I wanted to wait a little bit and see how everything ran and compile my thoughts after doing this. To put everything into context, I have never had a PC even while growing up. We always had a laptop and I always gamed on console. I finally became fed up with companies phasing out their systems and not being able to play games forever if I choose so I decided to make the switch to PC and not buy the next generation of console when it comes out. I didn’t know anything about building a PC or what’s needed for gaming (which is the main use for this PC). Once I decided to do this I started watching YouTube videos on building and reading articles on PC, gaming, and building them. I also consulted with a friend of mine who PC games and knows a little bit about them. I did have a budget for this build being right around $2000. Right now, I couldn’t justify dropping $5000 when I don’t know much about what I’m getting or what’s needed.
Now to building it. I made a lot of rookie mistakes that will probably make some of you laugh but I had so many thoughts going through my head trying to do everything right that I would forget little things. I started with the case because I bought two extra fans to have a 2-2 split and I was worried about the CPU cooler and the top exhaust fan. So, I took the case out and got the panels off and evaluated the current fans and how I wanted the additional ones put in. First, I had to move up the front fan to allow for the second followed by putting the new one in. When I was trying to put the second one on none of the screws from the fan box were working and I was stuck. I had totally forgotten about the bag of screws that came with the case even though I had held it and put it aside. With the case, the top spots for fans or a radiator sit on a bracket that when you take out five screws can slide out and allow you to attach your hardware. I would recommend keeping that out until later in your build. The reason being, it makes it a really tight fit trying to put your motherboard in with that panel in. Putting the CPU in (before I installed the motherboard of course) I was shaking lol. Then I got the ram in then it was time to work with the cooler. I tried it facing one way and thought it would be too close to the GPU and decided to turn it a different way. Next, I installed the motherboard, which one of the ports kept getting hung up on one of the OS shield tabs but finally got it in without breaking anything. I got the SSD and HDD installed which were fairly easy then it was time to wire. My case did not come with many of the small little wires that go either to one or two pins on the corner so that was nice. I got everything wired pretty easily then I installed the GPU and plugged that in. I looked over my wires multiple times trying to think if I missed anything. My case also comes with an RGB wire that you can control with a front panel button which kept worrying me because I felt like I was missing something, but I didn’t need that cord because, while I was using RGB strips I was using the header on my motherboard to power and control them.
Now was time for turning it on…and success. It turned on went to bios and I could take a breath. There is an issue with my little button that controls my power button light color and if I used RGB strips it would control those as well. The light has a white led around it and the light is faulty, it flickers horribly bad. I decided to unplug the led cord from the motherboard since it did not affect anything else. After turning it off it was time for wire management. I do not think mine is perfect, but I did make an attempt and I had to spread them out because the back panel bowed because the lump of cords was too thick. I hope I did a decent job, the system can run siege with the important settings on ultra at 144 FPS no problem. The system is staying decently cool as well and is relatively quiet. I have not been able to have an eight-hour gaming session yet but we will see what happens then. I don’t foresee any issues as my system has handled everything well so far without my fans going above half of their full power.