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This was my very first attempt at building a machine. I spent two months going over build guides and reviewing parts before ordering all my parts one weekend after our tax return came through. I eagerly awaited my parts arrival. I am of the opinion that Newegg gets too much hype because they took the longest to get my parts to me. But when the last part finally arrived (which was the case by the way) I started my build. I work from home as a tech support agent so I worked between calls.
Yes I am aware I should have been on a non static environment but I was just too excited to wait until after work with my parts all calling my name. I still didn't get it fully assembled until after I got off work. At that point YES I did get into a non static environment and started the process of connecting leads to the motherboard and the various cords. I especially enjoy the little POP that comes from installing a new CPU. The CPU cooler was a bear to install, but that had more to do with the fact that I had no experience . . . at all . . . building computers. I am a software guy.
Anyways I had what I thought was all the parts connected and did the test run. I saw the magical glow of the fan lights and the fans turned on . . . and then they all turned off. I just about fainted! What happened! I was so afraid I had ruined it by not doing the first bits on a non static environment. But I was going to do my research first! You know, in case that wasn't the issue (for example I missed something). I looked for my laptop, and couldn't find the power cord for it. That was a problem because my laptop's battery was dead. So here I am, running around in a panic. Let's just say that I am just glad my wife and kids weren't home to see me in this state.
Finally after a long fifteen minutes, I found my power cord and after a little bit of online searching, I figured it out; I forgot to plug in the CPU power supply. NEWB MOVE! After plugging it in, my machine turned on and I was ever so giddy. I took the photos the next day. As some have noticed there is a piece of bread on one of the photos. I am a father so I took the photos when I could. But the bread jokes in the comments I completely love, so keep them coming! EDIT: New photos have been uploaded but I kept the original ones with bread.
One Week Later After working with my new PC I was able to readjust the wire management from what is shown the original photos (the ones with the wood table instead of the black desk). It looks much better now. I uploaded updated photos that include that about a week after this was first published.
Summary I finally have a machine that starts up quickly, runs Adobe CC very quickly, and makes it so I can play some minor load games. I haven't tried with any triple A titles, but I am not a gamer. I also have a lot of "expand-ability". The computer is very attractive for my taste, and even though the power supply is not a 700 W like what many people said I needed, everything uses just over 50% of what the power supply can handle.
Great processor for the budget build. I am getting very good boot times, great performance with Adobe CC, and it can be overclocked. I am not sure how to do that with my motherboard but I will update my review once I have.
Whisper Quiet, keeps the CPU at a very good temp, and the motherboard was able to control fan speed very easily.
The board is easy to intall and the manual is very easy to follow. For its price its great but it I wish it had more PCI slots rather than PCI express. Also the RAM space is hindered if using an air cooler of any kind to two slots rather than the four.
Great little blue chip that installs as easily as any other chip, also great look.
Boot time for my PC in incredible and competes with the time for an SSD. I also love the space for the price ratio. The speed of retrieval is incredible. The open case concept had me a little nervous though because of limited hand space for installation.
Very good card for gaming and Adobe CC. Easy installation and very durable feel. The Temps are easy to monitor with the included software. The front socket design is the only draw back I have seen as it keeps from more streamlined cable management.
The look was exactly what I was looking for, and supports everything you would need to get a basic PC going. Drawback include the slightly limited cable management back space and slots on the left sides of the motherboard, lack of rubber stoppers on cable management slots, and the non-existent basement of the case. Also the top slot for optical devices is unusable as the wires for the switch, LED and USB inputs come down through that space.
Works very well. I am only using a little over 50% of its load capcity, and the heat from my PSU is very minimal. Also installation was very good. The wires are long enough to get to the motherboard and work with cable management. The black look helps to hide it too even if you don't have a basement.
This is very easy to install and is compatible with tool-less designs of cases. The low profile face plate works well with the look of black cases without changing the style. The drive works fast and the sounds it makes are very subtle and quiet even while working under a heavy load.
I wasn't a fan of Windows 10 when it first came out, but now that it has been patched up and ready to go, I like it a lot better as long as you have the hardware to make the most of it. The OEM version is very easy to install, and the COA that comes with it makes it very easy to get support when needed.
Wireless Network Adapter
Very easy to install using a PCI express port. This has a good speed for most consumer wireless connection needs. The low profile faceplace didn't match my case's black look so that was a drawback.
I love this combo for the price that I got. The click clack of the keyboard mimics a mechanical keyboard very nicely, and the lights are not overdone so for a non gamer like myself it is great for working at night. The LED lights turn off on the keyboard when the PC is turned off. However the lights on the mouse are do not, so putting in your bed room is not recommended unless you want to cover it every night or turn off the PSU entirely.