(Late-May 2019) Finally done with my updates and loving my computer but not the process of building it this time around. Almost everything was difficult, from the rearranging on a smaller chassis to the positioning of the GPU Cooler, the position on my bulky be quiet! air cooler and reinstalling the software to my liking. It did not have to be this difficult but I guess, not every built is the same. Included are the pictures of the first built vs the updated look.
(May 2019) Has been a sucky month for my computer as you will read next. NZXT Kraken X62 died last month and almost fried my CPU. I was forced to get a new motherboard and pretty much have now a new computer.
- Seasonic Prime Platinum 750W
- Fractal Design Meshify C
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
- Corsair x3 LL120-RGB
- ASUS Maximus XI Hero Z390 (Wi-Fi) - (the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X CODE Z370 died on a "freak accident")
Decided to add components and move the parts to a smaller chassis, so I chose the Fractal Design Meshify C. Love this chassis, so much smaller than the previous! However, I do have bad news. Doing my updates tonight, I managed to screw up my motherboard because of a freak accident. I was trying to clean spilled thermal paste off the motherboard. To be honest, it was ironical a very insignificant amount that I should have left alone now looking back. The microfiber rag I was using to clean the side of the CPU slot very carefully, got caught on the tiny pins and several of them were bent before I noticed. I do not think I can fix it but I should at least try doing it. There are no broken pins but are only bent. I feel so stupid! I have been checking to find the same motherboard and the price has increased... by a lot! How is that even possible?
(Fall 2018) I was finally able to put together this first PC build. I have been a Mac user for over 15 years and I am still satisfied with their environment. However, I recently went back to school to study what I always loved, CS (Computer Sciences). So I started classes this year and noticed quickly that there was more availability for free Windows programs than for mac. I started using Windows 10 on the mac using Parallels Desktop Virtualization Software. Both programs were available to me for free from the school.
Being that I was taking a class on Computer Maintenance, I decided that it could be a good idea to practice what I was learning by building a PC to my specifications. Deep inside, I always wanted to start gaming but I knew that the mac environment was not optimal for that. So without knowing much about it I purchased my first part, the Intel Core i7-8700K and went from there because I wanted to be able to overclock the system if I was to start gaming. I don't need a very powerful computer for my degree (Computer Programming), but I wanted a PC I could use for some gaming and could last me a few years. I realized how much Windows had advanced from their nightmarish sorry days after using Parallels and Windows-10 together. I was blown away by that experience. I still love my mac environment (say what you want to say) but I am not going to fall on the Mac vs. Windows fight as both systems are good for their intended purposes (well... now).
Main System Components:
- Intel i7-8700K 3.7 GHz (6-core)
- EVGA GeForce GTX 1070-Ti SC Hybrid Gaming
- Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB DDR4-3000
- Samsung 970 Evo 250GB
- Samsung 970 EVO Pro 512GB
- Samsung 860 Evo 500GB
- SanDisk SSD Plus 250GB
- Windows 10 Pro
Overall, the system was very easy to get put together. Had issues with the Audio but I think I solved that by updating audio drivers and main OS. I am still doing research on how to dual-boot and getting acquaintance with different Linux distros (starting with Fedora). I am running out of space (well... cause I am paranoid about "space") and I am looking into getting a new 1TB NAND and use my current 250GB to run a Linux distro.
Have yet to test both GPU & CPU for their frequency. Any recommendations for software are appreciated!