Hi there, looks like I'm keeping with the bird theme.
I have published a book, but have not made any money, when my last computer asked me to update. It had been having problems lately where my PC would not come out of the windows boot after any update, and finally after crying a lot and trying to get it working, Candy Crush was finally repinned on my start menu. In fury, I chucked the pc out the window (hyperbole) and did not have my workstation anymore.
Deadlines were coming up, so I panic bought this PC. It is an
average cookie cutter build, and I hope you aren't sick of this case - it is a very shiny case. It is not my most cost effective or proudest creation, but it was the easiest(!) to select the parts and put together for my second build. I mostly sorted by highest rating on PCPartPicker and had everything shipped from Amazon the very next day. I thank everyone who rates and leaves reviews, you have not led me astray.
I saw Tech Jesus's review of the case and thought that the way the cpu cooler was set up was very nice, so I decided to copy that. I probably could have gone with better options for cooling. I also bought extra fans since I knew the case did not ship with any, but there were so many to choose from, I just grabbed whatever there was according to the ratings.
But now I had the infamous brown cpu cooler, so I went ahead and bought some green and brown paracord from mainframecustom. And might as well get some MTN 94. At this point I was probably spending way too much, but my brain decided that I need to save money and not buy any cable combs.
Some videos resources: How to paint your RAM! any make or model
After I cheaped out, I gave up trying to tame my cables and decided that if it was going to be messy, why not make them intentionally messy, and give them a bit of a twist to make them look like vines. I bought some zipties from aliexpress, and made some brown grommets. My friend pointed out that they look like frogs, and now I can not unsee this.
When I turned it on for the first time, I thought I broke my old GPU after painting the backplate, but luckily it was only my monitor and a bad cable. I kept some old parts from Yata and transferred everything over. Everything worked perfectly. I started to set up my customizations to my liking and candy crush was right back at it again. Stubborn pc ads are my life now.
Selected based on recommendations from manufacturer's site for case clearance. It works well for it's size and does what an air cpu cooler does.
Wow it was my first time getting a board with WiFi - I highly recommend it because before I installed my own internet, but with this, everything works out of the box. I was a bit wary because it seemed like it was marketed towards gamers, and you know how they like to add flashy things and packaging, but it's a very solid board.
The bios worked well. I don't think I liked their manual very much - if someone is inexperienced, I think their newer manuals seem to cut out some details like if it mattered if the ram were in the first or second set of channels.
A set of ram you can't go wrong with. It was white and the innards are white too when you take it apart. For a first time modding project, these were great for painting.
Always the last part for me to upgrade, I was using igpu before, and I didn't need a lot to run much, but having a graphics card gave me surprising boosts in performance when it came to the user interface and stuff, so this was not a bad thing to have.
This is heavy. I learned my lesson from last time - don't get computers that have upward facing ports because dust settles in them like crazy, so I got this one where the front ports were on the side. Since it is all glass and aluminum, it was a lot louder than I thought it would be. It is pretty much an echo chamber if you don't adjust your noise levels.
First time going modular, and evga's psu's have all the details. I like that the cables are all black and the company even has options for colored cable extensions on their site, but I decided to sleeve my own.
Worst OS and only OS I'll ever know. It's a love hate relationship with Microsoft at this point and I don't like how they fight tooth-and-nail over user customization it's been getting more and more difficult over the years and ads and stuff. Unfortunately I need it for work.
Trusty monitor. The colors are just very nice. I first saw it on youtube when LTT took it to a convention somewhere packed in a suitcase. A monitor that can travel with you in a suitcase seems like a good idea.
Terrible keyboard, do not buy. It is fickle and will disconnect on you any second. Writing to manufacturer for repairs, they will simply tell you to use another cable. The layout is slightly odd and you will never learn to touch type on it because the keys are ever so slightly wrong. Keys will fail after a year.
It is only 8 dollars but it has been with me since 2013, so I think it is the bees knees.