My old Windows i3-4030U laptop suddenly died, so I figured it was a good opportunity to finally tackle my first ever PC build. This is a practical, budget-ish (around $900 CAD) build for productivity, occasional 1080p gaming (got a great deal on the GPU) and sparse Lightroom editing, not many extra bells and whistles. After these photos were first taken, I've since added another 8GB ram, a Seagate 2TB HDD drive, flipped the PSU fan to the bottom, cleaned up the cable management and plan to upgrade the stock cooler (I have a Noctua in my cart).
Overall, I really enjoyed the building process and outcome of my first custom PC, she runs great for my needs. However, I'm already thinking of even further upgrades or just a newer, more powerful build altogether, ha.
Didn't have the need or budget for a 3000 series processor, picked up the 2600 for great price-to-performance.
Solid quality board at its price point with enough connectivity and i/o options for my needs. Decent BIOS and ready to go for my 2600
Honestly, this was on sale at my local computer shop and I was on a budget. Suits my needs
Boot disk - cheap, cheerful and reliable
Mostly for docs, photos and games. A bit louder than expected at times, but generally happy with it
Best score of my build IMHO, bought slightly used for $155 CAD+tax and runs very well at this price. I haven't put this card through heavier testing or more intensive games yet, but happy with performance so far
This was the toughest part of my build. I bought this brand new from a well-known retailer, but it came without a paper manual inside the box, digital manual on the manufacturer's website and never got one after I emailed them directly requesting a copy. I bought this on sale and was anxious to get this build going, so I moved ahead without one. The 3.5" cage (bottom) and optical drive cage (top) are pop riveted, no M3 screws. I can only add one 120mm fan on the front panel, potentially two if I remove the drive cages. Thermals and airflow are OK considering this sees moderate use. The cable management inside the case is OK but may add cable supports around the motherboard. But at less than $50 I expected some compromises, so ¯\(ツ)/¯
Solid build quality, lower noise levels even at load, enough power for potential upgrades down the road. This was one part of my build I was told not to scrimp on (fully modular, 80 gold), and I'm glad I stuck with it. Being fully modular made working with the harder-to-cable-manage case much easier
Low to moderate noise levels and decent performance. On sale at $12 each, they're fine