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This is my first build as the title suggests. It's also my first desktop and foray into PC gaming. This will be used primarily for gaming, but also just standard home use- no graphic design or anything. I've been playing console games for years but wanted to taste the magic of PC gaming. I was originally inspired by a video of Skyrim featuring a large helping of Tommy Wiseau and The Macho Man Randy Savage, because who wouldn't be awed by that.
It has been one hell of a learning experience if nothing else. I spent over a month just looking at builds and comments on here as well has researching parts and, well... everything I could about building a computer. I went into this knowing almost nothing about the process or even what was needed or how it all worked. So I was extremely relieved when nothing caught fire upon being powered up. Winning.
The build went great overall, I had little to no problems during assembly. Any hiccups I did come across were due to being a first time builder and not knowing something that most probably just assume everyone knows (like the need for SATA power and data- those aren't one and the same). I have had some trouble with the OC on the GPU, but that's simply because I'm not quite sure what I'm doing and don't want to destroy it. Any tips on that would be greatly appreciated.
I was going for a sort of metallic look with the ability to have awesome lighting and colors if desired. For what I had in mind, I'm blown away. I don't have much to compare it to but this is the fastest and most powerful computer I've ever personally used.
I am thinking about replacing the fans with the Riing RGB fans, I think it would fit my build theme better. I want to do more research and hear from people who have hands on experience with them before I pull the trigger though.
I'm open to any feedback you may have and thanks for checking out my build!
Edit I did some benchmarks and added some screen shots.
Overclocked to 4.6 @ 1.31- I could probably push it further but being new to this I'm not sure I want to. Bonus points for being easy to OC for a beginner.
I love the sleek look, the RGB logo, and it keeps the CPU nice and cool. I haven't even hit 60C under load yet.
This thing is gorgeous, and comes with plenty of features and connections. I was blown away when I first saw it in person. RGB is fantastic too.
Works like RAM should and looks pretty too.
Really quick, and no cables or wires to mess with. I read some reviews about them getting hot but I haven't had any issues with that.
3TB for 85 bucks. Does its job with no issues.
I've barley begun to really push this card, but it stays cool under load and handles games with no problems. Plus it looks good.
I wanted something that had plenty of room inside and would be great for cooling. This fit the bill perfectly. It's massive. Great for building in, especially if you're a first timer and not very organized (so good for me).
I know it's a little overkill but I'd rather go with too much than not enough and have room for upgrades later. Plus it was on sale when I bought it.
Works great, not a fan of some of the software that comes with it. I opted to not install some of it.
Got the Pro because it was on sale at the time.
Wanted more than 1080p but didn't really care about having 4k so I got this. Picture is wonderful, the design and lighting are pretty to look at, and I have become very fond of the turbo key to adjust refresh rate quickly.
I love this keyboard. The RGB is amazing and I'm really happy I went mechanical. I've never had one before but now I think I'll want Cherry MX silent from now on.
I didn't want a bunch of customizable buttons or anything too crazy. I liked the look of this one and it had the RGB to sync with the keyboard. Love being able to adjust DPI with the touch of a button. Plus it's comfortable.