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First Budget Build! aka The Death Star!

by oDarthBane


Hi all,

This is my very first build after about 6 months of research, I tried to stay within my budget of £1200 but considering I literally did not have one piece of Microsoft hardware/software, I started from scratch and had to go out and buy new monitor, mouse and keyboard, HDMI cables etc. Anyway, considering it was my first build I thought I did well, with the help of PCPartPicker's YouTube channel it didn't take me very long at all. My build is mainly used for gaming and streaming with a bit of photo and video editing in the background once I get to grips with it.....

I'm on Steam, YouTube and Twitch so feel free to drop me a friend request, sub and follow on all channels.

Hope you all like my build and please feel free to leave feedback on my list and hopefully will see a few of you around online sometime! : )

Oh and I thought I'd put my 'Harry Potter' under the stairs conversion in too (limited on space). xD

UPDATE: Added an additional monitor above my main gaming monitor, planning on adding some LED back lighting, so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know. I've seen the odd one or two on Amazon.


Part Reviews


Good solid CPU for a budget build.


Easy on the eye and BIOS is pretty straight forward.


Fits in well with my red/black theme and no problems installing.


Great amount of GB for the price.


Getting your bang for buck!

Video Card

Beautiful to look at, handles 1080p at ultra without a problem and at the time of purchase it was a great price with either 'For Honor or Wildlands' included.


Beautiful window side panel and case dissembles easy enough.

Operating System

Easy to install.

Sound Card

Software takes a bit of getting used to but easy install and great sound quality.

Wireless Network Adapter

Brilliant performance, my house is quite old and always struggle with Wifi in other rooms but this performs really well!


Can't argue for the price, UK version has a few keys out of place like the '@' sign.

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joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Just for future reference you don't need to buy a sound card unless you're doing something that requires a high quality one since the built in ones on motherboards now are pretty decent. Other than that great job on your first build, it looks pretty awesome.

oDarthBane submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah someone did mention that before buying, I haven't quite yet made the most out of it but I'm sure I will at some point.

Timeman190 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Nice desk upgrade. Love the wood

oDarthBane submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks buddy. I felt bad because there was a concrete slab that had been in he same place for about 35 years (60's wallpaper behind it) but had some spare kitchen worktop left over and I cut it to size!

Seannnnnnn27 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

put your pc under the desk it seems a bit cramped in there otherwise great pc

oDarthBane submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

It is cramped tbh xD I've been looking for a little something to raise it off the floor as I have a 18 month old boy and a dog that like to mess around with things that light up.... plus it's too pretty to not look at!

Seannnnnnn27 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

oh.... I see goodluck with the dog! my old dog used to lick everything it sees..

MythicalBeasley 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build, i'm currently doing research into pc building and I am expecting to build a pc (mainly for gaming) within a couple of months. Do you have any tips or did you run into any problems I should know about?

oDarthBane submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Just make sure you keep researching, don't worry about asking for people's advice on what a particular piece of hardware might be for. Set your budget and go from there, I knew I'd want to spend a bit on my graphics card so I built my budget around that. Make sure you have all the right tools first ie. anti-static wrist strap, screwdriver set and check YouTube for guides and part comparison. Good luck in your build, I'll keep an eye out for it.

Dovah17 1 point 22 months ago

Nice build, i like it

How do you like the motherboard, i considering it for my build.

oDarthBane submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Sorry for the delay...

It's good, BIOS is really easy to get around and was easy to install all necessary components. The only downside is the LED lighting isn't very bright and unnoticeable but that's being picky!

LEMONMELON76 1 point 4 months ago

Why the stock cooler? There are extremely cheap after market air coolers?

xSaud_24 1 point 2 months ago

Are you still happy with the Seagate ST2000DM006 and do u recommend it ?

oDarthBane submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

It's not caused me any problems so far.

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