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As the title suggests this was my first build. Biggest mistake I did was sort of just buying parts mostly randomly and not really planning ahead. Started out first with the MOBO Asus Z170-E and the 16GB (DDR4-3000) G. Skill Ram and escalated from there with the GPU (R9 Fury Nitro) and the 700W PSU.
All those purchases were kind of impulse buys and looking back I really had no clue what I was doing. I had originally thought I was going to buy the i5-6500 CPU but was quickly swayed from that decision after being told that if I did that I shouldn't have bought a MOBO that allows overclocking. In hindsight I am sure I could've saved money by getting less CPU, MOBO, and RAM. With that I think next time I would opt for a modular PSU (although this non-modular one really wasn't that bad to deal with).
My experience building was similar to how I felt purchasing, for I had no idea what I was doing but it all ended up working out. The Fractal Design Define S is an excellent case for building and cable management because it has tons of room.
The CPU cooler was easy to install, it is big and does block a RAM slot, but I think I should be good for RAM for a while. Maybe in a few years I will upgrade to water cooling. Not sure why I thought I needed so many fans, my case came with two and I purchased two more. Right now I have 3 in the front (intake), one on the bottom (intake) and one on the back (outtake). Not sure if they keeping the computer cool like this or not. Haven't spent time playing around with different combinations yet either.
Took me a while to figure out where to install the M.2 SSD and then change BIOS to recognize it. I am happy with it as less wires to deal with since it plugs directly into the MOBO. I used this SSD to install my O/S . I went with the 3TB Toshiba HDD even with some bad reviews but for the size and price I figured it was a good purchase.
First thing I did was overclock the CPU to 4.7ghz and 1.29 volts. Ran a stability test for 16hrs and everything appears to be stable. Haven't been able to push the computer that hard yet in the real world (gaming). This is because my R9 Fury GPU failed. Kept crashing when I was attempting to play GTA5. At first I thought it was because of the CPU overclock, so i reverted everything back to default but soon after I did that the GPU completely kicked the bucket and stopped working completely. So that is in the process of being RMA'd.
I am very happy with the 29" Ultrawide 2560 x 1080 LG monitor. Haven't been able to test out the Freesync and overclock options on it yet. Will play around with all the options once the new GPU comes in. While the GPU was working had GTA5 on the highest settings running 60fps. Everything looked really nice and ran very smooth.
I have tried playing GTA5 on the Intel integrated graphics. It works but doesn't look all that great, but it is better then nothing while I wait on my new GPU.
Any comments or questions please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer
So far so good. Stable overclock of 4.6ghz and 1.29v. Easy to install and cooler went on easy. Very happy with it
Other then being very large and bulky I think I am very happy with it. Not sure what the temps would be without it but I assume it is doing a good job. Very quiet and doesn't look too bad. Cons are size, and blocks RAM slot.
Happy with this MOBO - BIOS is easy to navigate and use, no problems installing anything on it. Only complaint is it would be nice to have more USB ports but that is easy to work around
Running at 3000. Look decent enough, installed easy, and appear to be working 100%
Little difficult to install because it is so tiny but once mounted it is very nice. Wondering if I should've just ponied out the cash for a larger size. Time will tell
Good price, lots of size, decent speed. No complaints
Can't really provide a good review as mine died very quickly (only lasted about a week). Games looked really good at 2560 x 1080 on maxed out settings. Card is very large but was simple enough to install.
UPDATE I have upgraded to a 3440x1440p HP Omen 32" 60hz (75 hz with Freesync) monitor. This card runs most games on High-Ultra settings. Occasionally on Ultra it (I am assuming) runs out of ram and causes the game to freeze but the sound continues. When this happens I restart the game and scale the graphics down slightly and it seems to fix the issue.
Overall I am really happy with the card and would definitely purchase again at the price I paid.
Love this case. Its a huge case (probably too big), but makes it very easy to complete a nice clean build. Comes with two fans which was a nice touch
Plenty of power, only complaint is non modular but that is not its fault. It was clearly labelled as such. The case I have made cable management easy
Seems good to me. Quiet, and moves lots of air
Nice ultra wide monitor, IPS, Freesync, small bezel, VESA mountable. Only 60hz and I believe 5ms response time. All in all I am very happy with the monitor. Looks good, nice and large and way cheaper then a 34" 1440p.