After 3 years with a trusty i3-4160 and GeForce 750Ti, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Always excited about choosing and putting together a PC and this is my second build from scratch to date.
I originally based this build of the "budget Intel build" listed on this website, but decided to make a few modifications and shopped around a bit for the parts. The general idea when building was to pick parts which were mostly listed as "free delivery" for the whole of the UK i.e. Amazon, Ebuyer etc, as I live in the Highland region of Scotland and delivery charges are usually in excess of £5-£10 which can rack up, especially if you're ordering from several websites which the parametrics tend to default to. Alongside this, I wanted to stray away from my old white/blue colour scheme and ended up (by chance) going for a red/black scheme, which worked out really well!
While I haven't stress tested the machine yet, the idle temperatures seem very good for the time being and I will edit to include the loaded temperatures for those who want to see!
Kid in the image is my modding-enthusiastic little brother, so proud!
Cheap as anything, only heard good things about this CPU and so far performs way above expectations!
A bit of a fiddly setup required as per most aftermarket coolers, but what stood out to me was that there was no paper manual included. You had to go to a website to make sure you were following the procedure correctly which for me as a second time builder only was necessary. Other than that, looks slick and stays very quiet.
Easy to navigate BIOS with plenty options and capabilities for overclocking if you're into that. Red/black scheme fit perfectly with the rest of my build and the red LED strips/lights top it off aesthetically.
Surplus of fan headers, extra DIMM slots for RAM expansion, M.2 slot should the prices for NVMe storage come down, "EZ Debug" LEDs should your POST encounter a problem and 2 PCI-e slots for potential SLI/Crossfire.
RAM is RAM, but I would implore anyone to shop around for a well-known brand such as Corsair because the chances are it's cheaper on websites which aren't listed on the part picker. I got these of Ebay new with free delivery for nearly £15 cheaper than the next price option.
The cheapest 240GB SSD I could find, all the more reason to shop around for parts which aren't listed on the part picker. Works exactly as intended.
Quiet fan, awesome potential and the added bonus of not needing a PCI-e cable to route to your PSU means one less cable to manage! Comes with software for boosting your PC for gaming i.e. halting background processes.
Positives: - Oddly managed to buy cheaper with the window than without, which is unusual, however looks slick as anything. - Came with two fans pre-installed, always a bonus.
Negatives: - Acrylic window will scratch super easy so recommend using microfiber cloths for cleaning. - An odd choice to have the Power-on LED blue while shipping with a Red LED fan.. - Large mesh cutout on the top without dust filter attached, obviously intended for a 360mm+ however I was not planning on watercooling so this just acts as a huge gate for dust and other particles to get into my system which is quite annoying...
Semi-modular is highly recommended for those who do not need custom coloured cables like myself. Due to the components in my system only needed to add one extra cable to the PSU. Cheapest reliable option out there.
Don't shine too brightly which is excellent - nothing worse than an overpowering LED.
If you choose to hook one of these up to split with the CPU fan in the CPU fan header in the motherboard, it will emit a low buzzing noise due to the extra RPM output of the CPU fan header.
Unfortunately I was misled by the name of this item and thought 2 fans would be coming in the pack.. Not the case! Decent, quiet fan regardless, used as an exhaust in the top of the case.