This is my first PC build ever and I am extremely excited about the completed project. My father owns a computer engineering business so I've always been fascinated by how these things are put together. I've been saving up for the past year to get these parts as well as watching for sales and rebates. I'm glad to say that I am now a proud owner of a self built PC and it feels so good!
I made a ton of rookie mistakes along the way to building this little beast. First I set the CPU cooler on the AMD standoffs and wasted a perfectly good first thermal paste contact moment. Second, I did a breadboard setup to test everything and didnt even realize i had the power switch turned off... :-/ Made me think the whole motherboard was a dud. I know that everyone in the comments will bring notice to the GPU I chose but understand that I was on a budget and at the time was the best one I could afford. Plan to post benchmark pictures and temps soon. If you have a recommendation for 120mm blue led fans that have a 4pin connection feel free to let me know! Thanks for checking out my build and feel free to read through some of my reviews below.
This was a birthday gift from my Dad to get me started on building my computer. Not much to say here it is a workhorse and I haven't seen anything this CPU can't handle. I haven't even began to overclock it yet. Pro: Birthday present. Con: Non existent. Still need to overclock this once I get more comfortable.
I had my eye on a water cooled PC from the start but knew I should ease into the field with just the CPU closed loop to start. The Corsair H80i GT was recommended from a friend and it works great. At idle I am never over 28C however I have yet to really push the limits (while update accordingly as I progress). My only qualm with this is that I am unable to fit both fans onto the radiator. I instead used one fan on the bottom as an intake and the other on the rear intake for the radiator. Corsair Link helped me regulate these fans however they are very loud. Pro: Cooler keeps me CPU and room super cool! No complaints on the power this pump provides. Con: Stock fans are decently loud. Looking for quieter 4 pin 120mm fans that have a blue led.
The first thing I went looking for in my internal components was a nice color scheme that all flowed from the motherboard outwards. After shopping around I wanted a simple mATX motherboard that could provide easy to use overclocking features and enough room for growth. This board packed enough fan headers, expansion slots, and room for me to maneuver in the tight BitFenix case with ease. Currently I haven't dove too far into overclocking as I'm still getting used to the new PC. Pro: Lots of room for upgrade and the BIOS tutorial was fantastic for a first time user. Con: There is a very small amount of room for cable management in this case. Slow and steady during build.
Continuing on with the theme of my black/blue build I needed RAM sticks that provided the cool internal blue LEDs that i was looking for. These Avexir Core sticks are honestly underrated in my opinion as they have a great timing, and the LED twinkle that they have is mesmerizing. 16 Gigs of RAM is more than enough for my CAD work and gaming. Pro: Blue twinkle on the sticks made my heart melt the first time I posted during building. Not too bright. Con: They distract me because I am in love with them. But really I have yet to see a con.
So I anticipate a lot of flack on this graphics card. Yes, after checking my build on various PC enthusiast mediums I also saw lower scores just barely reaching/surpassing the Occulus Rift recommended settings. I wanted a budget card that can handle normal MMORPG games on high, and for those who play know you don't need a 4x crossfire setup to play a good Triple-A game like WoW or FFXIV. The dual fans are super quiet and keep my idle temps at 40C. Pro: Can play all my normal games on high/ultra with avg 60FPS Con: Won't support dual 1920x1080 resolution on a single card.
I live in a decent sized apartment but travel back and forth between states so portability was a huge desire with my case. The BitFenix Prodigy M case fit my need of an easy to move case, and a window. The insides glow up nicely during operation and allows for super easy quick looks inside to see how my components are doing. Pro: This case really brought out the components of my build and the handles feel safe to travel with. Con: There is a very small amount of room for cable management in this case. Slow and steady during build.
Because of my case I needed a modular power supply that did enough to keep me going. The EVGA 550W GS was more than enough for all the components and it even has a Eco Button to help with power consumption. I like the feel of it and it is actually the quietest piece in my build. Have cables for one more GPU for the future! Pro: Eco button help with minimizing fan power consumption. Gold certified Con: Main power switch isnt labeled On/Off. Thought I had a dead mobo but turns out I didnt even turn it on.
This keyboard was on my eye at Best Buy for over a year now and at the time came with a $50 Steam card. The optimization is great for the per program and per computer. When I loan it to my brother I know he wont be messing with my personal settings once I get it back. Lighting option to turn off the light during cooldowns for MMORPG spells/casts is fantastic and clever. Pro: Per program lighting makes it extremely helpful to know if I accidentally clicked off screen. Con: Non braided cable is upsetting and Arx Dock got used for like 2 weeks. Wish it charged my phone...
Logitech products have never dissapopinted me and as an average gamer I beilieve they have my best interests in mind. The thumb buttons are strategically placed where they have become the perfect extension of my normal gameplay. The additional two index buttons help with macros and emergency situations while in games. Logitech Game Software also allows for extensive macro creation to work beyond normal game limitations. Pro: Just the right amount of buttons and control with the weights to fine tune your experience. Con: Ability to change the Logitech LED from blue to a different color would be nice.