Description

This is my first build.

This will be used for gaming and software development.

Assembly-wise, i had issues with the case and generally cable management. The case had little room behind the motherboard tray and can't fit the thicker power cables. Also, the cut-out behind the motherboard was a bit off/almost too small for my CPU cooler mounting bracket. The supplemental CPU power connector that came with my PSU was too short so i had to route it in front of the motherboard behind the videocard. CPU cooler pump's LED took a while before turning on.

updated pictures to follow

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

This is one of those because I can builds ;) Anyway I like it, +1 from me.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thank you. Are you referring to the processor? Agree that it is quite overkill for what I plan to use the computer for.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I think he's talking about your $525 graphics card.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to future proof this computer so I tried to opt for the strongest single video card that is suggested.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing wrong with that, I was just pointing it out.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

There's no such thing as future proofing when it comes to graphics cards, at least for very high resolution gaming ;)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess I just didn't know what was enough and went a little overboard. Our previous desktop's weakest link is the video card that's why I guess this time, I did not settle for less. :p

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the name a Pacific Rim reference? Either way, nice build.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, from Pacific Rim. Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cable management could be improved slightly. Although the main space in the computer is clean, that little pocket below your hard drive isn't that great. In terms of airflow and performance, that wouldn't cause a problem, so it's up to you as to what you feel is necessary.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree, I will try to tidy it up more when I open the case again soon when the optical drive arrives.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The only problem I have is with the case. It doesn't have any front usb ports

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

It does have 2 front USB 2.0 ports. But yeah I wasn't able to make use of the USB 3.0 headers in the motherboard.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the wireless network adapter work? I have a pretty good gaming build and it needs to be wireless.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It has served me well over the years. Only remember 1 or 2 times I had to unplug and replug to fix connection issues. But then again, our internet connection is slow and I don't use the internet very much.

Now that we have a faster internet connection, I'm experiencing slow speed tests on this build compared to say a laptop. Haven't ruled out the possibility that it's because of this wireless adapter only supporting 2.4GHz frequency in contrast to both 2.4 and 5GHz.

  • 70 months ago
  • -1 points

On this kind of budget I would have gotten a better cpu cooler but great build nonetheless.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to admit, I did kinda skimp on many components as I was trying to keep the damage down. Do you think I will have any problems with this CPU cooler if I try overclocking?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't look like you skimped on "many" components, but probably on the cooler. You can try overclocking a bit and see what kind of temps you're getting. Depending on the overall airflow you might be fine.