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Ok, since this is my first build, you might notice I may have made some weird decisions. I personally think this is fine, besides the color sceme. I might paint the gpu in the future, get the hue+, get some cable extensions, and ect. I am also thinking about getting some new case fans because mine are rather loud. Anyways, I got the i5 6600k so I can upgrade gpu in the future and not get bottlenecked, and because overall its a good cpu that can be overclocked. I went with the hyper 212 evo because its cheap and can get the job done. That is also something Id like to upgrade, but feel it would be a pain. The ram may have been overkill, but I wanted something to base my color scheme off of in the future and because they are pretty freaking awesome. The only thing about them is that I dont think I can get the full 3200MHz out of them with my mobo. I got the z170-a mobo because it is a well priced mobo. Only problem with it was the cheap. For storage I wanted a 250gig ssd to install windows and some games on for fast boot up and ect. I got the 1tb hdd for other basic stuff. I got the wireless link for wireless connection because I never know if Ill need it. In fact, I recently needed it so that was good. Also my mobo doesnt come with wireless wifi. I got the disk drive for watching movies, installing windows onto, and all the other drivers ect. My case I purchased I wanted because everyone said it is easy to build in, great looking imo, leds, windowed, 5.25in bays, can fit my long gpu, and overall a GREAT case. It is however large. The monitors and speakers are just extra stuff I got as well. The thermala compound I got I ended up never using because it took forever to ship and takes a while to "break in". The power supply I got was on sale, cheaper than many 650watts at the time, gives me some more room to upgrade or add other parts, is modular, and has long enough cables for my needs. I didnt get a corsair pwsupply because some have started on fire or blew up literally. Im not saying mine would I was just nervous about that so I didnt risk it. I was also very impressed with the pwsupplys boxing and what not. It was very professional. Lastly, the gpu. I chose the 390x so I could game on 4k and in VR for future. Not on max settings obviously. With 1080p and 1440p it is a beast. I chose sapphire over msi because sapphire only makes amd cards so their cards are higher quality. Also it looks sick with 3 fans. I did want to have aa red and black theme so I was disappointed with that. The biggest mistake I made I think was that there are 3 different r9 390x sapphire cards. 2 that run at 1080mhz and have backplates and one that runs at 1055mhz with no backplate. I ended getting the one without the backplate. In fact I never knew about the other 2 until about half a month after purchasing mine! Anyways when putting this together I struggled with installing the hyper 212 evo. I ran into 2 problems. One was that the pins to power the cpu on my mobo didnt match with my psu cable pins. I just said screw it at that point and forced it on and it worked! I dont know if that was a manufacturing problem or not but yeah. The seond problem was when trying to boot the pc it wouldnt start but the fans would get going. Then I realized oh crap the cpu cord isnt plugged into the psu. I plugged that sucker in and it still didnt work. After that I was very frustrated and thought of what it the problem could be and thought maybe a dead ram stick? I pushed harder on both sticks, and one clicked in! It wasnt plugged in all the way. After that everything was smooth sailing. The only problem I ran into once the pc was running was it said my hdd wasnt there, but in my bios it was. I did some research and found out I had to allocate it. Duh. After everything was done I played some games and cranked settings to max and got great results. Keep in mind Im not overclocking yet. For example in GTA 5 on max settings I get around 70-80fps even when there is lots of stuff going on. I turned down draw distance and shadows to soft and got around 120fps! Overall Im very pleased with the build besides all the complaints I have made such as color scheme. Please excuse my spelling/grammar. I will also get pictures in the future thanks for reading this all if you did pls comment me tips.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, congrats on your first build! Imo good choices on the hardware, you'll be able to use this system for awhile and will have plenty of upgrade room. Don't forget to list the SSD you mentioned in your parts list :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, and will do! I never caught that.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way, your motherboard does list compatibility with 3200 MHz, so if you're not getting that speed dial it in in the bios.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks for letting me know Ill get right on that!