First of all, a little bit about myself: I'm 15 years old and from Germany (so please excuse any errors I'm going to make). Since I got my first laptop in 2013, I started to become obsessed with computers and technology, before that, I didn't know anything, didn't know what an OS is and that GPUs are different in performance (if you wanna have a laugh, here's the first ever part list I made: https://de.pcpartpicker.com/list/wjCQnQ). So, since my i5 3337U and Intel HD4000 laptop wasn't serving my gaming desires and general speed expectations anymore (seriously, 5 minutes boot time?!?), I started delivering newspapers back in summer 2016. I used the money I got doing this as well as most of my savings to buy myself this machine. I don't want any of you thinking that this is my parents' money (they supported me with 40 euros) or I got it for free from relatives or so. I worked hard in order to achieve this dream of mine - and I'm damn happy on how it turned out. Alright, enough talking, let's get to business!
Here's to the additional part reviews:
Monitor 2 (Acer): Bought this quite some time ago, has some ghosting, but for watching a video or reading a manual on it as a secondary device is fully ok. It's also 24" on 1920x1080 with 60 Hz and no FreeSync.
Cable extension: When I have a tempered glass side panel, I wanna see something nice in the case. These cables do that excellently.
Keyboard: Something I bought on holidays in Sinagpore. It's from a Sinagporean company and feels very good in quality as well as typing. The switches are Kalih blue (which are obviously a rip-off of Cherry MX blues) and they have a nice feedback and clicky sound to them, I can't say they're worse than Cherry MX blues, but also not better. The backlighting is "semi-RGB" with every row having a different color. It looks great.
Case: I couldn't justify spending 100+ on a case so I looked around and found this. The full tempered glass side panel looks great and gives an amazing view on the inside. The PSU and drives are hidden under a shroud and the SSD is screwed to the back. Cable management was easy and there's quite a few cutouts. One thing that disappointed me is the front panel: 1 of the 2 USB 2.0 plugs shipped broken and one of the two 3.0 plugs doesn't recognize anything either. That's bad QC for me. The 3 pre-installed 140mm fans are quiet and provide sufficient airflow, but are so tightly screwed in, I wrecked two screws in the process of bringing them from the front to the top... I guess you get what you pay for and I'm still satisfied with what this case offers.
Phew, quite a wall of text here... So, what will I be using this machine for? Schoolwork (that's what I tell my parents), gaming (mostly, benchmarks/fps will follow, for now: GTA V Ultra, FHD: always over 60 FPS; CSGO, FHD, everything max: never under 150 FPS), programming (I wanna get into that) and normal surfing needs.
So, are the parts balanced? No, the CPU and RAM are an insane overkill, not even getting to 50% utilisation... I'll have to get into content creation to use these parts to their full potential...
Am I happy? Yes, I feel really good to have accomplished this by working hard and believing in myself.
Was it hard to do? Nope, even easier than expected.
TL,DR: I built a PC that's super-unbalanced but fast as hell and will hold up for years to come.
Edit 1: DiRT 3, everything on maximum setting, 1920x1080: constant 74/75 FPS (capped there) Just Cause 2: same as DiRT 3: never under 60 FPS
I originally planned to get an FX-8350 or i5 6600K, however, I heard the RYZEN rumours and held out till launch and then pulled the trigger on the 1700X. It may have been a "slight" overkill... It's a beast, it runs at 1-5% utilisation whilst typing this... (my i5 couldn't even do this lag-free) . Now this is amazing, offers more than I need and oc'd to 3.95 GHz easily.
I wanted to get a liquid cooler from the start, so I had my eyes on the Arctic Freezer 240 for a long time, however, it's enormous size wouldn't have fit in the case I basically settled on already (see below). After waiting OVER 1 MONTH for the AM4 bracket to ship, I finally got it on the 5th, till then I used an old FX-8350 stock cooler a friend had laying around (idle temps were the now-maximum...). It's quiet, looks good and cools that CPU very well.
Another such thing; I got the CPU right March 2nd, the mobo however... different story... it arrived on april 1st. Other than that it's great, looks amazing, works flawlessly (even the RAM runs at 2933 with F3b BIOS) and it of course has a ton of RGB lighting - what else...
Overkill. Definitely. But it looks great and works as desired. I basically wanted to get 32GB and then got the cheapest, bes't looking one (which was this, which, btw, is now 40 euros more expensive).
I definitely wanted to get a SSD for the sake of speed, I had my eyes on the 850 EVO for a long time, but the recent skyrocketing of NAND made me buy this over the EVO. Nonetheless a great and fast SSD and surely a huge step-up from my 5400 RPM HDD.
cheap, 1TB, relatively fast, reliable, quiet... what more do I want?
Originally planned on the 390(X) but this card is cheaper and better, so why not get it? Works out perfectly for me, can play every game I throw at it on High/Ultra on the 75 FPS my monitor appreciates. It's also fully silent when idling and still relatively quiet on 100% fans. And it's cooled very well by the three fans.
Why 750W? I don't know, maybe to add a CF card in the future... It's modularity is obviously great and SeaSonic is reliable. Also, it's quiet.
I honestly didn't expect this 7 bucks OEM key off Amazon to work, but it did, no telephone activation required... Never gonna pay more than 20 bucks for Windows in the future!
Wireless Network Adapter
I wanted something to connect to router upstairs, as the powerline LAN-connection is under 1 MB/s while WIFI is at around 20. It's bluetooth 4.2 connectivity is definitely a plus as well.
Great 24" 1920x1080 monitor with FreeSync and a 75 Hz refresh rate. It was on sale for 20 euros off sometime before christmas, so I bought it early and saved some money.
Got it on sale, is fast, doesn't vibrate and the 1TB was actually 10 euros cheaper than my WD blue...
It just works. And it's cheap.
I obviously need RGB in here, so I bought these. They are magnetic and therefore attach to the case with ease, the cables are long enough to be hidden and power is received vie SATA. They are very bright when on max brightness and have very nice colours, especially a surprisingly clear white.