3rd laptop died + rarely took my laptop out of the house = let's build a PC
Took a look at some pre-built PCs; didn't like their appearance, price, or hardware so I decided to just build one instead. This is technically my first PC built earlier this year, but in a sexy new body. My first case was in another HTPC, but I wanted something smaller and easier to clean. Not overclocked or anything fancy so I went with simple air-cooling. Decided to use that extra space in the bottom compartment that's used for radiators as a display area for some cheap garage sale Nendoroid finds. Used some 1/16 and 1/8 acrylic to make a PSU cover and wrapped them in some cheap carbon fiber film.
Building in this case was a lot easier than in my first case, mainly because I knew what I was doing and routing the cables in this case is a lot simpler than in a Lian Li case. Feel like I did a decent job at cable management. Really recommend getting some sleeved cables or you'll have a really bad time with the stiff and short Corsair cables. I got rid of the SSD mounts and used double sided lock tape to secure the 2.5 SSDs. Don't have any addressable RGB headers so I had to improvise with the Phanteks Halos to get the pink/blue color scheme (case controls led strips while mobo controls the Halos). I might swap the RAM to RGB capable ones in the distant future.
Only real problems I had building was bad RAM. Originally bought some 16GB G.Skill TridentZ, but would get a black screen. Returned them for the HyperX Fury and everything booted fine. This turned out for the best as the TridentZ RAM were pretty thick and would scrape against the CPU cooler and each other. Spray painting the 4 removable plastic side things of the front and back panels was a headache. I got 4 good coats and on the final spray, the paint on one of the things decides to crackle a bit. Would use vinyl if I had a do-over.
*6th photo shows hooking up the riser in the old Lian Li case to the Shift while waiting for the Shift riser from AliExpress to arrive.
Was on sale.
Minus one star for that one annoying orange led light on the bottom right of the board that's constantly on. Ruins the RGB visuals in my case.
Used for OS and non gaming programs/apps. PC boots up faster than the monitor turns on. No cables needed is a plus. Temp runs at 39C in my air-cooled case.
Great for storing games.
It was free so using it for iTunes music and photo storage until my gaming SSD runs out of room. Amazing performance.
Bought it because FE GTXs look very nice in glass panel cases ... and I only want to build HTPCs so I needed a reference card.
Looks great and easy to build in (2nd ever case I built in). Ditched the Phanteks riser cable because if the negative reviews and bought a Gen 3.0 riser for the Shift on AliExpress that took 22 days to arrive. Looks better and works like a charm.
Only wish the back panel on the case had a design or something to hide peripheral wires.
Good PSU but the cables are annoying to work with. Luckily managed to get some free sleeved cables so my life was easier.
Noctuas in black with removable cable. Whats not to love except mine were made in China and not Taiwan?
Good monitor but not a fan of the base stand especially if you have a smaller desk since it makes the monitor 7 inches closer to me (with the stand against the wall) and my desk is 25 inches in depth. Minus one star.
Had the amazing G303 but sold it after it doubled in value. Got the G502 since I needed a mouse with more buttons for gaming and it didn't look too gamerish.
Only con is I'm not a fan of the rubber grips on the sides. Wish the entire mouse was plastic.