This is my first build and I have put a lot of work in choosing the right components.
Please do not hate me for buying the "wrong" stuff, this is what I wanted, but if you have any tips, tricks or comments for my next build, somewhere in the future, please share.
All the components arrived within 2 weeks of order and they all shipped fine. The case was the first "part" I explored, i thought it was amazing and I still believe it is amazing. For the people who like a very quiet case, do not buy this one, even though the noise coming from the machine is not noticable, unless you turn the fans up above 55%.
After I prepared the case for the build (motherboard standoffs and some wiring), I then quickly unpacked everything I needed to put in the case step by step: Motherboard first, then the cpu (with cpu fan) and the ram. After I did this, I put the motherboard in the case and notice something: Crap! The two motherboard standoffs on the right side do not line up with my motherboard. I looked my motherboard and case up on the internet and they should be perfect together. But for me, the two holes in the motherboard are not useable. So, after a few headaches I decided to give up and to not install the two standoff screw in my motherboard. It was sturdy enough, I figured.
After this, I thought it would be best to do the PSU cabling and to put in the SSD and the HDD. I routed all the cables through the big hole at the bottom and to the little ones where they needed to go. It worked perfectly. There is so much room for cables, that even a newby like me had an easy task with cable managing. (By the way, the PSU I use is super quiet. P.S.: There is only one cable stuck to the PSU: the 24 pin connector, the rest is modular)
When I had installed every cable, I installed the beautiful R9 380X. It looks so sexy <3 AND it has a backplate. Unfortunately, I kind of forgot the 2 6 pin connectors for my GPU, so I had to route those to the GPU aswell. That was not a big issue though. After I was done with the GPU, I installed the sleeved LED's from NZXT, which are amazingly handy to install and look great!
After installing every part and every cable correctly, I booted the PC up for the first time. MY (green) OMNIPOTENT, IT'S ALIVE!
After I booted the system for the first time, I already noticed that the driver of the motherboard was old, so I upgraded that. Then I tried to install Windows 10 64-bit, but it did not work for some reason. My dad (ICT-specialist) and I could not figure out what was wrong for over 2 days. All of the sudden, my dad had an idea to clone his own PC's SSD to mine and then at least I had an OS. Finally, a working PC. I still had to install Windows 10 64-bit, so I tried and I tried. I did not think I was going to install the new OS within an hour or so.
And now, after all the struggles, my PC works amazing. It is extraordinary fast, it boots up within 14 secs (amazing, while I have everything on my SSD). The frames differ per game, but I can easily say it will run everything you throw at it with a steady 50-60 FPS on High-Ultra settings. The only "issue" with this PC is that the GPU tends to get a bit hot, so I turn the fans of my case all the way up and I have a custom curve for the fans of the GPU. With these adaptations, the GPU does not go over 60°C.
CS:GO (Everything maxed out):
- min 170 FPS
- max 250 FPS
- avg 210 FPS
Rocket League (Everything maxed out + limited 60 FPS):
- min 58 FPS
- max 60 FPS
- avg 59 FPS
Battlefield 3 (Almost everything maxed out):
- min 56 FPS
- max 67 FPS
- avg 60 FPS
Heroes & Generals (Everything maxed out + limited 60 FPS):
- min 50 FPS
- max 60 FPS
- avg 58 FPS
Euro Truck Simulator (High Settings):
- min 37 FPS
- max 61 FPS
- avg 55 FPS