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This is my first build to replace my computer from 2013. I wanted a PC that would work well for design work, light gaming, and allow let's play streaming from consoles (that is, host my Elgato HD60 Pro). Since most prebuilt PCs were short the spare PCIe slot I needed, or they were otherwise way more than I needed, I decided to try building my own PC!

After my friend referred me to PCPartPicker, I used the Great AMD Gaming/Streaming Build as starting point, and started collecting my PC parts over a couple weeks. The automated price finder was helpful and allowed me to find some good sale items and even a rebate for my power supply. Though it didn't show up in the PCPartPicker, I also found Micro Center had some excellent combo deals for parts on my shopping list, so I bought some parts from them and picked 'em up in store!

Building was a brand new challenge for me. I'd added drives and RAM before, but putting together the whole thing? YOW! Watching a LOT of YouTube videos (many on my phone in between different stages while assembling my new PC) was reassuring and helpful. This article at PC World was helpful and included some useful tips that may be super basic (like removing unnecessary standoffs). I'm new; I didn't even know what a "standoff" was a week ago. https://www.pcworld.com/article/257366/pc_building_best_practices_hardware.html

Though I had my computer up and running on the June 1, I've accessorized with an light strip to contrast with the color of the glowy RGB fan. I also created a little decal of one of my favorite AC villagers for the window. Now Marshal can give me moral support while I mess around on my new PC while awaiting Animal Crossing Switch (or at least its release date).

6.5.19 Update: Flipped the fan to the other side after some advice from a helpful user (thanks!). Bonus: now I can see the fan light better! Someone else asked about cable management, and this case seems pretty nice for it -- the channel on the back right side guides the cables nicely, and includes velcro strips to secure them in place.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

God that PC looks gorgeous. It needs to be featured.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I would flip the fan on the cooler(if possible) then your exhaust fan wont be competing for air with your cooler... pretty build tho

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah!!! Thanks for the helpful note -- I incorrectly thought the fan pulled from the radiator and out the exhaust, but it makes way more sense that it would fan through the radiator and out. I'll make the flip.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for the helpful tip. I honestly didn't know which way the fan sent air (I even examined the fan itself but couldn't locate any arrows or airflow notes), but it sure does make more sense that it would push air through the radiator to the rear exhaust! I flipped to the other side last night at your recommendation and added a new pic. It also lets me see the glowing fan so much better through the side. A+

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That tower looks amazing! how are the compartments and cable management

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks -- I love it! The compartment on the far right is perfect for keeping the cables tidy. It even has velcro straps built into the case to hold them in place with ease.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build where did you get the decal on the side panel from?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I made the design myself and had it cut at a local sign shop.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

What material is it made of and how much did they charge?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

How come everything is 0'd out?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Memory is installed incorrect.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you make the decal

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

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