This is a build that got away from my control. It has been a long time since I built a computer from scratch. The last time I didn't even do it myself and had a friend help me. That was almost 15 years ago. I've been itching to do it and with my first son on the way(already have a daughter) I figured it was a good time to be impulsive and make rash decisions. At first I thought that I was just going to do it under 500. But the wife gave me a huge green light, I told her "probably more like 700" and well...It is close to a 1,000 build and I haven't even bought a graphics card.
I'm a software engineer so I run at least 5-8 VMs daily. As a "full-stack"(aka overworked and underpaid with too many expectations) I have node, oracle, Windows 7(b/c curse you ie8!), a weblogic server running, a gazillion tabs and other apps...and so on. Luckily I switched to VIM and pimped it out and I got rid of bloaty IDEs like intelliJ and Eclipse. All this is simply to explain why I put off getting a graphics card. I spent way too much time being extremely through on research about parts and unwilling to purchase things because you never know of a price drop coming the next day! That and I'll let the bank account cool off before the lady friend decides that the money is better spent elsewhere like "college education" for the kids. Pff, if they don't earn a scholarship like I did then they don't deserve to go to college!
So how did it all came together?
CPU & MOBO: Basically Micro Center was having a hell of a combo sale with their CPUs and MOBOs. At first I wanted the i5 because it's cheaper but then..."but I don't want it to be not enough, what if I need more juice, I might end up spending more"...logic kicked in so I got the i7 with the Gigabyte Gaming 7. The MOBO got decent reviews, personally I haven't played around to know what MY preferred brand is, but I liked the eye of horus look to their logo. The one thing that is bugging me is that I got the MOBO as a pre-owned item. Overall I was going to save 10 dollars if I bought it instead of a new one. I was hesitant at first but I thought I was being frugal so I got it and they applied the discount to it. But then I find out the previous owner didn't turn in a rebate for it, so it came out to 64 bucks overall!
Storage: SSD and HDD were both well priced. 3TB is probably overkill but whatever.
CPU Cooling: I was going to go with a water cooled one because I know I'll end up OCing it, but the whole "if a pump fails it all dies!" scenario scared me away. I went for this one, got good reviews and that is all I needed.
RAM: I hated this part. Mainly because RAM was so cheap a year ago. Also because prices fluctuated like crazy when I was looking. Eventually I caught these for a pretty good price. Cas 9 and the i7 is capable of taking advantage of them.
Case: Looks good and got excellent reviews. Plus for 90 bucks? Couldn't resist.
Power Supply: I originally bought the NEX650G because I did no research because it's just a stupid power supply. But out of boredom I started looking up reviews and it was getting manhandled. I returned it and opted for something better instead and set my eyes on the 750 G2...which is as rare as winning the lottery. Sold out everywhere and although I could wait, I opted for the 850 G2. Total overkill but meh, felt like a good price and it gave me piece of mind. I felt rushed because MicroCenter has a 15 return policy for MOBOs so I needed to test it before those passed. Now Newegg is taking forever to ship my case/ram so I can't even breadboard my MOBO.
Case fans: 3 Cougars Vortex PWM 120MM - Two for the front, one for the bottom. Didn't like the temps I was seeing. 2 140MM Corsairs - Back and rear top. Nice and flowy.
OS: I settled for Arch. It was to test myself and to learn the architecture of the Linux OS. I had some troubles but finally got it going. Now I'm addicted to conky. Working on setting up Docker for development.
Mouse and Keyboard: Had them. Like them.
THE BUILDING: The actual build took about four days. I was doing it slowly since my newborn came into the world in the middle of it. Not too much trouble but I opted to remove the HDD tray at the bottom and had to wait an extra day to go to Fry's to get an adapter to put it on the optical drive. Also, I put too much thermal paste and it leaked around the edges. It made a mess. I cleaned it and got it right the second time. Frankly, what was more time consuming was the wiring. I found out that I'm extremely obsessive over it. Many twisty ties died. I tried to take my time to hide all the wires.
Right now it is in a tiny little desk. It sucks but after we buy our house this year you better believe I'm hooking up my other monitors(not in the picture). Right now the baby stuff takes up space. I'll add a graphics card eventually but it isn't a big deal for right now. I've spent alot of time tweaking my OS. Even created my own background.
Anyways, comment away. Tons of pics.