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I wanted a computer that could do all relevant tasks. I think I could have priced things a bit better. Of course prices have dropped since I built this and I'm a little salty over the fact. I had too much adrenaline while shopping being my first build, but I think I did OK.

I have a few concerns: I should have spent a little less and down sized a bit on the SSD, first because they are only rated for around 5 years, second because I really don't need that much space since I purchased a 2TB HD as well. Second concern is I should have went with the i7 CPU instead of chasing the best GPU. In my mind at the time (without the research) graphics cards were the main source of gaming, which in a way it is, but I really didn't need top of the line graphics for anything that is out. Third concern is the tower. I went cheap on the tower and now I regret it. I chose this one because of the pretty colors, which I still haven't set up the RGB because I need a RGB controller since my MB doesn't have the necessary hookups. Forth concern is my Keyboard. Once again I was chasing the RGB but didn't realize that this keyboard didn't have the numeric keys on the right side. It's not to big of a deal because, at least it will help me type the number keys with forced practice.

Other than all that complaining, I am completely satisfied with my current build and it suits me for whatever I need it to do. I will upgrade as time goes by and as needed with component failure.

Any comments and criticism with suffice on this build. I always welcome a smarter person than I to tell me how I could have done better with brand, pricing, ect.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

You should re-install your ram, they are in the incorrect slots. Look at the manual that came with your MOBO to see what slots to populate first.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I figured out why my RAM wouldn't work in dual channel. I took my CPU and Cooler out and reinstalled it and now everything works. Either My CPU was mis-set or my Cooler was installed too tight. Everything works great now.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to know you got that figured out. Dual-channel is a MAJOR benefit to performance.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I know! But, the problem is, the computer wouldn't boot up being in alternating slots. I read some things talking about changing the voltage and things to make them work but until I figure it out, this is the only way the computer works. I haven't had a problem with them this way. But, what happens if I buy 2 more sticks? Any Ideas?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe could have gone with Coffee Lake. The i3-8350K is basically the same processor but cheaper and with a better upgrade path. For not too much more, you could have had the six-core 8600K, which would kick the crap out of the 7600K in multi-threaded workloads. With that said, you probably saved a good bit on the Z270 mobo as opposed to Z370, and four cores still is enough for most games, especially if you OC the crap out of them. Alternatively, could have gone with a $160 Ryxen 5 2600 and an $80 B350/B450 mobo and gotten 6 cores and 12 threads.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

This MoBo only supports 6th/7th gen so the I3-8350k is out. Sadly I didn't do enough research when I built this computer. I'm satisfied with the build but I would have gotten an I7-7700k. Just that alone would have made a world of difference. I was unaware that the I5's didn't have hyperthreading. I've learned a lot with this build and plan on building a second one. This time I'm going to do things right.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely a learning experience for everybody. I did a lot of things I would have done different but I've been tweaking since I built mine. The good thing is that you can probably still get a decent price for the mobo and CPU because i5's are held in high regard and it's an OC-capable motherboard. Realistically, the i5 should be okay for gaming when paired with the 1060 6GB, as you will likely be GPU-bound most of the time anyway. Obviously the 7600K will limit you with CPU-intensive tasks like video encoding and such, but if you're mostly gaming it's probably not worth it to take a loss on selling it yet. Anyway, congratulations on the build. Hope it is serving you well!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you plan on upgrading your hardware?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

When I need to. Why do you ask?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

clean dat dusty boi

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

These are old pictures. I have done a cleaning or two.