The Redbox was built to function as both a work and game station.
First things first, although I am transitioning from a custom built computer assembled in 2006, I have NEVER built a computer myself. There were a few bumps in the road, but nothing too major. End to end, the full assembly took me about four evenings of work spread over a couple weeks. It was a fun ride and something I look forward to doing again.
So how about some explanations to the various parts I have brought together?? Yes?? Well if you insist...
The Left Brain:
In my line of work, using a computer is non-optional. Consulting projects in the Risk Management space often lead me to build complex Monte Carlo simulations that are used to estimate a whole slew of different risks. For those of you are not familiar, think "How much money should we spend to advertise widget X on TV?" -or- "If we outsource our IT Security, what is the worst that can happen?".
Because many of these simulations can take hours or even days to run, I have opted for an overclocked quad core processor, 32 GB of memory and a SSD. These three parts most directly impact the time it takes to execute a full fledged simulation.
Fun fact I learned while researching the build... To roughly estimate RAM Response Time you should divide RAM latency by the speed. Playing with all the options out there, I was surprised to find that the "slower" 1600 MHz Trident X series coupled with an awesome latency of 7 are actually the fastest (and reasonably priced) sticks on the market. In the future I'll overclock the timings and see if I can't get even more out of this set of RAM.
The Right Brain:
While researching the the fun and creative side of computing, a handful of things became readily apparent. Below are those things.
The Mother Board - I do not always game, but when I do... I choose FPS. This MoBo comes with SonicRadar II and I just could not resist having a built in radar system. Also, with the built in mPCIe Combo III, linking to my various entertainment devices via bluetooth is simple. Lastly, the BIOS is really easy to use.
The Video Card - The GTX 980 kicks ***. Low voltage, fair price and opting for a single card gives me room to step up to a SLI in the future if it becomes necessary. Why ASUS you ask? I trust the company and research points to the fact that the STRIX card does really well when leveraged to crunch numbers in those earlier mentioned simulations.
The Case - The cube shape is a unique look. If I took the time and money to build a custom PC, I damn well want people to recognize that my computer is not standard issue. Also, split compartments mean really easy cable management and the rave reviews regarding case airflow support component longevity.
The CPU Cooler - It is just a little guy that provides improved performance over stock. After learning more about the importance of CPU cooling, I will be ordering the H110i GT before really cranking up the clock on the CPU.
My One Complaint - Do not order the Corsair K95! This thing costs over a c-note and came with 7 dead LEDs out of the box. When checking reviews more closely online, I found out that I am not the only one with this issue. As a positive, Amazon has agreed to replace the merchandise hassle-free.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to answer as many as possible. Now if you stuck with me this long, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy!
(In an effort to really describe exactly what it took me to build the machine, all part prices include tax and shipping to CA)