Description

I had been telling myself I was going to build a gaming computer for about 2 years and decided after much persuation from my friends to finally bite the bullet.

I was trying to do it on a bit of a budget so decided to try and get a couple of second hand parts from CEX (UK second hand shop), used vouchers, cashback and discounted gift cards to help me acheive the price.

The total value including the monitors, and peripherals was £915.25. However the total cost however was £714.66.

I managed to save £200 by cashing in cashback bonuses, buying discounted vouchers and cashing in items I didn't want anymore for instore credit to the second hand shop.

I had quite alot of help both chosing the componentes to add, weighing them up in budget vs output and actually physically building the computer.

I managed to get the full build done in just over 2 nights however diaster struck when I tried to write to one of my HDDs. I got a replacement and while I had the computer opened up again I also installed another Hard Drive that was inside a caddy that I previously used with my laptop. The new drive and the older installed drive are fitted and being used very well.

I had bought a second hand monitor from Gumtree (ads website) whch I was using, however after looking at my finances I decided to upgrade and get a new one which is fantastic.

The computer is now sat snug underneath my computer desk which fits perfectly and doesn’t make the desk untidy. The LEDs, when on, light up the room quite well and give it an awesome ambience when playing on games.

I'll be updating this as in time with pictures and more information.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

That's a remarkable first build man. Like Ryosen25 said, upgrading won't be too difficult later down the road. It took me 3 days to make my first build, with plenty of roadblocks along the way, so be proud! Your friends must be pretty stoked too; I imagine you'll finally be playing games together on equal footing.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

lol my first build took like 12 days cause I broke my mobos socket taking the cpu out to upgrade

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, been playing some older games recently. Excited to get on some new games and running at some decent specs. Thankful for all their help on building it!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it. A very conservative part list with an upgrade path. Smart!!!

Please do add more pictures, I would love to see more pictures of the inside of your PC.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang man, I had a similar experience with mine but for looking for sales and rebates online, mad respect for the thrifty route. Good stuff guy.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I had been saving up a little bit, but still didn't want to spend too much. Managed to get quite lucky with some vouchers and savings but was very happy with the end budget and prices.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build, really nice for a first build, should last a while, might wanna upgrade the GPU though, not hating on the 970 or anything.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, because of the window on the case I didn't want messy cables being shown. So got some nice black velcro ties to make it all look neat.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

more photos.. love it

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, what's the 75hz monitor like? Are the colours good?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It's very bright but I quite like how vivid the colors are. Both me and a friend have it and we are both running it at 75hz with the display port and both like the fact its slightly brighter.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How was the case I’m considering getting it

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Would reccomend it. Love the LED's on the front and because it's a decent size there's plenty of room inside to add more components.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the case like? How many fans included? Cable management? Looking into building in it, trying to see if it’s any good.