I had my trusty dell inspiron 17 with an i7 and a gtx 650M for a good amount of time. It served me well to work and to do some light gaming... but it was now time to move on from laptop and console gaming. That is why back in August I started looking to build my first machine. At first i wanted to build an i7 /gtx 980ti build ...but i soon realized that this was overkill for my needs (for now anyway) since i only game, browse internet, and program. however im studying in it so i wanted a decent "workstation" wich looked good because it is in my room. After watching/reading countless guides (wich was overkill) and doing a ton of research, I ordered my parts from newegg (exept the noctua fans and one of the ssds ). The build when pretty smooth.
Things i already had laying around
- A tp-link wi-fi card wich seems better than the onboard chip.
- A 250 gb hard drive.
- My logitech g502 mouse ...simply the best mouse ever. Super confy (even for troll hands ), has a great sensor and a amazing software.
Cpu/Mobo I went for a skylake buils right when it came out, limiting my mobo choices especially in the ones without red (i hate red ) and i didin't wanted to pay 300$ for a motherboard. the cpu does the job and rus really cool. The mobo dosent sli and is a bit too brown.
the cooler when for an AIO mainly for the look. It keeps my cpu at good temps. The only complain i have is about the fans .... the stock fans are so loud (even at 600-900 rpm ) that they nearly gave me cancer...thy were replaced by noctua ones within a week.
the storage i started with the 1tb wd Black and one of the ssd for my os. I later added a 250 gb segate drive for my VM. last week i bought an other ssd (it was/is super cheap on newegg), I intend to put both my ssds in raid 0 wich should be safe with regular backups.
the case pros: easy to build in... looks amazing. cons: NO place for wires in the back of the motherboard ... the plastic window seem cheap
I am a bit ashamed of that rat nest...and of the hockey tape (sorry...yes im canadien)
psu I chose it for the good review, posibility to expand, all black cables and 10 years warranty
the periferals The monitor is perfect for gaming (especially csgo)...144hz is love ...144hz is life The k7xx is basicaly the most confortable pair of headphones ever the mod mic sounds great and is detachable the k95 is great for gaming and coding, looks really good and is full of fonctionalities
the GPU it is perfect... i never heard it, OC well and stay cool, runs everythig i trew at it in 1080P at ultra
I got windows 8.1 for free ...had it on dreamsparks
Later this year my brother has plans to get his first build so i might give him a good prive in my cpu/ mobo so i can upgrade (6700k?/new gen cpu?) I might look into getting decals when im tired or the case's clean look
I am also looking for a lighting solution. the nzxt hue+ seems perfect but a bit on the pricie side...what would you recommand
please comment any question, suggestions, critics... any feedback is appreciated
sorry for the bad spelling and the laziness ...english is not my first language, + i wrote all my text ...the it earased by accident so it is my second time tiping it.
...also sorry for the more or less potato quality images
the photos are all in chronological order so you can see the progression of the build/ updates