It's finally built! Definitely an upgrade from the Intel Atom netbook I had.
CPU: I chose this because at the time this was the best I could afford and has a great upgrade path. Later I'll throw in an i5-6500 to make it a REAL gaming machine.
Mobo: Has built in wifi and bluetooth, USB 3.0, USB C, and HDMI ports. Don't plan to overclock anytime soon so an H170 chipset was sufficient.
RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 with a CAS of 14, decent for cheap and matches my other components.
Hard drive: I figured it would be really cool to give SSDs a try and the mobo had an M.2 slot. First SSD ever. Oh my god is it fast! Everything loads within seconds instead of minutes! Later I'll probably throw in one of those PCIe X4 ones, once overheating problems are taken care of... For now, 250GB is quite a bit to work with compared to my netbook with a regular HDD of 160GB.
Case: It looked cool, had a handle, and was small-ish. Pain in the butt for cable management due to the size, but having an M.2 instead of a 2.5in SSD gets rid of some of the management issues. Especially with the fully-modular PSU.
PSU: Fits the case, is of the same brand as the case, and supplies 500W of powah to my computer. Planning ahead a bit for a GPU with the high wattage...
So... my first build went pretty well.
Will update with pics eventually... didn't take any while I was assembling it though...
Thoughts? Questions? Rants?
Edit: Read a lot of reviews on the PSU I got that said it had coil whine and/or fan grinding noises... guess I didn't get lucky cause I've got both, but once my earbuds are in it matters not! So... huzzah?
Plays Subnautica on recommended and everything else older on high to ultra. Even got a glitchy game to work on it! Audiosurf 2 is awesome! :D
First SSD ever, it's so fast! 20 seconds to load Windows 10 versus the 2 minutes for Windows 7 on a conventional spinning drive. I can't wait to try out one of those PCIe X4 drives down the road. Also lovin the form factor. It's so tiny! :D
Pros: Sturdy, light, and fairly easy to move around.
Cons: The handle is made of plastic and the grip kind of digs into my hand while carrying.
For a first case, this was probably not the best to start off with, due to tight cable management, but it has room for a graphics card down the road and is fairly portable.
Pros: Great power supply, easy install, and looks great!
Cons: Has fan grinding noise when gaming and every so often there's a bit of coil whine...
Not bad for my first psu. :)