UPDATE 09/26/2016 New update, new upgrade. I have evolved Vulcan to a full-fledged gaming/streaming computer by adding the final piece of Exodia: the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 FTW. It's actually overkill for my setup, for I mostly play in 1080p (and will only upgrade to 1440p in the future), but it feels great having this graphical horsepower whenever I need it.
UPDATE 05/03/2016 After a couple of months after building this computer, I would say around February, I've decided to give it a nice upgrade. And, boy, does it feels great! I upgraded my G3258 to a i7-4790k clocked at 4.5GHz (partially thanks to the Hyper 212 EVO that I have also upgraded from the stock cooler). For the RAM, I just felt more comfortable having dual-channel 2x8GB sticks in red, so the G.Skill Ripjaws caught my eyes and I went with it. So far, this upgrade was well worth it. I'm calling it Vulcan 2.0, but it can still be called Vulcan.
Hello, PCPP community and fellow PC Master Race brothers. I have recently joined this group in hopes of improving my PC knowledge and skills, as well as build my first rig, as the title suggests. Thanks to much planning and advice given from you guys, I have done so. So, here is my parts and a quick explanation for each.
NOTE I guess I should mentioned this first about the prices of the components; they are only what they cost at the moment, not what I have purchased them at. I don't know how to change them from here, so the prices you are seeing are not what I spent. Sorry about that. Drawbacks of being new.
CPU: At first, I thought of having a "budget", but I ended up just getting good parts that are compatible and affordable for me. After seeing what this little processor can do for a low price, I had to have it as my first CPU.
Motherboard: I chose the motherboard after the CPU mainly to have good compatibility. Remember, it is my first build EVER and my knowledge of computer parts are quite limited. I know I could have gone with a cheaper motherboard, and maybe even a smaller form factor, but this one was red, which is what I want the overall color to be.
Memory: This was just a regular choice from what I have previously seen in the past, in terms of performance. (If I had known at the time that 2x4GB was better than 1x8GB, I would have bought the kit, but alas, I didn't. No worries. I will upgrade in the future.
Storage: I am using this drive purely as a boot drive, and MAYBE slight storage. This does fine for me.
Video Card: NOW, FOR THE VIDEO CARD! OH, the video card! Some of you may or may not believe my small story, but I am proud. I understand that there were probably better choices out there that cost way less AND performs ONLY slightly less than this one, such as the R7 260X, apparently. I got this because at the time of purchase, a new R7 265 was $130, kind of pricey for me, but I got mine off eBay for $69! It also works perfectly, so I am NOT complaining.
Case: This was a regular choice. I liked the look and it had what I need. It was a little tight on cable management, but that was not the case's fault; it was more the power supply's fault and my own.
Power Supply: Speaking of the power supply, I have made a mistake. I thought I was getting the modular power supply, but I misread something and ended up getting the non-modular one. So, because of the extra, "un-unplugable" wires, I had less space to fit them all on the back of the case. So, like I said. Not the case's fault. My fault. Either way, I made it work, so I'm not pouting. I will DEFINITELY upgrade in the future to a semi-modular one though.
Operating System: As I mentioned earlier in the post, the price is not correct. I chose this Windows 7 because my school was offering it to me for FREE. So, I actually didn't pay for the OS. Pretty neat in my opinion.
Case Fan: I also mentioned earlier, I think, that I wanted the build color to be red, my favorite color, so I got these case fans to help with the aesthetics.
So, these are all the parts, and I am now running a new, healthy PC in my bedroom, with my TV as a monitor...because I don't have much space. I have already played a few games, and they render beautifully! I am proud.
So, please: leave all of your opinions and comments about what you think, and ANY feedback would definitely be appreciated. Also, as I said, I will upgrade in the distant future, so any recommendation on what to add or change will also be extremely valuable to me.
May my new PC please the PC gods and Master Race, and accept me as one of their own. :D
I got it mainly for the overclocking ability and the red/black aesthetic, as well as the ATX form factor. This is the perfect motherboard for me, and the stability feature is very reassuring for me.
I have heard plenty of rumors and reviews on how this SSD quickly degrades in performance, but I have never been more proud with previous boot times and consistency as this SSD has made me. I see NO performance drops, and even if I do, it might not even be that drastic. But, that's just me.
A PERFECT budget case! The quality is very apparent once you have it in your hands. There is plenty of space for CPU coolers and medium to large video cards, and, although very little, there is some space behind the motherboard tray for slight cable management. However, with the bulge added to the side panel, cable management is made much more easier.
This is a really good, reliable PSU for budgets. It's still running well for me, and if I could have, I would have gone with the modular version, but that's just me.
In my opinion, this is the best OS for me! Windows 10 is really, really great, but this version will always be in my heart. Also, my college provided it to me for free, so that's a large bonus.
Good fan. Does what it does best, and the LED is a nice red.
Good fan. With the clear plastic, it reflects and refracts my red LED's very well.