I've been putting off posting this for a little while, but I've finally found some time to put some pictures up...
This is my first custom computer build. Previously, I used a MB Pro while I was in school, but it was regularly malfunctioning and is about 6 years old, so I decided I needed a new computer. When I first started, I thought I would gradually collect the parts as I went along. This was a mistake and I advise anyone looking to build a computer to form a budget, do your research, and buy everything as close together as possible. This way if anything breaks or doesn't work, you can easily return parts and figure out what you do/ don't need. That being said, this build went very well and I am very satisfied with my end machine.
I am an architect, so I mainly use this computer for architecture renderings, photo editing, everyday computing, and some gaming. I needed a machine that could easily handle CPU intense renderings, NURBS modeling in Rhino, and AutoCAD like a champ. I also edit photos and I needed something that could handle Adobe Lightroom without breaking a sweat.
All of the pieces came together without much issue, and I was able to find a bunch of parts on sale or returned with no use so I could stay in budget. The toughest part was choosing where to spend my money, and where to save money to upgrade later.
i7-5820K - Really happy with this CPU, didn't necessarily want to go with the fastest chip, but I wanted something that could handle renderings and be dependable. This thing should last me a while.
PNY Quadro K2200 4GB - fast and dependable. I may add a second, gaming GPU in the future.
Corsair Air 240 - I was inspired while watching TRON to build a white cube machine with white lights. Looks great and was a pleasure to build in.
Corsair Commander Mini - After buying all Corsair parts and putting all the fans in, I realized that this part may have not been completely necessary, and I probably put more fans than I needed. Make sure when purchasing corsair link parts that they are the latest version and have the digital output, or else this is completely useless. Lights look pretty though...
Dell U2414H - Awesome monitor, but I kind of wish I had bought the U2415H instead, as the resolution is not native for my needs. Looks nice though, super thin bezel.
- Second matching monitor
- PCIE M.2 SSD
- 32 GB RAM