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Decided that it was time to try and build my own pc since the pre built models generally suck, and are way over priced. Keep in mind, while I'm generally a pretty tech savvy guy, I haven't done any hardware stuff other than install new ram, and some basic networking. YouTube, and the guys over at Toms hardware really got me through it. Everything worked well right out of the box, but there were a few challenges. For one thing, the fan connectors (don't laugh too hard, I'm new at this) didn't say anything about having a protective cover on the male end. It took me a 1/2 hour to figure out why they didn't match up lol Also, the video card power connection was a little confusing, I wasn't sure if I needed to connect both the 6+2 and the 6, or only one of them. Once all of that got straightened out, I was able to install windows 8.1 pro with media center on the ssd, and format the 3tb hard drive for all of my files. I've been having fun recording a ton of movies using playon/PlayLater (well worth the money IMHO) and now I'm tackling ripping my bluray collection to the hard drive. Sniper elite 3 on max settings was getting almost 60fps, and skyrim looks amazing! (I'm coming from console games, and the difference is blowing my mind a little bit) I did try to use the overclocking tools built into the motherboard, but for whatever reason, it causes the system to become unstable. I'll do some more research on that part, but for right now, I'm totally happy with how the computer is performing! I'll try to do some of the benchmark tests, and then update this post later tonight.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 9 points

Nice build but you can do better with the cable management.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed!! +1 for good parts choice though.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I know the cable management wasn't going to be good on my first build, I was learning as I went along. The good news is that I am planning on adding a 2nd 8GB stick of ram, and another 3TB hard drive, so when that happens, I'm going to rewire the whole thing. I need to pick up some more zip ties too since I ran out 1/2 way through this build. And for the record, this is being used as my HTPC in the living room. I can barely hear it, and when the air filter is on in the same room (Even on its nighttime quiet setting), I can't hear it at all. The reason I included an optical drive was to be able to backup and rip all of my DVD's and BluRay discs onto the network drive, that way I can use XBMC to stream to all of the DNLA devices in the house. I have an Xbox 360 upstairs, a WII in the kids room, a BluRay player in another room, etc. Its nice having the entire movie library available anywhere on the network, and that saves my internet bandwidth for downloading more movies and games lol

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

all those xbox games

;_;7

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

great build. who are you on toms hardware im from thier to. also can some explain to me itx builds i feel desktops are meant to have big hardware and be badass.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build! Using that same case for my upcoming HTPC build, as well.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why you got so much crap for cable management, sure it's pretty bad, but it is your first rig after all. Meh, you said you'd rewire it anyway so it should be pretty sleek at that point.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Too much money on the Archgon Optical Drive >.<

Otherwise? It's a gaming machine. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How was the layout of the motherboard? I'm going with a 250D build as well but I haven't picked out the motherboard yet. Did the motherboard's placement of CPU power, 24 pin, front I/O, SATA, etc make cable management easy? I'm trying to get as much info as I can from previous 250D builders before I make a purchase and regret it haha.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Extra points for the slot loading drive.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Mate, Nice Build, quick question did you have any trouble fitting the Winforce Graphics card and the optical drive I noticed you are using a slim drive?.

  • 60 months ago
  • -3 points

+1 for a great build. -1 for the cable managment :(