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For my first PC build I knew I wanted something small and easily transportable, so I did a fair amount of research on Mini-ITX builds. After researching, browsing completed builds, and consulting friends who have previously built, I finalized my list of parts after about 3 weeks. I set out to put together something that would be "VR-ready" and solid for present-day gaming, while also functioning quickly during photo and video processing sessions.
Runs very well...Only complaint is that it begins to heat up quickly, and when editing photos I am hitting upwards of 80% CPU usage.
Near silent and very easy to install.
This motherboard was easy to work with and fit well inside the case. The Wi-Fi is strong and the Bluetooth is a nice feature. Also has a decent amount of USB ports (and between the MB, the case, and the monitor it will be more than enough). BIOS was a breeze to navigate and set up.
Haven't had any issues with this RAM. These have pulsing blue LED lights that fit with the frost theme. Some people may be bothered by these, as there is no way to disable the lights, but I don't find myself distracted by them.
Found this on sale for only ~ $70. This was a steal, and I am glad that I could fit the SSD so easily into the budget. It boots up Windows 10 in about 7 seconds and has enough left over space to put essential programs on it.
The speed of this device was key, as I am always transferring large RAW-type photos. It seems to work quickly, and will be a sufficient amount of space for photos, games, and schoolwork. This does occasionally heat up, and because it is close to the side of the case you can feel some of the heat when holding your hand close to the device.
This card was perfectly sized for this case, and with a little bit of angling, only took a few seconds to install. This GPU can run The Witcher 3 on Ultra and get well over 100fps, run Doom on Ultra with an average of 130fps, and has easily handled any other game I've thrown at it. And as a bonus, the white color fits perfectly with the theme! One issue that I've only recently noticed is a fairly subtle coil whine.
The case is one of the parts that I switched multiple times when planning this build. I knew I wanted a Mini-ITX case so that traveling between school and my home wouldn't be too much of a hassle. After reading reviews and watching many YouTube videos comparing the newest cases, I noticed that the Thermaltake Core V1 was consistently getting positive mentions. It was reported to be easy to build in with all of the removable panels, and as a first-time builder, I couldn't agree more.
This PSU was easy to install, has a economy mode fan switch, and is fully-modular. This build called for around 300W, so this will ensure that even after some eventual upgrades the PSU should be able to withstand.
I bought this monitor when it went on sale during Cyber Monday, and I couldn't be more pleased. After a little bit of tweaking (the gamma needed some tuning), the colors look great. This monitor runs beautifully at 165hz in 1440p and even has G-Sync.
This is my first mechanical keyboard, and after testing some of my friends' switches, I'm glad that I went with the CherryMX Blues. I definitely feel a quicker response time for programming and gaming when compared to my laptop keyboard.