Has anyone here ever built a PC?
Posted 30 August 2010 - 08:39 PM
On the other hand, for the price of the bits I'm looking at, getting a built pc from OCUK or Alienware would cost me about £500 more so it is very tempting...
Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:46 PM
Posted 30 August 2010 - 10:37 PM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:02 AM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 10:21 AM
Grab a motherboard bundle as they usually have the processor, memory and settings all pre-configured, so it saves alot of messing around and compatibility issues. Then you just need to shove it in a case, connect the graphics card and drives, install OS and you're sorted.
Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:11 PM
Captain Birdseye was a paedophile. "Now son, do you want some of my special cod?"
Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:03 AM
Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:17 AM
Make sure you have a good PSU and one that can handle all the bits you put in, I believe these new fangled GFX cards draw some meaty power. I wouldn't skimp on the PSU for sure.
This. If there's one part that's worth spending the money on it's almost definitely the PSU. Been caught out so many times with cheapy power supplys that cause random issues.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:01 PM
Posted 08 September 2010 - 08:06 AM
Everything is assembled apart from the RAM which is due to arrive before 12 today \o/
Crysis, Mafia II and FFXIV open beta are ready to go.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:07 AM
Still gonna keep hold of it though.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 05:11 PM
Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:14 PM
So I built my PC in September 2010 and the only thing I've changed is the GPU.
3 years on, I still see this when testing new games (Metro Last Light btw):
Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:08 AM
The original build was just under £700
Since then, I sold the GT 465 for £110 and bought a 560ti for £200, then sold the 560ti for £100 and bought a 660ti for £220, so all in £900.
Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:52 PM
Well, after an epic trial, I've now got my ol' girl all Haswell'd up. Picked up an Asus Z87-A motherboard and an i5 4670k and swapped out the old first gen i7.
First off, the new MB was bigger, and the gpu used a different slot, so I had to shift everything around. Secondly, the haswell chip was thinner than my old one, so the heatsink wasn't connecting properly and I was having ridiculous heat issues. Finally, google suggested I could swap out these bits without a windows reinstall as 7 is supposedly good with upgrades and both boards were Asus. Not the case. Windows threw up all kinds of hissy fits trying to boot with my old settings, so I had to do a wipe and clean install and lost all my frickin' game downloads including the FFXIV beta, which I was well into.
Anyway, tl;dr building a new rig is easier than swapping motherboards on an existing one, but at least it's all done now and seems fine, and I basically have bought my PC right back to current tech and have an upgrade path for hopefully the entire next gen as this motherboard is SLI ready (maybe another 660 in a few months??).
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