After 10 years or so of not building or upgrading a PC, I all of a sudden got a real bad itch to get back into the game. I have spent the last 7 months just watching Youtube and reading the forums and the completed builds section here, to gain some knowledge of current hardware.
I've always had a low end gaming rig but this time, I wanted something really good. I had about an $800-$900 budget. I could have saved on the final price but Newegg and Cyber Monday kinda screwed me. Oh well, I am still pretty damn happy with what I ended up.
The build took longer than I expected. In total it took me about 3 1/2 hours. The most time consuming what the cable management. It was very easy with the Enthoo Pro M but just deciding where to route the cables so they looked the best, took a while.
The most difficult part for me was installing the Cooler Master 212 EVO. This was my first time ever installing an aftermarket cooler. At first I screwed on the back bracket upside down. Then when apply the thermal paste, I was off center a tiny bit because when looking at videos, it always looked like the plunger was stiff. It wasn't. Then getting the heatsink on was annoying because it kept sliding on me and the holding bracket wasnt cooperating with me. It kept looking like it wasn't lining up with the posts. I eventually got it on. Its a little crooked but I've seen worse.
The rest of the build was pretty easy. I had an old case fan with a molex connector from one of my old PCs that I used on this build as a temporary solution for intake but for whatever reason, it didnt turn on when I used the molex to 4 pin adapter that came with the power supply.
Edit: I switch from the molex to 4pin adapter and just connected the molex directly to the power supply and now the temporary intake fan in the front is working. I also turned the fan around as it was brought to my attention by PureBlackFire that I had it in exhaust orientation. With the fan working, my idle temps dropped a few degrees. Thanks Pure Black Fire!
The case definitely needs a led strip or something. Right now it looks pretty boring. I will also be adding proper case fans.
Edit: Took out the old 120 case fan that was connected through a molex connector. That lone fan was LOUD. Ridiculously LOUD. Sounded like I had a small vacuum. The rig now has 2 Corsair AF140 quiet fans in the front and WOW! What a difference. Now its as quiet as if the rig was turned off.
Ran the Valley Unigine benchmark
1443mhz on the core 3505mz on the memory Temp reached 80c but I only have 1 exhaust fan at the moment
Min fps 24.1 Max 111.1 Avg 57.9 Score 2424
This is on stock settings. Will overclock later on
The last pic is from the Rainbow Six Siege Benchmark. At first I did that test on ultra with vsync on and I averaged 59fps. Then I turned vsync off and got the numbers in the pic.
Edit: I added a Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strip and posted a photo. The window was dusty. Edit: I took out the black Mushkin 8gb 1600 memory that came with the motherboard/cpu bundle and added 2 White Kingston HyperX Fury 8gb sticks. This memory looks better than the plain Mushkin one I had in there Edit: (2/3/2017) I added a Samsung 850 Evo 250gb SSD and did a clean install and wiped the 1TB HDD.
The side panels are a bit flimsy and the window scratches easily but the rest of the case is solid. Its very open thanks to only having one optical drive bay. Cable management is a breeze. Wish it came with a case fan in the front. It only comes with a rear 140 fan. It has a 2.5 slot on the psu cover and one on the back side of the motherboard tray and has 2 3.5 bays under the psu cover.