After my 8 year old PCSpecialist PC started to slow down I decided to go down the route of building my own for the first time. Thanks to this site, I drew up a part list and, over a few months, got to work buying them and finally it has all come together. I may have gone overboard with the case, there's a lot of empty space in there which I'm trying to come up with ways of filling, but it does look quite beautiful with the full glass panel.
I never gamed much (apart from one series of titles which I've played religiously for about 12 years) on my old PC but I plan on doing more with this. GPUs are at ridiculous prices and I could never justify a higher end card than the one I went with, not yet anyway. The 1050Ti will be more than enough for what I need at the moment.
With the actual build, I had very few problems. The case made it straightforward enough and the only real pain was with the stock cooler which didn't seem to like being pinned down. It's in there though, I hope to never do it again. There was also a half hour of panic when the thing just wouldn't power on. This was caused by two cabling issues; I'd plugged in the front panel power connectors to the wrong pins and, once I sorted that and it still wouldn't turn on, I desperately tried a new kettle lead which worked. Time for celebration.
I don't think I would do much different, I'll probably add more ram in time and I've got a feeling I'll need to fit an aftermarket cooler at some point, but overall I'm very happy with how it's gone.
So far so good. Haven't pushed it too much yet but coming from an old pentium dual core I'm blown away by the speed of this thing.
I've never planned to overclock but this was going at a decent price and I knew I wouldn't need to go through any BIOS updates for kaby lake. Comes with an excellent guide.
Jeez. Timed my last boot at 5 seconds.
Bigger than I expected but it looks great and made building inside very easy. Standoffs come pre-installed and if you're using SSDs there's lot of handy places to mount them. I definitely don't make full use of the space this offers.
Loved the fully modular design. Makes for a nice clean build.