Hello all, this was my first ever build, and after almost a year of saving, waiting for new generations and planning, I put this together. Coming from a 19 inch laptop, the idea was to build a 1440p gaming-focused system with WiFi support. This build was the inspiration for the visual aspect and played a very large role in influencing the aesthetics. The specs ended up being similar as well.
I have no words to express how satisfied I am with the end product, the whole experience was a blast and I've moved onto helping my brother with his new build.
A few of the roadblocks I hit on the way: the original motherboard I received had a dead HDMI and Display Port, which threw a wench in mt original troubleshoooting. I ended up borrowing a friend's DVI cord and booting/ installing drivers with that. Got a repaired one swapped soon after.
As for the individual part impressions, I will only be listing the ones that I believe I can give meaningful information towards.
Regarding the PSU, yes. 750W is way way overkill for this build. However, for the price I found this one, it was cheaper than the 650W equivalent and not too much more than the 550. I decided for the purpose of future upgrade potential, I would spend a little extra.
P.S. I apologize in advance for all of the terrible pictures, it was late at night and I was more preoccupied with not zapping $1600 away :)
I'll be honest, I was expecting better. Maybe I just got a dud somehow, but with temps into the high 70's and peaking in the low 80's consistently while gaming, I was expecting a little better. Don't get me wrong it gets the job done, and for the price maybe I shouldn't be complaining. Also comes with a screwdriver for installation that is simply amazing for all aspects of the build.
Where do I begin with this case? It's beautiful, It was a joy to build in for someone as inexperienced as me, you name it. I suppose if you were planing on liquid cooling it could stand more support, but for my purposes I am nothing but satisfied with this case.
As a new builder, a fully modular PSU is something I'm glad I invested in. Works fine.
Is it trivial to critique case fans? Maybe. I don't have an issue with the noise or air flow, but the installation was a pain. The screw holes are predrilled, but too small in order to hold tight. Unfortunately, this means you risk stripping the screws when you're forced to muscle them in.