Build name: Atomsk
What's so awesome of my build is that if you look at PC part picker, you see a lot of builds with just the components..I've build a computer including a monitor! For $1800, there is no way you can top this build for it's price and timing. If you include a good mouse, keyboard, and headset...you are looking at a 2k build. I take criticism well, so I'll be expecting feedback!
So after years and years of saying I would build a computer, (Ever since I was 16 and gamed on my first laptop a HP DV5000 that back in the day played CSS smoothly at 60 fps and an Asus G60JX when I was 19, that smoothly played all games at medium/high settings; Battlefield 3 @ 60 fps) I finally decided to save up and spoil myself extra early this Christmas. (I'm currently 25)
(Keep in mind this is my first PC build, from the ground up! Keep reading, you are in for an adventure..)
It was Mid Oct when I got hired at a retailer store/Inventory. I thought..."Hmm I could save up and finally build my dream computer!" So I was hired, worked my *** off, got OP hours, worked through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Encore Tues...(lol) and finally reached my dream goal.
I made many bad timely purchase mistakes...Let me let you in on a little secret..DON'T LET BLACK FRI GO TO WASTE! Don't SECOND GUESS yourself, and don't have HIGH HOPES that prices will lower (Stupid Cyber Monday..). This year, Black Friday had AWESOME deals! Especially on Newegg.
Anyways, I was so hyped to order my parts that I in fact ordered everything from Newegg, mostly everything with the exception of the CASE and MONITOR. I thought I had ordered my case and when my shipment got here I didn't see my case..I freaked out, called Newegg, checked my invoice, when finally I checked online and saw "No case". All my jimmies...
So I had everything except the monitor now..So what do I do?! Drive to Micro Center. I said, "no more waiting!" The next day I got my monitor and everything was together. I finally had a day off and I decided Id build my computer. (Keep in mind I am A+ Certified). So I cleared my table, stripped the case down, put my ESD strap on, took out the motherboard, placed it on top of the cardboard box, put the CPU in, put the ram in, checked the case, screwed in the standoff's, NOW, placing the motherboard was the hardest thing..literally it wouldn't go in and I don't like applying pressure. Finally it goes into place, screw it down, it's secured...Here comes the semi-hard part...Placing the CPU cooler in..My god. With the screws they provided, it was almost impossible, but doable. So I did corner by corner, finally placed the CPU cooler in. Placed the HD and SSD, and finally the power supply. I did some cable management and I finally turned it on. BAM! What every person wants to hear and see..."BEEP!" It was reading 28 °C in BIOS. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I did everything correctly.
It was a awesome build! The things that scared me the most was the crunch the CPU makes when your closing the arm down. Putting a pea size amount of TP (Thermal Pase), and hoping that after taking and putting back in to fit my Motherboard into the standoffs that I didn't scratch anything on the bottom of the Mother Board.
I will be using my machine to render videos, stream on Twitch, and Steam. Game to the max and continue studying for my Network +.
Without taxes, I spent $1700 evenly. With taxes, it was $1800.
I debated my dream build vs my performance build. I will be posting more links in the future so you can see and compare that to my current build. I'll post a link.
Edit in progress. More Pics to come!
Added a Corsair 140 AF (Red LED) Fan. Temp on my GPU went down by 5 and CPU is at 28 when idle.
I also finally cable managed my CPU fan connector. I'm loving my new fan! It looks great in my rig!