This was my very first PC build ever! I pretty much followed the guide on YouTube by 'Easy PC Builder' step by step to show me what I was doing. I must admit i was a bit scared as i've never done anything like this before!
I work from home and needed a computer capable of editing videos on GoPro studio and watching these @ 1080p 60fps.
My main aim was to keep everything neat, tidy and easy on the eye so i've tried to be as careful as possible with my cable routing etc. I've routed the remaining un-used cabling in the un-used hard drive spaces and plan to put some black plastic sheet over the front to hide this at a later date (i'll update when i've done this)
I've been working from an old Acer Aspire laptop so the speed is amazing to me although to most of you guys om here this would be a very basic build.
I was lucky to have been bought the RAM, SSD, Case, PSU and CD drive for christmas which helped towards the costs and meant I could afford a few nice bits myself. I thing the overall cost incl. the presents was around £600
Comments welcome guys! I'm happy to receive criticism and comments to help me improve the build and any advise on building computers in general! :-)
Edit 13/1/16 - I have now hid the wiring in spare hard drive slots and back panel by using a sheet of black plasticard. See pictures 1 and 2 for comparison. It looks slightly neater now! I've kind of got the bug now and might even add some orange LED's to the case at a later date! :-)
I was going to build a fairly cheap basic build based on the AMD FX-6350 but eventually decided on the Intel as i have the possibility to upgrade to an I7-4790K in the future. For the work I do this seems to be quick enough.
I did have a look but couldn't find many other people using this on there build but I liked the look of it and for £16 I thought I probably couldn't go wrong! In the future I might look to upgrade the CPU, overclock and go down the water cooler route but for now this seems to be keeping my temps down! It's a little bit of a faff to fit as the backing plate doesn't screw directly to the motherboard and you have to do a bit of balancing to get everything to fit! This comes with all necessary fittings, a small tube of paste etc. and for the money it seems to be doing a fairly good job! I am not a gamer so can't comment on temps when under heavy load but so far I haven't seen temps over 45 degrees when editing and playing videos. Personally i think it's a good looking bit of kit, it's very quiet and seems to be well made. The kit does come with spare clips and rubber strips so a second fan can be fitted to exhaust out the back for better cooling. There is no interference with RAM and the cooler is fairly short so would fit in a much smaller case.
If i'm brutally honest my main reason for picking this was because it's pleasing on the eye, has all of the features I was looking for and has a very simple and easy to use BIOS! Fan speeds, initial boot etc. all very easy to set up!
I guess this does exactly what it says on the tin! It fit's in well with my mainly black theme and does the job well.
I wanted a small, cheap SSD to load Windows and basic every day programs to and this ticked all boxes. Boot up is very fast.
A lot of builds seem to use this as it is tried and tested (and also very cheap). Does the job and will be used for my main storage of music, videos etc.
I needed a GPU capable of editing 1080p @ 60fps video's. This seems to do the job very well, it's easy on the eye and comes with a GPU tweaker CD to speed things up. I haven't used the CD yet but so far so good!
I had looked at cheaper cases but eventually chose this as it had 3 fans already fitted, dedicated SSD slots, lots of room for wires and mainly IT'S ORANGE! The build quality is fairly good although I have had issues with the back fan sticking. I've currently set this to 100% and it does spin up OK now. I'm going to get in contact with Corsair to see if they will send me a replacement. Everything on the case is tool-less which makes fitting components very easy!
I'm sure everyone will tell me that this isn't a great PSU but I didn't want to spend £££ on something I didn't need. The 550w power supply should be fine for my components and this does come with a 3 year warranty.
Not alot to say about this. It is fairly noisy when the disk is first inserted but does quiet down after. It all works fine so i'm happy with this.
Wireless Network Adapter
So far so good! My main reason for buying this is i like the ability to connect to my HP printer via wifi. Connection to my router is consistant and I have no issues on the 5GHZ frequency.