The monitor is great! There is a 144hz version for a bit more though. Imo it looks good for a tn panel and went well with the rest of the setup.
Thanks! if I had the budget I'd put more recent/powerful hardware in there. I reckon the case will stay with me for a long time though :) its fun to work with.
Thanks! That PSU I'm actually surprised worked as long as it did in the original machine tbh heh. It was mainly everything being so tightly knit and lack of airflow - mainly no case fans that ruined it for me. The monitor was old and I couldn't afford a new one for a while :)
I saw the price and couldn't say no. 12gb is a solid amount :D an SSD is probably next on the list. The 540 has a caddy above the PSU for a few 2.5" drives, although the motherboard is sata 3gbps :(
Yeah I had considered it but I already went and got a freesync monitor and can't be bothered with the hassle. I'm happy with 1080p atm :)
Damn that CPU temp is high! Love the small form factor +1
PC building is an art form and this is one of the most creative things I have ever seen. Great job! +1
I've been doing a build over time too, picked up an i5 3570 for £65 a few months ago. I don't remember the amount of times i double and triple checked to make sure the bios version would support the new Ivy bridge from a Sandy bridge. +1 for effort :)
+1 for portability ;)
I had a similar issue with the RAM, only when i upgraded my i3 2130 to an i5 3570 i realised one stick was 1600mhz and the 1333 was later swapped out - otherwise they would both run at the lowest speed. I also had a similar experience with monitors too, an old Dell monitor i had at one point i thought was going to fall apart hehe. +1 for creativity and creating a budget PC experience that fulfills your needs :D