This is my PC. Just your average mid-level gaming PC.
Back in 2014, I had a MacBook Air 2013 model that I found to be not half bad, as it met my needs (decent gaming laptop, good for school work, etc.), but then my cousin spilled water on it, and we weren't able to recover it... So, I had to buy a cheap Dell laptop that had an Intel Core i5-520M. Horrible situation, right? Well, if it weren't for my cousin spilling water on my MacBook, I probably wouldn't have bought that Dell, which was the reason I wanted to build a computer, as it was HORRIBLE. After a week of using the Dell laptop, I was already complaining to one of my friends about how crappy it was. Heck, I couldn't even play Minecraft with him anymore, let alone other games that I had, like CS:GO, Portal 2, etc. Then, he told me about the glorious and magnificent pcpartpicker.com, and how I could build a computer. When I got home from school that day, I immediately went on to pcpartpicker.com, and I started picking out parts for a potential computer. I figured I would have to wait half a year for my birthday to come around, so I would have enough money for the PC. So, for the rest of the school year, I would come home from school, wait 2-3 minutes for my laptop to boot up (yes the boot time was that slow), and then go on pcpartpicker.com to look at potential parts for my potential computer. Then, my birthday came around, and by then I had enough money to build my own computer. The long 6 months had been over. I could finally build my own computer. After 6 months of deciding on potential parts, I finally made up my mind on the parts that would go into my computer.
For the CPU, I went with an Intel Core i5-4690K, because it was a pretty good processor, and I figured it would easily be able to handle the games I play.
For the CPU Cooler, I decided to go with some cheap cooler that had good reviews, because I did not really want to invest in some fancy $100 water cooler.
For the Motherboard, I wanted a Gigabyte board, because from what I heard, Gigabyte boards are good for dealing with dual-booting (I plan on buying an SSD so I can do that soon). I found the Gigabyte Gaming 5, and it seemed like it was pretty good for the price, so I went with it. But, the mobo is not the normal atx size, which was a real pain for me to deal with while building this computer. IT TOOK ME 4 HOURS TO GET THE MOBO SCREWED INTO THE CASE! 4 HOURS!!! In order for me to get the thing screwed in, I had to use all kinds of different screws that came with the case...
For the RAM, I just wanted a good 8GB stick of memory. This fit the bill perfectly.
For the Storage, I went with an SSHD because I wanted to have a lot of storage space, and I wanted a little bit of SSD space too. And when I found a combo deal for this SSHD with the RAM that I wanted on Newegg, I bought the combo immediately, because I found it to be a pretty good deal. The only thing that bothers me is that the noise it makes sometimes... It literally sounds like there is a thunderstorm at my desk...
For my GPU, I wanted a graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. At first, I didn't think I would have enough money to get one, so I was originally going to go with a 750 Ti. But, when I realized I had enough money for a 4GB 960, I was instantly buying the card.
For the Case, i just wanted a nice looking mid-tower case, and I found this sexy beast. The 'Phantom' design is great, the chassis has a nice finish that makes it look really slick. The window on the side is pretty nice too. My only complaint with this is that the case fans seem to never turn on, even though I hooked the fan controller cable into the PSU cable for it.
For the PSU, I just wanted a power supply with at least 500W, 80+ Bronze efficiency, and semi-modular (if not modular) cables. It was the perfect power supply for me.
For the Monitor, I just wanted a monitor that had a resolution of 1920 x 1080, an IPS panel, and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The monitor is great, and 60 Hz is really nice. On a side note, pcpartpicker.com lists this monitor of having a response time of 6 ms, but the manual for the monitor says 4 ms.
In conclusion, this is a great PC that does what I want it to. I can finally play the games I like in 60 FPS easily, even at high/max settings. I can also finally play games with my friend (who also built a computer himself). Overall, this is a great PC, and anyone looking into building computers should definitely do it, as the experience was great (but a bit frustrating at the same time).
Also, the reason why it is called 'The Particle Accelerator' is because I have a strong interest in physics, and my computer is pretty fast, just like a particle accelerator.
Thanks for reading my essay about this, and have a good day/night! :)
Great processor for anything, really. I can play games at high/max settings with 60 fps easily. It can also render videos pretty quickly too.
This cooler gets loud under load, but it does its job well.
Great motherboard, except I had a hard time getting this board to be fixed in the case, as it is smaller than a normal ATX size, but bigger than a micro ATX size.
Great stick of RAM.
It has a lot of storage, and the SSD part of it is very fast. My only complaint is that it makes it sound like there is a thunderstorm at my desk sometimes.
Amazing GPU that lets me play on high/max settings in games without lag at 60 FPS.
Very nice looking case that does its job.
This thing needs to learn how to be quiet..
Great 1920 x 1080 monitor that has a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The response time is actually 4 ms, even though it says 6 ms.