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This was my very first PC outside of a family computer and the first PC I've ever built as well. It was so much fun to research everything and put it together, though the deliberation over the different spec of pieces drove my girlfriend round the bend!

This was put together as a gaming rig with the hope of it being useful in my studies towards engineering as well. My biggest regret is in paying for Windows as I never realised I could get it free through my college.

Having no experience with this process before it's hard for me to say how good the parts are but I was happy with everything. I think my case is gorgeous and it was pretty easy to get all the cables routed well in it. Even though the case is a mITX it still seems like there is loads of room left over. The header for the USB ports on the motherboard was a bit awkwardly placed with my cooler which is a little annoying but not the end of the world.

I'm now looking forward to maybe getting some other case fans for better airflow and the possibility of adding some better lighting to show it off a little more. The next step will be looking into overclocking and seeing what I can get out of my chip. Overall, I'm immensely happy I took the plunge and decided to build my own PC.

UserBenchmarks: Game 95%, Desk 86%, Work 59%

Model Bench
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 96.5%
GPU AMD RX 480 96.9%
SSD Kingston SSDNow UV400 240GB 61.4%
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB 107.2%
RAM Unknown TEAMGROUP-UD4-3000 2x8GB 95.2%
MBD Gigabyte GA-Z270N-WIFI-CF

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Looks good, wasn't too difficult to install.

Motherboard

Seems good overall. The one downside I experienced was trying to route the cables for the USB header, its in the middle of the board and is a bit awkward.

Memory

It was a good price at the time for 16Gb of RAM. From what I can gather the latency is a bit high but I can't say I've noticed. Looks pretty awesome, the online pictures didn't really do it justice.

Storage

Gives me a boot time of under 17s. If I had known better I would maybe have gotten a better one for a similar price but still nice to have.

Storage

Pretty solid and good price.

Case

Beautiful case, seems solid, has great cable management and was easy to work with. Love it!

Power Supply

The attached cables are a bit chunky but still nice to have the rest modular.

Operating System

Should have gotten this free through my college. I urge everyone to check if you can!

Monitor

Can't really speak about the performance in an informed manner but I really like the style of this monitor. The colours appear lovely to me and no issues with it so far. The menu controls are nice. Also it doesn't seem to say on Partpicker but this monitor is FreeSync.

Keyboard

Bought to be cheap. It is cheap but seems to do the job.

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Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm such a sucker when it comes to pretty black and red builds. Love your part choices, and a lovely looking build. You have my one.

ives me a boot time of under 17s. If I had known better I would maybe have gotten a better one for a similar price but still nice to have.

Edited: Goodness I'm tired as I forgot to mention this tidbit. That is is too bad to hear and I guess I'm not too surprised either when comes to Kingston's tight budget SSDs. Personal experience, I had some good boots of 5~12 seconds of powering ON the computer to loading Windows with ADATA's SP550 and Crucial's MX300. I'm not sure what was available for you at the time, but I am sorry you have such a long boot process at the moment.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment, especially from someone with as many nice builds! Yeah, the SSD is disappointing and I really messed up in not going with a better one for a slight increase in price. Thanks for the recommendations for ones to look at, I may change it eventually. However, for the meantime it's still night and day compared to my old experience with PCs so I'm grateful for that :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the desk mod... keyboard tray + plywood = monitor stand

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, you caught me! Good eye! Yeah it was a bit of a rough and ready mod to elevate my monitor but it does the job and saved me springing out a load of cash for a new desk. I'd love to get a better looking one down the road :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I'm not the only one who's done this! :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

it really looks good. its small and compact yet gives off a roomy feel... love it!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, overall I'm really happy with everything :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Great first build! Lot of similarities with mine, and with the 2nd choice of case I would have picked, and the second choice of monitor too! Believe me my wife heard about those decisions as well :) 17 seconds with any SSD sounds way off though, especially with a fresh install with no bloatware... just doesn't add up for me. For perspective my boot time is around 1/3 of yours.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much! Love your build as well, seems fantastic! Yeah the SSD is a let down but I'll see what I can do over time with it, still miles better than anything I've ever used or had before so I should be grateful :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

watch craigslist and redit PC deals you could find some epic deals on a mech keyboard and really nice mouse.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll definitely want to get something nicer in the future so I'll check them out :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

That looks pretty good, I love your build! but maybe if you put the PC on the left and the monitor on the right will be better. This will kinda hide the back end of the PC away!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, with the way the desk is underneath it needs to be around this way or I couldn't sit comfortably at the desk. Thanks for the thought though! :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Job on a Beautiful Build with the best choice's in Hardware!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you provide the height of your RAM and the clearance of your cooler?