I have an ageing ASUS N55 Laptop. It was driving me insane. I slammed the lid shut and decided I was going to grab a new Surface Book. I announced it to my wife.
"You have a work laptop. I have a work laptop. We have old phones and tablets and all sorts and you want another portable. Why don't we buy a proper computer and set up an office?"
A good point. But, one does not simply "buy" a computer. Oh no... one builds a computer.
So here we are, more than a decade after the last build I did for my Dad and about 15 years since my last gaming rig. I have learned a lot and been down waay too many rabbit holes. Lots is the same, lots is new.
I think PC Part Picker is amazing - I wish this had been around back in the day. I used to trawl forums and Toms Hardware reviews. Compatibility check is awesome. Shout to Reddit's /r/buildapc community too. So useful.
Main things I learned: RGB is cool, but ARGB is better - and if you want AGB you'd better TRIPLE CHECK that it's on the Mobo you want. 'Cause manufacturers suck when they are describing things and the standardisation is AWFUL. But hey. It looks nice and pretty now and I only had to buy two mobos to get it right...
Other than that I think I'm happy for now. The monitor was out of stock for a month and then had to be RMA'd cause they dropped it, but it's here now. I had lots of fun with eBay money off, Amazon holiday sale and lightning deals and using price trackers and alerts.
The build itself went ok, had some fun with having to swap out a mobo (had the ROG Strix B450 but it just didn't RGB the way I wanted to RGB). I really want sleeved cables but the case hasn't really got enough space to manage them as the EVGA powersupply cables are really chunky, and they are expensive for what is just a bit of bling. But ask me again in a couple of paychecks and you may find they've just turned up haha
Good times and I hope people like what I've done.
Heard nothing but praise for this little monster and I can see why. As soon as I could I got Ryzen Master downloaded and had it at 4Ghz and stable with my cooler at a happy 30-35 Celsius idle. I could probably push it a little more, but it's plenty for me at the moment.
I just love this. It's my one real indulgence in the build. It's totally unnecessary, really. But it looks gorgeous. Plus it comes with so much in the box to be compatible with AMD or Intel builds and whatever RGB headers you have on your motherboard. And it includes a fan hub and its own RGB controller should you need it.
I got it on sale even though it is a new product, so look out for regular discounts.
I went with 280, but it is a bit big for my case - I mean, it fits, but I had to remove a drive shroud to fit it in!
Got these on an eBay discount day. Good value - but they aren't the tightest timings. Still, plugged in and straight into XMP 3200 without a hitch so that's been great. I might push the timings a little in future to see what they can do - but there's really no need.
If you like the bold RGB statement they make then you're in for a treat - can't really miss them!
Went with this on recommendations after originally planning on 970 Evo. Half the price and I'm not sure I'd notice the speed. I'm pleased so many folks pointed to these.
An old laptop drive I have repurposed. It didn't help the laptop... will be interesting to see if it helps here. I think I'll use it as a gaming drive as the hybrid nature might help. 5400 though, so maybe I'll need to bench it.
I've used this as a backup drive in a USB3 dock for years. I guess now I'll see what it can do in a real computer!
An old spare NAS drive.
I got this as a bundle with the power supply. I was originally planning a 1060 or 580 build, so this is a lot more power than I was originally going to get!
Still not a 1080 though haha
Really enjoy using this case, very flexible and good looking. Somewhat annoying that the phanteks RGB needs another adapter and I wish the case fan control could be linked up to the motherboard, but these are minor complaints.
Lots of cables and options, very quiet. Lots of power so hopefully will last a long time. I wish the default cables were a bit better looking though.
Am still fighting to transfer my key from my old computer - remember to link accounts properly folks!
With the right colour profile this monitor looks great. Won't find many G-Sync 144Hz panels at this kind of price with the backing of a brand like Dell, so it is a real bargain.
Still waiting on this to arrive...
I loved my two mini MX mice I used for laptop work over the years. It's great to try out the larger one. Sure I could get a gaming mouse, and I might still, but for now the Amazon flash deal on this was hard to pass up.
Old school, simple and punchy. When you're in headphones most of the time then having a simple fallback is always handy.