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TL;DR: Building a computer is nerve-wracking, easier than it looks, super fulfilling when it's done, and Newegg rebates aren't all they're cracked up to be (see what I did there???)

I came into this build with three things in mind: I didn't want to overclock, wanted good graphics, and had to stay under $1000. I managed to get the OC version of my graphics card, so I guess I didn't accomplish all three of my goals, but I won't complain.

Overall, I learned some really important things about building computers throughout the process. 1) Newegg rebates take literally forever. I waited two full months before I got the rebate. At least I got it, I guess. 2) White builds are for people who know what they're doing and have money. It was actually pretty hard for me to find cheap white parts, like the graphics card and RAM. 3) Sometimes waiting is better. If I had waited like five hours my baby would've been born on new year's day. :(

Planned upgrades, if my wallet ever recovers: WiFi/Bluetooth card, 120Gb SSD to run windows, Higher wattage power supply, RGB fans?

Not listed (cause I'm lazy): Steelseries Rival mouse, Steelseries Apex keyboard, Skullcandy Slayr headset, Asus VG248QE monitor

Feel free to leave me some comments, questions, or criticism (but not too harsh)

Part Reviews

Memory

WARNING: This RAM has colored LEDs, yes, but they are not constant, they breathe. And, if you buy two or more, like me, you'll notice that they do not breathe in unison. It still looks good in my opinion, as it adds some movement, but some people might not like that.

Otherwise, its RAM. Good for B150M boards that throttle memory at 2133.

Case

This is a good case for cheap white builds, but has some quirks. Pros: It seems unnaturally large. Take a look at my build to see how much room is in there. Cable management is pretty ok, pretty easy to route everything behind the back panel

Cons: Overall build quality is not great. The PSU mounting tabs did not fully line up, I had to bend one back to make room for the plug. The 3.5"hard drive bays are just a touch too small, bending way out of place when you mount one. It still fits in the rack ,but is a little sketchy. The PCI covers need to be snapped off to make room for a graphics card, leaving paint chips inside the case if you're not careful.

I do recommend it if you want a cheap, good looking case, but you do get what you pay for.

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Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

"I managed to get the OC version of my graphics card, so I guess I didn't accomplish all three of my goals, but I won't complain." Nah, if it's the OC version just means the card comes overclocked from the factory so it should be fine without you needing to tweak anything. It's basically just a normal version with a bit of a higher stock speed. Shouldn't have to worry about overclocking. :)

Nice build!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

"Honey! Where's my supersuit?!"

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

"What?"

"Where is my supersuit?!"

"What?"

"Where is my supersuit?!"

"I errrr put it away"

"where?!"

"Why do you need to know?!"

"I need it!"

"uh uh dont you think about running doing those daring do. We been planning this dinner for two months.

"The public is in danger!"

"My evening is in danger!"

"You tell me where my suit is, woman! We are talking about the greater good!"

"Greater good? I am your wife! I'm the greatest good you are ever gonna get!"

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2qRDMHbXaM

putting the reference here

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

damn still need to wait for next year to see The Incredibles 2

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, at least there will be another one, I guess.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The argument between Forzone and his wife cracks me up the most. Damn i nvr expect to type the whole argurment.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you get an overclockable motherboard ??

you should just go with an h170

save about 50 bucks ,, and get a ssd or better psu

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Gotta get the white, man. And I figured that if/when I would upgrade my CPU I wouldn't have to upgrade the Mobo as well.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for posting! I got this DIYPC case as well. Had another one in mind but got this because it was $30 on Black Friday. It looks nice. I didn't really bother getting white components for the inside so hopefully it won't look terrible once put it together, I did get white peripherals though lol

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it sexy case and all to bad there is no dvd drives