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.
Cusomisation:
There was something missing though, the PSU cables could be seen and the side panel of the case looked outdated and didnt look aesthetically pleasing so I decided to make a custom PSU shroud out of carbon fibre to cover up the cables.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

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Hardware

CPU
$ 52.00
Intel - Core i5 4690
Socket: LGA 1150
Cores: 4
Motherboard
$ 278.02
ASUS - Z97M-PLUS
Chipset: Z97
CPU Socket: LGA 1150
Size: Micro-ATX
Graphics
$ 188.00
MSI - Gaming X
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1060
Storage
$ 99.99
Samsung - 970 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
Storage
$ 32.00
Seagate - Barracuda
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
$ 203.40
Corsair - RM650x
Wattage: 650
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
Thermaltake - Versa H13
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Window
Case Fan
$ 39.61
Corsair - LL120 (RGB) (Black)
Size: 120 mm
Cooling
$ 125.00
Corsair - Hydro H55
Type: AIO
Size (WxHxD): 120 mm
Accessories
$ 249.99
Monitor
$ 779.00
Samsung - CF24390
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: VA
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Keyboard
Razer - BlackWidow Chroma V1
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Razer Green
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 44.95
Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum
Interface: Wired
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