Well I did it! I finally built a PC form scratch. Thanks in large part to the advice on this website forums, i selected the Intel 6700 chip and 980 Ti on top of a ROG Asus Viii Hero board.
I am using this PC (right now actually) for boring stuff - business applications, photography and video editing and moving into some PC gaming from console gaming.
Apart from a dead motherboard and one dead HDD, things went well and it took two days (including replacement part delivery time) to build. Very happy with the result. The Define R5 case is silent, utterly silent - it's incredible.
I tried to take some photos to show the progress. I know there will be tings that i haven't done, or maybe even done correctly that you pros will see in the photos - please point them out to me so i can learn.
Very fast! This CPU is extremely powerful. Coming from an i7 2.9Ghz iMac - it was like walking and then being given a Ferrari on the autobahn... Very happy with the stability, the temps both idle and under load.
This is a big cooling unit! I bought this based on reviews, and it is fairly easy to install for a first timer - just wondering if i should have gotten two fans vs. the single it comes with...
3 stars as i did receive a DOA unit and the 2nd one was very fickle until updating the Bios via the flash tool. It appears to have settled down a little now. I also had a hard time figuring out where everything went by just reading the manual, admittedly it is my first ever build so inexperience played a part there. May be a tad unjust with 3 stars.
Great RAM, showed up at advertised speeds and clock rates. No dead sticks. Happy!
Incredible drive, and incredible performance. Wow this sucker is fast! Not used SSD before, so this is a whole new level of fast application loads, and boot time for me!
Ok, got a DOA drive that i RMA'd. They are noisy (Although inside the Define R5 case, you don't hear anything from the drives). Used for storage of images and video files.
Not the easiest thing to install - thought that i had a defective unit until i searched the web and found that BOTH not EITHER (As stated in the manual) power cables need to be connected. Rendering is much faster, and the only game played so far is Mad Max, under load the card is stable and looks gorgeous.
I love this case, simple. I wanted a non flashy stylish case that was silent. This fits all of those requirements perfectly. It is easy to work inside the case, and the cable management is awesome out of the box!
Works, powers everything up :)
Does it's job, there for the OS install on the new build and also for when i get images and video files via disc - a necessary tool still for me, and this works great!
Windows 10 is the reason I ended my 14 year relationship with Apple. I love the OS, and how MSFT have approached updates as a service vs. major point releases for their OS now.
Wireless Network Adapter
Do not have Ethernet run to my PC location, so wireless is my only option to avoid ugly cables of banging up the walls! This wifi card is FAST! Very very fast, i get full upload / download specs on my broadband (85/85) continuously using speedtest, real world usage is great - no lag of dropping connection
Very nice screens, they did not work out of the box with the DisplayPort, although that was a function of the EVGA GEFORCE card not being updated to latest firmware. Once that was done. they both work great. Image is good and color reproduction was fairly accurate - small calibration needed only.
Not loving the keys or travel on this KYB. It's a nice size, just getting used to it from my old Apple KYB days i guess...
Awesome, comfortable in my hand. Like the back/fwd buttons for my thumb and the battery life as advertised is insane (3 years!!!!)