Description

Right now I use it for websurfing, email, and remote logging into work. Yes its way overkill for that, but my old PC lasted for 10 years so I wanted to build something that would last me around as long. Yeah, I could have saved $100 or more (I was given a friends old video card), but I am hoping this will be good for many years. My wife doesn't think it was worth the time. I told here that if anything goes wrong I'll know how to fix it/replace it, and NEXT time I build a PC I'll be experienced. :-)

I watched many youtube videos, and asked some questions here. The build was relatively smooth and straight forward, though it took several hours/

minor problems - 1. The system booted up fine so I moved it and got the dreaded video card error about not sensing a DP connection. When I moved it I stupidly connected to the mobo and not the video card. Took me 30 minutes of curing to figure that out.

  1. I must not have set up the case to mobo jumpers correctly the first time. I reread the configuration diagram and it worked.

It went relatively smoothly. I'm glad I was able to resolve the problems on my own. In truth it wasn't difficult, just new.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I watched a couple of youtube videos before installing it and they helped a lot.
Reattaching the fans with the Clips was a little difficult, taking a couple of minutes. Whisper quiet.

Case

Very easy to work with. Great air flow. Great cable management.

Monitor

Great for productivity (not used for gaming). Crisp image with nice colors. I like the ergonomics - I can rotate the monitor 90 degrees or raise/lower it and tilt up/down.

I bought this cheap because its an older model. I'm happy saving 1/3 of the purchase price of a virtually identical newer model (U2719D)

Mouse

Large Hands - productivity not gaming

I LOVE this mouse for productivity. ( I don't game. ) I don't care about RGB. I love the tactile feel size and shape. Its the best mouse I've ever used.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice system. Congrats!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Feel like you should have gotten a cheaper more new gpu with more vram such as 1660 super but other than that great list.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you except ... I was given the GPU (it cost $0), it would be hard to beat that price. I did include this in my description. ;-)

"Yeah, I could have saved $100 or more (I was given a friends old video card),"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

hey i just bought an Arctic Freezer 34 but didnt realize it was smaller than my 3600. Was that a problem for you when you mounted it? Im kinda nervous ill place it a little off center and not cool the right way or am i just overthinking?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I used all the thermal paste and make sure I put some extra along the edges that curve up.

The only problem with mounting is the holes the standoffs (connected to the mobo) are rather small, so the screws that hold the unit in place are a bit tricky to get threaded. I had to thread one just a couple of turns, then go to the diagonally opposite side and slide the cooler around a little (less than a millimeter) to get the screw head and the thread of the standoff to align. It took a few minutes.

I guarantee you it will be centered once all 4 screws are attached (unless the mobo is defective due to being misaligned).

Getting the clips on is a little tricky, and it's easy to not realize that one bend isn't actually in teh hole it should snap into to be secure.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you so much!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you hear the motherboard fan much?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. In a quiet room I don't hear the system at all on idle, and I'm sitting 3-4 feet from the case.
At higher loads (in a quiet room) I may hear a slight whosh of the fan. If the music is on low I never hear anything.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Another rookie mistake I made was attaching one of the case fans to OPT_FAN (next to the CPU_FAN) instead of one of the fan headers. This caused it to run at 100% all the time. Once I connected it to FAN_2 it was silent, running at 60%. Its dead quiet.