It’s been about 2 months since I purchased and built my very first computer. What I really mean is that this is my first computer, however I have built several computers in the past. As a software engineering student I have a great understanding of how each component works. But you don’t really need to know this sort of stuff to build a computer. Anyone can build a computer these days, computer building has been made so simple just like lego. Goodbye to bulky IDE cables, slave and master settings (which confused me to death when I was 13, but eventually I got it), and most importantly those annoying screws.
The 2 key points are static electricity with careful handling of sensitive components after all it’s much more expensive than lego. Make sure you are grounded! Secondly cable management, not only does it make your PC look elegant but improves airflow inside your case.
This is quite a modern PC I have decided to build featuring USB 3.0 which I have yet to use, UEIF BIOS, Z77 chipset, mechanical keyboard, and many more features which I can’t remember. So let’s take a look at the specs~
- CPU: Intel Core i5 3570
- Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
- RAM: Corsair Vengence 8GB DDR3 (1600MHz)
- PSU: Corsair GS600
- HDD1: WD Blue 1TB (Primary)
- HDD2: WD Green 1TB
- ODD: LG CH12LS28
- Card Reader: Shintaro Internal Card Reader
- PCI Express: TP-Link Dual Band WIFI Card
- Case: Cooler Master 690 II Advance (with side window)
- Keyboard: CM Storm Trigger (Cherry Blue)
- Monitor: LG E2441V-BN
- Speaker: Logitech Z320 (Known as Logicool in Japan)
- Mouse: GigabyteGM-M6980
- OS: Windows 8 Pro (Only $15!)
- Security: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 (because Maeda Atsuko was in the ad and she looked so cool!)
UPDATE (New Hardware)
- HDD3: WD Green 3TB
- CPU: Cooler: CM Hyper 412 Slim
- GPU: MSI 650Ti Boost
- SSD: Corsair Force LX 256GB
I think that is all the parts just tell me if I missed anything. Still have a bit more to add to it, such as a GPU, aftermarket CPU cooler, red LED fans and an SSD. Currently I am using the inbuilt GPU on the processor, Intel’s HD graphics 2500. It does the job but, terrible for gaming. However you can still play games with it. Lately I have been playing Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Day Z, Sleeping Dogs and Grandia III. They all work just a little bit slow some times, its hard to enjoy games with it.
Now let’s take a look at the PC! Firstly starting from the peripherals.
To the untrained eye this looks like an ordinary keyboard. And… it is! Make no mistake this is a high quality mechanical gaming keyboard. When you type you feel like god or something… and it makes a really nice sound. You can tell how durable this keyboard is, there is a video of this keyboard getting run over by a truck several times without damaging it at all. Which proves the quality of this product. Aside from that it has 5 macro keys which are fully programmable, cherry blue switches and 64kb of onboard memory.
Once you’ve used a mechanical keyboard you can never go back to membrane keyboards they just feel so eeeeee, it also does improve your typing speed, that is if you type properly, not with 2 fingers. XD
Here is a closer look at the laser etched keys. I forgot to mention this keyboard is fully backlit with 3 modes and 3-5 levels or brightness.
The 2 USB ports at the back usually don’t work unless you plug-in a 5V DC adapter to give is some energy!! The mini USB port is for the keyboard to connect to the computer, it’s very convenient to have a detachable cable. ⊂((・▽・))⊃ Attaching an extra energy source also increased your brightness setting to 5 different levels instead of 3.
The back looks nice too!
It also has a little stand.
Comes with a palm rest. So nice to have when typing for so long. Easy to remove for more desk space. I don’t have enough desk space!! ╥﹏╥
Lastly is the gold-plated braided USB cable. Gold~
Here the mouse I purchased at the beginning of the year from Korea for my laptop. It feels cheap, but does the job. It has several features such as an on the fly dpi changer button and different modes, both indicated by an LED colour strips which light up on the center of the mouse. It’s fully programmable too!
I don’t like the piano black on the side, it collects oily finger prints.
LASER BEAMU!! （ ・∀・）[＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝＝ビーム!!
This monitor was quite cheap. It is 61cm or 24 inches wide. I mean diagonally wide. You know how they measure screens right?! It uses LED technology, goodbye CRT and LCD. I love it so far and it is massive! Accepts HDMI, VGA and DVI.
LG stands for Lower Ground. Japan doesn’t have a lower ground, only level 1. Do you have a lower ground in your country?
It’s quite thin too!
Hear are some Logicool speakers, I mean Logitech. They are good for small rooms. Like my room. Good for music and movies, but doesn’t really produce that real-ness sensation. You probably don’t understand what I mean because even I don’t understand what I mean! なんでやねん! (^p^)
The master volume control!
The back also has speakers, what’s going on? So that is $10 per speaker then.
Finally we have reached the main.
I don’t know why I got a side window when it’s going to be hidden behind my desk anyway. I’m just crazy.
Case badges. This is usually the last touches you add to your computer.
My awesome blu-ray player! I only have 2 blu-ray disc by the way. Marchen and AKB 1/48 Idol to Koi shitara. Apparently it also has a lightscribe feature, I want to try it out!
The WiFi card with antenna sticking out of them were a last-minute item. Because I broke the antenna that came with the motherboard. It wasn’t that good anyway and was too expensive to replace because I had to buy it all the way from America.
Nice colour coded IO shield.
Now lets dive inside! Don’t you love my cable management, it took forever but turned out pretty good! The bottom is like that because I don’t have a modular power supply, so unused power cable sit there.
Tool-less HDD cages are awesome, as you can see already 2 of them are populated.
A closer look at the motherboard. It’s so pretty!
My case filter are doing well since the CPU fan is not clogged up with dust yet. So proud of them!
Very cool looking RAM!
The power supply also has a blue led on the fan, which is at the bottom. Don’t worry I have a filter there.
From the top 4 SATA 6GB ports, the first 2 are ASMedia and the other 2 are Intel, the rest are 3GB. To the left of the SATA port is the very smart-looking heat sink for the Z77 chipset.
The cables are for the front panel functions such as the on/off/reset buttons/LED, usb 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and HD audio.
I love this tool-less design, makes installing drives much more easier.
And this is cable management probably the most difficult part in putting a computer together. It took about an hour to tame these cables.
It may look overwhelming at first but it’s actually pretty easy. Don’t buy any cases that are Thai branded, they confuse you so much, I had no idea what all these useless cables were for.
It works! Well course it works, it has been for 2 months now, without a single problem. Nothing went wrong since the day I press the power button for the first time. Still no blue screen or anything, so this was a highly successful build. I did run some stress test as well and it passed without fail.
The most fun and crucial part for a successful build is the planning stage. I spent at least a month to plan this computer with several changes.
Oh I forgot this last piece!
Windows 8, it’s not that bad once you have gotten use to the change. If you’re looking to get you hand on a copy for only $15. I have a 2 promo codes to giveaway. I can’t guaranty it will work but it did work for me so it must work! Just leave a comment below if you want one.
Crap my computer was raided last night!