My first PC build ever.
I wanted to build something good for both 1080p gaming and workstation engineering loads. I also aimed to have a very quiet system and selected components that offered maximum control over component variables like speeds and lighting.
If I could spare some change, make it look good too. The lighting theme is Star Trek ship related. Blue for warp, red for impulse.
Very satisfied with its performance and features. All for about $1300 if I sell the games that came with the GPU.
Simply the best value processor out there. Good enough for games, and with multiple processors, can handle higher workstation loads.
Stood out because you can control the fan and pump curves and see readouts from iCue. Has zero fan mode.
Great for budget builds. Heat sinks arent top of the line like other brands, but for the price, you get hardware that will get the job done, and has additional features like ARGB which would be on competitor motherboards twice the price. It could have been $30 cheaper if I was in town to mail in the rebate form. ASRock's MIR is only a 10 day window. ASRock Pollychrome is very basic, with limited modes, and limited control granularity. It has the main features I wanted to get the desired look I was after, so anything else was icing on the cake.
A good deal at the time. Decent speeds for the price, plus RGB.
The same price as other SSDs, but this was PCIe not SATA. The awesome speed boost comes at the cost of longevity. But I really dont think Im rewriting hundreds of gigabytes on a regular basis daily. For media, just use the HDD.
Pretty average HDD.
Performance reviews seemed standard across most RX 580s, so I went with a card with good thermal and sound reviews. RX 580 performs about 10% better than the GTX 1060, yet was cheaper. Has zero fan mode.
A great looking budget case with windows. Not the best airflow, but Im not heavily overclocking. Cable management was difficult in the back. Just not enough space.
A fully modular PSU with zero fan mode. A reliable model according to reviews.
What was available. I found them hard to bend and train to keep their shape. Get arc-ed ones next time.
These beauties come in a pack of 3 with 2 ARGB strips and controller included. I want to use motherboard control anyways, so a remote wasnt needed. The fans have both PWM control and motherboard connectivity; something very hard to find for RGB fans. A similar Corsair purchase would literally be 3x the cost. Havent played with fan curves too much yet, but they don't push much air, but are reasonably quietly.