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So this is my first build. I went with Micro ATX because I had originally wanted to mod a G4 PowerMac. I got pretty far into that project but at a certain point I decided it wasn't worth it so I just put it all in this case.

I cant say enough nice things about the Corsair 350D tower, especially for a first timer. I like everything in the build but I do have a few qualms. The PSU was also intended for that G4 build and it is not modular. The motherboard I original installed was one by MSI and ultimately I was not able to enter the BIOS. After extensive troubleshooting I returned it and ordered this one from ASRock. The ASRock board is really nice but the front fan, front audio, and CPU power cables are all stretched to their max. I would have liked to have seen better placement of those.

I'll be removing the dvd drive at some point to clean up the front, it's looks pretty ugly now and doesn't do justice to the case. I replaced the front intake and rear exhaust fans with LED versions. I adore the speakers; for 2 channel they really sound, and look, amazing. I did have to get extension cables for them however, I believe they are marketed as laptop speakers.

I use the computer for web, desktop, and mobile development, as well as every other standard use. Next I'll be building a home server, but until then the PC will fill that roll with simple file sharing. Oh, of course I game a little too. Money was a concern with the build but not a defining one. I had a loose goal of around $1,500. I am not interested in overclocking so that wasn't a factor in part selection. Most everything I ordered through Amazon. The CPU cooler and tower came from NCIX, the OS from ebay, and the PSU was a gift.

I'll add at least one monitor when I get a larger desk. I still consider this a work in progress so constructive comments are welcome!

EDIT: - Added second monitor. - Replaced the SanDisk 256 GB SSD with a Corsair 512 GB SSD.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I love 350D Builds! But why LGA 1155 instead of LGA 1150?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

@CheyTac: Because I'm a n00b. I'm not sore about it though, it works really well.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

locked cpu so what's the point of the water cooler and why get a 4gb GPU when you're gaming single monitor? (even if you're adding a second monitor somewhere in the future i don't get it still).

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't really know what size to get honestly, so I decided to error on larger. In addition I thought for the price it was a steal. The cooler was based mostly on aesthetics. With windowed cases I hate bulky CPU fans and, again, I decided to error towards overkill.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

You bought a locked processor and an H100i?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I've mentioned this already but it was an aesthetic decision and it can't hurt.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. It was a choice based on aesthetics.

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