So even though this is my fourth built rig, it's only my first personal rig. I was working on one a while ago but decided to change the parts so I sold my unfinished rig to fund this one. I have to say, This was a truly frugal build. Most of this stuff is $20 or more under retail price. I decided to call it Jellyfish because I went with a Blue and Purple color scheme. I plan on improving the build over time by adding an SSD, better processor, and water cooling. I also plan on modding the case, the EVGA Hadron air extensively. If you see in the pictures, I removed the drive cage already (which is why my hard drive is duct taped onto the chassis ._. not permanent) and I purchased a noctua fan for my power supply. I haven't really done extensive tests because I still need to buy a monitor (I used my TV for setup) so while the build is done, I won't be able to truly enjoy gaming for another few weeks.
Please let me know if you have any questions about my rationale/parts or anything else! I'd be glad to help :D
I've used this in multiple builds before and I have no complaints so far. It's a good processor and it's only $50 at my local Micro Center
Honestly it's not the best. I had to update the bios before installing Windows 10 which wasn't too much of a hassle but it was just another hoop to jump through. A lot of people have complained about the antennae being hard to connect, but I didn't have too much of a problem with it. I like the color scheme though. This is a black PCB instead of brown which I always like to see.
Nothing too special about it. It's just your standard DDR3-1600 RAM. I got it for a good price at my local Micro Center. My mobo isn't really good for OC but from what I understand this memory is really good for overclocking.
I specifically got this HD for the small form factor and the high rpm. I have no complaints so far.
Great card. Works perfectly and the fans don't run unless it's under load. I got it for a lot cheaper than msrp because this was a "factory refurbished" version by EVGA. The disclaimer said it might have light dents or scratches, but it looks brand new to me! Since I got it refurbished it did not come with drivers or any power/video cables.
I absolutely LOVE this case. I really like the form factor and the clean design. I plan on heavily modding this case after a while. Some people say the PSU fan is loud but I haven't experienced that so far.
Many people are on the fence about Windows 10 but I love it. I highly recommend. I bought it at my local Micro Center for $80 as an open box deal. It did not come with an installation disc so I created my own.
I love the color! These fans are definitely the loudest in my build but it's not an obnoxious spinning sound; it's more of a gentle hum.