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I purchased all of my parts from a local Microcenter. There, they helped me to choose what parts I needed VS wanted and also assisted in choosing parts that were the best bang for your buck. Going in there, I figured that the prices would be outrageous and I was planning on only purchasing select parts from them and the rest online, but I ended up buying everything in store because they weren't far off from online once shipping and all other expenses were calculated.
The performance of the computer is amazing. Coming from a 2008 Dell Desktop running Windows XP, this blows it out of the water. I have the SSD configured to run the OS and all of my programs, everything is super snappy. Not mentioned in the build, I have a few Western Digital Caviar Green HDDs holding my media. I intend to edit videos and play games on this machine, although I haven't done so much of that yet. I've played some light games on max settings and didn't run into an issue with them on very high settings. (Minecraft, League of Legends, Hawken, Dota 2, etc.) I've also edited a few videos and the 16GB of RAM along with the i7 allows for this beast to render videos in no time. The computer idles very quietly and never gets super loud. I have the stock fan on it and haven't ran into an issue since. I plan on overclocking the CPU one day, but until then, I don't think an aftermarket fan will be necessary. The only real "issue" I must have had putting it together was the motherboard IO shield. All of the little clippings were still attached so I simply bent them all outwards. I'm not sure if I was supposed to clip them or something like that, but oh well.
Comments are appreciated and I will try to answer as many as I can.
I knew I wanted an i7 because I wanted power and that's what I got. This has never showed signs of weakness. I plan on overclocking it someday and when I will I will buy an aftermarket fan, but for now, the stock one works very well.
Nothing special. I wanted to keep this build cheap and new, so this was one of the cheapest Z97 boards I could find. It also had the USB 3.0 headers I was looking for along with enough SATA connectors. Only reason why this isn't 5 stars is because the IO shield had weird metal tounges hanging out of each connector. (I'm not sure if that is normal or not as this was my first build. ever.)
Cheapest DDR3 2x8 config RAM I could find at Microcenter. I was told the mhz differences between 1600 and 1866 and so on really didn't make a significant difference so this suited me well. The 2x8 allows me to upgrade to 32 if I need to in the future.
Cheap SSD, high storage, blazing fast. Enough said.
I have not yet pushed my GPU to the limits, but for the light gaming I've done, it has held up well and supports 2 monitors +.
I love the clean Corsair look it gives off and not at a terrible price. The inside is very clean and easy to do some cable managing. Very nice case.
Coming from XP Professional, this sucks. I'm just sticking it out until Windows 10.