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This is my first build so please be respectful if you don't agree with the parts that I selected. It's been about 2 years since I wanted to upgrade my Dell studio XPS that I purchased back in 2009. I am a multimedia artist and graphic designer and my old computer was not performing well anymore. I considered purchasing a MacPro but after getting advice from a lot of people, they convinced me to build my own instead. I had never even looked inside of a computer so this was new territory to me. It was scary because I didn't want to mess it up but after watching videos and tutorials I was able to pull it off.
I was going to get help from a friend and it was going to be about a week until he had time, so I decided to do it myself. The case is extremely huge, I had no idea a full tower was that big. Since I was a first time PC Builder, I guess that's an advantage since I would need plenty of room.
Installing the processor onto the mobo was the scariest part since I didn't want to break it or something but after watching videos on YouTube and all of them stating that it makes a weird noise and it feels like it's gonna break I wasn't too worried.
After connecting all the cables and I was ready to turn it on. I have to admit, I was scared this thing would blow up or something. So I pressed the power button and BOOM! .... it worked! Installing windows from a CD was super easy and self-explanatory. After downloading all the drivers everything was good.
I used the Cooler Storm Trooper case since it looks like a Decepticon with that handle at the top. I think it's pretty cool. I was not able to make those led's on the fans work. I tried everything but was never able to make them work. I gave up and don't really care anymore. I guess those led's are defective.
ISSUES: Since this was my first PC build I didn't think it was going to be flawless. Before installing most of my drivers, I was able to shut down my PC. Then, I installed all my drivers from ASUS for the motherboard, the graphics card, and everything that needs to be updated. I realized that after installing drivers, my PC wouldn't completely shut down. The monitors would turn off, but the case fans would keep spinning. After some suggestions from the forums, I did like 6 clean installs on windows and would try to shut it down and I thought it was the Asus drivers that were causing an issue. I installed one by one trying to figure out which driver was causing the problem and only installed the ones that were crucial for the system like the usb drivers, bluetooth, Lan driver. It worked again, my computer would be able to shut down. After a week, I installed other software and it would not shut down again. I decided to ignore the problem and I would unplug the power cord everytime I would shut it down. Then, after 2 weeks... out of nowhere, my computer would shut down again when I clicked the shut down button. Then AGAIN, my computer doesn't shut down completely anymore. I gave up and got used to the idea that everytime I want to shut it down completely I need to unplug the power cord (since the fans keep spinning in the background).
Super fast processor does what it's supposed to do. Since this is my first time building a PC, I'm not even going to attempt to overclock...maybe in the future.
When I purchased my parts, I was heading to the register and the sales associate who had been helping me came back running and said "what about a heat sink? You need one to keep your processor cool" So I said, sure! Give me the one you recommend and boom! This part was probably the most difficult thing to install. It took my like 30 mins to get those metals at the bottom aligned to the motherboard, Overall I guess it keeps my processor cool. When I monitor the temp on my CPU it shows 34'C-40'C
Since I didn't do enough research before purchasing all my parts, I decided to go with a motherboard that "looked cool" and this is the one I went with since it would be compatible with my i7-6700K. This mobo was plenty of connections, more than I would ever use (Definitely an overkill) and I regret spending so much money on this motherboard, not that there is anything wrong with it, I just wish I had spent less money on something that would work just as good. It has tons of features where advanced users can tweak settings. The RGB logo is pretty cool if you have a case with a window.
It's just RAM... It works I guess
This is my first time using an SSD and I'm surprised at how fast this thing is. It doesn't take my computer minutes to start up like my old one. Loads all my heavy programs in seconds. Definitely a good purchase.
Since I wanted to build a system for graphic design and video rendering/animation and 3D modeling, I wanted to get a good graphics card and I decided to go with this one. Again, since I was new to all this, all I did was read reviews and asked people for opinions. I haven't really put this boy to the test yet, even though It came with The Division and I played it for about 15 mins and I got bored (not really a huge gamer) so I will be testing it soon with some Maya renderings. Easy to install but the software that comes with it is horrible, I wasn't able to change to led color.
Not really sure what makes a good power supply but I wanted a power supply to would have plenty of power if I ever decided to add another graphics card. Came with all cables necessary and was super easy to install. I'm sure this is an overkill for my system but oh well.
I had a 6-year old 22'' Dell 1080P monitor and definitely had to add another monitor to my setup. I wanted something that would be bigger than what I had. I got it after reading some reviews but I'm not 100% happy with it. The text looks a little weird on this monitor. Not that it doesn't look sharp, maybe too sharp and I've played with the text settings on windows. So I'm not sure if this is a windows issue or the monitor.
Definitely one of my favorite parts about my system. Since I had an old Dell keyboard that came with my previous PC, I knew I had to upgrade. I was about to purchase a generic Keyboard and a friend convinced me to purchase a mechanical keyboard. So glad I did. This is super awesome and the custom RGB is freaking AMAZING, every key can be customized to a different color in the RGB spectrum. The software that you download is super easy to use, even a cave man can do it :)