This is the very first computer I've ever built. Always been a PC owner and gamer, but never felt the urge to go all the way in and put one together. And, honestly, this was one of the best experiences I've had!
I mentioned to a friend that I was considering building a system and they recommended pcpartpicker.com to use as a jumping off point. They were absolutely right. I can't express what an amazing resource this site is.
After looking over the Build Guides and fiddling with the mechanics of the site (how to swap and select parts, the compatibility of parts and filters etc.) I really started to dig into all the tutorials on youtube. I encountered the personalities; JayZTwoCents, Bitwit, hardwarecanucks etc. I poured over the comments section for every part I was considering. Not gonna lie, it got a little obsessive (ask my GF). In the end, I settled on a couple goals for this system, 1.) It had to be compact (not sure what it was, maybe the challenge, but I loved the idea of HTPC's.) and 2.) I didn't wanna go over-board on price, but still wanted a great PC.
I can't say enough good things about this little CPU. It's solid through and through. I really love that Intel added hyperthreading to it. It's just icing on the cake.
This is the original cooler I bought for my build. I tried my hardest to find a bigger one that would fit the case, and more specifically, the RAM, but this is pretty much my only option. Ironically, it's what totally sold me on Noctua. They are so good at what they do.
Not sure what to say here. motherboard's are what I'm least familiar with. The BIOS were stellar. Super easy to set up and flash. The only requirements I had in mind were; get one that fits my case and has WiFi capabilities. This met both of those. (My only complaint, and from what I understand, this is pretty common amongst Mini ITX form factor, is that it only has 1 CPU fan header and 1 case fan header. Nothing that a couple y-splitters didn't fix.)
RAM is RAM. I picked this up for a pretty good price at the time. In retrospect, I would have gotten something a little more low-profile to accommodate a larger CPU cooler.
Same as the RAM. It's just a little storage. Enough to handle my OS and games, but not a ton of space. I'm somewhat of a minimalist in terms of what I store on my PC> Most things are on a cloud of some form.
This is an awesome little card. Especially for entry level gaming rigs. The price, size and power are juuust riiight.
I'm in love. From the moment I stumbled onto this guy, I had to have it. I love the challenge of building in it. I'm not a fan of the big, gaudy builds that have tons of lights and tubes. Like I said, I'm a minimalist. Also, the price of the case combined with the PSU is hard to beat.
These weren't the original case fans I bought for this build. These (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Mb4gXL/noctua-case-fan-nff12industrialppc3000pwm) were the first ones I had in it. However, that's only because I didn't know that case fans came in 15mm thickness. The first fans were right up against the GPU and it almost seemed like they were hampering more than helping. These new ones leave a little space between the two. They're super quiet, with the low noise adapters and they keep this baby cool!
As said, the motherboard only had 1 CPU cooler and 1 case fan header. These took care of that issue.