What do you use the machine for? This machine is mostly for teleworking, managing my network and a little bit of gaming.
What was your reasoning behind this build? I have been itching for a new build for a while, and what finally broke the camel’s back, was after hooking everything back up after moving my desk I heard a pop come from the speakers, and after that I lost all sound from my on-board sound card. Instead of just using the speakers on my monitor, or picking up a cheap sound card I decided to upgrade.
What made you choose the hardware for this build? I'm not a huge gamer, but I do like to escape into a game occasionally, so I wanted to build something decent enough to play, but not have my wife kill me for spending a boatload. I initially planned on Ryzen, but after 15 years of building big red I thought it was time for a change. I chose the 1060 because it was the only card Best Buy had available and I had a ton of rewards certificates set aside for it. My hopes are that after the crypto-mining crazy and the Vega gets a foot hold, I can sell it and pickup a 1070 (I shouldn’t need much more to get 144hz/1080 gameplay) I have been a huge fanboy of Asus since the turn of the century so obviously, I had to go with them. The rest of it was chosen either out of research or it was something I already had laying around.
Have any issues? I can install an AMD processor and heat sink in my sleep, but this new-fangled Intel hardware had me a little out of sorts. After finally figuring out the installation tool and getting it in the socket, I had a hard time getting the arm to close. It was giving loads of resistance and I was afraid I was going to break something. The only other issue I ran into was getting the computer to boot with the memory installed. The only configuration I could get it to boot with was both the sticks in the B slots. For years I have been used to installing in A1 and B1 or A2 and B2.
Final Thoughts I absolutely love the thing. It has much more zip than my old FX8350 build. I do find that I will need to upgrade my memory sooner than later as the 8GB I got for free just isn’t cutting it. I will hopefully be upgrading to some delicious RGB memory as soon as my Best Buy points show up on the account.
Updates! I think I may finally be content with my build (for now anyways...) All my rewards points came through, which allowed me to pick up a set of Corsair 16GB 3000 RGB memory from Best Buy for about $40. Through Dell I snagged a 250GB Evo 960 M.2 Drive and a Corsair M65 mouse for $30. Once I threw all that together I stepped back to behold the glory in which was my machine, and suddenly turned sad. I realized it needed a nice face lift. For my flair I started with a pair of Phantek light strips controlled by Asus Aura which was very disappointing to say the least. After seeing how awesome my GPU power looked in a sleek white sleeved cable I knew I had to spice up the rest of the cables, so I picked up a white 24 pin extension and a 8 pin extension. Over the holiday weekend snagged some hella deals on some Corsair bling-bling. I picked up a 3 pack of HD120 w/ controller ($75), Lighting Node Pro ($20), and a Commander Pro ($63) to tie it all together.
What’s Next? Hardware wise all I have left to do clean up the cabling behind the back panel, which with all the Corsair Bling I just bought will prove to be a monumental task. After that is complete I will begin the painstakingly tedious, yet exciting task of overclocking and tweaking.