Description

I knew nothing about building a PC about a month ago - but I was off work, housebound and a bit bored. Our old computer was on its last legs and I was fearful that it could die at any time and we'd be PC-less. How would we cope?

I bit the bullet and decided to build one and, thanks to this website (and those people who post "how to build a pc" videos on YouTube), I've succeeded in building something that actually works (touch wood). Due to time constraints, and my total lack of knowledge, I've totally relied on positive feedback from others on the quality/performance of a component. I have to say I'm very pleased with the result.

We're not gamers (yet!) - we mainly use the PC for internet/YouTube/homework - but I wanted a machine that would, to some degree, be reasonably up-to-date and offer the potential for some upgrading in the future. I had a budget of about £800, which was probably what I spent on the old computer (about 8 years ago!). I also wanted something that was fairly small and tidy.

Part Reviews

CPU

It seems to work just fine - as a non-gamer, I was not interested in anything more spectacular, and it fitted my budget. The stock cooler seems very quiet and efficient - although I am comparing it with our old PC which sounded like the air-conditioning in a car being put on full blast.

Motherboard

Very nice - because it's so tiny, it's fairly easy to understand what everything is, and where everything goes. The Asus Easy-Bios is an absolute joy for a novice like me - shows all the fans are working in a lovely, reassuring graphic of a spinning fan (obviously) and it's very easy to rearrange the boot-up order.

Memory

Chosen because of lots of positive reviews and the price seemed ok. Works fine.

Storage

Again, positive reviews and price - although this is so cheap, I wonder if I shouldn't have gone bigger.

Storage

According to Amazon, the most popular (and highly rated) selling component of its kind - what more do you need to know?

Video Card

I'm guessing this component might confuse people - it's obviously way too much for a non-gaming PC (but in the future who knows what we'll be playing) and I could have gone for the 2GB version and saved more money. I was relieved to hear that the fans only come on when the graphics are more demanding - that's probably why I've never heard them!

Case

This case is ace!!! I was on the verge of ordering the Prodigy, when I saw this. I believe, internally, that it's almost identical. The stripe (which can change colour!) was the selling point (mainly because I'm childish and shallow). Everything is well made (and it's not expensive) - comes with all the expected screws and cables.

Power Supply

Why didn't I get a modular power supply? - surely it would have been better when building a mini PC. Well, I was going to until I saw a YouTube video and this bloke said that a non-modular one was better because it actually took up less space in the area at the back of the PSU. Not sure if I was right to do this. This part was chosen due to price and hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon.

Optical Drive

I can't get my old head around why people wouldn't need an optical drive. Haven't the kids today heard of CDs and DVDs? Why this model? Everyone else got one.

Operating System

Everything loaded fine and then I had a very big initial scare due to the automatic updating. I was caught in the dreaded "automatic repair loop". Fortunately, I was able to follow on-screen instructions and everything righted itself (although it did take a while, over an hour). Since then, and touch wood, everything's been fine. Windows 10 itself - as an OS - is very nice. It takes some getting used to for someone who has used XP for years but that's to be expected.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

For a first time build, the construction looks great! Some of the parts are mid-tier, but they should still last for a good while. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

1 month into custom pc build and that's what you pulled? I would say congrats, you did very well!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice of you to say so.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude for that exact same price you could have gotten a msi r9 380 4GB, would have matched your build perfectly but anyway good clean budget build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

with this build it lets you play games such as BF4, CSGO and id say H1Z1 on high and ultra graphics?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been told it's capable of playing most games at 1080p on high settings - but, I'm not a gamer, so can't tell you much more than that.

  • 50 months ago
  • -3 points

Apart form the lower quality PSU and SSD, this looks good.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that low quality? yes its one of the cheapest evga psu's but I was hoping to be getting that PSU for my build? Is it equally as bad as the corsair tier that you hate so much?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - yeah, I might regret "cheaping out" on a few things but time will tell.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, a bit weird, I suppose, but you soon get used to it.