This started out as a 700$ budget gaming build to replace my ancient laptop. Quickly snowballed into an 1100$ personal dream build however once the funds were made available. This is the first computer I have ever built. Sorry for the lack / quality of the pictures, the phone I took them with might as well be a potato. I believe one of the pictures is a Work in Progress picture with the vid card and a few other pieces still missing. Note , this was built for gaming in mind as well as light audio production. Upgraded from a sub par low end laptop to this bad boy.
Before you say it , I know the cable management is far from professional but as I've stated this was my first build and it seems decent enough not to disrupt the airflow. If I am wrong please correct me and I'll see what I can do to remedy the cable management issues.
The only thing's I havent hooked up are :
A) the fan speed control knobs located on the top panel of the case . Reasoning, seemed redundant and seemed like it would add to many wires that would disrupt airflow. Also with my mobo I can adjust fan speeds from the desktop via ASrock tuning utility at any time I need.
A-1) Took the time to reserach it and now have the two control knobs hooked up. Will be removing them soon once my front panel LED fan display arrives.
B) I haven't managed to figure out how to get the red LED built into the front chassis fan to work , not sure If my mobo just doesn't support LEDs (Yes I'm a noob) or just don't know where to plug it into. But as of this moment its not functional.
B-1) Figured it out, apparently theres an on off toggle switch built into the fan. Some how I've been overlooking it , now works.
C) Due to lack of SATA cords (Only have 2 atm) I had to play hop skotch with the HDD and Optical drive initally. After I got everything off of discs installed that I needed. I unplugged the optical drive and installed the HDD. No problems so far, just a minor inconvenience.
C-1) All three components now hooked up, just needed another Sata
In the future I plan to add ; dedicated sound card , some fancy pointless LED's (If i can figure out how to get them to work) , further storage if needed etc.
No, I havent overclocked or benchmarked yet, personally haven't needed to overclock just for the games I am currently playing. Near future however I will be toying with it.
Runs Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag on max settings at 30-35 FPS ; LoL at 60 FPS max settings , Never Winter at 50 FPS max settings , Fall Out New Vegas with tons of mods and graphical retextures at 45-50 FPS at ultra settings ; Tera on Ultra runs at 35-38 FPS (throttled) ; Planet Side 2 on high settings 37-40 FPS , a bit lower in intensely populated fights.
Haven't seen the GPU temp rise above 41 degrees celsius yet, the chassis fans and cooler master evo keep this baby nice and cold :)
If you have any comments , concerns , compliments , complaints , advice or just want to through out an overall opinion on anything. Feel free to post away in this thread , advice is always appreciated and warmly welcome ; even constructive criticism. All in all after seeing how easy it was to build my own PC , I will never buy a pre built again :)