My First Decent Build

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Rory Blakey-Flavell
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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My First Decent Build

So i started off 2018 with a custom built PC that cost around £200 to build in 2016. it wasn't that great. I decided i had enough and sold that on eBay around May last year. With the money i got from that i bought some old parts off of a friend for £55. those parts were the CPU, Motherboard, RAM and case.
I bought my PSU off of eBay brand new and installed it and i also bought a GTX 960 which i used up until christmas when i got an MSI GTX 1060 GAming X 6gb as a present.
I had a working bui;d and it had only cost me around £200 for around £450 worth of parts which was a really good deal considering im stretched for money! I bought a Corsair H55 AIO to keep the CPU cool and it does a great job even tho it only has a 120mm radiator as well as buying a Samsung 970 Evo which was one of the best upgrades as my boot times went from being around a minute to login to windows to about 12 seconds.
There was something missing though, the PSU cables could be seen and the side panel of the case looked outdated and didnt look aesthetically pleasing so I decided to make a custom PSU shroud out of carbon fibre to cover up the cables. I also bought 3 Corsair LL120 fans to give more airflow to the case while adding some RGB. The side panel also was bothering me still so i cut a piece of perspex to the right size of my original side panel and i use magnets to hold it onto the chassis of the case and it works really well and brings a more premium look to the build. The last customization i did was to buy a strip of WS2812B digital LEDs which i have wired into an arduino under the PSU shroud. The arduino gets its power from the USB 3.0 port that was on the front panel of the case but i pulled it out and routed it down to the PSU shroud so there are no wires for the LED system on show.

I use this build for Racing Sim games and CAD and homework and it is a capable build for my needs.
All in all this has been a really fun build and i plan to upgrade the CPU, Motherboard and RAM in the summer once Ryzen 3rd gen has been released so stay tuned. :)
Color(s): Black Blue Carbon
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: none
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.


$ 52.00
Intel - Core i5 4690
Socket: LGA 1150
Cores: 4
$ 278.02
Chipset: Z97
CPU Socket: LGA 1150
Size: Micro-ATX
$ 188.00
MSI - Gaming X
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1060
$ 99.99
Samsung - 970 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
$ 32.00
Seagate - Barracuda
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 203.40
Corsair - RM650x
Wattage: 650
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Thermaltake - Versa H13
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Window
Case Fan
$ 39.61
Corsair - LL120 (RGB) (Black)
Size: 120 mm
$ 125.00
Corsair - Hydro H55
Type: AIO
Size (WxHxD): 120 mm
$ 249.99
$ 779.00
Samsung - CF24390
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: VA
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Razer - BlackWidow Chroma V1
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Razer Green
Type: Full Size
$ 44.95
Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum
Interface: Wired
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