Henry2 is the end result of a decision to move on from my 5+ year old laptop. I wanted to have the performance necessary to participate in gaming with friends, and I wanted something that I knew inside and out. I began on a budget, but I had more funds as I got farther into the build and I think that is semi reflected in my part choices and where I got them from. Henry2 was a very big learning experience for me so to speak. I've worked in IT so I have a reasonable amount of knowledge in network diagnostics, compatibility, generic hardware, and of course google fu. That being said assembling a device with bits and pieces from everywhere with a little less hands on experience than necessary was an adventure.
What is this used for: -Gaming - When I began this build that was the primary goal, which has since evolved but will always be a primary ideal.
- Home theater - towards the end of the build I decided to add bits and pieces of audio components which aren't included in my part list.
-Therapy - When some people are having a rough time with external situations having something mechanical and hands on can be highly therapeutic. I kept extending the build longer than I should of not just because of delay between parts, but also because it was helpful as a coping strategy in a period of emotional distress.
What worked well:
Smearing thermal glue with a card was ideal for me. Isopropyl alcohol is godsend for electronics, but remember that it is also a paint thinner. Constant compatibility checks and reading reviews is the way to go. Using price aggregate sites are really helpful. 9/10 amazon is the way to go, but if you buy used you can find amazing items with very little use on ebay. Make sure your fans follow the airflow of your case, and if you have a bunch of fans only power a couple from your motherboard, because you don't need extra voltage going through your motherboard for no reason.
What went poorly:
Don't buy a used mobo. I had a bunch of glitchy memory ports, because my motherboard had bent and broken pins when I bought it. I didn't realize it at first and must have taken everything apart 6 times. Also ask around about the motherboard before hand, some of them are really picky about memory etc. and will refuse to start. I fondled the cmos one too many times if you catch my drift.
I realized that I forgot to have pricing for the gpu. I paid 650 for it when BLT did a pre-order for it. It was delivered yesterday.