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Please excuse the quality of the photos, my phone has a pretty bad camera.

So this was my first ever build. It's replacing my laptop that's at least three years old (refurbished so no idea actually how old it was), which to quote a friend sounded like an aircraft taking off, and would stutter all over the place watching 480p videos on Youtube. Combine that with the fact that I was getting sick of just playing older games on my Xbox 360 and it became clear what I had to do!

I started researching and buying parts in November, since I wanted to spread the cost out. The last part came on the 10th of January, and now that exams are done I've finally gotten round to building it. Building was fairly smooth. It took a couple of hours from start to finish, plus about half an hour to get Windows up and running. The only bit of the build I struggled with was getting my head around how much force I had to use to get some things to sit into the motherboard - after all this is £700 worth of parts and since I'm a relatively poor student I couldn't afford to replace anything if I broke it. Cable management was also a bit challenging since the case isn't amazing for it, not that I'd expect much more for a £35 case and also I had a non-modular PSU. So I know I've not done the best job of it, but I've done what I could!

The monitor I bought used off of Gumtree, which definitely paid off since it's a pretty decent monitor and I got it much cheaper than buying a new one. And thanks to being a student I got Windows 10 Education edition (not Pro but I couldn't find the education edition on the list) for free, so that saved me a good £80-100 as well.

Now that it's up and running it works a treat. I downloaded Fallout 4 this afternoon and it's easily maintaining a steady 60fps on ultra settings, which I'm very happy with! Haven't tested temperatures under load yet but right now CPU temp is 24c and GPU temp is 45c. Overall I'm very happy with the system and what I got for my money, especially since parts over here in the UK are a decent chunk more expensive than in the US - I paid the equivalent of $245 for my GPU and that was the cheapest I could get a 480 for, whereas the same card is on Newegg for $175 after a rebate.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job on the build Chloe! +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Performance should be great on that 480, I think you could play VR if you tried

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I reckon it could cope with VR but unfortunately unless I win the lottery the chances of me affording a VR headset any time in the next two years are pretty damn slim!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

It makes me sad that people are more attracted to builds that only have a sentence for their description and two crappy pictures rather than posts like this one, which is very well oriented and put together, all because of the other person having better hardware.

I appreciate all of the time you took on your build, and think you did a very good job. +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much, that means a lot :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

nice budget build, what kinda fps are u getting? and is 8gb enough ram usually, or does ur pc bluescreen ever? I noticed my build that has 16gb of ram goes over 8gb every now and again. usually at about 6-7gb

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Only played Fallout 4 so far but that seemed to be holding fairly steady at 60fps on ultra. Haven't had any bluescreen issues yet, so right now I'd say 8gb seems to be plenty but then I've only had it up and running for about 24 hours and so far all I've done is surf the internet, download Steam and get a game going. When does yours tend to go over 8gb? Right now I'm sat at 3.5gb used.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

ive had it go to 15gb b4. usually not very often. try having 3 videos playing. start playing a game. and a virus scan going on all at once lol. just wondering if u had any lag issues with it at all. :) 60 fps on ultra thats great.grats, whats temps?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a very similar build to you, i wish i would have gone for the sapphire gpu with leds, did you get any free games with yours?

Nice build overall, did it take you long? Mine took 3 hours.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

No free games sadly :( The LEDs are awesome, still playing around with mine although the stock blue is very nice.

Took about two hours I think. It did all seem to go very smoothly. Most time consuming bit was attempting to cable manage a bit.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build bro, I'm gonna get a similar one soon in Bosnia but the parts are usually much more expensive here. So could you play some more games and see the results and post it here? Thanks (preferably games like skyrim and especially bf1 if you have them)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Not interested in playing bf1 right now but I'll probably get skyrim and the witcher 3 sometime in the next week. I'll post results up here when I get them if you want. Was it just fps you were after?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, FPS and on which quality you were playing on. Although from the F4 results I can already see that I can just lower the quality and get good results on any game. But still, would be appreciated if you could do that for me, just to be sure it can handle anything I throw at it for the next 3-4 years maybe

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

So here's the one I'm going to get: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Q364JV

Nothing special but should do me well for the next 4 years :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty awesome to me :D

Only things that jump out at me are that you don't need a cooler - since that's a locked cpu it'll come with a stock cooler that'll do the job just fine - it's all I've got and it's doing a great job.