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I wonder if my demographic has ever posted here? 40+ year old woman. Anywho...

Here's my first pc build. My husband shook his head at me to when I said "Hey..I'm going to build a desktop". Challenge accepted. This website made it less scary.

The build itself had some moments of frustration and sheer terror. I would say that going into this, I really didn't know anything about all the different types of ports/connections/etc and I felt a bit overwhelmed opening up my case and my psu with all of those cords. That ended up not being so bad after all. The most challenging part was getting the CPU cooler installed and finagling my hands to access a few of the connections on the motherboard.

This computer is for me to do video and photo editing (hobby only) and for my son (12) to have a little fun with pc gaming. I picked the RAdeon RX 480 based on its price to performance ratio and because it pairs well with the nice LG 4K IPS Freesync monitor i picked up for $399.

I'm still working out a few kinks but overall, I'm really pleased with this project. My son and I enjoyed putting it together.

I sold an iMac prior to starting this. Good riddance - I sure hated that thing.

One thing I don't like is the cord for my wifi card. I'd solve the cord problem if I mounted the card in the slot below my graphics card but then it seems like air flow would be blocked. I chose to have the cord dangle over the side. My reset LED button flickers, too. I'm not sure if that's normal.

I haven't hooked up my DVD/Bluray player yet. I'll also try to get better pictures.

EDITED: The DVD/Bluray player is now working. Next: i want an SD card reader. Might as well add that, too. One less extra device I need to pull out of the drawer when I upload photos.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 6 points

"Finagling" - age confirmed. Bwaha, I tease! Shame on your husband, this is the coolest thing I've heard in a while. Really pretty build and even more awesome to see a different generation other than the young cronies take up the art of building a PC. Mind you, it is indeed an art. Bravo, and welcome!

I'm new myself and am loving learning the ins and outs of what now rules our world at every turn. The fun side of it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

And here I thought 1440p was a high resolution +1 for the build

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

This 4K monitor is gorgeous. I'm very happy. I'm still trying to figure out why the settings keep changing after it comes out of sleep mode.

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Somehow I wonder if my demographic has ever posted here? 40+ year old woman.

When I saw 'Old lady gamer' in the title, I was expecting a 70 year old lady playing AAA titles or something. ;-D

However, you have quite a good gaming PC, which indicates you are not too far gone. I'm glad this site and the community have made building a PC less scary for you. +1.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to admit I have no idea what a AAA title is! Care to enlighten me?? <grin>

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

AAA Title : AAA (video game industry) In the video game industry, AAA (pronounced "triple A") or Triple-A is a classification term used for games with the highest development budgets and levels of promotion. A title considered to be AAA is therefore expected to be a high quality game or to be among the year's bestsellers.

  • Wikipedia

Basically, the best (completely opinion-based) and most popular games

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Serious gaming PC. 40+ is not old!

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome that you decided to build your own pc, great looking build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!! It was fun!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd sell your RX 480 and replace it with a Fury X if I were you, or wait for Vega to come out then sell it for the new Vega cards.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you provide reasons why?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure if I'm correct in what I am saying speaking for him, but personally I believe he is inferring that the AMD R9 Fury X can be bought used a price a little higher than the RX 480, but will perform much better in games because the RX 480 is not very powerful when it comes to 4K gaming. Depending on what you or your son plays it may not matter, but if you want to be playing the newest titles on higher settings, it would be 'technically' better to buy a new AMD graphics card when their new Vega line releases soon, as they will probably be better in terms of price to performance because of their newer architecture.

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

great build but the flickering is likely the hard drive activity LED, it shows when your hard drive is getting or copying data

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like your cpu fan is plugged into a random header instead of the designated cpu header

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll double check but i'm quite sure I have it in a CPU header. I connected my case fans to the external fan switch on my case (but might move those back to the mobo).

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, it looks like its right, I forgot that cooler has a sleeved cable. I'm now sure exactly what the cable is but i was looking at the one going over the video card to the bottom of the mobo.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to the master race! Great job.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

This is great. I can't really think of anything else to say.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I'd feel free to throw that wifi card under the graphics card. I have the same setup with my Wifi card and A - B Testing it made no noticeable difference on temp when running Valley benchmarks.

Basically if you can stack two nickels between your card and the fan you won't REALLY effect airflow, that fan will pull air anyways.

But try it and test for yourself?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I will do that! Thank you!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What games will your son be playing? Because I'm not sure how well the RX 480 plays in 4K. Nice build though.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not concerned about playing games in 4K. He plays minecraft now on the pc. Everything else is on his xbox. With the new computer, he'll likely try some new ones. Got any suggestions for us?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What games does he play on xbox

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Usually it's Call of Duty and Skyrim and a bunch of racing games.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

If he likes skyrim then maybe fallout? A 480 will run that nicely at 1080p. Overwatch too as the person below me said.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll put it on his Christmas list. Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that kid is lucky af! As for new games, you may be limited as to what you can play with that GPU. maybe less intensive titles like overwatch should run ok.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The RX 480 should be enough for 4K in easier to run titles like League of Legends, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duties, Minecraft, and other 'popular' and more commonly played PC titles. Unless he really wants to go hardcore into playing the newest games like The Witcher 3, Gears of War 4, and Battlefield 1 at 4K with maximum settings, then the RX 480 will be perfectly fine, it is quite a great card for the price.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build! And the key to good pictures is mainly just add more light. Get a decent lamp, bounce the light off some white paper or something, and you'll have way better pictures with minimal cost/effort.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and congrats to ascending into PCMR from Mac wildlife :D. Though the 4k monitor is sure nice why did you pick a midrange gpu for such a high resolution? Are you only going toplays less gfx demanding games?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a nice case. Nice for optical and like you said, a card reader while still looking sleek.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

Can not be said better. That is why I like this community. Near impossible to find one online that is actually mature... for the most part lol.