* Mail-In Rebates:
This project has been years in the making, and I'm finally glad that I have made it a reality.
I had been partitioning parts for this build way back in 2014 and I had originally set a budget for about $1000. Clearly I didn't stick with that budget, but something about PCs just makes you go overboard. As time went, I continued to save my money for my dream PC, but along the way, I actually got my friend interested in computers and in February of 2015, I helped him make his parts list and build his computer. With our combined forces and lack of PC knowledge, it took us five hours to build his computer, unlike Bloo Box, in which it only one hour to build by myself. Helping build my friend's PC gave me a new found hope to own my computer, and thus I continued to save money. In 2016, I managed to get a job and worked about eight and a half months to get my PC.
I had had the system completely built in May, but later down the I decided to get some custom sleeved cables, some LEDs, and I swapped out the kit of ram I had.
Very solid CPU. Excellent for when you want good horsepower but don't really plan on overclocking.
A nice upgrade from almost any stock cooler. Included fan is quiet and it keeps my temps nice and low.
Pretty basic motherboard, but I like the neutral color scheme.
I had originally gotten Corsair Vengence Blue LED ram, but it wasn't running at full speeds (because I thought I read somewhere online that H270 supports XMP 2.0 or something, but I guess you can't always believe what you see on the internet) and the LEDs on one of sticks wasn't working so I sold that kit to a friend and bought this one. And by the way, I LOVE THE BLUE OF THIS KIT IT IS SO SEXY!
This drive is FAST. I can fully boot and be up and running in less than 15 seconds.
Wanted some bulk storage that wasn't as slow as a hard drive but wasn't stupid expensive because of high reads and writes. This SSHD definitely gets the job done.
Great card. Managed to get it used on eBay for $440, which I feel is a steal considering the performance you get at this price.
Wanted something small but could still show off my hardware. At about $60, I thought this case was perfect for my needs.
Great power supply. Super quiet and very efficient!