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This is my first build. I decided to strike a balance between performance and price and wanted something that used mid to high quality parts and newer standards for each component. It was a tossup whether or not to use liquid cooling or a heatsink/fan combo, but I ultimately chose to go with the HSF to keep things simple. Hopefully I won't regret that later if I decide to overclock in the future.

I'll mostly be using this as a gaming computer and to access my NAS for media files. Also, I have a Razer Ouroboros wireless/wired mouse that I will be using in addition to the one I listed in the parts list.

The simplest part of of the build was installing the NVME SSD in the M.2 slot, while the hardest part for me was attaching the header cables to the mobo and the cable management afterwards. The Fractal design case did make cable management much easier though. I'm glad I went with the SSD that I did, because software installs in a snap. As one reviewer said, "Let's go ludicrous speed! We've gone plaid." (A Space Balls reference for those not in the know).

One issue I did run into was the system initially worked before I installed the graphics card and wireless card (yes, I tested the build before I wound up installing everything), but once I did, it wouldn't post with video. After re-seating the graphics card and moving the wireless card to a different x1 slot because the wireless card was rubbing against the graphics card, it worked perfectly.

Overall, I'm happy with the build and I learned a lot in the process, which is what I was going for anyways.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Might wanna put a board/plank under that case. The carpet is smothering the psu.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. I now have it under a board (taken from an old shoe rack).

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohhh! I luv when the first pic is of the components boxes!

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I'm trying to get my build done as well. Sorry maybe this is a noob question. Do you mind to tell if the Asus PCE-AC68 can really fit into a ATX mid tower, since it only come with a low profile bracket from what I know.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to research exactly what you meant, guess I'm still somewhat of a noob myself. The package came with a low profile bracket that was swap-able for a what I guess you would call a high profile bracket and fit in the ATX mid tower just fine. The only issue I had with it was the fact that the card itself rubbed against my graphics card when installed in the PCI-E x1 slot right next to the x16 slot, so I had to install it on another x1 slot farther down away from the graphics card. Hope this answers your question.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there i have a question for u does i5 chip bend under cooler master i've reading many bad reviews about this plz answer,THANKS.

  • 46 months ago
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Hi. I think you may have already gotten an answer from the other completed builds you asked, but I'll weigh in with my own answer. Sorry for the late reply. I haven't had any problems with the cooler master bending the CPU or the pins. It seems like the CPU is firmly seated in its socket and if anything the weight of the cooler master HSF would probably put more pressure on the mobo as it is screwed in there even though the included thermal paste connects the CPU and HSF, but I don't think that is the case.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate. Do you think you can help me? I have the same GPU and PSU as you. I have multiple VGA cables and since the GPU has 2 8 PIN connectors do I use 2 VGA cables and plug them into VGA 1 and VGA 2 on the PSU? Btw, does it matter in what way I connect them? At one end, there is a loosened pin on bothVGA cable

sorry for the dumb questions

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. Not a dumb question at all. In answer to your question, you should plug the 2 VGA cables into VGA 1 and VGA 2 on the PSU and connect them both to the GPU. I don't think it really matters in which way you connect them, but I found connecting the 6+2 end of the cable to the GPU and the 8 pin end to the PSU easiest as I had the PSU already installed in the case and the 8 pin end was just easier to connect than managing the 6+2 pin end with it flopping around while trying to connect it, if that makes sense. Plus, to my knowledge, the purpose of the 6+2 pin end is for GPUs with 6 pins, or two 6 pin (total of 12) connectors. I'm assuming that's what you meant by the loosened pin on both VGA cables was the 6+2 pin end connector. Hope that helps and answers your question.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for replying! That is what I meant by the loosened cable (6+2 pin). It's my first build and I am just looking into the small details.

Thanks for helping and answering my question! :)