A month after ordering the first components, and just in time for Ryzen to destroy my processor at the same price point I finally assembled this computer. Like any good enthusiast I wish I had saved a little more, waited for the next generation of components to release, and still long for a custom water cooling loop and intel to stop strangling the i5 platform by not giving them hyperthreading.
Mostly though, I regret not setting myself up to be able to overclock my CPU. I saw my 1050ti go from competently handling Fallout 4 with nearly all the settings maxed, and becoming unplayable at maxed settings, to being entirely playable as I brought the boost clock up to over 2GHz. I believe this is the highest clock on this platform, it is stable under synthetic load from EVGA as well as the "real" load of Fallout 4 at 1080p having spent the entire free weekend on Steam running the game. As for the discrepancy between my effective clock speed and the numbers given, the effective takes into account the quad data rate of the 1050ti, while my hardware monitors assume dual data rate memory.
Photos of the build will be available on the next weekend I feel like redoing my cable management because cramming that H60 into the Elite 110 was not an easy experience.
Edit: ran some benchmarks tonight trying to dial in the performance, the card is less stable running 3DMark. http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/12212206 Based on the comparisons available it seems that my overclocked 1050ti performs about as well as an R9 380X or GTX 780
the lack of hyperthreading on i5s during a time when multicore support is getting better and better is brutal, I regret buying this so soon before the Ryzen rollout, and I'm glad intel has been caught with their pants down for making the worst chip they think the market will buy instead of actually building good hardware.
I wanted to get into AIO liquid cooling in my first build with the hope of building custom loops in the future. I have one complaint which is that the tubing is very rigid and did not take well to being mounted in my itx case. Dremeling out allowed me to have more space by moving the radiator to the external mount, and the fan to the internal, which is more a problem with the case/cooler combination than either of the two on their own.
Board looks and works great! I had an MSI board that was a huge pain in the ***, and the lack of customer support I've gotten in returning it means I've still got it lying around. This board has always worked, from boot testing to gaming marathons, it is reliable to the point I forget it exists
I had this SSD and a 1TB storage drive in my laptop which was my main computer before this build, its been running for about 4 months between those two computers and I never get tried of being able to boot, shut down, or do a full restart in under 10 seconds
Its a hard drive, it stores files and is okay at retrieving them, 5400rpm is not fast enough to keep up with current expectations of performance
handles Fallout 4 at 1080p 60fps with everything maxed after overclocking. Great budget card and a good place to get into GPU overclocking since you can't fry it by adjusting the core voltage
Fully modular and less than $100 CAD? perfect for ITX builds provided you can use an ATX psu
Ultrawide monitors ruin you for all other monitors (unless you go with a dual monitor setup) looks good when gaming, and the extra space is so nice for doing any work that requires multiple applications to be open at once
the blank keycaps are worth not having anyone else even try and use your keyboard, blue switches are loud and annoying for everyone else, that could be a pro or a con