Hello there, I recently got into the idea of building my own PC last summer when I got tired of watching YouTubers playing PC games. I then spent the next few months educating myself on how a computer works, what parts our necessary and how to pick the best parts. It took a lot of hours researching each and every part until eventually I came up with this build. I already had the PS4 from 3 years ago and I got the XboxOne to replace the PS4 due to more of my friends playing the Xbox, I'll be selling the PS4 so I can buy a graphics card and because it's not needed anymore.
(The pictures show how I started it out and how I improved my cable management as I went on)
I wanted to build a PC that would be easy enough to upgrade and would allow me to play some games at High-Ultra with 40-60 fps. It also had to be portable enough so I could take it around with me when I go round to my friends or my dad's . I also wanted it look proper, like it had been built by professionals who know what they are doing.
I started out with just the CPU, the motherboard, the ram, the SSD, the case and the psu. I didn't get the rest until about a month later as I figured since I had some money laying around I would put it into the PC.
Everything went smoothly enough, except my case came with two broken case feet, but Thermaltake sent me out two replacements free of charge which took only four days to get to me. Originally I had tried to cable manage from the start, but I had made it too difficult for myself as I was trying to route the cables in the worst places possible. I recently decided to get the zip ties out again and try to finish my mess, I think the outcome is pretty good?
Other than the case problem everything went well, the PC booted from the USB and I installed Windows 10. Then I started to panic as my PC wasn't detecting my router and I couldn't find the WiFi settings. I asked my friend who had built a few computers, and he told me to use my old Surface Pro (1st Gen) to download the WiFi drivers and all the other needed drivers onto the USB and open them up on my PC. Once I had done this everything else worked, my PC found my router and since then I haven't had any problems with my PC.
I also decided to make my own homemade dust filters out of some magnetic sheets and some fiberglass mesh and a bit of super glue, they came out pretty good and catch a fair amount of dust. I also bought a pwm splitter so I could hook up all of my case fans to one header and control it through the bios. When I installed the 80mm fans they rubbed against each other, so I fixed this problem by loosing some of the screws.
So I think I did alright, did I pick the best parts, within reason? Also, I was considering getting either a used gtx 970 for around £110-£140 or getting the new gtx 1070 if it is around £270, what are your thoughts on that? Also, I am from Northern Ireland so I couldn't get some of the better parts eg. Cryorig M9i shipped to me as we are considered "not Mainland UK" and to ship some things here would cost the price of the part I am buying, so because of this I tried to buy everything off of www.amazon.co.uk as they will mostly deliver to me either free or a small charge. Also, one last question. I have my CPU locked at 3.6ghz so that it doesn't jump around. Is there anyway to increase that on my motherboard? Or if I had wanted to do that, would I have had to get a Z170 motherboard? I didn't want to overclock initially, but I'm just wondering if I can lock it at 3.9ghz or higher than 3.6ghz.
Cheers for all your help PCPartpicker and thanks to anyone who directly helped select my parts.
Great processor for gaming and general tasks. I got it for the price of the i5 6500.
It's a great cooler, but I had to oil the fan with sewing machine oil because it was buzzing at low rpm. It's fixed now but the fact that I had to do it is why I'm docking two stars. I'd get the Cryorig M9i if you can instead of this.
Great motherboard, works like a charm. Had no trouble with this and the bios was easy to use. I got this because it was cheap enough and it had WiFi and Bluetooth.
Nice looking ram
It's very fast for what I need and it's cheap.
I love this case. Love it. It's got plenty of room for all my cables and it is so easily modded, I added my homemade dust filters and in the future I will be able to add water coolers and radiators to the side vents.
The only good modular PSU that doesn't cost £75+ It gives good clean power and was recommended by the pros such as JonnyGuru.
They are quiet once you've set a custom fan curve for them, and my only gripe with the is that I had to loosen the screws for one of them otherwise they would push against each other and cause the blades to hit the plastic ring.
Great accurate mouse, I figured if i was going to try out PC games, I should at least have a good mouse. Only gripe is the first one came with bad sensor rattle so I sent it back to Amazon and they sent me out a new one which luckily didn't have any sensor rattle.
Got these when I got the PS4. They have survived being dropped a few times and are decentish.