I don't have an amazing title for my build, it was my first build. I built the computer for home use and future use by being able to interchange/upgrade on my own. I was tired of buying prebuilt machines from Dell, etc. I stumbled upon r/buildapc and became inspired and discovered this website, both of which was beyond helpful. There will probably be little gaming even done on this and mostly used for working from home on the weekend and occasional photo editing.
It took me about an hour to build and booted on first power, the BIOS instantly asked for my OS usb and windows installed was a breeze. It has been 24 hours and I am still stunned by how smooth the whole thing went. It being my first build I fully expected to run into some problems even though I had done my homework and watched a ton of videos. I started planning this build almost two years ago and I finally worked up the nerve to start buying parts back in September of 2018. That is why some of the parts seem dated, but I am beyond happy with the end result. I welcome all feedback and recommendations for a future build, which I am planning to do in June for my 12 year old, so he can game.
I manage to pick this CPU up at MicroCenter for this cost in September of 2018. I had read reviews on it and how it was amazing bang for buck and had hyperthreading. I am beyond pleased with its performance to date.
I grab this cooler at the same time I grabbed the CPU at MicroCenter. I knew I was going to do a black/white themed build and had read plenty of great reviews about this cooler. So far it runs quiet and with the BIOS of my motherboard I can change its performance.
I mainly discovered this board as I was looking for one that could run my CPU and had onboard WiFi. It helped that it was black and white as well to go with my theme. I am not into RGB but there is a header on the board for LED if I ever decide to go that route. The BIOS is simple and it also has Bluetooth.
Its RAM and it's 8GB. I was on the fence between this and the white version that is 16GB, but being that the most labor intensive thing I have thrown at it so far is Chrome, I believe 8GB will be more than enough. Also, very easy to upgrade in the future if I ever really need to.
I bought this drive to be my OS drive and I still do intend to get a WD 1TB hard drive to use for my primary storage, but for now it handles everything great and boots fast because its a damn solid state drive, why wouldn't it. I gave it 4 stars because it does not have 3D NAND technology, which I learned about after I bought it.
Okay got the GPU because if my kid ever wants to game on the computer I want it to handle any video work we throw at it. I got it from a bitminer off Facebook and he had 35 of them he was selling and had restored it to factor setting. I ran Cinebench on it and it performed amazingly. I am happy with it.
LOVE this case. In fact when I started this build idea/planning my case was going to be the NZXT S340 but this case came out to replace it. I got a steal on it thanks to a r/buildapcsales post saying Google Express was offering 20 percent off purchases and Frys had it 10 dollars off as well. IT was so stress free building in it, especially as first time builder. plenty of cable management freedom in the back as well.
I know I know, that is a lot of power for just this build. Well this was another part I grabbed off Facebook marketplace as the guy bought it for a build but never went through with it. Was brand new and never opened/used. This is the one part that a lot of people skimp on to save money in their builds but it is also probably the most important part, so my overkill is okay by me.
I wanted my build to be clean and not shoddy looking especially since I had the H500 case and anyone that came to my house would see my computer. This added a nice little white balance to the theme and I couldn't be more happy with them.