Description

Was a long and difficult journey, but I finally made it! Big thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way!

My original goal was to build a rig capable of playing Farming Simulator 2015 at the highest settings, and I have completely demolished that goal! I am now looking into other games as well. I could not be happier with how this machine performs, and looks. It is extremely snappy and quick, it looks absolutely stunning with its minimalistic black and white theme, and it is whisper silent! I am very proud of myself with the way the build went even with a few hiccups, and how well I did with cable management! There is so much potential for this machine in the future, and I look forward to what comes my way!

The Build - Building this machine went well for the most part, but there was one bump in the road that was a disaster. I had it all built, and was very excited to be powering it on for the first time. I clicked the button, fans started spinning, I look at the screen, and.... nothing.... it didn't post. I quickly sourced the problem to be something with RAM. I managed to boot Windows 10 with 1 stick, but then came an entire weekend of trying to figure out why I couldn't use 2. Long story short, it turned out to be a MOBO problem, and I had to drive to the nearest Micro Center to get it replaced. They were awesome, and got me back on the road in no time. That entire ordeal was the biggest pain in the *** ever. But I finally had my build up and running with 8 gb of RAM, and all was good! It now works flawlessly, and I will be taking a shot at overclocking soon!

EDIT - Reached an easy 4.6 ghz overclock without touching voltages. Will mess around with it more later.

Overall Thoughts - Building a PC has been one the most enjoyable things I have ever done, despite having a few troubles. It is all part of the process I guess. As long as you do your research, and ask questions, you should be good to go. (Add more) I am now hooked on building Pc's and learning more about them.

Thanks for reading, and please leave feedback! I'd love to know how other think I have done, and what can be improved!

Possible Future Upgrades/Improvements -

  • Pascal/Polaris GPU

  • AIO Water Cooler OR Custom Loop

  • HUE+ for computer, and some other lights for my desk

  • Plasti Dip keyboard cord and red stripe

  • Plasti Dip some parts

  • Sleeved Cables

  • Better case fans

  • 16 GB of Ram

  • New Keyboard

  • Desk Cable Management

  • New Desk

Part Reviews

CPU

What is not to love! It can handle anything I throw at it. It is a big step up from the AMD A6 APU(ick) in family computer, and the laptop i3(sort of ew) in my dad's AIO computer. It is also on Intel's newest Skylake Architecture and socket 1151, which gives me a decent upgrade future. It is a K model too, and I can't wait to try overclocking

CPU Cooler

Very good budget cooler! It looks very nice, and it does a good job keeping my CPU nice and cool. It is also very quiet, and mounting it was pretty easy. Interested in what OC it can handle.

Thermal Compound

Well....It thermal paste....and my CPU not blowing up....so...5 stars

Motherboard

Black/White, Usb 3.1 and 3.0, and plenty of fan headers that I'll never use. Also capable of using an M.2 SSD in the future. BIOS is easy to use. Overall it is a good MOBO.

Memory

RAM is RAM. It has good speed though, and I absolutely love the looks of these! I would like it in white, but that isn't available. I'll see if I can paint them later. No issues.

Storage

WOOOOOOOOO SSD is FAAAAST First time having one, and I'm loving it! Went with the popular 850 EVO, and it is great.

Storage

Just a good old WD Blue for mass storage.

Video Card

Not the highest end card, but it is still very capable at 1080p! Chose it over the R9 380 due to its lower power consumption, lower heat output, the software, and the deal I got on it. My plan is to upgrade to Pascal or Polaris when I need to.

This card looks great, and I love how the fans don't turn on until 50 degrees. Quiet card, and it hasn't let me down.

Case

AMAZING, STUNNING, PERFECT. I absolutely love these case to death. The looks are just 10/10, and building in it was a joy. It made for a very clean build. Airflow and Cable management wasn't as bad as people said. NZXT has won me over with their cases.

Power Supply

A little overkill, but again I got it at a very good price so I'll take it. It has plenty of headroom for future upgrades. The package it came in was top notch. It being fully modular is very nice, and the cables that come with it look great in that they are all black and don't have random colors. The ecoswitch is another amazing feature, and it helps keep things even more quiet when it can be.

Operating System

It is an OS......nothing much to say. Took off a star because I think $100 is a lot, and there isn't as much privacy anymore.

Software

Yay...just what I need for school.

Wireless Network Adapter

Not able to use Ethernet cable, so this will have to do for now. Works great

Monitor

IPS, 24", and thin bezel. The picture quality is great. Only thing I hate is that the buttons are behind the bezel which is weird, and the stand is wobbly. If you have a sturdy desk like I do though, the wobble will not occur. Using a vesa amount will also solve this.

Keyboard

For a budget keyboard I can't complain too much. It is worth every dollar. The keys are quiet like I wanted, and it feels good to the touch. The backlight helps for night usage. My dislikes are that it picks up skin oil easily. (edit) For the first week the keys felt weird and some were hard to press. It has disappeared, and everything is fine.

Mouse

A little costly, and the money could have went somewhere else in the build, but I don't regret buying this mouse! To me, a mouse and keyboard are the one most important things in a build as they are how you interact with the computer. I had tried the deathadder before which is why I chose it. It fits my hand perfectly, and again feels very good to use

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the look of that cooler. So much, in fact, that I bought one. I love the way that mobo looks in the h440 :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The H7 does look very good :) I like how the mobo takes up the entire space and there is nothing open. Makes it look so much better.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cute cat, oh and great build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Cat was very curious in what I was doing, and kept an eye on me!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

cat +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

xD

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup the space the left of the PSU cage best place for throwing all of your cables, do the same thing in the Noctis 450 :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes everything look so much better! :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

color coordination brought to another level! i mean coordinating the cat with the pc it's genius XD . The build is really nice, clean, as the h440 really shines in that, u can feel the quality of the components. Than the protection plastic peeling on the window photo is worth the vote. Even though i'm more of an AMD graphics card kinda guy lol. Now you just need a desk and not game in the kitchen :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right! The cat adds so much to the build! xD I love the H440. If I was going to spend over a grand on something, it had to look over a grand. The H440 meets that expectation. Glad I got your vote. I am in the middle between Nvidia and AMD, but the $160 for the 960 was impossible to pass up! I do have a desk actually in my room. It is in some of the last pictures. There is no way I could game in the kitchen lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build and choice of color

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear that!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for cat

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

xD again

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would check out getting a mechanical keyboard as well. Once you clack, you never go back.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I am thinking about it. Any article I should look at that explains mechanical keyboard switches?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, thanks! I've watched Linus a bunch the past few months, and I'm surprised I missed this video. Will defo watch.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome looking build bro :) .... is the 750w G2 PSU quiet?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :) The G2 is dead silent with the eco-mode! The fan doesn't even turn on until it needs to, and so far is hasn't! Even when the fan is on, I don't think it is that loud or annoying.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much, thinking of using the same PSU but a 650W version. I hope this is reliable

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :)

Just look around the forums, many many people recommend the EVGA G2 or P2 units!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Thanks for the help man :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

muy buen trabajo , te felicito

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

¡Gracias!

¿Te hablas español?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

si, es mi idioma nativo , yo vivo en Venezuela (un pais que actualmente esta terrible no hay salud, no hay comida y la inflación sube 50 porciento diariamente, visito el sitio porque sueño con algun dia tener una pc que tenga mas de 1 GB de RAM y un procesador que valla a mas de 1,2 ghz -ademas que me gusta aprender sobre el tema- pero supongo que todo a su tiempo, si el pais no mejora de aqui a un tiempo, no tendre mas opcion que irme y tu hablas españos fluido?)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No hablo mucho español. Yo vivo el Estados Unidos, pero estudio español en escuela. no puedo escribir una buena respuesta

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

interesante!, yo tampoco hablo bien el ingles pero si gustas puedo escribir con google traductor aunque tenga algunos errores de gramatica, and tell me how things are in this country? the basic salary is about 3500 dollars as you would have time to spare to buy a pc as well ?? including rental costs, purchase food etc.