This build right here has been in the back of my mind for 5 years. I built my first PC back in June of 2013 and since then have begun spiraling into the world of enthusiast PC's. I began to study and research like crazy and eventually started to have an idea what the hell I was looking at. Since 2013 I have built 2 other PC's that allowed me to mess with some higher end components. I credit them with experience enabling me to make such a good looking computer.
Now onto the interesting stuff.
Perseverance One, The Ultimate Craigslist & Ebay Build
The Goal: Create a Powerful, CAD Capable, Video Editing, Video Gaming PC That I can take to College Goal Pt.2: Be Cheaper than an Optioned MacBook Air ($1200)
CPU: Acquired from eBay as a barely used chip. I considered the 7700K but I preferred the edge in workstation tasks.
Cooler: Acquired from eBay as a used part. I chose the small H60 due to its silence. I don't plan on overclocking, but I have some headroom if I do. The logo is of Montana Tech, the school I will attend.
Motherboard: One of the two parts bought new. Not a lot of options for Ryzen in Mini ITX, but with Wifi and Bluetooth this board has what I need.
RAM: New in the box from eBay. Ho-ly Sh-*t, RAM is absolutely ridiculous in pricing. The shortage has really hit hard and it makes putting 16Gb into a system an absolute pain.
SSD: Acquired from eBay new in box. I've always had a preference for Samsungs SSD's, very reliable pieces. HDD: New out of the box from eBay, I've had good luck with Seagate drives
GPU: Acquired new in box from Craigslist. 1080's are really out of reach at the moment for the budget, However, the 1070 is the 1440 king and that's how it goes. I've had a couple EVGA cards in the past and have never had problems.
Case: The second new part, but WOW, this thing is cool! It was a pain to build though, the manual sucks. Videos on youtube saved the day, but the cable management is fairly good.
PSU: Got it from Craigslist new in box, it's semi-passive and fairly reputable. Nuff said.
Cables: I wanted it to look good, Thanks Cable-mod!
The Interesting Numbers:
Market Price for all parts: 1551.03 My Price for all parts: 1191.54
Woohoo! Made the budget! Let's make it look nice!
and so I began the vinyl wrapping. I work in a vinyl sign shop, so using scraps of vinyl and the cutter I was able to wrap the PSU, Water Pump, Fan, and SSD in flat black. On top of the flat, I placed cuts of stainless steel vinyl. A Texas (for the best state), Perseverance One, A jet engine spiral for the fan, and the Montana Tech logo.
The only mods I did to the case was making a new PSU brace. I cut it into 2 and applied double sided foam tape to increase support, the end result is a much cleaner look. The cherry on top for the build was some cables from cable mod.
Finally, the Benchmarks.
Firestrike @ 1440 = 1511 Time Spy @ 1440 = 40 FPS/ 20 FPS (CPU) GTAV Maxed @ 1440 = 70 FPS
Thanks Checking my build out!