Description

This was the first build I have done. I was updating from an old Pentium 4 Windows XP machine. Being in the technical field, and having been studying for A+ for the past year certainly helped in the experience area.

This is a home use PC and the two most resource intensive applications I use are Photoshop and Google Sketchup. It's nice to have the graphics capability to play games though, if I want.

The build went very well (I had watched the "How to build a PC" videos from Newegg.com), and the most challenging part for me was installing the MB into the port shield. I had to tweak the grounding tabs a lot to get the whole thing to line up.

The SSD was a last minute indulgence, and I have been so pleased with the performance. I have been running the machine stock (no overclocking) and it has performed superbly.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

Cable management <3 Couple parts I would have personally changed, but this is a good solid build.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Did you intentionally choose a non K CPU on the parts list? Aside from that your parts list and build look great.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm guessing he doesn't have any intention of overclocking, but wanted the built in wifi?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Built in wifi? Mind explaining?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The ASUS Z87 Pro comes with Wifi-GO! pre built into the board itself. This gives a few extra features like DLNA streaming and remote access.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

OK I thought you were still talking about the processor ha ha. Misunderstanding.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really clean for a first build. but i would probably have gotten the new r9 280x if you could fit it into the budget. But overall clean and good build that will serve you well.

btw i would've gotten a Samsung EVO ssd since they're cheaper and has a bit faster write speeds.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but why did you spend so much on the optical drive?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, that optical drive is insane!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

???I honestly don't remember it being that expensive. Have to go back and check my receipts. The day I ordered the parts online was so crazy! Halfway through the process, my credit card fraud protection kicked in and I had to call the c.c. company and a couple of vendors.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build, loving the cable management.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I ask for reasoning to have HDD in top drive slot, and SDD on the bottom? Does it matter? My future build if practically identical, and I wonder if it matters at all (heat dissipation etc).

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

It seemed optimal for airflow, but I don't think it's really critical.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

ty:)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

your cable management is excellent! very nice build! +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Re-cabled after the first go-round. Could have been better... but also could have been much worse!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build, but I think that extra ~$80 on the mobo would have been better off towards a better GPU, maybe one of the new 280x. The Asus DirectCU II 280x is looking mighty fine in benchmarks... Anyhow,nice job, and try for better cable management in the future

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

you should have gotten a R9 280x in imo

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

but the 7950 is great

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The inside cable work looks great. Do you have any issues with the loop on the backside when closing that side panel?

Also, some of your decor looks 50s and some looks early 70s. My wife and I are redecorating the den in a 50s office style. We have two tanker desks and are building off that. Anyway, I'm liking the furniture in the background in addition to your build :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't have any issues with the loop, although the side panel is tight. The reason I have it that way is that the cable bundle really wanted to bend, and looping it seemed the only way to address that. Thanks for the decor notice. Partner and I are into MCM.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price of the DVD burner, I would have gotten a $20 ASUS DVD Burner and bought the AMD R9 280X, But really solid build man congrats for first time!