It's been about 10 years since I switched from desktop to laptop and since I built my last machine. I decided to switch back due to the value vs money spent on a laptop. Plus I wanted a rig that could possibly allow me to dabble in PC gaming again (usually a console player but used to be addicted to CS back in the day).
My main goal for this rig was to build something for my day to day job which is C# development and also virtualization with a dash of budget gaming. On the priority list was good RAM and storage but also snappy speeds to build in Visual Studio - hence the SSD. For the memory I'm starting with 16GB due to budget but I plan to upgrade to 32GB soon.
The trickiest part of the built was installing the Be Quiet! CPU Cooler blocked which appears to sort of block my first RAM slot so I would've chosen another unit had I known that in store. Otherwise it was a smooth build.
Blocks the first RAM port on the AsRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 mobo. Instructions weren't very clear, had to YouTube some things. Feels like it was mainly designed for a Intel CPU. Otherwise it's a great cooler and super silent!
When I unboxed this case I was little surprised at how big this thing is but it's a great case with awesome cable management. The only challenge I had was getting the 8 pin CPU power cable through the top slot. Had to remove the rubber grommet in order to plumb the cable through successfully however this is probably an issue with the PSU. The only complaint I have is that the USB ports on the front panel are very tight for some reason. I have to really pull hard on the drives that I plug into those ports, same goes for the headphone jack. Otherwise great case.