Hi there, first time builder here. I started around late April, and finished late June because I wanted to get a $30 case on Amazon for sale, but had to wait around 6 weeks for it to ship. During all that waiting, I attempted to deal hunt as well as resisting my impulse buys which really helped me in the long run. However in the end, the case never even came through since it was OoS (I kind of expected that). Then my last item was the motherboard and I waited a full week until I realized it somehow shipped to Florida. I asked for a replacement, but then that was cancelled as well. Still I was thankfully refunded and just bought the refurbished model that came in 18hrs. Then putting all the parts together went without a hitch. My apologize for some of the blurry pictures. I think building a pc sapped my funds on taking decent photos.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with what I bought for the price that I paid. If I were to do something differently the second time, I would have gotten a semi/fully modular PSU and maybe a smaller case.
While the build is done, I ended up hacking together whatever peripherals I could find lying around, including a 19 inch monitor with a 5:4 aspect ratio. I'll get some quality peripherals along the line, but I hate not using something that still works, plus I'm on a strict budget.
I'm still not sure what to use the pc for exactly. Gaming? sure. Coding? more likely. Finally not having to use the sack of potatoes that is my 6 year old laptop? Definitely. Building one was really rewarding and who knows, I might even make up an excuse to make another one for friends and family.
A no frills motherboard with an easy to navigate bios for skylake CPUs. It unfortunately has one case fan header and only 2 ram slots, but is not really a problem for me.
Performs very well for the price and has a minimalistic look to it. I was afraid in trying this and rolled the dice. Time will tell for lasting impressions.
There a lot of cables for this PSU that I had to mangle through. But the quality is nice without all the ketchup and mustard cables plus a 5 year warranty.
It's a nice and solid looking case for its price. It's equipped with 2 blue led fans and a dust filter on the PSU and a magnetic one on the top. The PSU shroud is a welcomed addition, but it's hard for cable management with a non-modular power supply. Also the window tends to scratch somewhat easily.