This build was somewhat of an unplanned upgrade. I had been browsing for a new case for quite some time, since I have been using a used open-air test bench for far too long. In the process I stumbled upon the CPU and motherboard as a combo on a Facebook garage sale. It quickly turned into a "If you give a mouse a cookie..." situation, but I do not regret the upgrade at all. I am still waiting to pull the trigger on a 6GB GTX 1060, or maybe a 1070 if prices come down.
My previous system, as seen in the photos, was an AMD 8350 paired with 4*4GB of GSKill DDR3 and an Asus GTX 650ti. It had a 240GB SSD and a 2TB spinning disk drive, all slapped haphazardly into a used test bench. At one point, the test bench had a bracket to mount a GPU to...but that was lost a long time ago, so I had a coat hanger holding the GPU steady. It was most definitely not a pretty sight, but it played Civ 5 alright.
I've decided to name this PC Snowball, since it's mostly white, and the upgrade path was essential the snowball effect...One part became two, which became three, which became an entirely new PC.
Initially, I thought I would go for a non-K SKU CPU. I upgraded from an AMD 8350 and had never overclocked on it, so I didn't think I would OC on an Intel chip, but I stumbled upon this CPU with a motherboard for a decent price. So far it seems rock solid, and I'm blown away by the fact that I can play GTA V (albeit at 720p on low settings) on the integrated graphics.
A tad pricey for an air cooler, but I figured I'll be using it for the next few years, might as well get one that looks good. I love the looks of the black plate on top of the tower, it looks really classy.
When I first installed Windows, I was having weird issues with my monitors cutting in and out. I thought it might have been a driver issue, but after trying three different drivers, I was having the same issue. I finally decided to reset the BIOS, and that fixed the issue. I have no idea what setting was causing the issue, but hey-- it works like a charm now!
I absolutely love the black and white theme of this board. Some motherboards are absolutely hideous, and with a large TG side panel, I was willing to spend a bit more for a nice looking board. That said, I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this board: I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of USB ports on this board...I have 2 less ports than my much older AMD board...but there's always a USB3 expansion card, I suppose.
It's RAM. It works. Got it for a slight discount.
This was my first--and only--SSD, I picked it up on a sale about two years ago. It's been rock solid, never had an issue with it. I'm debating buying a 500GB SSD now that prices are a bit lower, but this has worked well a system drive.
I got this drive for free from a family member a long time ago...Probably 5-6 years ago at this point. Still works well, CrystalDisk reports Good health. IT's almost full at this point, but I've got it backed up to my 4TB NAS in case it fails.
This was a preemptive replacement for the 2TB WD Green. I figure that one is bound to fail sooner or later, so I picked up 2 4TB drives on sale a few months ago. I've got one in my NAS running Plex on WinServer 2012 (Yay DreamSpark!), and this one is for mass-storage and game installs.
I went back and forth between this and the Phanteks P400 for a long time. Decided to go with this one, and so far it hasn't disappointed. As shown in the pictures, I was rocking a messy test bench, so anything would be an improvement, but this case was super easy to build in. I'm a bit concerned with the HDD cage, as my disks seem to be hovering around 40 degrees, but so far it hasn't proved to be an issue.
I picked this up a few years ago when my hand-me-down Raidmax 800W drive failed. Thankfully it didn't take any hardware with it, and I was able to slot this in and it's worked flawlessly ever since.
I picked these up "used" (still new-in-bag) from a Facebook garage sale post. They look so much better than the ketchup-and-mustard stock cables on my SeaSonic PSU. That's probably the only part I dislike about it, and these extensions fixed it up easily.