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Hi all! Wow, this is exciting. I've been putting together this build on pcpartpicker in my spare time at work since June and it's just insane to me that everything has come together. For the longest time, I just stared at these parts on my screen thinking, "This is it. THIS is my dream build. Someday, it will be mine".

The fans were the first to arrive in the mail and it got me SO giddy with excitement, like this was only the beginning of something awesome. The digital pictures I've been staring at for so long...are now REAL. I bought 90% of the parts on Black Friday and only saved $50 on the CPU which was awesome. I've never built a PC before this one and I can tell you right now, it feels like my baby now.

All in all, it probably took 3-4 hours to build spread across 2 weeks lol. The most frustrating/confusing part was the cabling. There's just so much stuff back there! The 2nd picture is essentially when I hit that wall of "god, there's so much ****." Lots of reading manuals and googling things. It took me the longest time trying to understand why some of the cabling coming from the PSU are 6+2 pin (which I still don't understand. Why not just 8??) and where they plug into. The graphics card is a loaner from my brother so I'm super thankful for that :) Added it to the part list to get an accurate watt estimation.

I'm primarily going to be gaming, recording, video editing for my dead YouTube channel, and maybe some streaming if I'm feeling up to it/the squad is online! I'd also like to take a moment to give a shout out to the incredibly helpful community on /r/buildapc. I posted so many questions in the daily simple questions thread and got quick, friendly replies :)

Things that were easy/I enjoyed: -Putting in the RAM. Duh. -Installing the M.2 SSD. Cake. -Despite putting them in BACKWARDS on the first try, installing the intake fans was a no-brainer. The mounting bracket with the H500i made it VERY simple. -Mystic lighting and CAM software. Once I installed Mystic Lighting, I could control the LEDs on the mobo, RAM, and graphics card very easily. I was honestly really surprised with how easy it was since I've seen a lot of people mention how god awful the software has been with their experience. Same goes for the CAM software. Easy install, easy setup. Overall great experience. -Mobo to case install was straight forward. Luckily the H500i comes with standoffs. Of the 8 or 9 screws I had to use, only 1 of them didn't want to go in. Might've been stripped. Who knows. It'll still hold.

Things that I struggled with:

-Cabling cabling cabling. I had a really tough time finding out what PSU cables went where, where the fan cables plugged into, and where the front panels cables went. This probably took the most amount of time because I wasn't sure how to google it and the mobo user manual didn't help much. Not to mention it was really disheartening seeing that mess of cables and having 0 clue where they go. (r/buildapc helped with this!) -Installing the Wraith Spire was a bit of a pain since the screws didn't want to go in and I couldn't really feel when the screws were too tight. They were tough to screw in in the first place, so I couldn't gauge if they were tight or not. This made me anxious I was going to snap the mobo. -Intake vs outtake. I was surprised when I found out that the fan on top of the case was an intake instead of an exhaust. I figured an exhaust fan directly above the CPU would be a great idea because, well, heat rises and that would be a perfect place for an output. It's an input. So now I have 3 intakes and 1 exhaust. I was initially aiming for 2 in, 2 out. Oh well. There's bigger fish to fry.

Overall, this has been a wonderful experience. I never thought I'd be able to build a computer by myself. I look over at my delicious rig now and it feels good. I built that. Me.

Life is good.

Part Reviews

CPU

So far so good. Runs like a champ.

Motherboard

Awesome board. No issues.

Memory

It's the best looking RGB ram.

Case

Awesome case to build in. Really good at hiding cables. My only issue is that the front intake fans don't pull in a lot of air since they are practically blocked off.

Power Supply

Works perfectly. No complaints.

Case Fan

Awesome fans. Very quiet. (duh)

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

frederick

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Congrats on your first built rig!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Happy to be part of the team finally :D

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow looks great, a job well done! For name suggestions I think maybe the Aurora because of your RGB configuration.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooo I like that. Seeing an aurora borealis is on my bucket list so I'm definitely considering!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I wish you all the best!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

love the RGB well done. I think Nebula could be a cool name? =]

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooo that's a good one too. I feel like Aurora and Nebula are neck and neck! Thank you :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

No, thank you for that beautiful purple colour scheme

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job on your first build! It's too bad that your Wraith Spire wasn't the RGB version, would have made the build look even nicer. As for a name...how about 3660X2? A combination of 2600X and 1060 GAMING X.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yeah, I saw the RGB Spire online and was hoping I might've gotten one.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! That NZXT H500i is a great case with a lot of cable management! You can hide almost everything. You might be able to to rotate your front fans to hide tho cables. I built a very similar PC for someone with that case (black) and I was quite envious. Enjoy and congrats on your first build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes thank you! The only reason the fans have the cables showing is because the logo is right-side-up now. I could've rotated them 180 degrees to hide the cables, but then the logos would be upside down. I don't mind the cables too much :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Lawl! Makes sense.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Name him Larry : )

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

looks great man, What about Quasar?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm loving all these space references. Quasars happen to be my favorite astronomical phenomenon. Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

How about "Static Mayhem" since you built in on carpet ;) nice first build mate +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I read that static shock isn't that big of a deal unless you're break dancing on the carpet in wool socks haha! I still did most of the build on the anti-static plastic wrap or on the H500i case. Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

That's how I do all my builds ;) but seriously you did a great job.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! Nice read, I really appreciate the details of the pain points. Definitely useful for the less experienced builders. I'm where you are probably 6 months ago. Still working on my digital build:) How are the H500 thermals? I probably will opt for a H700 or possibly a H400 (if I can find an micro board I like). I really want a case with a full front filter.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Both the graphics card and CPU are around 50 C while idle and 61-66 C while playing Borderlands 2 on the highest settings. So far so good!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Here's a good name:

JDawn747's Completed Build - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB GAMING X, H500i (White) ATX Mid Tower - PCPartPicker

/s

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a bit of a mouthful...but I think we have a winner.

/s

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

All I can say is, your 1st build is amazing +1 It's definitely fulfilling after seeing the result of your hard work right?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh absolutely. There is a very fulfilling charm seeing everything come to fruition. I was honestly surprised it worked on the first try. Gave me a lot of self confidence :D Now I just want to build another!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I would go with the name Galaxy or Guardian.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

looks clean!! (I can tell you personally that all of my other friends who built a pc with their dad turn out looking like a rats nest)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I love me some good cable management. Now I want to replace the cables for threaded ones :P

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

that would look sick

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

np!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I am digging this build, very nice!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Many thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet looking set up man, really like the displays. You chose great parts too, should perform great !

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Humphrey

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn son that's one sick build!I think the name should be Mystic because of the software and because when you look at it it seems mystical.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Getting lots of good name recommendations. Picking one is going to be tough lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Tbh, your RGB choice is not realy my style (I prefer a simple red or a constant color changing cycle), but I love your monitor setup. Looks realy good.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks amigo! I can admit the RGB is a little all-over-the-place, but my blood is rainbow-colored and I love it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Which monitors and tv?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The TV is a Vizio from like 2014 and the main monitor is ASUS VG248QE 24" and the one on the right is a standard Dell 24" monitor.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Blood Diamond

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

looks good, but $400 for a 1060 is a bad deal.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it for free lol

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

where

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

brother

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Did you add extra LEDs to this or did everything come with the build?

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

The LEDs in the case come with the case. The "i" version of NZXT cases come with LEDs already installed.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

Score! Thanks for getting back to me!

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!