My nephew, Goldpanda, is entering his senior year in high school with plans on attending the Academy of Arts in San Francisco when he graduates. To help give him the tools to succeed with his final year in school, his mom asked me to help put together a decent rig that my nephew can use to edit videos and what other task he may need to do as a New Media student. Also, one of the conditions with my nephew getting a new rig, was for him to help with the build so that he can better understand both the process of how to build a PC and what components go where and do what. With the experience, he will be able to upgrade and add parts as he needs.
We did our best "future proofing" his rig by giving the rig a good foundation with an i7-8700 and GTX 1080. With this being my nephew's first PC, and by keeping the things within budget, we went with a mobo that doesn't do overclocking. Having the mobo wifi ready is a plus since he is not hard wired at home. 16 GB of ram to get him started, he can add more in the future. Spent a lil extra with the storage drives, wanted to keep the OS and programs separated from each other, the OS went into the NVME M.2 while all his programs (Adobe's CC) will go into the SSD. A 1TB HDD for now, the Eclipse P300 has a second HDD drive bay available for future expansion.
Future short term goals would be the addition of an AIO or additional fans, depends on how much my nephew can save. Once he starts college, he should understand what and which areas will need upgrading. My guess would be adding more RAM.
Not a bad way to start the senior year!
Edit: The memory slots are a bit confusing. As you can see in one of the photos, the ram are placed adjacent to each other, not skipping and having a ram slot in between them. The mobo has the ram slots numbered as "1", "3", "2", and "4", instead of the consecutive "1", "2", "3", and "4". Also slots "2" and "4" are Channel "A" while "1" and "3" are Channel "B"... If you think that the ram should not be next to each other, let me know cause this is new to me and I'm open to advice.
Easy set up and quiet! Also comes with thermal paste!
For the price, with integrated wifi, its not bad. Unfortunately the wifi takes up a pci slot. User friendly bios. Has a good amount of temp sensors, an rgb header, and a "G Connector" that is used for combining the front panel connectors into a single "plug". The way the mobo has the ram slot numbered is different, the slots are numbered as "1", "3", "2", and "4", instead of the consecutive "1", "2", "3", and "4". Also slots "2" and "4" are Channel "A" while "1" and "3" are Channel "B". That's the only thing odd about the mobo. So if you're not planning on OC'ing, this mobo is actually nice.
Surprisingly spacious., has rubber grommets, USB 3.0 in the front, easy access filters, and does not break the bank.
Simple, straight forward, and works.