Name: Blue and Gold where i come from are the colors of Michigan University. Home of the Wolverines.
Reason for the build: Just long overdue for a new pc and dissapointing console launch pushed me over the edge
Use: Gaming, Game Design, Video Editing, Graphic Design, Everything else
CPU: Seemed like a good choice
Storage: SSD boot & essential programs - HDD everything else
Memory: i know, i probably didnt need 16gb. Better to have and not need than need and not have
Case: Money saver case. I heard good things and when it arrived i was left impressed. Big enough to make for an easy first build. I would buy it again
PSU: I spent hours and hours researching every piece of this and power supply was definitely the most hit and miss of the reviews. Finally i just picked one and went with it
Monitor: Yea i know, could have saved money here, but its a damn nice monitor and after having it i would absolutely get it again.
Mouse/Keyboard: What can i say, needed a mouse and keyboard, put a $50 limit on each and here we are
MOBO: Once i settled on my processor i quickly found a motherboard to suit my needs. Wasnt sure about the gold, but i paired it with blue accessorys and a gold GPU. Very happy with the look in the end
GPU: I spent days trying to decide on this. I feel I made a good choice and in the future will probably add a second
The build: I was nervous, being my first time. Was worried about static shock on account i randomly touch a pet or kid and shock them. Dry winter days apparently arent good building days lol. I put on a grounding strap and touched the case often just to make sure. Happy to report static electricity was not a factor in this build. I was nervous with the $300 cpu and "fragile socket pins" but it too was an enjoyable, no problem experience. I added a new rear exhaust fan and put the stock exhaust fan as a blowhole exhaust and the temp dropped about 5 degree and it feels like everyplace has good air movement. I got everything hooked up and remembered reading "its ok if it doesnt work, first try usually doesnt" .. Setting up for first startup and started to get nervous lol.. No problems at all. Fired up and has been working like a champ. Flashed my bios to get my memory speed up where it belonged, at first it was listed as 1333. Other than that, its been everything i hoped it would.
The cables still need to be cleaned up a bit. Im workin on it ;) .. I know, i could have saved money in multiple spots. But this wasnt about saving money. Dont be too critical, im new here
*Prices are estimates. Its all roughly what i paid, but i dont recall exactly how much each piece cost