That's how long I've been planning and saving for this build. My First Build. Originally it was going to be a sensible "middle of the road" type build but then i said "whatever just throw junk in here!" I'll be mentioning what items I had considered before the final build was completed. Introduction out of the way, let's get into it!
During the first iteration, I had a 4790 in mind for the build. As time went on and Skylake was released, i said "well the 4 cores seem nice, but that x99 chipset seems nicer!" when the 8700k's released, I saw that 6 core was now "mainstream" and started over again. Currently, I have plans to overclock, seems like everyone and their grandma can get 4.5ghz, so I'll see if I can't push 5Ghz.
RGB!!! RGB RGB RGB!
When it first came out I knew I had to have it.
Originally an ASRock H97M PRO4, I switched over to the ROG STRIX Z370-G when i did the CPU switch, and I chose it for its wifi and RBG.
A theme appears! RBG. Watercooled. Was going to get the ever popular Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, then switched to watercooling and finally chose the current cooler when the RBG bug bit.
The first computer I learned about was the 780ti. It had just come out when I started getting into it, and had been in my consideration once I started researching more about computers. Immediately I wanted to get one. As time passed, once again I saw "the bigger and better" coming out and the 980 had my attention. Originally I was going to wait for the offering past the 1080 from Nvidia, but I had finally reached the required funds to buy everything in one go, and there was a rumor that the next one wasn't happening to a long time. The STRIX 1080 was actually not my first choice, I was tempted to buy a FE version of the card back in December, it would have been $40 less than what I paid for the STIX card. At the time, however, I didn't realize the market trend and skipped out. I did get a close friend some gifts for Christmas, and we spent a fun day at the arcade, so the tradeoff was worth it.
Case My fickleness knows no bounds! The very first case I considered was the Cooler Master HAF Stacker. After a while, I saw the sleek, and then new, Enthoo Evolv (plastic window). That I kep for a while, until the BitFenix Pandora came out. I bought it (at a then deal of $110!) from NCIX. When I received it, I didn't notice there were a few screws missing (mother board, SSD, HDD, PSU...). When the parts were shipping over, I decided to order the little things too (thermal paste, anti static wrist strap, snacks, etc...) and I checked the case to make sure all the screws were there. To my surprise, they were not. I ordered a set of pc screws and all was well.
When I finally got my motherboard, ram, cooler, and fans all in, all that was left was my gpu. Unfortunately there was about 3mm of clearance i could not overcome. there's a small finger on the STRIX past the SLI connectors that would not allow me to mount it. I had 2 choices, cut the PCP or the case. I don't own any tools for cutting through metal, and I didn't feel comfortable cutting my new gpu, so I ordered a new case. I looked for the old Evolv, but they had updated to a version with Tempered Glass (ooo! fawnsea!). No problems with the new case, it's very nice and roomy.
Efficient, Modular. Deemed reliable and of good quality. All I cared about.
Got a Blackfriday deal on the SSD, convinced mom to buy it as a Christmas gift for me. I held it unused, unvalidated for 2 years. Black series is deemed "the good stuff" so I went with it.
Monitor I got when my old 27' died. Served the family well for about 7 years. Saw it in store and went for it.
edit Nixeus monitor I bought because duh. 1440p, 27", 144hz, ips. Everything I was looking for. Solid price, and solid performance. definitely recommend.
Speakers I've also had for quite a while. When my dad got rid of the old family desktop, they sat unused for a few years. Decided they needed some love and now they're mine!
The keyboard I bought on accident. I was supposed to get the RBG version, saw it at BestBuy (without verifying the model) and bought it. The disappointment was severe enough that I double check everything I buy now.
M65 I bought because "It looks cool and it's a lazer and is wired so it's more responsive than my wireless mouse!" I'm a fan of the "tramp stamp" Corsair logo, "don't @ me"
AKG K533's I got from Massdrop. Still wish I got the K7XX's instead, but the closed back is useful when I'm outside the house.
so on the 6th photo, I realized I messed up on the fan placement. With the Aer RGB fans, you need to connect them to the controller with a daisy chain and main plug, which were not in.
On the 7th, I show how the tightly screwed in fans necessitate me using some type of leverage to break them. I used needle nose pliers, but they didn't have the grip I needed. 8th shows me grabbing a different pair from my garage, and the 9th shows my success.
10th shows me realizing the motherboard standoffs were already plugged in, it was not mentioned in my case's manual.
11th shows the near perfect space that i had between the motherboard and fan for the cpu 8pin to fit.
12th show my new case, after the gpu fiasco.
13th shows the new set up. I have 2 120mm fans and 1 140mm fan on the front panel, the x52 on the top, and a 140 fan on the rear.
14th shows the spaghetti I'm hiding behind the blacked out tempered glass.
15th is my new desk setup.
Final is a shot of the inside.
Final Thoughts It was daunting! I watched a lot of tutorials and build guides, but I still only felt partially confident. One of the biggest "mistakes" I think I did was purchasing a new case instead of trying to augment the pandora. I don't think I was following the "built not bought" spirit. I didn't realize that some cases come with premounted standoffs. I was very afraid of short-circuiting anything, especially since i was building on carpet.
Overall, I'm satisfied, I liked doing it, even if I got fairly upset when some of the screws didn't want to thread in every now and again, and my cable routing isn't the prettiest. It feels like a part of me is in that pc, and I think that's why we are still drawn to doing so even if it can be cheaper sometimes to have someone else do it.