Description

 This is my first build and I was surprised how well it went. I want to say thank you to all the other users on this site. Your input and comments on other completed builds really helped me put this together. I wasn't going to post anything originally, but I decided to do it anyway. I'm hoping to get more input on my build and any other helpful comments about what I did wrong and what I did right. 
 So far, the machine is fantastic. No serious issues of any kind besides some software problems with Windows 10. However, since this is my first time using Windows 10, I'll chalk it up to user error. I decided to go with MSI when it came to the motherboard and gpu. The motherboard is loaded with helpful software for setting up the computer, overclocking, and monitoring temps (which have never climbed over 70° C). I was worried that the Cooler Master Hyper 212 wouldn't be a strong enough cooler because most other builders seemed to go with the Corsair liquid coolers. However, it has held up well so far. I know most people hate this case and it was actually the first thing I bought on this list. I was going to try and return it and get a different one, but honestly it has grown on me. It had some nice simple features that made the build process just a little easier.
 Most of my decisions came down to balancing between value and performance and I think I did alright for my first one. Additionally, you may notice some additional parts in the pictures that I didn't list. I didn't list leftover part from my old PC, such as the monitor, keyboard and mouse. I also purchased some additional SATA 90° locking cables online for my optical drives that aren't listed.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

CM HAF 912 fam

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey good job on your first build! You did great at keeping the costs down while grabbing up very solid components. +1

I was going to ask about the case (and separately purchased front USB header) until I saw you mentioned it in the description. Yeah there are plenty of good cases around that price with USB 3.0 built in, but that's alright.

PSU may be more than you need, and maybe slightly overpriced, but I'm going to assume you bought it for SLI options (based off the mobo) and OC room. So, I don't have any real critiques to give. If you've already OCed and aren't breaking 70C then you don't really need a new cooler. =)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. Good job

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, I like that case. Congrats for first build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Not good to put your motherboard on a conductive bag for future reference.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you put it on the actual box when assembling the mobo? I've been researching and watching people build PCs for at least 3 years now and I'm planning on buying the parts soon, I just need to make sure I don't f anything up.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah place it on the motherboard box. These components are pretty tough believe it or not. Just try to be careful and you will be fine. If you have any questions you can message me, or just ask around.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yeah I've been looking around for the past year or two learning as much as I can

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 very well done

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

putting your motherboard on the outside of the anti static bag isn't a good idea. The bag keeps the static from getting inside so it develops on the outside of the bag.

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