This is my first personal build. Previously I've only had computers from brands like DELL, HP and Apple. Need a new computer to replace my old DELL desktop.
The idea of this computer is that I want something not HUGE--tower-ish huge. It should be able to be staged on the desk, in the same time I don't want to sacrifice too much of the performance. I choose to go with ITX format. Once I decide that I started to look around on the web and this case caught my eye: In win D frame mini. There are several very beautiful complete build in PCparkpicker and elsewhere. Although the price of this case is not friendly at all, I still choose this case and build everything around it.
The main purpose of this computer is a little bit of everything, web, game, movie... Still I build this machine for future proof, which is a little bit overkill in every part. I choose the I5 6600K over I7 since I don't see I need a lot of CPU power and this CPU provide good performance and OC ability. EKWB D240 kit which is specifically designed for this case. And an all-in-one kit is very fit for a first-time computer builder like me. Don't need to worry too much about which pump, radiator AND reservoir AND compression fitting AND tube AND a million more things to choose and worried if all of them can fit into the case.
I saw one DELL U3415W in my local Microsoft store and this monitor BLOW my mind! Pick it up at Newegg while it's on sale. Couldn't be more happy about it. But one thing needs to know if you also want this monitor: although 21:9 has been around for some time, some game, from VALVE specifically still doesn't support this ratio very well. If you have some game in mind, need to check ahead to see your game support this ratio or not.
Struggled about which Graphics card to choose for a while. Got the EK kit so got to do a full loop. But really don't want to buy a water block and back plate and install them myself. The EVGA 900s Hydro Copers seems to be a good choice. Spend a long time to choose between 980 and 980TI and finally decided 980 TI. Since I will not be able to do SLI.
It took about a month for me to find deals on some parts. Took about 6 hours to assemble everything. Could not be more happy about the finished result. The only problem for me is that there is no cable management AT ALL for this case. This could be because the lack of experience or simply because of the case design itself, I do not get a finish as good as some builds I've seen. Still I'm quite happy about it. It runs super cool and quiet. CPU OCed easily at 4.3 GHz and runs very stable. Plan to OC the GPU a little bit in the near future.
The whole process PCPartPicker has been a really big help for me. I've learned a lot from other's build. So I decide to share this build with you guys. Hopes everyone enjoy it!