After what seems like an eternity saving up my spare pennies, I finally got around to putting together the first build that I've done for my own personal use.
It's mainly going to be used for my first foray into gaming since my teenage years spent with a Commodore 64 (that's how old I am!) but I will be using it for the odd bit of CAD work on occasion.
My intention was to aim for a bright, clean and minimalistic look.
I'll be adding some of my thoughts on the parts used and what I would or wouldn't change if I could do it all again in due course...
Update 1: Unfortunately, the Deepcool Captain 240 AIO pump has started to emit loud noises after only 14 days of use. Its been returned for replacement. I'll see how that turns out and post here with any further updates...
Overall, very happy with this board and it has functioned without fault so far.
One thing that could be improved is the fan control. Only the CPU1 and CPU2 headers are true PWM headers with full control. The other 3 SYS headers only allow fan speed to be reduced to 50% which is a little restricting when trying to make the system as whisper silent as I had originally intended.
Really pleased with the look of this kit. Had zero issues getting all sticks recognised and running with XMP enabled.
Love the convenience of this drive. Not having to run sata data and power cables is great when it comes to keeping things clean and tidy.
I have this set as my boot drive and although the read/write speeds are appreciated, I have to be honest and say that it doesn't really offer any advantage to a normal SSD when it comes to boot up times.
Very pleased with this choice of GPU. It looks classy to me but without being too flashy and in in your face with it's look.
Although audible once the fans start to operate, I find the tone isn't too obtrusive.
It's not being stressed hard enough for me to give a true opinion as I'm able to run everything maxed out with adaptive Vsync enabled and never dip below 60. This is a decision kind of forced on me due to going with the 60Hz limited Dell monitor you see below.
Had my heart set on this case since it was first released. Its taken me so long to save up for it that's its probably considered old now!
Very pleased with its looks but I will say that the room given for cable management isn't the easiest to work with and requires some careful planning.
The PWM fan hub was disappointing in its function and I've ended up not running any fans off of it, switching to the motherboard headers for more granular fan control.
Also, 2 of the 3 front 120mm fans having a very slight, constant "ticking" noise to them so I will most likely change them out for something better in the near future.
Silent with nice clean cables provided. Very pleased with this choice.
The 24 pin cable is fairly thick and I had a few issues getting it cleanly hidden between the rear of the motherboard tray and case back panel although this is no fault of the power supply and more of a H440 issue.
I'll be upgrading this to Windows 10 pretty soon but it was a fairly cheap way to get there!
Wireless Network Adapter
Not much to say on this one. Works well with the Windows standard supplied driver and it is doing its job without issue so far.
Love this monitor. Does everything it is supposed to do really well.
I wish it had more hertz but for the price I can't mark it down for that.
I'm very pleased with this keyboard. It weighs a fair amount and the build quality is fantastic, surpassing my expectations. I'm sure you could knock down walls with it should you choose!
No RGB lighting but I wanted something that would be in keeping with the Black/White theme so it serves the purpose intended really well.