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My First Solo Build

by therazal

Description

I use this machine for anything from computer gaming to research. It wasn't exactly necessary for me to go all out like this but who gives a crap.

Still working to finalize the build. Making some custom adjustments to the case in order to make it RGB as ****.

Update 1 (10/31/16): So, I've completed the build for the most part. I'm still going to work on some cable and case management. I plan to drill out the optical drive bays and mount the HDD bay to the top of the case. Going to get some individually sleeved cables as well as extensions for a few other cables to improve overall aesthetics.

Thus far, the computer has been running quiet and cool. The motherboards "Gaming App" makes it easy to switch to "gaming mode" or "overclocked mode" and adjust the MOBO/GPU LED colors. Additionally, I have synced the RGB fans on the radiator and front/bottom of the case. I also plan to install a final 140mm RGB fan in the rear, and possibly some led strips within, to brighten up the case.

Part Reviews

Case

Great case. Easy cable management. However, the damn optical drive bay is not removable. Who the hell rivets these things in anymore. Anyway, I'm prepared to drill out the rivets and remove this crap.

Power Supply

This is a nice PSU. However, I can't seem to find ANY individually sleeved cable sets for any Thermaltake PSU's online. The fact that TT makes it extremely hard to customize your expensive piece of equipment is quite troublesome. FYI individually sleeved cables are available to other countries but not the US.

Mouse

By far the best mouse I've ever used. Simple, perfectly shaped, pretty (RGB) and lightweight. I highly recommend this mouse for individuals that play First Person Shooter (FPS) or that like to rest their palm on the desk while gaming.

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Lyrix 1 point 29 months ago

I like it. pleasy tell me if you uploaded the new pictures

therazal submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Uploaded progress photos.

Lyrix 1 point 29 months ago

thank you!

Boith 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The part list looks promising, just make sure to tell us when you upload. You have my upvote.

therazal submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Uploaded progress photos.

nesnalica 1 point 29 months ago

why did you go for 2 SSDs?

therazal submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

I got a 2nd SSD (PNY) for free and thought, "why not".

nesnalica 1 point 29 months ago

awesomeom

TheBlackPython 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

great partlist, good luck on building (i have heard that that motherboard can be kinda troublesome)

therazal submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I haven't had any issues with the motherboard yet. Throughout this process however I have forced myself to learn a lot about a computer. For example, my new BenQ monitor was glitching and I immediately thought it was a hardware issue. Well, I did a lot of research and found out that the up-to-date Nvidia drivers could be causing the issue. This turned out to be the case for me as now it is all working great.

What sorts of issues have you heard of so i can keep an eye out?

ThoughtA staff 1 point 29 months ago

Please send me a PM when you've added photos of the completed build, and I'll get this approved.

WhackTheSquirbos 1 point 28 months ago

Nice build! How is that GPU brace working out? I was thinking about getting the same one.

therazal submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

It's absolutely perfect. The installation was a little arduous, trying to get screws in place, etc. Well worth the $20. I kinda wish I had my own 3D printer so that I could make ALL custom parts.

WhackTheSquirbos 1 point 28 months ago

Thank you!