First of all, sorry for the potato pictures, I will try to get some better ones soon.
The name, Pho3nix, is partially inspired by the name of the motherboard, and partially inspired by CS:GO's Operation Pho3nix.
So it's been a while since I built this PC but with high school and everything, I haven't had much time to sit down and give you all a nice writeup.
I built this PC when I was 13, though I am 14 now. Some backstory:
I originally had a white MacBook from ~2009. I saved up for the summer in order to build this, by doing jobs such as babysitting, tutoring, mowing lawns, etc. At first, my parents were not on board with this idea, instead recommending that I get a MacBook Air, but a 1500 word persuasive essay dealt with that.
I custom made the GPU backplate with a sheet of polycarbonate which I plasti-dipped black, and some vinyl stickers.
I mainly use this computer to do schoolwork, edit videos/photos,
play games such as CS:GO, Rocket League, PlanetSide 2, and Borderlands 2 CAD and programming.
-10000 on FireStrike via Overclocking
-CPU Cooler (Cryorig M9i?) Intel cooler is LOUD.
-144Hz FreeSync Monitor
-Orange Sleeved Cables
It's what you would expect. 4 cores, 4 threads, 3.3-3.5 Ghz. Not much else to say.
Oh yeah it's the minimum spec for VR if I can ever afford that.
Great ITX motherboard. It has all of the features I needed. It has Wifi and it's pretty good. Orange color scheme looks nice as well.
16GB of RAM that matches my color scheme. Low profile heat spreader (34-35mm) so it should work with most CPU coolers, even those that overhang the DIMM slots.
It's not a 950 Pro, but it gets the job done for an attractive price. I wouldn't recommend anything less than 120-128GB for an SSD.
Found it in a cabinet. Not that fast but you can't beat free.
Fast, quiet, and sexy. What else do you need?
For an ITX case, it's really big. I don't mind this because it means that I could fit an 11.6 inch GPU in it. I honestly didn't expect this kind of quality from a sub-$70 case. The power LED is white, which makes it very neutral (as opposed to the blue a lot of cases have. I'm looking at you, Fractal).
Bought it from a friend for $20. I wish the cables were flat, but it wasn't too hard to deal with them. The "Eco Mode" makes it semi fanless, but I can't hear the fan when it's on. I opted to have the "Eco Mode" off to keep the temps lower. I would pay full price for this, it's one of the best PSUs you can get. However it's really long, a tight squeeze in my case.
Didn't have much of a choice.
It's small, and it's TN. The colors aren't the greatest, and they get severely washed out if you're looking at it from more than 45 degrees. However I look at it straight on and it works for me. I'm going to get a 144Hz 1080p monitor once I have the money.
Mechanical keyboard. Love the MX Browns. It also comes with pre-installed O-rings which makes it a bit quieter. The orange accent matched my build, and the white LEDs are much better than RGB madness.
Most people wouldn't like it because of its shape, but it fits my small hand surprisingly well. It's really light, perfect for the flicks in CS:GO. And the RGB LEDs are implemented tastefully, not too intrusive.