Hello! ( °u°)/
Once upon a time in 2012, in a cold basement, far far away, I drew fancy pictures all day on the computer. It was my dream to publish a book and make lots of money so I could live comfortably ever after. Anyways, one cold winter's eve, my old laptop said, "Dear user, I am afraid I won't be able to see your dream come true. I am getting old and my parts are starting to creak. I took a lot of abuse from you because you unmercifully stuffed me in your backpack all those years in college. You should go find yourself a new computer."
It threatened to BSOD. I decided that it was right, and that it was time I got myself a new computer. Trouble is, I only had a budget of 700 bucks (excluding monitor and peripherals). A passing farmer (at the farmer's market) told me he knew where to get cheap computers. He told me that if I consulted the great oracle, it would tell me all I need to know to make my very own computer.
Excited with the news, I quickly went online and asked the oracle. "Oh great Google, how to build a computer?" and the oracle replied, "In a distant land on the far corners of the internet, you will find a group of people named "Builders" who play the latest games like Battlefield 3 and research computer parts all day long."
I traveled for many hours and learned many things about computer parts until I finally reached that strange land. I was too shy to speak with the natives, so I just watched as they built their computers. ( . _ .)
Several months later, I had gathered all the necessary parts and built my new computer. It was probably not the best computer you could build, but I loved it just the same. ( o-o);;; At the time, most builds were gaming oriented and PCPartPicker forums hadn't even existed so I stumbled around a bit and made my own mistakes. Thankfully the build worked like a charm and was perfectly suited for the job. The end.
If you have questions about any of the parts I got, ask away! d(°u°d) I'll do better next time.
I'm not finished setting everything up yet, but I couldn't wait to test out my new workstation, so I made a new wallpaper to celebrate. Thank you for all the help the people on this site has given me. ( °u°)
|Programs||SAI, Clip Studio Paint Pro, Adobe Photoshop CS4, InDesign CS4, Premier Pro, C4D, Livestream|
Thanks for looking. ( °D°)/
Works really fast when compressing files that I send over to clients. Helps save a lot of time.
The CPU cooler was originally bought for a mini-ITX build when I later changed my mind. Works well and it hums reassuringly. Goes up to 4.4GHz overclock at 82 degrees, but decided to play it safe and stuck with 4.2GHz.
My first motherboard, feels solid, what can I say? It was the best I could afford at the time. It has all the features I needed and the BIOS was easy to navigate. Update: It is surprisingly shock resistant. There have been multiple times where I had to reinstall the graphics card (I've been through 5 now) and the board still holds up and supports the weight.
Really like this RAM. I got two sets for a total of 32GB now and they all work perfectly. I got one set in 2012, and another set in 2015. After 3 years I did notice a slight fading in color, but ram still works perfectly.
Very snappy, good solid SSD. Bought in 2012, and has been through multiple cycles of restarts and rewrites of files and re-installs of OS, still good.
Well, at least seems to be working better than Windows 8. I've already gotten used to Windows 8 though, after taming the beast. Now it feels like another beast. It still has weird quirks like two different places to change settings or control panels, a bit awkward tablet mode which I would not recommend, but overall faster than the other windows I've used. Still a plethora of new features I have yet to explore. I would say that most people would prefer it over Windows 8.
I would remove the stand if I could. I lean mine against the wall and it works nicely that way. It needs a USB cable to enable touch, which I didn't know before. The colors require calibrating as they can come out of the box a bit bright, but are otherwise vibrant.