a second SSD I'm going to use as extra storage and go a new Corsair K70 RGB keyboard as my mechanical keyboard now is missing 2 keys.... and its ugly as sin tbh.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers for the feedback bro! And yeh, haven't had any issues so far, I'm pretty sure 3gb is plenty for me and I'll have to check that out bro, good luck!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! However, my question is why you bought a Z97 MOBO with a locked CPU. I feel that you could've gotten an H97 for cheaper, and is more fit for a i5 4460.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

He said that he might upgrade to a 4790k later.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

As I mentioned below, I brought this for the pure fact that when I upgrade in the future. It was also red and black so It was a win win - Just thinking about the future here. I would've got an LGA1151 board, but at the time I got this, I didn't know about Skylake. Thanks for the feedback!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the cpu cooler was installed sideways and you can see it is blocking some of the ram slots. That is also being said that you have to install your ram stick in dimm 4 slot which you are not supposed to do. You always want to install the ram in dimm 2 slot first, dimm 4 slot next. I would say fix the positioning of the cpu cooler fan and install your ram in dimm 2 and dimm 4 slots.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU cooler can go anyway, it doesn't matter, my friend put it that way purely for better cooling as it would be a waste putting it facing towards another fan. And I never knew about the ram positioning could be a problem, what can it do? And cheers for the feedback bro!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

the ram gotta be put in the dimm 2 slot. so i would say change the direction of the cpu cooler and reverse the case fan as well so you have the same flow of air.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How come it's gotta be in dimm 2 though? I haven't had any problems with it at all? And I'll look into that bro cheers

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very solid $1000 build. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers bro!