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So, I just completed my first build and it is amazing! The only real issue I ran into was after I installed everything, I realized I have my OS stored on my HDD and I bought the SSD explicitly for my OS and game storage. I was terrified while installing my CPU considering it was probably the most simple part of the build. Cable management could probably have been a bit better but I think I did well considering my experience and patience.

I mainly built this pc as a media center/workstation but will be delving into the pc gaming master race as soon as I can afford some games. I've already started running Minecraft and Garry's mod on it and it is a night and day difference from my 3 year old Dell laptop. I will still be using my laptop in conjunction with my desktop and I have a 32" LED TV that I will use as a second monitor.

I spent roughly 5 hours from unboxing to windows boot but spent a lot of time ensuring I had connected everything properly. I didn't want to blow the thing up the first time I hit the power. The plethora of extra cables that come with each component can be confusing and overwhelming but you really just need to consider how each part gets power and transfers data. From there, you can just think about the normal operation sequence of PCs and consider the parts as they relate to the whole.

My main complaint is with my MOBO and GPU. The GPU covers up the LED logo on my MOBO! lol. As far as operation goes, it is quiet, fast and pretty. I couldn't be happier and am now hooked. The Asus ROG bios and support software make monitoring and tweaking everything a breeze. I'm already planning a new build for about half the cost of this one. I still have lots of tinkering to do, such as moving my OS to my SSD and tinkering with OC'ing and optimizing my system but i'm learning a ton and well on my way.

Thanks to everyone that helped in the forums and in general on this site. I would probably never have done this without you guys. The fact that so many people can do this and know so much about it made me feel at ease when I started buying parts.

Let me know it you have questions, comments, suggestions, etc.

*I will upload more and better pics when I am able to borrow my buddy's nice camera. (phone camera is shite)

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes definitely redo your window's install to your ssd and reformat your hdd. It will be lightning fast on that ssd. Nice build +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Overall, Good Job! I've would of picked a Liquid CPU Cooler though. If you transport your desktop to gaming sites, best to remove cpu cooler CM Hyper 212 Evo because of some known issues with Intel "Skylakes" getting damaged as too much pressure on the cpu casing. When you place your OS Win10 Pro on the SSD, should boot up in 12 to 20 seconds. If you plan on SLI configuration (2 video cards), the EVGA 750 Watt power supply would be cutting it close. Have plenty of fun gaming and be Happy!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

i read into that, it was mainly scythe coolers as no other company was having issues

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything seems to be working fine as far as my cpu is concerned but i was worried about the amount of pressure the cooler put on it. Is there any way to tell if i damaged it with my cooler? I had originally planned on liquid cooling but i didnt have any plans for OC'ing and figured I'd save a hundred bucks. I will likely upgrade in the future. Had to do a clean install to move windows over but its booting and running beautifully!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I have heard a lot about that happening to the cpu so I'm being very careful in the meantime. I am upgrading to a liquid cooler in the next month or so and also plan on sli for a second 970 but i may have to upgrade my psu for that. Its running like a dream though and have several days worth of use on it. I power up everyday when i get home!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, you're a genius. I never though of getting different fans for the evo... I'm building mine once all the parts come in. I am also terrified about the cpu install. Im also am a bit lost as to what to do after everything gets powered on....like what to do with the software and drivers installation. Im coming from a 10 yr old laptop. Nice build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks. Just make sure you get the right size fans for the cooler. I accidentally got 4-120mm which worked well for swapping out the cooler fan but i intended on having 2-140mm for my top chassis exhaust. The cooler comes with extra brackets for a second fan though, so no need to worry about those. When you power up you will first go to bios as it's the only software on the motherboard. Depending on what OS you use and how you received it, you will have to do things a certain way. I'm going to assume you are using windows. If you received a disc copy, you will need to power on and insert the disc to you optical drive and from bios you can choose the boot priority order. You will want to select the disc drive to boot first. This should run the cd and consequently, windows. You may also be able to just reboot the system with the cd in the drive and it will auto install. It is basically the same for a usb downloaded version, you will just need to insert the usb and power up or choose the usb as the priority boot drive. Cd versions typically come with drivers already although, you should download the latest ones from the manufacturer. This goes for the usb option as. You should visit the websites for you specific graphics card and motherboard as well to download their latest drivers. Good luck and feel free to message me if you have troubles and as always, google has a wealth of info. Happy building!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Thank you so much!! Wasn't expecting a full rundown! I really appreciate that man!! I think i'll go with the Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler. I'm trying as best I can to stick with the black and white theme. But the idea of switching fans had never occurred to me so when I saw yours I was like... ofcourse! lol. It's the simple things in life... Question: What made you choose Win 10 Pro instead of home? All I've heard is with Pro, you have the option to choose updates as apposed to having every single update load by itself. I've researched a bit but I can't see a clear difference. Buisness vs home use... ok i get it but there has to be more than that...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! I really enjoyed building mine and had a ton of help from people online so i am happy to pay it forward. With windows, I believe that may be the only difference but i went into this build with the hopes of being able to manage my system exactly how i want it. Especially when it comes to privacy settings. This way, if i dont like the updates i can (hopefully) opt out. It likely won't make a huge difference though as i will probably need the updates for other things.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Any particular reason you have the extension cables plugged in? You don't need them they just ruin the aesthetic of your build. Nice one, should treat you well!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Which extensions are you referring to?! I only used y splitters for my cpu fans and top chassis fans. I only have 4 fan headers and the cpu fan header on my mobo and I'm running 7 fans total. (2 front intake running on a control switch on the front i/o, 2 top exhaust, 1 rear exhaust and 2 cpu) the problem is the connectors for the preinstalled front fans have male leads and i would have to cut and rewire them to connect straight to the mobo.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm referring to your GPU , no need to have them plugged in like that, straight from the GPU is much better.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess im confused. The cables sticking out of the gpu are plugged in the psu. Do i not need them? If not, how does the gpu get power?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the motherboard treating you? Any issuses installing anything? I'm considering it for my build and it seems fairly popular in most builds I'm researching.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry about the delayed reply, i haven't been on this site for a while. Anyways, It's been great! I have yet to run into any issues. The ui is great looking and easy to navigate. The accompanying programs are amazing as well. Makes it a snap to tweak and oc cpu, gpu, audio, ram, bandwidth, fan speed, etc. I've still only scraped the surface of what i can do with it. The board itself is labeled fairly well and i had very little trouble getting everything plugged in and organized. The only issue i had was with the limited fan headers but this was only an issue due to the fact that i have 3-140mm fans and 4-120mm fans. My aftermarket fans came with Y-splitters and there are extension fan headers but i can't get the ext headers to read the fan data, so i cant control or see rpm, etc with the fan manager software. Honestly, not a big issue. I highly recommend it on a gaming build and it works just fine for entertainment and productivity as well. This being my first build and really my fIrst personal desktop, I'm a little apprehensive about messing with the processors and memory but I'm soon going to install liquid cooling and start oc'ing, and sli a second 970. Hope this helps!