Description

In October, nearing the date toward my Birthday, my father came to me and asked me what I wanted for my Birthday? Of course I told him I wanted a setup in my newly acquired room, but that wasn't good enough, he responded. He wanted me to do research on why I wanted it, what exactly I wanted, why I wanted those specific parts, and to quite literally put the setup in the room perfect with the space provided and get back to him.

After many rough drafts, and saving more and more money in the process (I had hit my goal of 3k in November) I continued to write and write, research and research, measure and measure, and post back to him as I got more and more information. As December rolled around I had just about finished and had finally gotten him to approve my build (somehow), and in the middle of December, we ordered the 21-23 items totaling roughly of about 3,100 I had saved up from 8 or 9 months of working a part-time job at the good ole' McDonalds (First job don't judge me).

After many shipping error's with Amazon and some problems with my initial chair I had decided on, you could say there we some delays. It was about the middle of January ( A whole month) for us to finally get the monitors which had sold out during the Christmas rush and finally get all the parts in one place. Then came the building stage.

My dad sat me down once all the parts had gotten there and stated because I wanted to build it with him, given that my work schedule and his didn't match well and because he wanted to do test-trials and other maybe well detailed and good minded gestures, were not well enough for my patience at that point. Me and my brother who had already made a build before went down in the Basement and built it over the course of 2 or 3 days, which, after some complications with the final wiring and Graphics card issues, need final help from my dad. All in all it wasn't until the middle of February until the entire Pc itself was built and sitting on the table in front of me. And thus came the final stage.

A week and a half long gesture of pulling everything out of the room, taking final measurements, installing the Television to the wall-mount on the wall, creating the desk and chair, installing a wall shelve and finally doing the wiring. It was February the 22nd when I finally got to finish the entire thing up and turn it on with completed build and big grin on my face non-the-less.

I overall enjoyed the 5th month long concept to reality transition and the experience I got to have from bringing it downstairs and being left with nothing more than parts and some guides. I defiantly enjoy the computer and can't put enough value from it compared to 2007 Acer Laptop I used to use.

In Conclusion If I could change anything about the Setup, it would probably be the Mouse-pad, which, due to my impatience and the availability of stock after Christmas, had to go with the Cloth version of the Razer Firefly. It gets dirty decently easy and I would of overall enjoyed the hard-pad better.

If you want information actually pertaining to the build and want in depth (actually way way too much depth) into why I chose these specific parts I will link a google drive folder I will share to anyone with the link; it will have all the images, graphs, and documents I had to type up over 5 months and will co-inside with the physical copies I keep.

Thanks for just reading through, I'll keep you all posted with any more notes or information/updates I can and don't mind answering any of you're questions below!

Link to the google drive folder containing any and all info needed for the build: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5_CHSQXpO5aVlVFdkVTbjNWZnc [Most of the work was either done in Open Office or the Google Office suite, given it's all I had at the time]

Part Reviews

CPU

The CPU runs very well with any games I have thrown at it thus far and continues not to run hot at a high temperature unless made to on purpose (benching). Wasn't very hard to install except for the little cage drive it sat in was a bit confusing at first to screw in to the motherboard (lack of experience more-so).

CPU Cooler

Great Liquid cooler, popular, must buy for any and all low to high end builds. Only complaints would be how rigid and stiff the tubing is and how because of which, you can only install it to the back of the case, closest to the motherboard as the tubing isn't bendable.

Motherboard

Great motherboard, good compat, no issues thus far. Great BIOS support and easy to use interface. Enough said.

Memory

Great RAM, made my brother jealous that I ended up getting these as this is usually higher grade and more professionalized RAM. Way more than enough RAM for my uses and at a price that doesn't make you surprised.

Storage

Beautiful SSD. Boot on and off in no less than 10-12 seconds, great for quickly jumping on and off you're computer at night or in any situation permitting.

Storage

I'll admit, the cages in my case did not boast well with these and the iron screws kept popping out, but all and all, these drives are great for their cheap price and are good for any casual to more professional use.

Video Card

The cooling pipes stretched the distance we needed to reach the front of the case (big concern for my dad), for the extra few bucks you can get yourself something that will last a long time, keeps up with increasing industry standards, and looks great in you're case!

Case

Front panel was a tad bit difficult to take off and continues to be a trick every time I need to clean it, cables were put in a bit in a messy order and stored in a little baggy in the front when we opened it (Made for issues during wiring time). All and all though it has excellent fan support, great to look at, and has tons and tons of support for any kind of build you may be looking for.

Power Supply

Excellent for the price, great wattage, no issues with with any cables/wiring or buttons. Is serving it's use just great and I have no worries that it will be a problem in the future.

Wireless Network Adapter

Went with a little bit of a jump in performance and got the bigger edition of this TP-Link card. TP-Link has no issues with Xfinity Router's or any other as I can tell of, the antennas were easy to manage and weren't a problem in the build.

Monitor

A must have for you're system. Will never go back to anything but 144 Hz and for good reason. Very very smooth response times and best definition currently on the market, the stand is adjustable in every way you could want it (even portrait if that's you're thing). Very nice, so nice I had to buy two!

Keyboard

In stark contrast to other Razer products and products my brother likes, this has a very nice minimalistic and silent feeling to it, the Chic-let keys don't feel clunky and unnecessarily loud and despite many efforts to by swayed by something bigger and better I knew this would serve what I wanted and it has. Millions of color combos for a color scheme if wanted and looks great in my room.

Mouse

Feels great in my hand, high DPI for games if and when you need it, synced lighting with chroma products and overall looks a lot better than any other razer mouse out there, a good buy if you are looking for something reliable and snazzy.

Speakers

More than enough sound for my small room and bass that you can get immersed in, Sound towers are their own separate entities and makes for good sound setups (Not one big long line you don't have many options with). Fit easy enough on my medium sized desk and haven't posed a problem yet.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

well done bro. hard work always pays off.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

85$ for a laptop keyboard?? Damn

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

@xxharry ; Thank you for the response and praise :) was well worth it in the end

@Obamas.mama ; It wasn't $85 at the current time, it was somewhere around the price of $50.00 dollars for a good deal off; and as far as the commentation on it being a laptop keyboard, I would have to disagree and say that despite some laptops having chiclet keys I would have to say that the overall structure of the keyboard is sharper, better structured and much higher quality. Rubber and metal capped keyboards may be popular or may even be the norm, but that doesn't and shouldn't discredit something different :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

For a second there I thought it said Minecraft Money xD. But Nice Build ad nice setup. Hard work pays off. I'm currently upgrading my setup as well

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I know you built it a while ago, but I have to say you're setup looks very professional and you I'm very impressed with all the research that you did in picking out you're parts. I'm currently looking to build a pc and go all out on it, so yours is a little inspiration. All around man, well done!