EDIT 3 I recently bought a new monitor, the ASUS MX239H. It's really good, especially when going from a 32" 720p TV to a 23" IPS 1080p monitor. The colour quality and pixel density is far superior to what I was used to and it even has a game mode, which, according the Linus Tech Tips, reduces the ms response time whilst slightly sacrificing some colour quality. The slight image change is noticeable but even in gunfights in CoD, I couldn't really notice too much of a difference response time wise and I wasn't getting any motion lag on the standard 5ms so I just keep it on standard mode. Btw, for the yellow lines above the monitor on the wall are where the old tv was mounted to the wall before the room got painted blue so those need to be painted.
EDIT 2 I bought another case fan, the noctua nf-a14. I have moved the stock intake down to the bottom of the intake fan mount and put the noctua fan as the top of the front intake. This reduced temps quite a bit. My ssd and hdd are between 22 and 26 degrees C and the CPU is only about 27 at idle now.
EDIT I have installed Open Hardware Monitor and I have added a screenshot of the temps. The CPU is idling at 30 C which I think is about normal. I'm not sure what the MoBo temp. sensor was on about when it was saying 46 C.
This is my first ever PC that I've actually owned and I'm extremely satisfied with it. I've been researching for months and have managed to get a vast amount of knowledge. Many thanks to everyone in the forums who have helped me tremendously.
There are many reasons I wanted to build a PC:- I'm a tech enthusiast, the old family laptop is AWFUL and the last desktop my family has owned has 256mb of RAM. Yeah ... I'm surprised it still works tbh. Also, I'm starting my IT & Computing GCSE course next year so I could really do with a better PC. After a lot of pleading, I managed to get a yes from my dad. The original budget was around £350 but it increased to about £500 by the end.
Uses: It's mainly for general internet surfing, word processing etc. but I will be doing some basic image and video editing as part of my GCSE course, not enough though to justify spending an extra £80 on an i7. Also, my ps3 has started to occasionally fail on me (freezes mid-game) so this build is nicely set up to add a discreet GPU and then start gaming on it. I will wait till Christmas to do so though as by then I will have got some birthday and Christmas money.
CPU: I was originally going to buy the i5-4440, when someone recommended the i5-4570 if I plan on gaming in the future. In England, the 4570 is actually £2 more expensive than the 4590 so i just went for this one. Saw no reason to get the 4690 as going from the 4440 to the 4590 cost an extra £15 for .2GHz more, whereas 4590 to 4690 cost £25 for .2GHz at the time of purchase. It seems to be good, but haven't stress tested it yet (anyone know how to?)
MoBo: I ordered the ASRock H87 Pro4 but then cancelled it and got the H97 version instead as the 4590 is a Haswell Refresh CPU. The H97 was only £5 more than the H87 version anyway. It has all the ports I need and the BIOS is pretty nice too, though I have no experience with any other BIOS so ...
RAM: I went with standard 1600MHz CL9 RAM and apparently Corsair is one of the best RAM manufacturers. It also goes with the blue/black colour scheme even though I don't have a windowed case.
Storage: I really wanted an SSD for quicker boot times and without fast boot enabled, it takes about 10 seconds to boot. That's MUCH faster than the old dell laptop and its including the time it takes for me to type the 7 digit password. The 1tb WD Caviar Blue is for music, photos, word docs etc.
Case: The case changed a bit last minute. I was all set on the 200r but I suddenly realised that I needed dust filters since I live in a dusty area but the 200r didn't have any. I spotted the Fractal Design Define R4 for £60 on amazon but I wasn't allowed to order parts then as I still hadn't done my guitar exam and my parents wanted me to pass that before ordering. By the time I had done the exam and felt it went really well, the price went up to £68 on amazon :(. I am still really pleased that I got this case as it has fantastic cable management option which really helped me as a noob builder, an inbuilt fan controller and it is really silent. With the fans on 7V, I cannot hear a thing.
Power supply: Again a bit of a last minute switch up. I was going to go for the CX430M but since I was planning on adding a GPU in the future, my dad said to get a higher wattage PSU. Plus this is 80+ gold instead of just 80+ bronze. Semi-modularity really helped in cable management too.
Optical Drive: I went for the most rated and cheapest optical drive on PCPartPicker. It did the job, since I only really needed it for Windows installation, but it is seriously loud compared to the rest of the rig.
OS: I had a Windows 7 64 bit disk lying around at home so I used that. Personally, I prefer 7 to 8 and I feel more comfortable using 7.
Noob mistakes: I set everything up first outside the case to test all the components and I got really worried when nothing happened and the fans weren't spinning. I then realised I needed to short the connection with something metallic and touch the power switch pin. facepalm
Also, the system wasn't recognising the 1tb hard drive when I went onto Computer but it was because I hadn't formatted that disk.
Other than those, the build went really smoothly and I'm really pleased with the results. I thing I've got the PC building bug now as I can't wait to build another.
Quick question: If you look in the photos, you can see that CPU-Z says that the CPU is running at just under 800MHz but sometimes jumps up to about 3.4-5GHz and then straight back to 798.1MHz again. Any idea why? I thought the CPU might be throttling but it shouldn't be (I hope not anyway). I went onto the BIOS and the MoBo temperature sensor thing said it was 46 C. I think being in the BIOS counts as idle but I'm not sure. Can someone please help me out here.
Please leave any comments/suggestions down below and go easy on me, its my first build! Thanks
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core||£139.98||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150||£65.45||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||£63.64||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||£55.54||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||£39.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower||£68.00||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||£56.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||£11.98||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||£0.00||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||Asus MX239H 23.0"||£145.90||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Anti-Static Wrist Strap||£1.59||(Purchased)|
|Date Published||Aug. 1, 2014|