I'm a new PC builder, this is my first build, and upon completing it I was really proud of myself, everything started on the first boot. I did a test boot outside the case as recommended by Newegg, all worked well. Above all though, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!
For the past 15 years I had been mostly using laptops and recently took a renewed interest in gaming, primarily GTA 5 as I love open game play plus driving, flying etc, Also love FSX, Xplane and the likes.
I had a budget of around 800 euros, and I knew I didn't want to go high end. I bought my Asus ROG gaming laptop in 2010 for 1600 euros and sold it recently for... 400... High end components drop in price too fast, not worth it in my opinion. Also I am not interested in resolutions above 1080p which looks plenty crisp to me.
The best mid range CPU for the money I think. I scored it on sale in France for 248 euros. Overclocled to 4.6GHz without a hitch, very stable. I was going to get an i5 6500 at first but later decided the 40 euro premium for this was worth it.
Before stumbling across this one I had chosen the ever so popular 212 Hyper Evo cooler which is cheaper as I paid 47 euros for my H7 (now it's 67 euros!). I was concerned about noise and size, this one seemed better in both areas and since I was building in a Micro ATX form factor, this fit the bill to perfection.
I love everything about this motherboard, it's personal taste probably but I'm all about those golden finishes, they are beautiful, the board has tons of expansion and ports, and at only 129 euros, I thought I scored a deal. The BIOS is very intuitive. You can't go wrong with ASUS!
I wasn't originally planning on going this high end for DDR4 but got these on sale for 83 euros which I though was an amazing deal as normally they are 110+ I'm new to the DDR4 world so not very techy with these but I'm assuming they will do just fine for everything I throw at them.
Love these SSD's period, at 240 euros what else can I say? I don't even have a mechanical drive in my build (yet)
This is a great card, got it for 186 euros. I originally planned on getting the GTX 960 but reviews showed the R9 380 was better and on top of that it was 40 euros cheaper. I give 4 stars because I know this GPU is based on old technology. Still though, plenty for my needs.
For a first time builder, this is an awesome case, everything strips down, plenty of room to build, to tuck away cables and what not, a few points however: - As others have pointed out the PSU bracket is a pain in the derriere, I only stuck with it because I'm a perfectionist but I honestly don't think it's a needed thing to install for PSU's under 750W - I removed the cage with the 3 3.5 inch disk trays to give me more room for cable management, you can fit 4 2.5 inch HDD's or SSD's on the right hand side panel and it's more discrete for cabling I think. - I kept my build horizontal with window panel at the top, this case is amazing, and my build is SUPER quiet, honestly it's quieter than any of the laptops I've ever owned. Got it for 62 euros.
This was probably the most difficult part of my build, I knew nothing about PSU's, I was about to pick a random one with decent reviews when I stumbled across Johnyguru's site, man what a lifesaver, not only did I choose what is probably the best PSU in its category, I paid less than 70 euros for it too!
Very quiet fan, I have the white LED edition mounted as an exhaust. It's very nice looking and quiet.