So this is my very first PC build that I built back in April, which was the result of about a year of planning.
As I'm a Computer Science student, I've always wanted to have a crack at building my own PC, get into the hardware side of things, and after everything's said and done, I have to say, it was a lot of fun.
Even though software development doesn't really need this much horsepower, I wanted something that would be snappy in pretty much anything I wanted to do, and to manage most games I'd want to play at 1080p 60fps.
The build itself went quite smoothly, no real problems anywhere, just took a while to do cable management, which although I think I did ok on, was a lot harder than I thought it would be going into it.
I got the GPU backplate from coldzero, as annoyingly, the dual Asus cards don't come with one, and I got the sleeved cables from CableMod to keep things looking nice.
The only things changed from stock are the overclocked CPU, which I probably could've got to 4.5, but in benchmarks it was getting a bit too toasty, and loading an XMP profile onto the RAM to get it up to 2666 (which I couldn't get working for a while until I updated the BIOS)
I already had one of the monitors paired with my laptop, so I just needed another one of the same (of course they have to match). Since I found out that they could be pushed a little over stock on the frequency side, I managed to get both monitors running at 75Hz.
A little while after the build I thought I should get some kind of monitor mount since these monitors don't have the best stock stands. Since I've heard that the monitor desk mounts and Ikea desks really don't work well together, I made the wooden thing to distribute the load onto the desk so the mount doesn't cave it in. Looks nice enough and kinda matches the headphone stand.
One thing I didn't expect was the tempered glass gathering dust so quickly, and with the lights inside its really easy to tell. So I end up having to open the case around once a fortnight to wipe the dust off the case interior.
So at the end of the day, I still enjoy looking to my right and seeing my baby nice and lit up, and I hope I won't have to upgrade for a while.