EDIT: Added a WIFI card and cleaned up the cables (Added benchmarks for those who care)
Hello, Thanks for checking out this build! Now, I would say this is the biggest jump I had made regarding technology, I had been gaming with a laptop with a max of 30 fps, I have never experienced 60 fps on anything, well, maybe chrome, If you classify that as a game, Joking aside, This was my first time EVER building a computer and it has been a blast, I never imagined myself to be able to put together a computer and get it to work, I Only imagined myself going to best buy and buying whatever they had that was in my budget. But I decided I wanted to build my own computer and join the pc master race. My dad doesn't know much about how to put together computers, he just knows the basic parts of a computer, which meant, I had to do this alone, No help, no nothing. Now, this part list is at least the 50th version of what could have become the final version, tons of research and tons of Linus tech tip videos, and thus SkyNet was born, I switched between a lot of parts, Mainly the GPU, Now, If pascal didn't come out before August I would have been stuck with a GTX 960/R9 390 right now, I also learned a few things that saved me a lot of money
- I didn't need a $200 motherboard
- I didn't need an AIO
- I could do perfectly fine with a locked i5
I'm not going to pretend as if my cable management was top notch, but I think I did okay. Now, This is the part that somehow makes people angry, My age, I'm 12, But I don't see how getting a pre-built computer makes me less spoiled or whatever, now that I got my age out of the way, let's talk about building this. It was easier than anyone ever told me it would be, people were worrying me too much about things like installing the 212 EVO, or installing the motherboard into the case, It was so easy installing the 212 EVO, you just had to make sure:
- You follow the instructions
- Your hand is good at twister.
The part that I somehow struggled with the most, was installing the sp-120 fan, Because the holes weren't pre-threaded I had to push with all my power to get the screws in, But I did it, Now, it was time to boot up the pc for the first time, Nothing happened, Why? My power supply was turned off, So I tried again, with the power supply turned on, Nothing happened again? Now, because I was panicking I pressed the reset switch, It turned on, My 1070 started giving me seizures by going into Nyan cat mode, which made me now it was working, The sp120 lit up, and the hyper 212 EVO fan started spinning, So I accidentally routed the front panel connectors wrong, but I rerouted them. People thought this would be a fail, they thought a 12 year old couldn't build a computer and also use proper grammar, but I guess I proved them wrong? I mean, It works, and there are only 2 cables in sight, Mission accomplished? But yeah, people trusted me with $1350 worth of computer stuff and I delivered.. I named this beast Skynet, why? because I'm brain dead and couldn't think of any other names.
(Please don't hate on me because of my age)
Excellent processor, I love it, runs at 15-25c (Idle) and 30-40c on gaming load with my hyper 212 evo.
Easy to install, somehow people kept saying it was hard to install blah blah blah, It's not, you just have to follow the instructions and look at a few videos on youtube, If I can do it with my clumsy hands, anyone can.
Great motherboard, It was easy to see which things are which, everything is labeled and there are also red LED's.
I mean, it works? How do you expect me to review ram?
One terabyte was enough for me, I didn't need more, well, at least for now.
Dead silent, lots of LED colors to chose from, Fans only spin when the 1070 reaches a certain temperature. Nice back plate too!
EDIT: The gigabyte GTX 1070 has a problem with fans if you don't update the bios, It will keep doing that buzzing noise which if you ask me, is extremely irritating
Awesome case! Love it, everything was so clear (Maybe not the PSU bracket, but I will get to that later) Plenty of room for cable management, Standoffs are installed by default, Manual is clear enough for me to understand. The 200mm fan in the front DOES NOT light up blue even though in the preview pictures it does, It's just a blank 200mm fan, that from my testing does not run at more than 850 RPM Now, The power supply installation was really weird, This is why I suggest you look at the pcpartpicker guide to see how to install that, It may be a little finicky to get everything lined up properly, but It works, Any side panel can fit in any of the four sides of the case, which I thought was pretty neat.
it's a great power supply, I saw it had a 10/10 on Jonnyguru so I picked it up, I had to knock off one star because of the 24 pin power cable, It's near impossible to put it into the connector on the motherboard by yourself without any gap, I literally had to push as hard as I can to get it into the motherboard, but otherwise It's great!
Wireless Network Adapter
It's okay for a wifi card I guess, My ping isn't exactly great, but it's alright
It lights up, It spins, It pushes air, 10/10