Description

I've always been a PC gamer, but I haven't seriously played in a decade, back when I was compulsively addicted to Counter Strike 1.6. I wasn't planning on building a PC, but I had just received a nice bonus from work and decided to buy something nice for myself. I first purchased DJI Phantom 3 Aerial drone and it was freaking awesome, but living in NYC, I couldn't really fly it anywhere since 50 miles in any direction is a restricted Class B airspace....so disappointed. I regrettfully returned it. I've been browsing this sub and although I've been a console gamer (PS4) I always checked in on what was new in PC gaming. The Oculus Rift really piqued my interest as I've always wanted to play in VR. So anyway, after reading about peoples builds and seeing all these great games in action...I decided it was time I re-entered the Masterrace. I almost didn't build because a friend of mine works for Microsoft and was able to get me a good deal on an Alienware PC, but having owned one in the past, I opted against it. I wanted to make my own PC.

All the parts came in this past week, my wife and son went to her mothers for the weekend and so I planned to begin the build and hopefully not regret it. This was my first build and so I had to watch a lot of youtube tutorials to give myself enough confidence to know I can do it. I don't know much about hardware or software engineering/programming so to say this was an arduous task is an understatement.

I started at around 10am after a quick stop to Microcenter to replace the AF120 fans for 2 SP120 red led fans for the water cooler. I completed the build at around 8pm before attempting to post. Booted the PC, everything lit up, but no display...****. I looked at the error code on the mobo and read "99". Looked up the manual and it was some erroneous code. Next, googled it. I started reading forums and some people were saying it meant the mobo was DOA. Disheartened, I didn't give up. The light are on..everything is running I just can't get a display on the monitor....swapped ports, HDMI cables, nothing.

Next, after another tip, I removed the graphics card and recycled...BAM! Display is up... I wonder what's happening with the GPU? I checked all the cables, PSU hookups...everythings fine. It lights up and fans spin, but no display.

Kept reading online. It says to take out one of the ram sticks and/or change slots. After about a dozen or so reboots the system finally displayed and I was able to get into BIOS.

What a relief...I think a few hairs turned grey.

After a few more hiccups I installed Windows 10 and updated all my drivers and now I'm typing this story on my brand new PC that I, me, myself built.

It really is quite the confidence booster to know I could do something like this, no matter how daunting the task may seem.

I look forward to being back into the PC gaming community and hope to continue upgrading and getting ready for Oculus. Thanks for reading.

Part Reviews

CPU

Skylake...so far so good.

CPU Cooler

Really like the aesthetic look and appreciate it's practicality.

Motherboard

Quote possibly the nicest mobo I could have bought. It matched the red/black theme as well.

Storage

First PC with an OS booted to the SSD. It's like night and day from my laptop.

Video Card

Definitely glad I opted for the 390 over the 970. Would prefer to patronize AMD over NVIDIA anyway. But the performance benchmarks don't lie. This thing is a beast. I'm playing ARMA 3 on Ultra settings. Wowza!

Case

This case is a thing of beauty. Both stylistic, well made and extremely practical. Many access points to route cables, covered/led lit PSU bay. Many HDD bays...although no room for optical drive, but it is 2015 so it's not necessary.

Got the red/black to match my theme.

Power Supply

Could have gone for the 850, but shaved a few bucks to get the 750...it's really more than I need at the moment. Great packaging and product.

Operating System

Got the USB stick version. Installation was a breeze. I'm new to Windows 10 but it seems to be the best of 7 and 8.

Monitor

My god this thing is huge. I'm glad I didn't opt for the 34" because frankly I wouldn't be able to fit it. Glorious 1080p/ 60fps ultrawide gaming. I'll never be able to look at a 4:3 or 16:9 the same way again.

Keyboard

It's func-tional. Ha! Really great keyboard. The keystrokes are like buttah!

Mouse

Really nice multi button wireless mouse. Great for MMO or FPS.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful gaming rig, congrats!!!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Mate great selection on parts! Excellent cooler, CPU. Really like that. Hows that monitor going for you?

I think over all you really hit a home run. Congrats mate!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The monitor is exquisite. Lots of real estate, vibrant colors and no need for a dual monitor display.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

this build is sexy but that monitor is even sexier ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

:-o Thanks! ;)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow nice build man. Loving the colour scheme.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't find information on the native ram for this motherboard. Does ddr4 2400 need overclocking?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it was defaulted to 2133Mhz...with XMP it bumps it up to 2400. Very easy fix.