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Okay, first off let me apologize for the lack and the quality of the pictures I've posted here. I was much too excited to get everything together and running and didn't think to take more pictures along the way. I can crack open the case later on tonight and take more pictures of the innards if the folks here want some. Many thanks to the PCpartpicker community and the goons over in the Serious hardware/software crap forum on SA for helping and keeping things in check.

Now, the good stuff.

Processor: Now, nVidia Shadowplay streaming to twitch.tv wasn't a thing when I bought the processor, and I wanted to get into streaming games online with my brother, so the logical choice here was an i7. I really didn't want to futz around with overclocking on my first build, so a non K chip was what I chose here. It's such a noticeable improvement over the Athlon 2 in my old computer, it doesn't bog down on things anymore!

Motherboard: I know, I know, Z board and non K chip. But this board was a decent price and had prime shipping (like everything, except for a few parts I'll get to later). It also had the features that I wanted, namely onboard wifi.

Memory: 16GB is probably a bit overkill, but for $75? Yeah, I'll take that any day. Not much to say about it, it's ram, it works, it's more than I need probably, but I couldn't pass it up for the price. Got that from NCIX US. Let me take this moment to say that shipping from NCIX was absolute donkey poo. Maybe I've just been spoiled by prime shipping, but taking a week to process my order (which consisted of the ram and case)? Come on now, that's a little excessive I think.

Storage: Got the Intel ssd on a deal of the day thing when it hit $150. Used another $10 in American Express MR points and got it for $140. Blazing fast and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm sure that Intel's legendary reliability will hold true here too. WD Blue is good too. Again, not much to say about it. It holds things and holds them well.

Graphics card: Now, an admission: My card isn't the EVGA one. It's the bone stock GeForce 770. Bought it at Best Buy. The had a sale going and it came out to right around as much as the evga card after tax, so I said sure, why not. I love the look and feel of the thing, it feels solid and heavy and that cooler is dead sexy. It is also dead silent. Runs cool and quiet while still giving me most of the shinies in my games. I'm sure I ended up overpaying for the card, but I wanted the reference cooler since I was using a smaller case so that heat got exhausted out the back rather than back inside the case. And by God it's so much better than the old 440 I was using before.

Case: This is a good little case. I preferred the interior layout of the mini ITX version over the ATX, so I went with that. Plenty of room for working around inside and plenty of room to stick hard disks and ssds all throughout the case. The softouch finish on the outside is very nice as well. I think it looks great on my desk. A couple things though, The drive sleds are plastic and are a little too flimsy I think. And even though there is no opening for an ODD on the outside, the bay is still on the inside of the case taking up space. Sure, you could just throw another storage drive in there, but...why?

PSU: All good. Silent, delivers clean power, had all the protection goodies. Pretty sure it's just a rebadged Seasonic, so It's pretty rock solid I think.

OS: I'm getting on with 8.1 just fine. The start screen doesn't bother me, everything just seems to work just fine. It's lightning fast on the ssd and hasn't gone wrong or crashed once in the week I've been using the computer.

Mouse, keyboard, monitor and speakers came from the other computer. They're a Logitech m705 mouse, Logitech g710+ keyboard, some cheapy Logitech speakers, Logitech f310 game pad and an LG 22ea53 IPS display. All are great and have served me well for a while now. Sorry for the wall of text, but there you go! I'm off to have more fun playing games now!

Edit: A few more pictures of the innards added in. Top down from the top vent and with the right side panel off.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

<RANT>jkgsngndkfn*grrrrr.I tried to buy that same memory from ncix and got my order cancelled :( Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your recent purchase of sku 76776 Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3. Unfortunately it appears this was added incorrectly to the sale at the price of $75.26. The correct pricing for this was supposed to be $169.99. As such, we have cancelled your order and if it made it to processing, all refunds will be taken care of by the end of the business day. Oh and you could have used a ncix coupon code to take $10 off, would have helped with the shipping a bit. </RANT> Nice build and part selection +1 for using a Prodigy :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I saw that on your build. Honestly, it took them forever to ship it and I thought the would cancel it too. But lo and behold, it came to me. And thank you!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Man you got lucky. I placed my order right after I got an alert from pcpartpicker and the price mistake must've lasted like five minutes before ncix fixed it. I don't know If I will ever be able to get over it, I have been traumatized by ncix. Your internal pic is covered by the graphics card, but it looks like the placement of the 24 pin ATX connector on the motherboard really helped with cable management. My motherboard has it right in front of the psu bay.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I just found it bumbling around on their website...Just the right place at the right time I suppose. All I know is that as soon as I placed the order it was up to $170 after I refreshed the page. My credit card was only charged for the $75 though.

I never get lucky like that. I guess I used all my new year luck up before it even started!

I'll see if I can get a new internal picture up tonight. Just gimmie a few minutes. E: There we go!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

solid build for the price, really nice price on the ssd and the ram is really good, a deal like that wont pop up everywhere

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Merci! I am liking the ssd so far, first one I've had in a computer. It's life altering. I can't ever have a computer without one now. Being able to use AMEX MR points on Amazon is a wondrous thing as well, made buying that a whole lot easier. And I am still surprised that I even got the RAM for that price, as I'm sure you saw in my exchange with mallocunbounded above.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your title a vlogbrothers reference?