This my first computer build that I have ever done. The rig is going to mainly be used for graphic design and using programs such as Lightroom, Photoshop and Corel Painter. I just needed a computer to handle the everyday use of those programs, as I am not a gamer. Might be overkill, but it was fun to build. I knew I wanted something that was clean looking and not a lot of color, i was looking for an industrial look, not sure I achieved it.
CPU: I choose the i5 because i wanted the latest processor and I have a similar one in my laptop and it is working fine. I wanted the i7, but really didn't want to pay the extra $150, and I didn't really see the benefit, for what I needed if for.
CPU Cooler: I wanted a black cooler and this one seemed to get a lot of good reviews, so I went with this. It was easy to install. I took off the stock fan, that had a blue led, this wasn't going to work with my case theme. I wish I could of found a white led with a black fan. The Enermax PWM fan is what I went with.
Motherboard: The MSI motherboard has a all Black matte board, and this really was the main reason I choose it. It looks sharp and clean in the case. I did have one problem with it, Case fan header #1, would not start my Enermax 140mm exhaust fan, unless i nudged it. I just hooked it directly to a molex plug, since it wasn't a PWM fan. My conclusion was that the Enermax fan probably needs more voltage to start the fan, and the motherboard wasnt producing enough start voltage.
Memory: Went with something different then I see on most builds, its black and it was inexpensive. It looks nice in the case.
Storage: The Samsung 850 is a good SSD, again it was black with a hint of silver/grey. I plan on buying another and mount it below the other. I mounted the current on with some 2 sided velcro.
Video Card: Wish I could afford a card with more bling, I opted for a simple video card that would just get the job done for my purposes. Again it was black and also did not need extra power, so no power cables visible.
Case: When I first saw this case, I knew that was the one I wanted to complete my build. It was nice and roomy on the inside and it just looked sharp and clean. I know the glass/acrylic will get spots on it from handling it, but I traded that for a view of the whole case.
Power: Black, modular, and good reviews made my decision on the power supply. Plenty of power.
Operating System: Windows 10......it works.
Case Fans: The majority of the fans are Enermax PWM fans. I liked them for the color and they look sharp with the silver side grill. I also have 2 Xigmatek PWM fans on the top of the case, not really in love with them, might swap them out for 2 more Enermax.
Monitor: Current is a older HP, does the job, hoping to get AOC in the near future.
Case lighting: I added 1 30cm strip of Alchemy 2.0 led lights to the top of the case, makes it look good, but it does leave it a bit shadowy towards the bottom. MIght added a smaller strip near the bottom in the future.
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