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This was my very first build, I had no f*&!ing idea where to start because I, for some godforsaken reason, woke up one day and said, "Hey, I want to be cool and build a computer" fully knowing that I've never touched a wire in my entire life. I only had a MacBook Air and couldn't even watch 5 YouTube videos in a row without my laptop wheezing its last breath, hotter than a frying pan and wanting to explode. I COULDN'T LIVE THE PRIMITIVE LIFE ANYMORE. In my opinion this build is pretty modest/moderate for your average consumer, maybe a little overkill, but I wanted something that would last me without significant upgrades for the years following the stress I endured looking at the cables pre-management.
This was intended for everyday use, editing on Sony Vegas and Photoshop, coding and of course, games. I could barely muster 1 game of League at 17 FPS on my shoddy Mac before it started steaming and feeling hotter than Dave Franco so hopefully now I can play with more than 5 pixels. I also play Overwatch, GTA V, Maplestory, some Tetris and Club Penguin. I wanted this be able to fuel my grossly weird pimple popping YouTube video addiction, intense Facebook stalking and Netflix binges.
The parts I picked were honestly after long, gruelling research and beginner articles for the noobiest of noobs and what would work together whilst maintaining a somewhat aesthetic build. I am by far an 'expert' or even 'decent' and by no means know what a 'hard drive' is, so forgive me if this build makes no sense but it worked for me. OK let's get on with it.
Others notes: I'm editing a video on this build, I'll link it when it's up! Overall even though I slaved over these hunks of metal an for an entire Saturday and Sunday, almost ripped out my hair and wanted to cry, I enjoyed building this very much and was so proud of the result. I can see why there are many enthusiasts out there! Please feel free to give me constructive criticism about any future upgrades/builds/advice/life knowledge/tax returns/my math exam.
Shout out to PC Part Picker because without their super user friendly interface, trillions of advice/threads and completed builds, I would not have been able to create this at all. I LOVE THE SYSTEM BUILD THING I PICKED ALL MY PARTS WITH THAT.
I chose the Intel i5-6500 because I didn't/do not intend to overclock it, and it seemed like a pretty good processor where it wasn't too old or ridiculously expensive. It came with a stock fan which I originally meant to keep, but after installing it I realized it looked ugly af. So maybe I'll invest in the NZXT Kraken x62 later on. It does a good job cooling though because I don't do anything SUPER intense.
This I had the most trouble choosing. I was originally looking at a Z170/Z270, but my cousin (who's super tech-y) recommended an H170 so I went with this Gigabyte one, after a long debate (AKA I had no idea and just listened to him LOL). I ordered this from Newegg, and realized it was $20 cheaper at Memory Express but it was too late because it was sold by an 'independent seller' and blah blah w/e. It was pretty hard to find and TBH I think I could've went with something better. However, it works fine, has some sick audio lights but only 3 case fan ports so that's why I had to get the splitter. Dual Channel memory, 2 PCIE slots for SLI/Crossfire to your hearts content.
The only complaint is that it came with 2 SATA cables, but they were different! One was flat on both ends, and the other was flat on one side and L-shaped on the other, which did not fit at all at first. Thank god I was able to make this work in my case, but with a bit of a stretch.
Pretty self explanatory, good ol' RAM. I went went 8GB because I don't need that much, and my graphics card is only 8GB as well, but I can always upgrade if I want to.
I chose to have both an SSD and HDD. I didn't go with an M.2 because 1) they're expensive and 2) it was confusing (to me, the scrub, at least). I think 250GB is enough for my OS and games, and 1TB is plenty to hold cough all of my pictures with my friends of course. /sobs/ I got Windows 10 from a friend, that's why it's not in my purchases
Thankfully to help the dent in my wallet I got this at Mikes Computer Shop on sale for $299.99. I think it was a steal at this price considering the GTX 1060 'equivalent' (or so I've been told) is more expensive. I love my graphics card, it's nice and runs everything so well. The twin frozr fans are a bonus too. (sorry I don't have any specs b/c idk what to record)
There are a lot of pros and cons to my case, but I think overall it's sexy and the tempered side glass with the easy button is the best part. I had room for all of my parts! Pros: its sexy af, open concept, fits a full ATX board, dust filter at bottom, psu at the top is something new Cons: wasted space, weird fans (intake at bottom and none front), full mobo=no room for 2 fans on the bottom, cables/wiring at the back was tight
EDIT: I HATE THIS CASE IT SUCKS THE IO SHIELD IS THE DUMBEST THING ON EARTH, I CANT EVEN PUT IT IN. THERES NO ROOM FOR MY FAT FINGERS TO PLUG THINGS IN, ESP THE FRONT HEADER PANEL PLUGS BECAUSE IT SITS RIGHT AGAINST THE BOTTOM OF THE CASE. THE RETAINER BRACKET LITERALLY AGED ME 6000 YEARS BECAUSE THE SCREWS DON'T FIT. I WAS SWEATING SO MUCH TRYING TO PUT IT ON I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO WATER DAMAGE MY MOBO.
PSU/Power Supply: You can't go wrong with EVGA. I went with a fully modular 650W one because ~cables~ and I wanted the wiring to be as easy as possible. It saved me so much time and made it soo much easier. If you are as technologically challenged as me, I'd recommend this one. You can never go wrong with more watts. Don't quote me on that.
THE SCREWS DON'T EVEN FIT. LIKE WUT. The LED's were more purple than white, and it's brighter at the front than the back (which I should have expected) but overall it gives good air flow around my case.