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So this was my first ever build! Having been a Mac user up until now, this was quite the experience for me. I got tons of help from the community at LinusTechTips.com with putting together a parts list. My original aim was to have an entry level build, but in the end I ended up spending much more than I had intended. It was well worth it though!

I can't say much about why I chose what, as I had someone on the forum put it together for me. The case however is something that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. I'm planning to get some vinyl decals for the front in order to make the computer fit its name a bit more.

The temps have been awesome so far! I haven't pushed it too hard, but it looks like it is going to stay nice and cool. My only complaint is that I get buzzing in my headphones when doing anything GPU intensive. I'm pretty sure it's interference from the GPU, but there isn't much I can do about it right now.

When I was installing the motherboard, I had some issues with standoffs. This mobo is actually slightly smaller than the ATX size it claims to be, so I had to take it back out of the case after first putting it in to remove some more standoffs and put some back.

My next step is to upgrade our home Internet plan and get a powerline set up, as I don't have any way to run Ethernet upstairs to my room.

Baymax has been running awesome! All in all I'm very pleased.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Very smart to put it on a hard surface so the case doesn't sink into the carpet. +1 build smarts only comment: did you ever consider doing a hybrid drive for this price?

  • 63 months ago
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I honestly didn't think about SSDs much until after I had finished the build, and hadn't even thought of a hybrid drive until now. I kinda kept telling myself I would get an SSD at a later date, but I'm not really sure if I'll do that. There's always next time I guess!

Thanks for the +1!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn nice.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I just don't know why you bough a Z97 board with a locked and not-really overclockable CPU. You could've saved some money and went with a 770.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

When I went to NCIX the board I was going to get wasn't compatible with my CPU out of the box, and I didn't have any way to update the BIOS. This one was one that I was told was able to work right away, and the salesperson brought the price down twenty or thirty bucks too.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and simple. Have that desk too but a smaller one. Was wondering where you got that surface you put the tower on.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually a piece of kitchen counter top that my dad gave me. He had some left over from when he remodeled and had originally made this to be used as a cutting board, but since they never used it he gave it to me.

The desk work great for me. Could use a bit of extra space, but I make do.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh, thought it was something I could purchase xP Pc on cardboard for now

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk is that?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

(First bump)Bladalalala