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I couldn't be more excited to show off my very first build. This has been a really fun first building experience which went surprisingly well. I only ever had minor issues with this build, most of which were Asus mobo software issues.
The Build Going into this build I wanted a clean, elegant look and good performance. It was made for work first, gaming second. I spend all day in Adobe CC and wanted a machine that could handle beastly Photoshop documents and Aftereffects projects. Gaming took a bit of a back seat for this reason, also I chose the worst time to build this machine with what is happening in the GPU market. So high-end GPUs were way, way out of my price range.
The Case Maybe I did this backwards, but one of the first places I started was with finding the right case. Aesthetics and a small form factor were on the top of my list. Initially I was looking at cases like the Lian-Li pc-05, the Jonsbo Umx-1 window, in win 901, NCase M1 and the Evolv Shift. Sadly a lot of these were either super pricey, not sold in america or just not quite right. It came down to a final choice between the Evolv Shift and the FT03S-Mini. The mini was just so unique it was hard to resist. The only downside is the limit on the size of the graphics card, my 1060 has just a tiny bit of clearance and if I ever wanted to upgrade I'd have to mod the case or choose a new case entirely.
The GPU The first component that I got. I was considering a 1070 but they were all sold out or $600+. I found a "good deal" for the 1060 on ebay ( "good deal" because I paid $450 for a $300 card -_- ) But it was brand new and it was the best I could find. Since it was 10" this GPU sealed the deal for the FT03S -Mini.
The CPU Since I was spending so much on the GPU I wanted to find the fastest CPU I could for under $300. I wasn't looking to overclock because 1) I'm a noob and 2) I didn't think overclocking in such a small case was a good idea. So I landed on the i7-7700.
The Monitor I was hesitant to go with a 1440p monitor because I knew that the 1060 I have is best with 1080p, but I had to remind myself that this is for design work first, not gaming. I do not regret my decision, this monitor is absolutely gorgeous. The 25" size is perfect for me and the colors are amazing and accurate.
Final note: I was very inspired by av8rarky's amazing FT03S mini build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/JdVYcf that build made this case look super good, so it one of the big reasons I considered this case. In the future I'd love to have beautiful sleeved cables like av8rarky's, but I have no clue where to start. Currently my psu cables are too long and make things look a mess.