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My first foray into the world of PC Building.
Well it took a while but here we are, I've always had a keen interest in technology and fiddling around with devices but until recently this had never extended to PC's. I had enjoyed PC gaming and playing with Design programs but it had always been on sub par machines. My most recent computer is a 6 year old Toshiba Laptop that was never stellar to begin with and has recently begun showing its age. I was initially going to do what I've always done buy some cheap laptop from my local tech store and not even question the performance and enjoyment hit i would take by doing so.
Back in January I subtly hinted to my wife that it might be time to upgrade and that this time around we might like to look at desktop computers rather than laptops whose mobility we don't ever utilize. She was rather surprisingly supportive of the idea and i started perusing online catalogs and seeing just what was around. It was during this initial research that I stumbled upon a little website called Pcpartpicker, double clicking on the google search result I had no idea of the rabbit hole down which I was falling. This site is truly an awakening experience to behold. Not only does it provide well needed and freely offered advice but it is a wonderful forum in which builders can express their individual vision and creativity. I was astounded at the artistry and quality of the builds and wanted nothing more than to do as so many of you have done and build something that was truly mine.
This is the almost end result (though anyone who has built their own rig will tell you it's never truly "done") Yes its missing a Gpu, Yes some of the aesthetic touches are not as polished as I might like but I'm proud to say that it is mine and I built it. (Even making the time consuming mistake of sleeving my own cables on an evga psu. Damn ripple suppressing capacitors.) As far as the Gpu goes I live in Australia and typically only buy components from bricks and mortar stores so until 1070 availability improves i'll make do with the integrated graphics. Other than that I'm happy, its damn fast and to my mind looks good and its capacity for upgrading is pretty reasonable. On a final note i'd just like to say thankyou to those of you who make it your mission to welcome and assist those of us who stumble in here without a lick of knowledge or an idea of what we're doing, you are what makes this site truly amazing... well you and those amazing builds on show.
Wow compared to my previous computer this thing is quick. Quad core and effective for my usage patterns.
Keeps that cpu really cool even when benching at 4.6. Only gripe was some issues with pump noise due to me failing to recognize that mobo was fluctuating power supply through fan header, rectified with an easy bios tweak.
Great motherboard, was going to go with the Z170-A but wasn't available and this was open box and only slightly more expensive. Easily overclocks and has plenty of connectivity, just with there were more Usb 2 headers that would have enabled me to use Hue+ and Grid without the need for an expansion unit
Ummmm... its ram. It does what it's supposed to easily runs at advertised speed through xmp profile in bios
Quick, my first experience with an ssd an whilst not top of the line the price versus its performance is pretty damn good
It's a Hard drive. It's my main storage and it works quickly and quietly
Good case, easy to build in but damn i wish there was just a little more space behind the mobo tray. Basement is great for hiding those unsightly masses of cable
Cheap and fully modular wattage is more than sufficient for my needs and eco mode means fan doesn't run unless temp limits are exceeded, only annoyance was sleeving the cables from it and those pesky capacitors. Next time I'll just sleeve some extensions.
Coming from a six year old laptop and gaming on an old TV this is amazing, real estate is phenomenal and clarity great. Only bug bear is the adaptive brightness setting seems to respond to my rgb case lighting and phase in and out I just disabled it and decreased brightness a bit.