This is not my first build, but it is the first time I've published one on this website. I'm actually pretty proud of this perticular PC. There isn't an extensive story, but this wasn't the easiest thing I've ever had to do.
PROBLEMS: My first gripe was my use of two fans. I didn't know this at the time, but this motherboard came with only one system fan connector. It was honestly extremely dissapointed in that, because I replaced the front and back fans with two green LED fans from Cooler Master to fit the more Dragonlike asthetic (Dragons have green scales, the fans are green, so yeah.) I had one of the fans lying around, so I ordered the other one. Unfortunately, only the back fan could even reach the four pin connector on the motherboard, so I shamefully grabbed my spare molex cable and decided since the person I'm building this for has Razer Kraken 7.1 Headphones, he can live with the slightly extraneous noise. Don't judge me.
Another problem I ran into was with the front IO cables, as in the way it was routed in the case wouldn't reach far enough to connect to their respective connectors on the motherboard. This was a total pain in the ***, especially since the HD audio cable wasn't even CLOSE to it's respective connector on the motherboard. The only sound card I owned was dead, so I was internally demonized until I realized that you could cut the ziptie that attatched all the cables along the bottom hard drive bays. Once I snipped that sucker and routed the cable out of the drive bay, it was long enough to plug in where it belonged. If you wanna clean up cable managment a bit more, I'd purchase a sound card instead.
Completely unrelated, but I actually lost the SATA cables, so I had to drive to a friend's house because he had a spare. But obviously because he's such a good friend, he gave me a pink one. Eh, a cable is a cable.
WHY THERE IS NO OS: I had a spare key for Windows 7 and a boot drive I used to put on my main rig, so I just installed windows 7 and upgraded to Windows 10. I did this before I installed any drivers that way there would not be any space wasted that contained drivers that were for Windows 10.
WHY THE CPU IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE GPU: My friend is an avid gamer, but his workload is also akin to Video Editing and Rendering, which is similar to mine. I tried to get a balance of powers in this senario, a decent 4 core processor and a kickass budget GPU kind of made sense, but if I were to redo it, I would have probably went team red with their 8350, but at least he has some sort of upgrade path if he ever needs to bump up his power in the future.
OVERALL: I'm pretty happy with DragonRyder, it was kind of a pain in the *** compatred to the other Rigs I've built before this, but I'm pretty sure the person I'm building this for is gonna be supremely happy, since he's moving from some cheap Toshiba laptop with a Core i3 and intergrated graphics...shrudder