Description

I am in my mid fifties and this is the first time I have attempted anything technical like this. This is replacing a low budget integrated graphics home computer. The specs had to allow for photo and video editing using RAW format files, a part time movie server, a heavy spreadsheet workhorse and some mid level games like World of Warships. I also did not want to spend silly money on stuff I would never use, hence the low spec graphics card. I kept the future state in mind so went slightly over spec on PSU, RAM and CPU cooler. I wanted to build something I could easily upgrade in the near future. I am super happy with the build so far.

Part Reviews

CPU

Does what I need super fast and anything bigger would have been a waste for my build.

CPU Cooler

Much quieter than stock cooler and much better looking as well.

Motherboard

Really well specced for the price and so easy to build with

Memory

Works really well once you get the motherboard to recognise it is 3200 RAM, not 2166.

Storage

Easy to use, copied my old HDD across first time and no problems at all

Storage

well priced and works as expected

Video Card

Mid level GPU but I am getting 61fps and the games I play dont seem to be challenging it.

Case

What a great case. So much space, good cable management options and so upgradeable. My only issue is how much unused space I have. Also it only comes with one case fan, so if you are going to be a heavy user, you will need to budget for additional fans.

Power Supply

This replaced a faulty Coolermaster semi modular PSU and I am very happy with it so far. Is quiet and I am confident I wont be running out of power any time soon.

Wireless Network Adapter

Not the fastest for Wifi so I just use this for blue tooth.

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Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! As Battlefield said: "Never to old to give something new a try". I would also get two intake fans for the front (better airflow). Just make sure that they are the right size (120mm or 140mm) and have the same amount of pins as the headers on the motherboard (most likely you will need 4 pin PWM fans). Be quiet makes some good fans that are "quiet". The PSU is a very good choice and you will most likely be able to use it for a very long time. The Z270 Mobo is also a solid choice. But as Intel switches out the sockets and chipsets often you might not be able to buy a new cpu in like 3 years and just put it in. But what you can do in the future is to get a used kabylake i7 or so an popp that in no problemo.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Way too humble a build for a mid life crisis - but a great build none the less ;)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks you are right there. I cannot tell you how much I agonised over whether to just say stuff it and get the biggest and best versus getting only what I needed. At the end of the day, my PC needs are sorta humble, compared to most on here I guess. Most of the enjoyment was taking my time and waiting for the chosen parts to go on sale or finding the part online somewhere.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build, also very creative with the name

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks like a right solid build, great job. +1

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the case has lots of open space, and isn't really restrictive so I would say it's not worth the extra noise or money to add more fans to a build of this caliber.