Description

This build is my daily driver PC I use it for anything from basic schoolwork tasks, like Word, Power point, web based research etc, to heavy gaming video editing, photo editing, game recording, and of course youtube.

This was originally built back in 2015 with a 970 so yes I have been slacking lol!

The story of this PC all starts in 2013, if you look at my account you'll find a build that was the upgraded version of by original build back in 2013. That pc had an FX 6300, Radeon HD 7850 and 8 Gigs of ram ($85 at the time!). That build inspired my love for computers and hardware. It set me on a path to explore technology in a way I never would have without it. Over time though I found myself needing more and more computing power (also I'm just an enthusiast and I wanted a newer system). I spent about 3-4 months planning a new PC. I decided that I'd better off upgrading my video card later and save some money so I stuck with 970 for a little longer. I decided on the components through price/performance (not the 1080 though that came later lol) and appearance. I also wanted an mATX form factor as my desk space was becoming quite cluttered. This all is what I ended up with.

Quick story on the video card: about a week after the 1080 was launched I was searching ebay and I found a 1080 listed at 1070 price and I jumped on it! That poor seller.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic CPU. if you need some multi threading power over an i5 it's a no brainer at the micro center price.

CPU Cooler

Great liquid cooler for the size, just make sure you have enough static air pressure on your fan to get air through it (my aftermarket one barely does).

Motherboard

This board does everything I need it to do. Other boards at a micro atx form factor either didnt have the features I wanted or had some QC issues. Only thing with it is that the price is a little high IMO, if you decide to get it make sure if there is a micro center near you you bundle it with your cpu to save some money.

Memory

Nice ram, works as intended and looks good.

Storage

Works just find, budget SSD though so if you need a scratch disk for premier or something this is not your SSD.

Storage

People always give Seagate crap but I've never had a problem. Be aware that it does make some vibration noise even with rubber mounts.

Video Card

It's a 1080 so the performance is pretty great. Founders gets too hot and too loud for my taste so I wish I'd gotten a different card. Also it's darn expensive.

Case

Love this micro ATX cube case. Lots of drive mounts, great looking exterior and dust filters make it fit my bill. Only complaint is that it could use some more SSD support.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

No smart *** comments here. Great job. I especially like your outdoors pictures 4 and 5.

Thanks for posting!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I appreciate it!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good! Maybe pick up some custom cables.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there, I'm building in the same case and I have a hybrid graphics card, and I'm trying to install the radiator on the rear exhaust in the main chamber. I see you have your radiator in the same location, did you also have difficulties installing yours there?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the mounting holes did not line up in the upper left corner looking from the back. I personally also have large hands to getting it into the right spot and holding it there in the small case was also slightly difficult. Make sure to route all cables before you mount it as well because it can interfere. It should be absolutely fine though! Best of luck on your bulid!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I know lol I need some cable extensions

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point
* Sees black and green cables *

Uh...... When was the last time you checked the expiration date on that ketchup?...

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

caviar

Because WD Caviar Black?

Did you do that on purpose? ;-)