I have been an avid PC gamer for almost 2 years now, but when I bought my PC I literally went to Best Buy and threw my 1000 dollars at whatever was worth 1000 dollars. Worst decision ever.
After the first 6 months of gaming on that PC I realized that my games weren't running at the "OMG 60FPS 1080P ULTRA SETTINGS" that I expected a 1000 dollar computer to run at. 1000 dollars is a lot of money.
I then started to realize how HORRIBLE the parts in my computer were. I'm running an i7 4790s which is really good but absolutely unnecessary for gaming. This spiked the price of my PC a lot when I could've gone with an i5 and put the money to my GPU, which was a 750.
I started getting EXTREMELY interested in hardware, and learning how exactly everything worked and what price/performance was etc. I became extremely confident in building PC's, even though I had never built one. I've upgraded from a 750 to a 960, and a 350w to a 500w. I will upload my build with pics on Christmas because there are gonna be some major upgrades going into it ;)
One day my friend called me on Skype and said "Hey, you know a lot about PC's, I wanna build one." He then went on to say that he had a budget of 800 dollars. I swiftly went on to PCPartPicker and put it together for him! He said that he knew what Skylake was, and that he wanted that no matter what. I tried to tell him that the price per performance was with the 4690k, but he was set on getting the "newest and bestest" hardware. Since this wasn't my PC, I didn't care. I made my final tweaks to the parts, then sent him the link.
Then he bought all the parts right there.
Didn't think twice, just dropped 850 dollars on a PC. It was one of the strangest but coolest things I had ever seen in my life. This was my chance to finally build a PC!
A week later, he got all his parts, and I went to his house. Now we finally get into the build (if you're even still reading this).
CPU installation, easy. RAM installation, easy. Cooler, pretty easy, but it took a lil bit of pressure and it was scary.
RANT TIME! F THIS CASE AND F THIS IO SHIELD!
We literally sat there for 30 minutes trying to shimmy the motherboard into the IO shield. We just couldn't get it to go through. After a while we said f this and literally bent the IO shield into letting us do what we wanted. Don't worry, we didn't break anything. This case didn't come with standoff preapplied so sadly my friend (before I came to help him) tried to install the motherboard without standoffs. He said he heard a crunching/cracking noise. Lmao. Anyways, there are also no 2.5 inch bays, which means we had to put in a ghetto 2.5 inch bay from his old PC into his new one, if he ever has to move his PC it will slide out. The fans included with the case are low quality and use molex power connectors. Ugly. This case is NOT user friendly and I would NOT recommend. Just get a 450D.
Despite his motherboard making a cracking noise and us running into some slight issues, everything worked! We booted it on and it ran perfectly! We installed all the drivers and could jump into GTA V within 30 minutes (he just took the HDD out of his old system and threw it into this one, no reinstallation was done).
It runs GTA V between high/ultra settings 1080p. That's the only tests I could conduct because I had to go home almost right after we finished building it.
I don't know how to write conclusions so all I'm gonna say is I BUILT A PC AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!