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I was in the market for a new computer to use for working from home (doing light data work and photo editing, but mostly word processing). When I saw current prices for the specs I wanted, I decided it would be a good time to jump in and learn how to build!

I had a lot of fun learning about the components and deciding on parts (then of course reading too many reviews and exchanging parts). What I ended up with is definitely more than a simple office computer, because I did want to try out some PC gaming using the integrated graphics on the AMD Ryzen CPU and wanted room to upgrade my system in the future with a dedicated graphics card. My monitor is definitely not the best, but it's ok for me as I don't really plan on playing games at ultra high resolution on this current build.

I watched the three-part building a PC in 2019 series from Paul's Hardware before I got all my components and during the build. I think he does a great job and outlining all the details, and I was surprised at how quickly my build came together.

The case I picked was mostly for airflow and aesthetics after returning a Cooler Master Q500L that has pretty bad reviews. The NZXT H510 is a solid case, very good looking, with great cable management for a new builder like me. The case fans are a bit loud, so I might switch those out. I also had issues vertically mounting my extra 2.5 SSD storage due to the cables from my PSU, so I opted to horizontally mount in the front of the case. The top USB type-C is not connected because I realized too late that my motherboard doesn't ahve the proper header for it, but I wasn't planning on using it anyway, so I just tucked the cable away. The only other thing is that the cables on my PSU are a little stiff out of the box, so the 24-pin cable took some work to get into place through the dedicated channels on the case.

Overall I had a lot of fun and learned a lot! I probably spent more money than was necessary, but I'm hoping this helps set me up for when I do upgrade or use parts on a second build.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice we have the same M.2 SSD and Evo SSD in the first build. Also using the G.Skill RipJaw 16g

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That case has pretty terrible airflow, unfortunately. The perforated slit on the front intake is really small and barely brings any air in (if you put fans on the front). You might've been better off with a micro/mini case/motherboard since you don't have a graphics card. Still a solid build dude

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice clean build. Yes I can see where you could have saved a few $ but nothing major at all.