It took me a long time, but I finally built my first PC. I've been wanting to do this since Intel released ivy bridge, but circumstances never quite allowed it..
I mostly use this pc for gaming (BF1, League of Legends, Minecraft, Kerbal Space Program) and browsing. I've recently expanded the storage with a Samsung 850 EVO 500gb to make room for expansion. I previously had a little babby 120gb Samsung 840 that was just filled to the brim. poor thing. I really enjoy the 850 EVO. It's lightning fast!
This was great for my first build. No problems (save for initial post). I must not have had one of the memory sticks in correctly because it was giving me fits. After some poking around I had it down to one stick (out of fear for dead sticks), but it worked perfectly ok after putting it all back in. It was also a decent challenge to make everything fit and look somewhat good with the mATX form factor. Small but mighty??
I did the build rather backwards, purchasing the video card first and processor last. I was pretty excited for the price I found the card at, so I just had to pounce on it. I'm not disappointed in any way, and this card is WHISPER quiet with everything I throw at it. The highest temperature I can squeeze out of it is 64 degrees with the auto fan stop function on.
I also put a couple red led Corsair AF120 fans in there that seem to make a bit more noise than before, but the extra fans do an even better on temps. I like that they move air across the VRM's and the SSD which I can see run slightly warm on Corsair Link.
Edit 2/6/2017: I did some updates since the original post (850 Evo and led fan). Also put a bit more time into the cable management. Might be reposting soon for a more finalized buildlog.
Edit 7/12/2017: I've been running the computer for several months now, and it's still running solid. The warmth of the summer squeezes out slightly higher temperatures due to higher ambient temperature. I still have no issues and think I'm done tweaking everything until GPU prices go down.
Edit 5/22/2018: I changed out one of the Corsair LED fans because it had some bearing noise that was annoying me. I had to RMA the power supply due to coil whine. I've finally overclocked it up to 4.4 ghz as a preset in the motherboard. It runs solid and only slightly warmer but much faster.
Zippy fast and super cool!
We cool like Fonzie. The fans rarely have to spin faster than their lowest speed. Even under load, they're just whispering along.
Nice beautiful motherboard. I liked the connectivity options, and I'll soon be putting an m.2 ssd in it. I wish the UEFI was a bit more visually pleasing, but I'm not going to be looking at it that much anyway.
For some reason I fell in love with the aesthetic of this ram (pretty much the biggest reason I bought it). It's nice and fast, and I've got plenty of room in here.
It holds up well for an old drive. I used to use it in my laptop then switched it to my desktop when I finally built it. Still great!
Fast fast fast! Great choice for all that I need. I don't think I'll be close to filling it any time soon. If I do, I've got other problems lol
I LOVE the Twin Frozr cooler. This card is pretty much a piece of art. Cool art. Though I haven't been able to put this baby under much load, it belts out whatever I ask it for, and the fans only kick on maybe a couple seconds at a time.
I like the tame look to this case. Coupled with a wonderful window setup, I'm pretty happy looking in at my components every once in a while. The h100i also seems right at home in the front panel. One complaint is that it has one usb 2 and one usb 3 port on the front. Meh. I ended up switching my usb 2 with my friend's usb 3 anyway.
I enjoy modularity. Especially when I'm trying to keep it nice and tidy. I was a bit worried this wouldn't be enough power, but I think I made a good choice with this psu. And it's Corsair. Something about brand loyalty?
Good fans. I like the red glow they throw into my case. I can hear them ever so slightly humming along, but that's it.
I like it as an entry level display. the whole bezel-less display idea is so awesome ever since I got my XPS 13. It's not the best display I've ever looked at, but I think it'll get me far. The speakers are poo, but you shouldn't expect much from them anyway.