Excited to build my own PC for the first time (and typing this up on it!)
I built this since my laptop (no slouch in its own right) is approaching 4 years old, and though I added some storage and RAM, I'd still like a more powerful machine for learning photo/video editing and some occasional gaming.
I figured for a first build I'd keep it small (MicroATX), and the Core V21 went on sale with a decent rebate and has plenty of room if I want to try an AIO or anything. Relatively easy case to build in, lots of customizability (the 4 non-front/back panels are interchangeable in any combination). Also the included 200mm fan is near-silent at normal speeds and barely noticeable when gaming.
I wasn't necessarily looking to try OC'ing in my first build, so when the 7600 (non-K) and a B250M mobo went on sale (the mobo with a rebate), I went for it. The B250M Gaming Pro isn't the most featureful, but it's got plenty in a really small package.
The RAM is limited by Mobo to 2400, but 16 GB went on sale for that price for a couple of days so I jumped on it.
I wanted a 960 EVO for the speed. I'm not going to be playing too many games or storing too many files or anything, and I can always add a second drive if necessary.
The graphics card went on sale, and at that price a low-end 1080 would have been fine but the ROG Strix card is a bargain.
The SeaSonic PSU is nice, and a sale + rebate brought the price down to "gotta get it now" range.
I added a red case fan since the Mobo has some ambient red lighting and the Strix card has some RGB capabilities.
The wifi card is for cases (such as currently) where I can't attach ethernet -- better to have it than not.
The monitor is really nice so far, and at a relatively good price for a decent 144Hz screen.
Also my cable management needs work, I know.
Overall, for a little under $1200 (discounting the monitor, win10), I feel like I did pretty well :)
Got it on sale, wasn't planning to OC so it works out fine. Does everything I ask it to.
Quiet, cool, and looks nice to boot. A little weird to install but not too much of a hassle.
Stay frosty, my friends. Also 4g is enough for multiple builds.
Not very feature-packed, but I got it for $60 and it has everything I need. (Not planning to OC or SLI/Crossfire) Notes: 3 fan headers (1 CPU + 2 SYS) 2 RAM Slots 1 PCI-E x16, 2 x1 Has both on-board USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers Has ambient red lighting
Got this at a "steal" level price for late 2017, even though I only needed 2400.
Transfer data in the fast lane(s)
Good card, fairly quiet, got it for $510 so I'm happy
This is a great case but for one thing: THE PSU BRACKET. I was debating whether to dock a star but it annoyed the crap out of me so I did.
The Mobo/CPU/PCI-E cables come sleeved, which is cool. Modularity is nice, as is the warranty.
Wireless Network Adapter
Connects to interwebz signals. Haven't tested bluetooth (which requires connection to a USB-2.0 header on Mobo if I'm not mistaken)
Quiet and bright red. It's a nice fan. The Magnetic-Levitation bearing or whatever does its job.
Looks good, got it for $200. Very adjustable and has different input options (DVI or DP required for 144Hz)