Hello! ( °v°)/
Once upon a time in 2012, in a cold basement, far far away, I drew fancy pictures all day on the computer. It was my dream to publish a book and make lots of money so I could live comfortably ever after. Anyways, one cold winter's eve, my old laptop said, "Dear user, I am afraid I won't be able to see your dream come true. I am getting old and my parts are starting to creak. I took a lot of abuse from you because you unmercifully stuffed me in your backpack all those years in college. This is karmic retribution and you should go find yourself a new computer."
It threatened to BSOD. I decided that it was right, and that it was time I got myself a new computer. Trouble is, I only had a budget of 700 bucks (excluding monitor and peripherals). A passing farmer (at the farmer's market) told me he knew where to get cheap computers. He told me that if I consulted the great oracle, it would tell me all I need to know to make my very own computer.
Excited with the news, I quickly went online and asked the oracle. "Oh great Google, how to build a computer?" and the oracle replied, "In a distant land on the far corners of the internet, you will find a group of people named "Builders" who play the latest games like Battlefield 3 and research computer parts all day long."
I traveled for many hours and learned many things about computer parts until I finally reached that strange land. I was too shy to speak with the natives, so I just watched as they built their computers. ( . _ .)
Several months later, I had gathered all the necessary parts and built my new computer. It was probably not the best computer you could build, but I loved it just the same. ( °°);;; At the time, most builds were gaming oriented and PCPartPicker forums hadn't even existed so I stumbled around a bit and made my own mistakes. Thankfully the build worked like a charm and was perfectly suited for the job. The end.
If you have questions about any of the parts I got, ask away! I'm still saving up for the graphics card though, so let me know if you have any suggestions. d(°u°d) I do wish I got a bigger power supply, but it should be enough for at least one. Ah well, I'll do better next time.
I'm not finished setting everything up yet, but I couldn't wait to test out my new workstation, so I made a new wallpaper to celebrate. Thank you for all the help the people on this site has given me. ( °v°)
|Programs||SAI, Clip Studio Paint Pro, Adobe Photoshop CS4, InDesign CS4, Premier Pro, C4D, Livestream|
|CPU||Works really fast when compressing files that I send over to clients. Helps save a lot of time.|
|Cooler||The CPU cooler was originally bought for a mini-ITX build when I later changed my mind. Works well and it hums reassuringly. Goes up to 4.4GHz overclock at 82 degrees, but decided to play it safe and stuck with 4.2GHz.|
|Mobo||My first motherboard, feels solid, what can I say? It was the best I could afford at the time. It has all the features I needed and the BIOS was easy to navigate.|
|RAM||Really like this RAM. Likely to get another set for a RAMdisk and because I still run out of memory ( >u<). Found the red set for sale on Newegg. Sold that for regular price on Ebay, and used that money to buy myself the blue set when it went on sale because it matched my motherboard.|
|Storage||Found the SSD on Craiglist, and who could pass up that offer? It was still new, I tried it and it worked so I bought it. Saving and opening files is really quick. Purchased the HDD on Thanksgiving and got myself a really good deal. They say it's not as reliable as the WD, but it's okay since I use other things for storage as well.|
|Case||The first case I worked with, there was enough room to fit everything. I like the sleek and simple design of it.|
|PSU||I got to say, I really really like the XFX power supplies. It's really quiet and I expect it to last a long time.|
|OS||Windows 8 is really nice. I'm pretty used to working on Windows operating systems, so I know my way around things. ( °u°) The new Task Manager is so useful and it's easily found when you right click the task bar. Taking screenshots with Windows Key+Prt Scr is neat.|
Thanks for looking. ( °D°)/
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$260.00|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$11.44|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155||$100.00|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$53.61|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$80.00|
|Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$65.94|
|Case||BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower||$64.34|
|Power Supply||XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||$45.19|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$16.99|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$79.99|
|Monitor||Asus VX238H 23.0"||$179.00|
|Mouse||Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business Wired Optical||$7.97|
|Custom||Wacom Intuos4 Small|
|Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||24.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||58.0° C|