Name: The Halloween Machine
Use: Content Creation, video editing, photo editing, multipurpose, light gaming
VIDEO of build: https://youtu.be/-uWMv0oX-28
This build came together incredibly easy. I maxed out on certain components, like the Ryzen 2700x, but went cheap on other elements such as the case and GPU.
The GPU I purchased used from a friend, and plan to upgrade if need be in the coming months. Similarly I chose to start with only 16GB of ram until prices go down, at which time I'll upgrade to 32 GB.
The case was only $48, and it has a full tempered glass side panel, PSU shroud, magnetic dust filters, and looks great. (see full review below)
I was a little blinded by my desire to have an all orange & black motif, and I chose fans with only 3-pin connectors. I switched fan control to voltage so the speeds could still work with the smart fan controller in the bios, but I will likely eventually upgrade those. They are pretty quiet and look nice though.
I purchased a Michael Myers decal for the opposite side of the case which I think looks boss and along with tiny Sam, really finishes out the look.
Overall the build came together quick and easy, and the computer is running flawlessly so far.
*Worth note is that my actual out-of-pocket on this build was significantly less than the stated $975 at time of writing. I took my time piecing the parts together, waiting for sales, coupons, etc, and ended up paying $867 after rebates.
No compatibility issues with my build. I was able to get max speeds needed, but I did not bother trying to overclock or anything fancy. A good affordable option.
Affordable, and works without any issues. I use this as my main boot device, but I also tend to store videos on this drive as I edit them, before eventually moving them over to an HDD for storage. It's fast enough for what I do and haven't come across any issues in the one year I've been using it.
Great for storage and everyday use. I've found no issues with it in the one year I've had it thus far, and it works well for what I need.
This was an older card I purchased used from a friend. I don't really game much and probably don't come anywhere near it's max capabilities, so it works fine for me. I'm sure true gamers will want a newer, better option though.
The case was only $48, and it has a full tempered glass side panel, PSU shroud, magnetic dust filters, open interior, and looks great. The metal is thick and I found no sharp edges while working.
For this budget price you're sacrificing some of the finer things (no rubber grommets, only one installed fan, no included RGB, etc) but I was okay with that.
The case was a little hard to build in. My main complaint is that even though there's a spot for an optical drive, I found it was too tight a squeeze for my liking, and therefore did not include the optical drive in my case. (The back of the drive was butting right up against pins on the motherboard).
There could be more room for cable management on the opposite side, but if you squeeze everything in and tie everything down, you'll get it done.
Be sure to plug in all the proper cords you'll need onto your PSU (if it's modular) BEFORE placing the PSU in the shroud, because there's no way you'll get those cords plugged into the power supply once it's put in place. This will make any future upgrades requiring a new cord problematic, but I'll deal with it if the day ever comes.
My chosen PSU came with velcro straps, which helped a lot with cable management, as this case only provides a few small zip ties.
Overall, I'd recommend this case on the price and look alone. It's higher quality than you might expect, but noticeably not a $100 case, if only for the lack of frills. The final build looks beautiful, and temps are staying nice and low with ample air flow.
One year later, no issues. An affordable modular option and works perfect for my build.
I'm digging these fans. It has been almost a year and they are still working flawlessly. They are pretty quiet, though far from silent. The fans only have 3-pin connectors. I switched fan control to voltage so the speeds could still work with the "smart fan controller" in the bios, but I will likely eventually upgrade those. They are pretty quiet and look nice though.