This is my first real build that actually had any power behind its looks. It is used for gaming, school work, and any other computing tasks. It's my daily machine. I have always wanted to build a serious gaming computer in the past, but the cost was never feasible. Now that I have half my college done, and doing IT for work, I had enough money to build myself something nice. I hope to keep the PC for a long time, maybe upgrading things along the way like RAM and GPU. I have to say that I definitely like the black and white color scheme. It is just a super clean combo and it matches ant RGB goodness you may have.
I did not have any real problems with building the computer. All my components worked out of the gate. I did get a lemon M.2 SSD however. I originally got a MyDigitalSSD BPX and it died after a week for whatever reason. Customer service was no help, so I just returned it for the Samsung I have now. That was literally the only small problem with the machine.
I did have trouble choosing a case. I had the Orange Corsair 230T for a few years already. It was housing a pre-built with an upgraded graphics card. When I got all the components for Synth, I just put them in the 230T for the time being, planning on upgrading the case later down the road. I do adore the 230T. I never had any issues with it, it was just lacking features like good cable management and AIO space. So I spent a lot of time on this site looking for a new case. I loved the white S340 Elite, but everyone has it. So I looked into other white cases, since my components were mostly white. Found the Corsair 400C, which I liked a lot. I bought it and used it for a week then returned it. I was unhappy with the lack of cable management (230T actually was better), quality of most of the threads, and the terrible PSU shroud. So guess what I settled on? The S340 Elite in white. Good lord this thing is gorgeous. The cable management is cake, and its PSU shroud is one piece and steel. I love it, even though everyone else has it. I see why everyone has it now. Anyway, I could write about it all day. If you have questions just ask me!
CPU: Overkill for my needs. But it will last a long time and runs pretty cool. It was a gift. No OC yet, but I am still learning how to do it.
Cooler: It's white, and the pump is cool looking. Gets good reviews too. I do wish the tubes weren't so stiff, but it seems like all AIO's are.
MOBO: A gift with the processor. Not my first choice but it does well and I have no big complaints. It matches my theme too, well it started the theme really. I think the fan headers right above the top PCI-e slot are dumb...
RAM: It's white... and 3200Mhz. No problems, I like corsair products usually.
M.2: No issues at all... on the MOBO's compatibility list so there shouldn't be any issues. Fast as hell, did not know these speeds existed until I started my parts research for this machine.
HDD: Stole from that old pre-built. It has all my media files on it, and all my games. It's stupid loud, but reliable. Would love to go all SSD in the future.
GPU: It's white! I have loved all the Asus products I have ever bought, and this is no exception. I game at 1080p 60FPS all day with this on pretty much any game. Took the OC well, and runs pretty cool. Fans get jet-like at full tilt, but silent idle. Backplate is from coldzero.eu and it really makes the card look good.
Case: I love it... it's super pretty. The standoffs, as well as most of the threads, suck but it's whatever... It's too pretty to hate.
PSU: I like corsair products, its modular too. I got the "i" version because it was cheaper than the x at the time. I have no intentions on monitoring it with the link software. Why would I need to?
OS: Got it for free through my college!
WiFi adapter: It's black, so goes with the white okay. Can barely see it under the GPU anyway. No complaints on the speed.
Fans: I got these at Best Buy when I worked there last year. They are cool looking, but kinda loud if you ask me. I may replace them with some grey Noctua's.
Monitor: I do love this thing. 1080p at 60Hz is better than my Xbox so it'll do for now. Would love to upgrade to ultra-wide in the future.
Keyboard: So far it's okay. I returned the Ornata for the Blackwidow because I did not like how stiff and loud the keys were. I may return the blackwidow as well as it seems that I cannot get used to the layout. I am always one key off. My knock-off blue mech is still the best!
Mouse: The best mouse there is for me. Fits my hand perfect, and has a lot of customization options. No complaints.
Headphones: The Sennehisers are super old, but they are the most comfortable pair I have ever had. I use them most of the time. The Arctis are used sometimes when I need a mic, but mostly get used on the Xbox still. They are massive, too big for my head. They sounds good but lack mic feedback so I am always yelling and pissing off the cat. I got them for $40 when I worked at Best Buy.
Hope y'all enjoy! Ask questions and give suggestions if you would like. Thanks for looking!