This is my first time ever building my own rig. Before starting this endeavor, I knew nothing about the components and effort needed to get started on this. But once I started doing my own research, I learned about PC building and the functions and purposes of all sorts of hardware along the way. In the end, this was a very rewarding experience in building something with hard earned money to receive a fast, strong gaming computer perfect for my needs, compared to my really crappy 5 year old laptop I was trying to game on previously.
I first set out to build the rig itself with a $400 budget, and spent $431.81. However, I didn't have a monitor, keyboard, or any other peripherals, so I clearly had to buy those too. In the end, I paid $617.31 for everything (including tax&shipping) I needed for a desktop set up. This build consisted of only bought parts except for my 500GB HDD, which I took out of my PS4 to put in 1TB in that console. I knew I would need that HDD someday, and I finally put it to use with this build. I also chose not to buy Windows, as I didn't want to spend extra money. I'm using the free Windows 10 version right now, and it works perfectly fine for me.
It took me a long time watching PC building guides and YouTube tutorials to go through with building my own rig as I encountered different problems along the way. The main issue was with installing the RAM, as the motherboard I got only has one locking clip instead of two. I had to install the RAM at certain angles with a good amount of force and many, many times to finally get both sticks installed. Other than that, I had trouble with my case installing my SSD. There are two bays in the case but only came with one tray, so I used that for my HDD and had to install the SSD into a small compartment that felt like it was going to break the SSD during installation. It was a tight fit, but it fit and is working fine.
The only issues I see with the build so far is perhaps adding another HDD if the current fills up too much. Right now, it has half way filled with games and other programs. If I decide to get games that are heavy on GB, then I'll need to buy a new one eventually. I initially planned to get a quad-core CPU, but then I decided to go with the Pentium and lessen the cost of the build, which ended up being a great decision. I'm happy with the Pentium, and it meets my needs.
Overall, I am very happy with this build. Now I see why people emphasize that building a rig is a much better option than going for a pre-build in many aspects. I am able to play a variety of games with very clean and great graphics so far, including Dishonored, EA Star Wars Battlefront, Borderlands 2, etc. This is a dramatic change switching from my laptop to this build.
Good CPU suitable for my needs and works perfectly. Though would love to upgrade to a quad-core CPU sometime in the future.
No issues inserting power cables, CPU, or anything other than issues with installing the RAM. Works great.
I don't know how I lived with 4GB of RAM on my laptop. 8GB is truly the way to go, and no complaints in regard to this.
Extremely fast. Boots my system in a matter of seconds. Not a lot of storage, but I save important programs on it.
Great card, can run graphics on med-high settings and have great gaming performance.
Looks beautiful when running and everything is lit up blue. The built in fans really help keep everything cool. Only complaint is only one tray included to store a HDD/SSD when there are two bays.
Great power supply with no issues. Had a few cables I ddin't need to use, just stuffed it under the storage bays in the case.
Bought refurbished from eBay. Works well, beautiful colors and nice quality. Would buy again to use as a second monitor.
Bought so that the blue color would match with my case and for the media buttons included on the keyboard (play/pause/next/volume settings as I always have music playing). I like the feel of the keyboard keys and is responsive. The mouse feels amazing too. Only complaint is that the blue color is great only in dark settings and doesn't look as great in the light, but without the color on in the light, it's hard to see which keys you're pressing.
Bought used from Amazon and in great quality. No complaints about the sound other than there's not much bass. The headphone jack on it works great but doesn't recognize a mic.