Description

First build, works nice

Part Reviews

Motherboard

This is a great motherboard. Besides looking totally badass and matching my color scheme, the Asus Maximus VIII Gene comes with all of the features I could ever need (or want, to be honest) and has enough space for everything I plugged into it. Plus, unlike some of the cheaper motherboards I researched, its sturdy feel and heavy weight gives the impression of quality and durability, and I believe it will last many years to come.

My only complaint is that it comes with a really flimsy I/O shield. Considering the high quality of the motherboard itself, I was very surprised, but in the end, the motherboard gave me everything Asus promised me, and I was satisfied.

Case

Originally, I was going for a typical full-tower case (Nanoxia's Deep Silence 1 ATX Mid Tower Case was my favorite) but it just isn't practical if you're a college student.

In the end, I settled on Thermaltake's Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case because of three simple reasons: it's small and it looks cool, but it's also understated. Aside from having really great reviews on every site I've visited, the case has a nice big window to view your computer's beautiful innards, plus it's sturdy enough to last me as long as I need it to. Also, it's not striped, ridged, or any of the other crazy things that other cases pull. The honeycomb front allows for great air flow while adding some flair, but otherwise, the case is simple. Nice.

For anyone looking to buy this case, I'd note a few things. First, you don't immediately see it, but there is a great big intake fan hidden in the front of the case that Thermaltake included. (Surprise!) Second, there is no space to include a 5.25" inch drive, so if you want your computer to be able to read DVDs, you need to buy a USB CD/DVD reader. Third, the case will scare the **** out of you multiple times if you're a first-time builder like me and don't really know what you're doing.

Case in point: Thermaltake, ingeniously, has included built-in motherboard standoffs in the case to make it easier and quicker to install the motherboard. However, this information is NOT mentioned in the manual, and it took a lot of nervous Internet searching to determine that I wasn't actually missing any standoffs, nor was I going to spontaneously fry my motherboard once I plugged it into the power supply.

God damn.

Anyways, the case is perfect in every way, except for one thing. The drive bays. They are really flimsy. I'm glad I don't have to pull them out unless I need to install or replace a drive, otherwise I'd be terrified of breaking them.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 Welkome to the kool kids klub for komplete komputer kreation!

Pretty awesome build. :) Wish I had a gaming build like that when I went into college, I would've been so much less productive! XD

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

kekekekek so glad to have my own computer!

got to regulate my study time though

I know I only have a few pictures up right now, but I'll have some more up tomorrow if you want to look. :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

top tip: don't advertise that you have a $1400 computer in your dorm room, it may disappear faster than a Kardashians virginity

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the best thing I've heard all day

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

LOOOOOOOOOOL

if anyone tries I will dropkick them so far even Google won't be able to find them

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! A few more pic's would be nice. Also, great description!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm going to take some more photos today and upload them tomorrow - I was so busy downloading the software on my PC that I forgot to take more when I had the chance.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I did the same thing on both of my builds! it's just so exciting! Great build! +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

XD Sounds Good

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Good job on going with the smaller form factor as well. I built my computer last year and with the dorm desks a mid tower does not work very well haha (I am definitely wishing I would have gone ITX but I am very happy with the build anyway). Some more pictures would be awesome buy good job overall! +1 Also pro tip: Don't spend too much time gaming when finals are getting closer...even if you have time to spare, I'd put that towards studying haha.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure, I'll keep my head in the books when it comes down to midterms and finals; I'm not messing around when it comes to grades. But I am glad to spend free weekend evenings playing online with friends and the like. :)

I've got a couple of questions - for you, as a college student, did you ever feel worried that others would steal your computer? How did you make sure that your computer was safe?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, I built my computer last year and I am living in the campus apartments now. I have 3 other roommates (we each get a room) and even when they leave the apartment door open, I make sure the door to my room is closed and locked (we tend to leave the apt open since we live across the hall from 4 other friends so we just share everything between the 2 apartments).

I unfortunately learned the hard way my first year of college when I lived in the traditional dorm styled buildings. You know the typical 2 people to a room in a hall/floor of 40 other people and everyone shares one community bathroom. I left my door open because I was going to come back real quick. Well...I came back like 10 minutes later and my laptop was gone, at first I thought it was a prank buuuut the reality quickly settled in after asking everyone in the hall if they'd taken it. Needless to say I became paranoid about someone stealing my stuff again so since that day no matter what i was doing I would make sure to lock the room whenever I left it. Even if it was just to go out and get a drink from the water fountain or talk to someone on the floor below.

In general just kind of play it smart. Lock your door when you're not there even if you think it'll be a quick trip. I feel stealing a desktop computer would be more of a hassle since they're bigger and a lot more noticeable than if someone were stealing a laptop.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That's definitely true. Thieves tend to be opportunistic, so my door will always be locked, and my PC won't be visible from the door. I'm also planning on running a steel MasterLock cable through my monitor and case (I'll figure out the layout once I get to my dorm) and looping it through my bedframe or something sturdy to ground my PC and prevent anyone without a cable cutter from taking it. Not to mention, when I'm absent from my dorm, my keyboard's going to be locked in this trunk because my keyboard cost me a pretty penny and I love it to death.

You can probably tell I'm paranoid... but after investing so much time and energy into my build, I'm not going to let it go anywhere.

Oh man, sorry about your laptop, too! I hope you had a way to recover any important work that was on your hard drive. I think I'd have a mild panic attack if I lost my laptop with all of my files and they weren't backed up somewhere.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Totally understandable, good thing is it can be rather hard to sell the computer if it's custom built. Typically if it's your usual suspect stealing they'd take it to a pawn shop and most pawn shops don't like taking custom PCs since they're hard to sell to any regular buyer.

I also suggest writing down MAC addresses and Serial Numbers somewhere as well. Since if what was stolen was taken to a pawn shop, the pawn shop has to report all the MAC addresses and S/N to the police department and the police check them to make sure the items were not stolen.

Gladly it was at the beginning of the semester so I had no major work done and all the old stuff was useless to me at that point (except for my beautiful game saves...I was/still am a Mac Heathen and played what little steam games I could on my Mac at that time. Although now there is nothing but code, presentations, projects and other academic related stuff on it.)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Truly A1 build. Glad you're finally able to join us in college when we game (and study) our way into the sunset! ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been A1 since Day 1, Jo. :D Let's get our Magicka 2 game on!

and study for all of our classes at the same time!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. To be honest, I USUALLY don't like the cube builds but I will say this, that thermaltake case looks fantastic in the pics and you have a great selection of parts in there. I'm definitely an ASUS Fanboy. Idc tho. Great company.

Definitely a very well planned out rig. The management on this thing is great. And I always love seeing a Strix card put to good use. +1 from me definitely. Feel free to check out my rig. It's constantly changing so any feed back is appreciated.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, ASUS for the win! :D Thanks for the comment. I originally planned for a full-tower PC, then realized that taking it to college would be a huge hassle, and changed it. I love the cube too. If I add a glowing fan in the front (you see that huge fan hidden behind the honeycomb front?) it will create an effect somewhat like this: Thermaltake Core V21 Case

Bomb af. I plan to do it soon.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely. I think Thermaltake actually has a larger diameter RGB fan. Just to make sure the theme never gets stale. Lol.

The pic you posted looks good. I like the ominous blue glow thru the honeycomb.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, me too. :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

You put much thought into this build! Nicely Done! Looks slick.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm glad you think so.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Awesome build! Going to college soon too! Definitely worth the money, good job and happy gaming! :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooh, another college computer enthusiast! :D Thanks for your comment. Good luck with your studies and gaming!

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