In my amateur PC building "career" I have built three computers for myself. I have built a small handful of basic starter systems for friends and taught them how to do it, but in the end the most fun I have is my own. I started my custom building in 2009, with a stupid stupid computer. Basic unimpressive hardware, the absolute worst cable management you can ever see, and the two items I thought made the build; the case and the CPU cooling. I had an xClio "full tower" case, and it looked like it had a jet engine intake on the front, and if you want a good laugh, so go look at the pictures of it on Google Images. The cooling was a simple liquid cooling kit from Gigabyte.
I spent only a mere 2 years with that computer before I had finally had enough. I needed something with real cable managing options, a better interior look, more features, the works. That's when I spent a few months upgrading absolutely every piece of hardware in that computer. I called in The Interceptor because the DF-85 Antec case came with only red fans and I interspersed a few blue ones I had in there, so it looked like cop light colors. You can see the "evolution" of The Interceptor on my previous build, but really, the stage in which I had put the build in here was after a huge overhaul that had almost changed its identity entirely.
Well, I come to you now, with the final touches in its identity change. It's now a completely new beast, with quite a few healthy upgrades. I have since swapped out my idiotic CPX style power supply and got myself a real big boy power supply, with the Corsair HX1200i Plat certified modular and it's immaculate. I ditched the goth sci-fi looking case (well, "repurposed") and picked up the Corsair 750D, and it's exactly what a case should be. Silent, muted, and letting the hardware do the talking. While I was dinking around I upgrade away from the Vertex 3 2.5" 250gb SSD and grabbed a Samsung EVO 850 500GB m.2 slot SSD instead. Not quite the "OMFGOJFC" fast EVO 960, but it gave me more room to play with at a reasonable price.
She is now called Central, a nod to the Central computer in Judge Dredd (yes, the Stallone silly version)
I use this computer in many ways:
-Gaming (obviously) -Production work for Pants Pending Studios -Working at Amazon -Personal Dolby/DTS Cinema -Concert Hall -Graphics and Logo design -Vlogs, Streams, and Series
No, I am not a master of cable management. To get every cable of mine sleeved is going to take me a very long time because I am either just going to buy a full set of pre-sleeved from Corsair, or I am going to religiously research the exact right way so I don't screw up my cables. Until then, Corsair did it right, and gave us all black cables, so no unsightly rainbows of ugly colored wires, just dark blobs where I couldn't run where I wanted to.
I welcome your criticisms and comments, and everything in between, and I wouldn't blame you for passing it by. The best computers are the ones we build ourselves, customize ourselves, pour ourselves into for hours on end for a slight change of looks or functionality. Build on builders, keep up the good work.