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My first PC build ever! This was something that I've wanted to do for a long time now.

I plan to use this primarily for gaming, and to stream the games I play more often. Also, I plan to do digital artwork and work in 3D programs again. I've been meaning to get back into art for a while now.

The one thing that annoyed me the most about this build was the cable management. I've never done it before; so when I first wired everything it looked like a jumbled mess, even with a fully modular PSU. It didn't help that there is hardly any room between the side panel and the motherboard mount to route cables effectively. The mid tower case could be a little bigger as well.

The other issue was installing the OS. For whatever reason, I couldn't get the BIOS to do a boot from my flash drive that had the Windows 10 installer. So, I ended up putting the Windows 10 installer on a DVD and booted it up from my Samsung optical drive. It was a piece of cake after that.

With that said, I managed to get everything hooked up and running with relative fuss that comes with building a PC for the first time, but I'm quite happy how it turned out. I owned a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop for the last 7 years, and that thing was feeling the age by the time I built this new rig. This new rig is a far cry from that, and I love how everything is super fast now.

Note: Some of the parts I already bought a long time ago, or I received for free as a gift.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Really good build. Solid part used in this one with very good balance.

Nice job on going with an above 60hz monitor.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I was on a budget, so I tried to balance out the price for performance.

As for the monitor, I wanted a bigger one (maybe a 27"); but I had to make cuts somewhere. Finding one that was more than 60hz and had Freesync for under $200, and an Asus at that, for under $200 was a steal to me. =D

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Gee, I love that GPU. Fantastic build, great case. Buying a +60hz monitor will really pay off, with that 580 there. Great job :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I think the GPU looks great, and so far it's performing excellently. =D

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, MSI always take their GPUs above and beyond. Especially pleasing are the backplates they mount to them. Prevents GPU sag and looks sweet :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

For digital artwork or 3D program, i think 1600 is better choice.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a toss-up between the 1500x and the 1600. Mainly, this is for gaming, and art is secondary. So, I went with the cheaper option that had the slightly higher base clock speeds.

I guess in hindsight I could've splurged an extra $30 for the 1600, but I'm committed now.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, man! I recently did my first build and we used very similar stuff. I have the same CPU, MOBO, GPU, and HDD/SDD. Really nice components. I've tested my rig out on a 1440p monitor and now I'm using a 2560x1080p WideScreen, and it runs great on both. You should be covered if you ever upgrade to a new monitor.

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