This was my first build, wanted to build a system for my son to take to school and also something for him to do some light gaming on. Build went pretty smooth, not very smart on this, but did some research and went for it.! Did learn a lot as I went. Small cases make order of installing important! With the CPU Cooler, hooking up drives were a bit of a challenge, not much clearance with that CPU Cooler. Still have some work to do on the cables, but wanted get it up and running first. Will go back and tidy things up a bit. He should be surprised when he see this!
CPU. Went with integrated graphics for starters, reviews had this the best money for performance ratio and since it has been a few years since we have had a new computer, this thinks is a big step up. I am sure he will have a graphics card installed soon, but this should be fine to get started.
CPU Cooler. Nothing fancy, but it fits fine in the case and seems to be doing nice for temps.
Front Fan. Added a 120mm fan for intake. Went with blue to match the LED lights on the case. Looks nice, but running on 12vlts is a bit loud, have the option to switch to a 7vlt cable which reviews say it makes a difference on noise. Will see how temps run under load and then see if that makes sense.
Motherboard. Happy with the price and sizes. Runs great and the BIOS interface is straight forward. Still have some room to upgrade.
Memory. Went with best price, nothing more to say here.
Storage. SSD. Had to get a tray to install in a 3.5 bay. Tried to mount on the bottom of the case but the SATA cables could not connect in that position. Good thing I had a computer store close by!
Case. Went for a game look for him and value was key to selection. I am pleased with the look and quality for the price. Plenty of room for a Graphics card but does make a tight work space and not much room for cables.
Power Supply: Again, went with a good value PSU. I was stumped for a moment on getting the system to power. Took me awhile to figure out I had to connect the 4 pin power cable as well as the 24 pin power cable. Again, learned a lot as I went.
OS: Install went fine with the SSD. However after install I could not see my HHD within the OS. Learned that you need to initialize/format the disk fist. Again, learned something.
Had a keyboard, mouse and monitor already. I did add a multiple memory card reader in the 3.5 bay. Great for SD cards and CF cards for downloading photos. Seems to work fine.