PC building isn’t difficult, once you have done it once it’s very straightforward the 2nd, 3rd, 4th…..time you do it. If its your first time, I highly recommend it, you will definitely learn a lot more about computers in the process. The first and foremost thing to think about is what kind of PC do YOU want to build ? Do you want a low-budget PC to do simple tasks or perhaps a high-end PC for gaming/video editing ? Once you have made this decision you can then go on to research/source the parts and then ultimately, go on to build the PC you want.
Anyway, lets crack on shall we?…
The PC my Dad had built about 4-5 years ago was in need of an overhaul – so, yes you guessed it….an overhaul it got.
Me and my oldman decided to upgrade all the parts and start a fresh PC build. After about a month of checking out many websites and various parts, it was time to order and get this beast of a PC put together.
I won’t bore you with the specs of the old PC, but in all fairness, it wasn’t that bad. It struggled to play some games I really wanted to play on PC and when editing videos it, well, definitely took its time.
Anyways, the new PC parts are pretty biblical – Check them out below…
- Corsair Vengeance 16Gb Memory 1866MHz (x2 8Gb modules) – Red
- Crucial 256Gb SSD drive
- Intel Sandybridge i7-2600K Unlocked Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB Cache, Socket 1155)
- Corsair Pro series 850HX Power Supply
- ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, Intel Z77 Express, ATX, PCI-E 3.0, USB 3.0, Quad GPU AMD CrossfireX, Supports HDMI 1.4a)
- ASUS GTX560Ti Direct CUII Graphics Card (1Gb DDR5)
There was also a spare 2TB SATA hard drive that we had on another PC and we also picked up a different CPU fan – as the stock fan included with the i7 had bad reviews (wasn’t keeping the CPU cool enough) from a lot of people.
Once all of the new parts had arrived, the old parts were removed from the case and the build began.
First up was the z77 motherboard, i7 CPU and CPU fan. The TUF (The Ultimate Force) Z77 motherboard comes packed with some excellent features (TUF components, TUF Thermal radar, TUF Thermal Armour and the board itself makes overclocking very easy indeed – so easy in fact my granny could do it!). The board also comes with a 5, yes, a 5 year warranty. A full overview of the board, including full specs, can be found right here.
The motherboard had x2 turbo fans to install directly to the board and once this was complete the i7 processor and CPU fan was fitted. The 16GB RAM was then slotted into the board shortly after and the whole sh-bang was then screw fitted into the PC tower, ready for the graphics card to be fitted next.
I have not ran into any game yet that cannot be played on maximum settings with this graphics card, so I would highly recommend it. The two cooling fans also do a superb job of keeping the unit from overheating without any noticeable noise either. When idling the temperature of the card sits incredibly low, the same goes whilst under load.
Last but not least the 2TB Hard drive and 256GB SSD drive (along with a DVD writer) were put inside the case and then the HX850 power supply was installed and all the cables were connected. Final straw was to install Windows 7 – 64 bit onto the SSD drive and make sure everything was working as it should.
Overall, I’m really impressed how the build turned out. I’ve not had any issues yet (I don’t plan on having any) and the rig has been working as it should since day 1 (n.b its been built for about 4 weeks now). The i7 processor is certainly something else and I really like being able to have multiple programs open at once without any slow downs. The gaming on this PC is also really impressive and as a result, my consoles have been barely touched.
If you have any questions or just want some advice, as always feel free to leave a comment below or hit me up on twitter.
Posted on September 2, 2012, in PC, Uncategorized and tagged ASUS GTX 560, Asus Z77 Sabertooth, custom PC, gaming PC, graphics card, motherboard, PC, PC build, RAM, SSD. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.