I have been planning Just Another Machine (JAM for short) for a few months, and finally got the money to buy it. The parts were picked mostly for price/performance, with some exceptions for parts I enjoyed. Let's start with the build.
This was my first PC build, so I was a bit unsure on how to approach this. I started by getting the power supply out and plugging it in but keeping off as a means of grounding myself to Earth ground. Then I took the motherboard out of the box and put it on top as a poor man's static mat.
I got the CPU and RAM in but I ended up messing up the Arctic cooler. I ended up fixing it and mounting it on top of the plate with the provided instructions. Then, I plugged my mobo and cooler into the power supply... and it didn't post when I turned it on. WTF. After about ten minutes of utter stupidity, a friend of mine pointed out I didn't plug in the CPU power facepalm.
The machine posted, and I hooked up the graphics card and my two drives to check that the board saw everything, and it did. Next was the case assembly.
I first mounted the PSU. The fourth screw wouldn't cooperate so it is held in by three. Next, I mounted the SSD and HDD into the case, removing the upper hard drive bay for video card clearance. This ended up being unnecessary, but I didn't need it anyway so I left it out. Then I screwed in the motherboard standoffs, added the IO shield, and put the motherboard in place. After screwing everything in, it was ready for me to wire it up.
I wired in the drives first, as the SATA ports are not accessible after the video card is mounted. Then, I wired the motherboard and CPU to the PSU. I connected the CPU cooler wire and the two casefans to the motherboard. I put the graphics card into the PCIe x16 slot, and ran power to it. Finally I wired in the case wires for power, reset, audio, and LEDs.
I confirmed the machine still POSTed and brought it up to my room and plugged in my network cable. I booted up the Windows 10 USB drive (purchased separately for $120) and installed it to my SSD. The machine started up fine to Windows 10, but with no network or video drivers. I downloaded the network driver to a flash drive and installed it.
After installing all the drivers from the internet, everything was up and running.
There has only been one issue, on wake from sleep or start up, the Ethernet port seems to never turn back on. I have yet to determine if this is a motherboard or driver issue. Everything else has been working flawlessly, I couldn't be happier.
This machine is very quick, and the SSD makes startup near instantaneous. For the money, this machine packs a punch. I'm still benchmarking it but I will be sure to report those results.