This build came about because my laptop was falling apart even though it was only around two years old (HP-Pavilion G6 - Terrible hinges). Decided to build my own because it was something I always wanted to do. I done a lot of research and viewed different build guides and decided to base this build around the 'Excellent Build' from the guides on this site with a couple of adjustments. Bought a different part each week for about 2.5 months finally got to throw it together yesterday. I'll be using it for everything from general browsing to developing applications. I'm amazed at how fast it is with the SSD. Might look into overclocking down the line, as for now everything is stock.
Amazing. This is the first time I've ever had a CPU Above 2.5 GHz & more than two cores. This along with the SSD has the build flying. Extracting compressed files is a breeze. I don't see a need to OC it in the near future, perhaps down the line. When putting it on the motherboard I thought I'd damaged it as I heard this nasty grinding sound when pulling down the lever , this was at the very start of the build so I had to sweat it out until I had the whole thing built to see if i'd damaged it. It was fine in the end, booted first time.
Installation for this was a bit tricky & the manual doesn't help much. At one stage I was online watching a video on where to put the cross section that holds it to the motherboard. It's massive also & nearly didn't fit in my case (see image of clearance of cooper pipes). There is less than a CM of a gap from the top of the cooler and window side panel. Apart from this, everything else is fine CPU is around 32 degrees idle, yet to see what it is at under load. The fan is quiet too.
Not much to say here, everything is communicating, lots of USB 3.0 ports, plenty of SATA connections and room for a M.2 SSD. No SLI but that isn't of interest to me, compatible with AMD CrossFire though. Looks sick as well. The colour of red is a lot better than it looks in the pictures.
Does what it says on the tin. No design on top of the heat spreader though which would have been nice.
UNREAL. I got this on black Friday for £106 and it was the last component I bought, glad I waited to get that deal. The thing is a flyer! When starting up the PC its like it was never off you are just at the windows log-in screen instantly (well you would be if you turn off the motherboard bios splash screen). Since the build is only built and I'm still amazed at the speed of it sometimes I just restart the computer just to laugh at how quick it is. So grateful that I got a 750GB, I was originally going to go for the 250GB samsung 850 EVO but this was only £15 more and had 66% more storage. That 250GB would have filled up within two weeks! Easily my favourite component, although I haven't played any games yet...(1070).
This actually should be a 2TB but partpicker didn't have that model. Old mechanical HDD, disgusting. Although cheap & lots of space!
This thing is about the size of a bus! They say it up 2.5 slots but it's more like 3. Looks well though and you get to control the LED's on it (I have it set to change at different temps). Sits at 29-30 degrees idle. Only thing I threw at the was the PassMark benchmark test and it got a score in the top 1%. Don't now if that is to be expected of all 1070's but it sounds deadly. I'll come back and edit this after throwing some games at it.
I was going to go for the Cosrair Carbide 400C but my motherboard was black and red & so was this and it's cheaper! I'm glad I did go for this it looks sick. I love the square box look it has going on. Downsides are the case fans there a bit loud, i'll change these in due course. Unless your thumb is deformed and in the shape of a star screwdriver you are not getting these thumbscrews off with mere hands alone. Seriously, it burns your thumb/fingers the more you try without a screwdriver the first time. I put them back on only looser, the way they should have been. Remember that sick SDD I was talking about? That be's on display as well so you can see it through the side panel window in all it's speedy glory. The 400C would of had it hiding behind the back panel!
I should have gotten semi/non-modular. I nearly used all the cables it was supplied with. (probably could have used one less by putting the SSD in the back of the case and doing daisy chain but the SSD does what it wants!) You can tell though it is of a quality build, comes with nice Velcro straps for cable management and a good quality pooch to put any unused cables into.