This is my first very own PC. I built one PC previous to this for my mom since she needed one, and I wanted to learn how to do it and save her money at the same time. I had been playing Fortnite on console and wanted to make the switch after seeing how much better it was. I already had a monitor and mouse, all I needed was the desktop and keyboard to go with them. I also didn't want to skimp out on parts since I plan on using it for everyday use, not just gaming. If I was to make my own PC, it was going to be what I wanted. This build fits that perfectly.
This thing is a beast. 6 cores 12 threads with no overclock and it runs great. The stock wraith cooler is somewhat noisy which would be my only complaint. I'd recommend getting the 1600X and your own cooler if you're going to go in the $200 range with a CPU. Love it though and might upgrade the cooler in the future.
The red LED's are the coolest hidden bonus for this MB. Adds a cool element and I wish there were more, but for the price it's great. Bios is really good even on initial startup. Overclocking is made super easy for RAM, haven't looked into CPU really yet. I'd recommend this even if you don't get a side panel case if you can get it around $80 or lower.
With prices being the way they are right now it kind of sucked buying 16gb of 3200mhz ram at 200, but everything related to computers is going to have their ups and downs in the future (price wise). It was super easy to overclock to 3200 with my motherboard, and they work and look a lot better than what I had thought they would.
M.2 SSD that goes right on the motherboard is nice for not having to add more wires to manage. At $50 for 120GB this thing is great to use for your operating system and other programs that you want to run lightning fast. I'm not used to using SSD's, but this has definitely made my PC the fastest PC I've ever used. I know it's not the fastest, but it's pretty dang fast.
It's Western Digital and 1TB. What more can I say.
With the graphic card epidemic I knew if I didn't pick up the 1050 ti at the price I got it, I would have had to spend a lot more for something like the 1060. This card works great for running Fortnite on mostly high settings at Fps around 130. You can do all Epic settings and get around 60 Fps or all high settings and get 85-100 Fps. I haven't played other games yet, but I know it works great for 1080p gaming. As of right now this card is the best return on investment for new computer builders if you can get one sub $200.
Fits well with my color scheme. The glass panel and cable management give this case amazing value for what the asking price is. The only weird part is the space between the front of the case and the fans but it makes sense. I'm actually using that area to route my headphone cord through which makes it look a lot tidier than just having the cable sprawl out of the top since it sits on my desk.
I wanted Gold certification for the energy efficiency. I did not want to cheap out on the PSU just to save a few bucks now, since the cost of energy will make up for the price in the long run. This was one of the cheaper Gold Certified PSU's and I knew I didn't need fully modular since semi only included the power cable anyway. Highly recommend.
My first mechanical keyboard and this thing looks great with the red back lighting. RGB wasn't necessary for the extra $20 and the red goes with my theme. MX Red is better than I thought it would be to be honest. I knew I didn't want the clickity-clack of a MX Blue or anything else. I love G.Skill branding and this keyboard does well at making the name look good.