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This was a surprise present for a friend's birthday and it went down very well indeed!

I watched PCPartPicker and compared loads of hardware reviews in the months beforehand to get the very best performance for the price. The target was £300, but Windows tipped it over a fair bit since I wanted to be safe and avoid dodgy eBay resellers, having read about time limited keys and the like.

I was getting a little worried about the screen and left it quite late, but this very nice 19" Acer monitor showed up in a local charity shop for £10. While a widescreen HD screen would be nice, this will do for now as an entry into the world of PC gaming.

The PC went together really well, but I had trouble in that the DVI to VGA converter hit a bit of the case. Weirdly, the case overhangs the PCI-E backpanel by slightly too much for a DVI connector to fit. In the end, since we didn't have any HDMI to VGA converters and the screen was pretty old, I shaved the outer plastic coating off the converter where necessary and connected it up.

It has been running Skyrim and Space Engineers very well so far, though I have yet to test it on a larger screen pushing 1080p.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Never put your motherboard on the antistatic bag. ;_;

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build, and nice friend!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I stopped buying from arctic cooling a while back. I ordered a cpu cooler and 3 fans, every single one of which was broken. The cpu cooler came with NO mounting bracket (yes if that is possible) and 2 of the fans had broken blades/fins whatever you call them and the other one just plain out didn't work. I filled out at least 3 tickets, the first two asking for a refund. I provided the amazon invoice and proved my purchases in so many ways. They stopped responding in customer service and I was out of 70 bucks. Then I called amazon and they agreed to refund my purchase (thank god I ordered it from them and have prime...). Sorry for the essay/review but just trying to see if other people have had this same experience. It doesn't make me to angry that the stuff came broken, its just the fact that they won't give you what you pay for and they won't agree to give your money back or replace the parts (i paid for a working cpu cooler with all the parts that came with it listed yet didn't get one of the most important pieces.)

P.S: again sorry for the essay got carried away...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

great build m8 +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I always +1 generosity.