I've had Macs my whole life, and still have 5+ around the house, but I got the PC-building itch from co-workers! I wanted a general-purpose PC that I'd primarily game on. I built this in March-April of 2017. The whole build was about $1300, though with today's (March 2018) RAM/GPU prices, the price of this year-old build has gone up almost $300!

I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to build a PC, and tried it on my own! I'm a very technically-adept person, but my first build took longer than I expected. It didn't help that I couldn't successfully POST the system (which I tried before full assembly, thanks to the YouTube videos). Turns out I had a bad stick of RAM. I could boot the system just fine off one of the 8Gb sticks, but the other was DOA. A few months after it was built I also had an issue where the motherboard was sending a ridiculous amount of power to the CPU, and I couldn't successfully boot. RMA for a new motherboard, and it's been smooth sailing ever since.

I have a few pics from when I assembled it. Note that the monitor in the pics isn't what I'm using; I picked up a Acer Predator XB271HU (1440p, 144hz) gaming monitor, and love it! I also added a 6TB internal HDD, and a customized WASD keyboard.

**Added a pic of my setup as-is, with monitor, keyboard, etc. Speakers are Audio Engine A2+'s (Which I LOVE), and the DAC (which isn't really used with my desktop) is an AudioEngine D1.

Also added a dumb pic I found on my phone, where I was putting the motherboard back in, and when I turned the room lights out, the flashlight I'd left behind the case created an ominous scene!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Not super to install (though I guess what CPU tower coolers are), and it's a wee bit on the loud side. Still, it does a great job of keeping my CPU chilled.

Video Card

I love this card! Easy to overclock, stays cool, and I can push most AAA games on 1440p/High or Very high (at 60+ fps).


Tons of space, cable management's a snap. Looks striking.

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  • 23 months ago
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I'm getting the same monitor in about a week hopefully. Love the build and the White/Black color scheme thats going on.

  • 23 months ago
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Thanks! I love this monitor, I hope you get one soon!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build !!

  • 22 months ago
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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I just added temps. Seems to run really cool, but I think that's because:

• I haven't really overclocked the CPU or GPU past a few percent. • The main area has two (admittedly choked) intake fans, two exhaust fans pointing up, and the CPU cooler and one case that are fan pointing out the back. • The PSU's segregated and has its own power supply fan/outlet.

I was worried about airflow, but that front fan cover has openings on the top and bottom, and you can feel air being sucked in if you put your hand right next to the openings.