I've always wanted to build a PC because I was using a laptop with a gt 740m and the performance on non demanding games like CS GO and Dota 2 were alright but I also wanted to be able to play games like Witcher 3 and GTA V, so I decided that I would save up and build my dream PC. I went for a Black & White build because I like to keep it simple and not too distracting.
Now the building experience. I was nervous, I didn't know where to start even though I've watched tons of videos about building a PC. So I decided to just wing it, I took parts out of there box like the case, PSU and PSU cables. I opened up the case and took off the HDD cages that wouldn't use, I screwed in the HDD and SSD in place, I then worked on the MOBO, CPU, RAM and the CPU Cooler. The CPU and RAM Installation were easy but not so much with the CPU Cooler, it's my first time to see this cooler in person and it's huge. Attaching the back plates and stuff was easy but screwing the CPU Cooler in place was a bit hard, there wasn't a lot of space to work with and I was able to properly put it on (I cleaned the CPU heat spreader and put in the thermal paste).
I was ready to put the MOBO in the case, popped the IO shield and the MOBO in place, screwed it in and it's done. At this point I started to connect cables from the PSU to the MOBO like the CPU power and the 24-pin for the MOBO. I took out 2 PCIE covers for the GPU, this card is huge I was having a hard time fitting it in the case because of its size and the HDD shroud is blocking it. I was able to put it in but I could't plug in the 8-pin connectors to GPU because of the HDD shroud, so I took out the card and plugged in the cables first and screwed it back.
I then worked on connecting the HDD and SSD to the MOBO and PSU, it went well. So what's left, the case connectors for the fans and front IO. Had to look at the MOBO Manual to get it right, it was easy and hard at the same time, it was easy because the Manual shows where to plug stuff in and it was hard because there wasn't much room for move and I didn't have and long-nosed pliers to use.
When everything is connected I installed Windows, the installation was fast because of the SSD and I was able to boot without a problem or so I thought, the case fans are not working. The CPU Cooler fans work but not the case fans, I forgot to connect them, so I did little research on why the fans are not working then I found the answer I needed to connect the case fan hub to the SYSFAN header on the MOBO and use molex to connect it to the PSU. I booted up once again and they worked.
After that, I installed drivers and software that I'll need but the internet wasn't working, even though the PC is connected to the internet using Ethernet cable, it's not working. It turns out I need to install On-board LAN driver for the MOBO, having no optical drive to install the drivers that came with the MOBO (CD) I had to use my laptop to downloaded it, I installed it and restarted the PC and it's connected to the internet. I then downloaded and installed other things. So my PC is working well now with all drivers installed.
When I was building this PC I didn't work on the cable management but now that it's working I decided to work on it, I unplugged and routed the cables neatly and bundled them up behind the motherboard tray. I made sure that they weren't too bulky to close the case and I put it all back in together.
Temps when running Prime95 and Furmark at the same time. CPU: 60° C GPU: 70-75° C
That's it the build is finished and I've been using it for a week also I'm not overclock anything yet because for everything I'm playing right now It's performs super well and I'm very happy with what I built.
Did a bunch of research on which CPU to get and i5 6600K seems to be recommended often, so I went with it.
IMO CPU air cooler looks cooler than water coolers (which looks too simple and a bit expensive). It performs really well and very quiet.
The board is black and white and reviews are pretty good.
Looks and the brand is pretty good.
Fast and cheaper than 850 Evo
Cheap and good brand.
Looks awesome and goes well with the build also the fans will speed 100% if you press the button at the back of the card and it will be loud.
Quiet and sleek although not much room to work in.
Planned on using CableMod cables so i picked this and its quiet.
No backlight bleed, good colour reproduction and it looks sleek and the bezel is thin.
Awesome keyboard, feels weird typing on this keyboard. I've been using chiclet keyboard on my laptop for years so it takes time to get used to.
I've used this before and loved it.