I've wanted to build my own PC since my husband introduced me to custom-built PCs about 8 years ago. Now that we are married and no longer have to save a metric ton of money for the wedding, I did it! I watched numerous YouTube videos and spent tons of time researching parts.
I'm really happy with how my cable management turned out for my first try, but the case certainly helped. And thanks to my husband, who helped with the more handy aspects of the build like getting some pesky screws where they belonged.
All in all, I am one happy girl.
Ignore the mess of cables on the desk in the photos.. haven't finalized everything yet!
I've always had AMD CPUs and haven't had any problems. The price-to-performance ratio on the FX-8350 made it a no-brainer for me. It's awesome.
I watched more videos on how to install this than anything else, and that STILL didn't prepare me for what a massive ***** this thing is to screw in. I thought I was doing it wrong, but it's working as intended, so there's that.
I've read really good reviews on this board, I really liked the colors, and I frequently see it paired with the FX-8350. I have zero complaints.
I saw this on sale on Newegg and bought it without thinking. It's blue, therefore pretty. It works.
I bought an 840 EVO to put into my laptop two years ago, so when the time came for this build I wasn't going for anything other than Samsung. It's worth every bit of $150. I am regretting not getting a 1TB because I think I'm going to buy another 500GB one.
I was 100% sold on getting a GTX970... but then I found this card for the same price on Amazon. An 8GB card for the same price? Why not. Plus the backplate looks awesome. I did read that it's a hot card but I haven't had any issues with mine. I haven't had a chance to play anything more taxing than Skyrim yet, but it did that maxed out without going over 52C.
I knew this was the case I wanted since I first saw it two years ago. The fact is came in grey sealed the deal. The good airflow and build quality are definitely pluses. If I did another build I'd get another one (probably white).
You'll see in the pictures I've got an EVGA SuperNOVA 650GS box, but after testing it the fan was bad and I returned it. Since a 750w PSU was recommended for the R9 390 (despite many people having no issues with 600-650w PSUs) I went ahead and got one just in case. The P2 was only $6 more than the G2, so I went with that. I love it. The build quality is impeccable and it's silent.
I replaced the 3 white fans that came with the Phantom 410 with 4 of these. Two exhaust, two intake. I have them running at the lowest RPM setting using the fan controller built into the Phantom 410. The noise is noticeable, but not too bad for me. They're a dark color and don't have LEDs, exactly what I wanted.
I was going to go with an Asus monitor, though I had my eye on this one for a while. I ended up saving money on the keyboard I got so I spent the extra to get this. Holy crap! I'm glad I did. It scared me at first because when I received it I plugged it into my laptops to test the display and got... nothing. Tried multiple HDMI cables and nada. So I plugged it into my PS4 and boom. I will say it came out of the box on the RTS1 setting and that was awful. Putting it back to the Standard setting made everything pretty again.
I was really tempted to get a mechanical keyboard but I couldn't justify the cost. I really wanted a keyboard with fully customizable lighting and found this one for $50 factory refurbished. I was initially disappointed but it's definitely grown on me and it was definitely worth what I paid. The SteelSeries software is easy to use as well.
This I actually bought 2 years ago and it's served me faithfully, though it's quite a bit scratched now from falling onto the floor frequently.