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Ever since I was little I've wanted to build my own computer. Finally, 15 years later, I was able to do it! I went into this knowing very little about "what's good." I saw the NZXT H440 case and was pretty much set on getting it. Lucky for me I picked it up when Tiger Direct had them in stock a few days ago.

The build started off with the i5 (which I will overclock in a few days) and just the 2TB hard drive. Friends convinced me to buy Windows 8.1 over sticking with 7. I then decided to grab the SSD when it was on sale because, let's face it, everyone needs at least on SSD. I know the video card is a weak point in the build but I got a great deal on it and really wanted to stay under $1,500 (including monitors, mouse, and keyboard). I plan on upgrading to the 770 (or better) and maybe throwing in some water cooling in a year or so.

Doing the actual build took a lot longer than expected. I was pretty clueless but watched a few YouTube videos well in advance. Applying the thermal compound made me nervous but everything turned out great! I think the cable management is good but I really have no idea. Any suggestions at all are definitely welcome!

I also picked up a cheap Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse combo for $30. I plan on using the wireless keyboard/mouse for casual gaming while using my TV as a monitor. Once I get a desk I'll set it up close to my TV for "normal" gaming. I'd then use my monitors and wired keyboard (still need to buy) and mouse. I didn't factor any rebates into the prices but I think I'll get $75-$100 back in rebates... forgot the actual number.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job! Good parts and well executed.

RAM/mobo prices seem a little high, but the i5 was a steal! Maybe add a little more of a rationale of each part?

+1

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

The RAM I agree with.I'm sure I could have found a better deal. The mobo has a mail in rebate so that makes it a little better.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm starting to hate all of you people who have that new H440 case. Damnit! Why can't I have one?!?!?! LOL +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

More H440 Build !!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one fine looking case and your build is very clean looking. It's kind of funny looking at the parts and seeing that almost every project these days has the same SSD card. Samsung has a real winner there. Where did you get the CPU for only $190? Great price.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU was at the Microcenter near me (only Microcenter in Michigan). In store only for $189.99. Definitely can't beat that!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building a PC in a few weeks with that PSU and case combo, and if you dont have the cable extensions, does the regular CPU power cable reach the top of the case? Thanks!