*7/10/16 Edit- Last two pictures added Steam controller mount and HTC Vive Controller mounts.
(First time builder)
I want to thank all the geeks and nerds on here that inspired me to build my own PC. I only spent 20-30 hours reading before I pulled the trigger and 90% of that time was on here. THANK YOU GUYS AND THANK YOU TO PCPARTPICKER.
I was looking to buy a PC for my VR headsets and I was getting into the $4,000 price range for the stuff I wanted when I saw someone comment how you could build a PC for half the price at www.pcpartpicker.com. Next thing I know I built it.
It's not really anything special to anyone else, but I have been wanting to do this for many years since some of my family and friends have been building their PCs for years.
I was scared of the headache that would come with parts not working, etc. I changed my mind many time based on the reviews mainly here and newegg.
The build only took about 4 hours. Yep, I'm a noob. But I spent an hour of it trying to get the Sabertooth to boot in the correct sequence. Come to find out I had the dang CPU fan plugged in the asst spot instead of the CPU Fan spot so I kept getting the error and was continually forced to the bios.
I also managed to install the English (United Kingdom) version of Windows somehow. I tried everything including reseting during install to get another option, but UK was it. So now instead of "color" it's "colour." Oh well, maybe I'll get cultured while I work on figuring it out. Not sure when that will happen though considering my HTC Vive is expected to be delivered tomorrow.
I like the look of the build but overall it could look A LOT better. There is plenty of room for improvement. I was originally going with the black and red theme starting with the Asus Rampage Extreme X99, but there were a ton of bad reviews so I went back to the drawing board and had to redo the entire color theme.
You guys pushed me to the CPU fan due to quality and performance, but it is UGLY. SO UGLY.
Why didn't I go water-cooled? Because I had a family member suggest otherwise after I was pretty set on it. I can always upgrade later, but I am very pleased with my options because:
-It turned on second attempt (first time I forgot to turn on the PSU). -Nothing caught fire or smoked. -it took substantially less time that I expected. -Almost no software problems
I don't have the TB Samsung drive installed. That arrives today. I don't have the wireless card installed either. Not sure I will even use it.
THANK YOU TO ALL YOU GUYS FOR POSTING AND WRITTING UP STUFF. It was a pleasure to read y'alls write ups and look as SO MANY beautiful pictures.
I plan on getting the NVIDIA GTX 1080 when it becomes available (Friday 5/27/16?). I also expect I will add some LED fans in time.