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This is my first build at 31 years old. My wife and I wanted a new pc for the house since our laptops are aging and mine couldn't even handle Civ VI. So, after perusing pre-builts and reading reviews, I became irreversibly convinced that I needed to build my own. Since I research everything to death, I had a lot to learn.

Here I am two months later. Almost everything purchased at Micro Center due to bundling deals and rebates. I'm pretty happy I came in under $900 for what parts I ended up with. Saved a lot of money compared to what this site calculated my total would be. I do plan on dipping my feet into overclocking, but don't think I'll really need the boost for a while. I plan to play newer games and my wife is going to use it to run Photoshop.

Aesthetics were important to me, I wanted to build a primarily blue build, but not enough parts out there to really pull it off so I settled with black, white, and blue. The I/O side is a little too dark with just the front fan LED's effects so I do plan on adding an LED strip in the near future.

Overall, it was really fun. Everything came together pretty well. Outside of a couple glances at the case diagram to tell me what screws went where, I put the whole thing together just winging it. Cable management with this case is really easy. The back is kind of a mess, but hard to see any cabling up front outside of the 24 pin and graphics card cables. Never did a test boot and I probably installed things in not the optimal order, but when it came time to hit that power button for the first time, everything whirred to life nicely and BIOS came right up showing all my hardware. Windows 10 installation was a breeze, put the usb in, restarted, and BIOS immediately asked me if I wanted to run Windows installation at 32 or 64 bit. Didn't even have to arrange boot orders. The red light eventually went away when I actually booted up for the first time, kind of freaked me out at first.

Since this was my first build, I kept waiting for something to go wrong somewhere, and it never did! Thanks to everyone on here, this was an invaluable resource to me throughout the build. I will add more pictures in the future when the RGB lighting is added and I get my wife to use her dslr to take the pictures instead of my phone. Good times. Can't wait for the next one.

Edit: Needed a few last things to finish her up: LED strips, DVI Cord (Yeah I actually forgot to think of that, we've been using 2 laptops for 5 years), and a USB Wireless stick to move the PC upstairs to its final home. Wife took the pictures and got to play with her new Photoshop abilities so pictures are much better than I could have pulled off myself.

Last couple wants: Upgrade monitor and backplate for graphics card.

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs great, easy OC at low temps with my Asus Z170-AR and Cryorig H7. Got it for $199.99 at Microcenter with a bundle deal.

CPU Cooler

Haven't fully tested my slightly OC'ed 6600k, but so far haven't seen a temp above 40 C. Looks great too, pretty quiet.

Motherboard

Really easy to work with, enough plugs for 4 case fans, water cooler (did not use), cpu fan, etc. Has a slot for USB 3.1, M2 support, etc. Everything is clearly labeled and in convenient spots. Only knock is the I/O shield sucks and actually didn't line up perfectly centered with the motherboard on her standoffs.

Memory

Put it in, works. Matched my build. Nothing flashy.

Storage

So far so good. Installed as my boot drive, PC goes from off to Windows 10 in less than 10 seconds.

Video Card

Great looking, fast, and has great software to run either preset OC or custom OC with a nice display of GPU temps, fan speed, clock speed, etc. Haven't really pushed it too hard yet, but so far it is doing its job and came in at a reasonable price for midlevel build. Just wish it had a backplate that matched the nice fan side and front.

Case

I've only built one computer, but this case was awesome to work with for a newb. Easy cable management, nice places for hdd's and ssd's, and it looks good.

Power Supply

The single piece of my new build that hasn't gone perfectly. After about 10 minutes it starts to make a vibrating/rattling sound. I think its the fan, but not sure. Haven't dug too far into it yet. Hopefully its just screwed in a little too tight/loose and is just vibrating slightly. Idk.

Case Fan

They look great and push lots of air. Not loud, not silent.

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build bud. I am 39 and I am currently researching and putting together my first build as well. Our desktop is 7 years old and I want something to just do photo editing on not really any gaming. Reading how easy it was for you gives me hope. Here is my list, it is similar to yours: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jedediahk/saved/6cBhMp

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks good, and besides the Microcenter deal that detwolverine suggested, I'd also suggest replacing that GPU with a GTX 1050, which is more powerful and slightly cheaper.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you have a Micro Center in your area? You can get the unlocked i5 and a z170 bundled for $300. Can't beat it anywhere online. Good luck, it wasn't nearly as hard as i was expecting, just watch some build videos on youtube using similar parts, no sweat.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

There is one in St. Louis and I just checked their website and that is a sweet bundle deal. Thanks for the tip.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem. Gives you the option of overclocking in the future. With my asus z170 it will just about set it up for you. Im going to let mine run stock for a while, but if it starts acting tired in a few years it will be easy to give it a boost.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yeah, split your ram into 2x4 gb sticks instead of one 8, you can run dual channel on your mobo that way. Basically same price.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done! Some more lighting towards the rear of the case will definitely balance out the lighting. Pity the 1060 didn't come with an LED!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Give me 12 hours. I've got some led's coming, ups went in the ditch yesterday otherwise it would be done already!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The attention to detail here is pretty good, well done.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I like things to be in order. Must be why I'm struggling with overclocking. There isn't a right way, just lots of ways!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol i just up the vcore voltage and up the clock rate and thats it, not sure if thats the best way to do things.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! May I ask what brand LED's you bought? This is my first time buying LED's for a PC (so I really don't know what brand is not too bright or dull), but yours look amazing!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

They are actually just some random offbrand from Amazon. ATTAV RGB Magnetic LED Light Strip. Search for that on Amazon. $19. Wanted NZXT Hue, but had spent enough already at that point. Comes with a remote to switch through the RGB spectrum. Magnetic strips so i just fed them up along the seams on the window panel.