Description

This is my first venture into PC building, and it has been supremely rewarding. I really love the red theme, though it did take time to reconcile that it is a bit of a betrayal of the traditional Intel colors. I use this machine for gaming, school, and work. It is versatile and powerful. There have been hiccups and frustrations along the way, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.

When I built it, the parts were a little cheaper and had more rebates, which was nice.

I can't speak highly enough of the build, it works very well-better than I expected! I have been able to push 4K on a lot of games and applications in decent settings, and now run everything on the highest settings for 1080p. You can never hear the fans kick in-they are indeed silent! Plenty of room for expansion. Props to CoolerMaster for such a stellar looking case.

Some difficulties-

Audio I/O drivers have been glitchy and taxing to work with. My older AOC monitor didn't like the HDMI output the computer was giving but works fine with DVI. A lot of Gigabyte's software is extremely glitchy, and BIOS work is tricky. The fan mounting hardware that is included with the case is janky, best to get your own so you know it will work. I'm a noob with cable management and most other things. For example, I mistakenly bought laptop HDDs instead of 3.5s that would fit my drive bays.

Extras: I am using a cheap keyboard/mouse combo from Sportsbot, found on Amazon. Impressive quality for the price.
I use a mic/audio splitter and Turtle Beach PX24 headset for games. I got a BrosTrend Gaming Wireless Wifi Adapter so I didn't have to run Ethernet across the apartment. Windows 10 Education, it's a work in progress.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Mobo is great, Gigabyte drivers/updates, etc. can be difficult.

Storage

Pulled this (or similar) from old PS4 for use in my PC build. Even after terrible storage and usage, it still works, and well!

Video Card

Impressive card, works even better than expected. Gigabyte tools are janky, beware. Doesn't affect card operation, thankfully.

Case

Can't say enough about how beautiful this thing is. Well worth it for the price and features. You can't go wrong here.

Case Fan

Really impressive for inexpensive fans. They work really well and make very little noise. They come with all you need to mount them, too.

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Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 4 points

Hey, nice looking first build! It's easy to see some people post $5000 "first builds" and feel a bit cowed - don't. This is what a first build should be like; reasonable budget, mistake were made, lots of learning happened, and you love the s* out of it.

As for cable management, the key to this is learn from the pros. Look at the top-rated builds on this site and study them. Look at other builds using your case, watch cable management videos. The idea is to show as little cables as possible, with the exception of custom cables, then you want to show juuust the right amount of them to complement your build while remaining tidy.

And don't worry about getting a 2.5 HDD instead of a 3.5, most drive bays have screws for 2.5s anyway, and im sure the back of the case has room for 2.5s if not.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment! I was able to get the 2.5s mounted, they just look a little out of place, but that's alright for me! I will have a look about at cable management ideas. Thanks for the help!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

For sure! I wasn't criticizing the cables, its not even bad, just trying to provide a little direction. Happy to help!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

No offense taken! I appreciate the help, and you made valid points. Luckily, I don't go to many LANs, so I am the only one who really sees it. You should have seen it before when I was just trying to get it together, it was much worse!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

progress is all you can ask for

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah my case has a way to mount them in the standard bays. And he really didn't do bad for cable management. Just tuck the 2.5 HDD in the 3.5 HDD enclosure and tuck the gpu power cable under the power supply shroud. Edit: Nice first build :D +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Nice build, really well rounded!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers!