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This is the first computer that I have ever attempted building and I am happy to say it turned out quite well!
My intentions with this computer are to use it mainly for Photoshop, FL Studio, music production, school work, and occasionally gaming. I plan on eventually trying out cryptocurrency mining and overclocking in the future.
I am very happy with all the parts that I chose for this build. The only problem I encountered with it is the fan controller on the case isn't working which is why I took away a star from its rating. I tried my best to get everything to match the blue/cyan color scheme and I think i did pretty well with it. I was able to get Windows 8.1 Pro for free though Mizzou's DreamSpark program since I am studying Computer Engineering. I also managed to snag a couple off Kingwin 120mm fans from a TigerDirect retail store for -$3.01 each. Yes, the negative is correct, lol! They both rang up as $6.99 with a $10 MIR each so I got paid to buy them! I wasn't going to get the ASUS P9x79 Pro motherboard but I found it at Micro Center on clearance for $165.12 since it had an opened box and some parts missing (but nothing important). I managed to get a 200GB hard drive from an old computer.
The PC performs very well and stays very cool. I haven't been able to get the CPU to go above 40 degrees Celsius without overclocking it. I included a screenshot of its score on the Performance Test 8 benchmark and I am very pleased with the results.
I plan on getting a 3TB Seagate Barracuda to add to the storage since it is severely lacking at the moment and eventually adding more memory as time passes. I also plan on getting the AOC Ultrawide 29 inch monitor to use with it.
Let me know what you think of my build. I appreciate all feedback. Thanks!
UPDATE: Just picked up a 24 inch monitor from Office Max for $115 since it was the floor model. It's an Acer S240HL. I also have a Logitech wireless bluetooth keyboard and mouse. I'll add some pictures of my new setup since I just moved into my appartment.