Hello all, im soon to be 15 and this is my first build I was desperate for as I have been using a laptop as a console for almost 2 years now. I plan on picture/video editing and internet browsing but mostly gaming. I used a crucial m550 SSD which boots be up to Windows 10 technical preview in under 12 secs. Neat for my budget!
My budget was £500 including monitor and peripherals and part prices are more expensive in the UK so it was a real challange. My room is only 7x8 feet (still beats sharing :D) and my bed takes up over half of it. Everything is wall mounted to make use of vertical space.
CPU: Intel Pentuim G3258 (temporarily overclock to 4.2ghz) I was skeptical about using a dual core for games knowing that next gen consoles have 8 cores. The CPU cost me £47 and is absolutely worth every penny. I haven't adjusted the voltage any and used the MSI BIOS to take it up to 4.2ghz. Games run perfectly stable and other applications have no delay. I also went with the pentium because I hear the intel "broadwell" CPU'S will use the LGA 1150 socket so I wont need a new mobo and can get a new i5 some time in 2015.
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Not really much to say. CPU temps never above 50c. Cant hear it much at all. only downside is its a little too big for the case and one of the 8 heat pipes scratches against the side window. Dosn't bother me much though.
MOTHERBOARD: MSI Z97 PC MATE LGA1150 Great great board. Only advice is double check the instructions as I put the wrong screws in the mobo standoffs and it rounded them meaning the board and screws were stuck in. it was a risky job with the pliers but everythings good now.
RAM: 1x4gb Corsair Vengence 1600mhz CAS 9 I monitor RAM usage in all my games and ive never seen them go above 3gb. (I mainly play older games like skyrim, Borderlands 2 and Far Cry 3. I have no intention of playing any of the new crap so I dont need more. I would have got 8gb but the price of RAM shot up in the UK. I suppose it didnt help everything was bought inbetween Black friday and Cyber monday so there were no sales :P oh well.
SSD: Crucial M550 128GB 2.5" SSD As I mentioned before I can load Windows 10 in about 12 secs so the things rapid. filled it in less than 1 day. Enough said. HDD: WD 1TB Its a western digital not a segate barracuda but oh well. cheap and cheerful. Gets used a lot now my SSD is full
GPU: MSI Power Edition 7850 2gb Its MSI not gigabyte but its not on this site anymore. I got this thing used for £60 and its great. Gives me solid fps even on metro last light on high. Considering crossfiring but i would need a bigger PSU. Runs games that are a few years old brilliantly. Love it
PSU: cheap, lovely cables, cheap, nice box. Did i mention it was cheap?
Monitor:24" Benq 1080p something or other Got a display model for £80. Its brilliant compared to a shite 768p 15" laptop 1080P is so good. Maybe I will try 4k when im older that would be nice
Case: Zalman r1 (not Z1 my fault) I cant praise this enough for the price. The cable managements crap but it comes with 3 fans (one of which is LED) and other fancy junk like a GPU supporting bar (which i didnt install) brilliant window and looks amazing The 212 just about fits but the case is smaller than i was expecting. 10/10
Peripherals: Microsoft sidewinder x4. Cost me £25 at CEX used. decent but hard to type on. The mouse is the hp x4000 wireless mouse which is the most comfortable thing I have ever used. Brilliant. I would like to get a corsair hs40 headset but its my bday in a week so I might get money of relatives.
Excuse the crap cable management and please ask any questions you may have. Thanks for reading guys