11/23/15-Just pulled the trigger on ordering the majority of the parts from Newegg. Should have them by the end of this week, early next week, then the fun begins. Plans are to use this as primarily a gaming pc with some HTPC functions as well. Will be purchasing the video card later, probably in January, but the onboard integrated solution should keep it working until then.
11/25/15-January came early. A deal popped up on a video card I couldn't pass up yesterday and so that was purchased. Hopefully that will arrive at the same time as the rest of the parts (which should be tomorrow or the following day) and it all can be put together at once. Other than a few minor add ons like a 5TB hdd and a wireless keyboard, the part list for the build is set. Now just to put it all together. I also opted to change the name of the computer to Optimus. Had I thought of this sooner, I would have opted for the Red Tesseract case instead of the blue, but oh well.
11/28/15-Most of the parts came yesterday, which is to say everything but the GPU. That should be delivered today. I haven't put anything together yet, but I've looked over some of the manuals and parts and am looking forward to slapping this thing together later today, tomorrow at the latest.
11/28/15-Putting this together was fairly straightforward and about what I expected. What surprised me is that I rather enjoyed the cable management part, which some guides/sites advised could be horrendous. I don't doubt this could be true with a smaller case or one with crappy management options, but for a cheap one I think the Deepcool Tesseract does a fairly good job.
It's hard to offer opinions on some of the other parts with so little time in on the build, but updating everything went rather well and we'll see how it goes. I will say that I already tried running Assassins Creed Black Flag on this, and after the slide show I had on my laptop, running that game on max settings with no slowdown was amazing.
The weakest part of my build, but I had to keep things budget concious and I can't knock this part for my financial restrictions. Runs good, stock cooler is sufficient and easy to install. Solid processor for an entry/mid-range gaming computer which is exactly what I'm using it for.
Easy to install everything on the board, easy enough to install the board into the case, bios is easy to use. Great board really.
I'm also glad that I researched enough to make sure I had a board with several on board fan headers. Two case fan headers and two CPU fan headers (one of which could be used for a third case fan) is right about where I want it to be, and personally I'd rather have the bios controlling fan speed rather then have a fan controller.
8gb at a great price. Not much more to say beyond that.
I went back and forth on whether or not I would get a smaller SSD or a larger platter drive. I'm so happy I decided on getting the SSD, as the 9-12 seconds it takes for the pc to boot up and be usable makes it so worth it in my mind. Still, extra space is needed, but better to have the OS already installed and running on this and add on a secondary platter drive then trying to do it the other way around.
Not much to say here, actually a spare drive out of a laptop with a bad screen. Still it's an extra 250gb of space for free. A little slow at times, but extra space is extra space.
Maxes out the settings and almost all the games I have to play right now. The fans are super quiet and don't even come on unless they are really needed. The extra 2gb of vram seem to be very much worth it. Very happy with this card.
For such a cheap case I almost want to rate it at 4 stars just because something so inexpensive shouldn't be so good. Maybe the other shoe will drop at some point, but really it hasn't yet.
The only negative thing I can say is that for my personal use as a gaming HTPC this case is a bit big. But it's a full ATX case, and I knew that going in so I can't really ding it for that. But really, airflow is good, the fans seem to move enough air and are whisper quiet (the LED effect is pretty cool too), cable management was pretty solid. This thing really is awesome.
Solid power supply, couldn't ask for much more. The semi-modular nature makes it great for cable management. As I'm not overclocking or anything the power should be more than adequate for my needs.