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To begin with, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing! I've never built a PC from scratch before and have only done a few simple HDD and ram installs.

I needed to update my old AMD Phenom II 940 work PC which was still running Vista64. I'll be using it for accounts, and the occasional game.

Took me a while to decide between building an X99 or Z170, but went with the latter. The aim was to build something powerful and quiet. I decided to go for decent but budget parts, getting refurbished and display models when I could, like the keyboard and M.2 drive, going for the normal Dark Rock 3 instead of the Pro, and going for 2400mhz ram instead of 3000+.

Everything was simple to put together, the scariest part was applying the thermal paste on the CPU, and also trying to avoid becoming static. The CPU fan was a tight fit over the ram, after a little panic I figured I could move the fan up slightly.

Tried my best to make the cables tidy, think I did alright for first attempt.

Somehow ended up with Windows Pro for the price of Home, which was a bonus. Currently installing everything and will be running the old accounts from Vista in Virtual Box.

Pressing the power button for the first time was nerve racking, but it booted up fine. Phew!

Sorry my pics are rubbish.

EDIT - Overclocked to 4.6ghz (seems really stable so could probably push it more) EDIT - Added an extra case fan and Doom is awesome

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  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

"New Work PC" "I decided to go for decent but budget parts"

Highest end CPU and GPU Gaming board and peripherals

You had better get the new Doom!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Does your work happen to be a game tester? Because you have a WAYYYY overkill build man. +1 for the cool build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Upgrade that monitor to at least a 1440p panel and buy the new Doom!! Great build you have there!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers dude! Monitor is next on my list when funds allow. Probably some sort of IPS 1440p 144/165hz thing.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! Nice build you have here! I do have a question however about your M.2 storage device. I'm going to be getting the MAXIMUS VIII motherboard like you and I was wondering if there was anything I needed to do in the BIOS in order to get the M.2 to be my boot drive? Any kind of answer or tips would be very much appreciated.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, cheers and thanks for the question. I watched a video on Youtube which totally threw me off.

In the end I simply put the BIOS into easy mode (as opposed to advanced) and then simply clicked on the boot device as my DVD drive. Then windows setup began and I was able to select the M.2 drive as the boot device.

Once Windows was up and running on the M.2 I had to initialise/format the other drives in Disk Management.

I'm impressed with this motherboard so far. Hope this helps.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much. I'm not too familiar with M.2 and online guides were a bit confusing so this does help.

Can't wait to get my build on its feet and running. Thanks :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a work machine?????? Lol, true but still love it 1+

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally wasn't going to bother with the graphics card and so much ram. I will honestly be mostly doing invoices on it, lol.

(Might buy the new Doom....)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

(Devilish smile incoming)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, what work do you do? Eat doritos and blow up virtual tanks?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How are your temps of you CPU?