I was so pumped to build my girlfriend this computer after I discovered how much fun building rigs are after my first build. I love the way this build turned out, and I'm already planning on upgrading my personal rig with the black version of that popular S340 case from NZXT.
I wanted to plop an i5-6600 CPU in here but since my girlfriend wanted to cut corners at any place possible to make the hit on my piggy bank less severe, i went with the equally as good i5-6400 instead. Can't complain.
The motherboard I got mostly because it was black and white, but as it turns out, its just a good overrall piece of hardware. BIOS is easy to navigate and the drivers came with a cool wallpaper. So that's nice.
Since my girlfriend is a graphic design major, she needed a rig that could handle semi demanding memory tasks like Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. I got her 16 gigs of DDR4-3000 because 8 isn't enough. I do think she'll want 16 more later on but for now 16 should work.
I went with a bigger SSD than the one in my personal rig because 120 gigs is not enough for an operating system plus a few non-steam games. To keep to the black and white part color scheme, I covered the red lettering on it with a black Sharpie. Surprisingly enough, it looks really nice.
I accidentally ordered two 1 terabyte WD HDDs. I don't think she really need that much storage at all but hey. Maybe one HDD for games and one for projects. Fate may have smiled on me in that aspect.
My ever faithful companion the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060. Can easily run Overwatch at Ultra Preset Settings and can run all current gen games at medium to high settings. Can't ask for a better mid range card.
The case is perfection. Its no wonder is one of the most popular cases out there. So fun to work with. The built in shroud makes everything so neat and orderly. Amazing
Went with a 650 watt MODULAR PSU because Non-Modular is horrible and I hate it. Modular was amazing to work with and I am never going back to non modular any time soon.
I'll save the HUE+ for last because that has got to be the cherry on top of this beautiful rig.
For the monitor, It's pretty okay. I wanted to go with two, but i realized that two wouldn't be required for what she wanted to do with it (make graphics and play games), so for the time being one is fine. The colors are amazing to me, but I'm a veritable noob as far as really telling the difference between good and bad monitor color, so its whatever. I'll ask her if she needs to do any color correcting in the near future. That may be the driving force to get me to get her a better one.
Peripherals are peripherals. Mechanical keyboard and a mouse that is better than the 10 dollar one she had. Both pretty standard in a custom computer.
Now for the pièce de résistance. That cherry on top of this beautiful sundae of a rig. The NZXT Hue+ will forever be the only thing I will light any computers I build. It's programmability. the fact that you can program each LED is perfect. The colors are so vibrant. They make the crappiest of computer parts just pop out. It's plethora of settings, presets, and movement options make it the perfect way to light up any case. 10/10.
In conclusion, this rig is FAR BETTER than my personal one I built a couple months ago, that you can check out when your done looking at this one. Let me know what you guys think! I'm always open for critiques and any and all helpful advice! Thanks for checking it out!
EDIT DO NOT BUY THE SANDISK SSD!!!!!!!!! That SSD was so so bad. I installed the OS on it and it was always crashing and it was constantly corrupting video game files. After a few weeks of trying to figure out what was wrong I finally figured out that the SSD needed to go. I replaced it with a nice Samsung 860 EVO 250 GB. Hasn't even hiccupped. Buy that SSD. NOT THE SANDISK.
With light work with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, as well as lots of gaming, I couldn't ask for a CPU any more powerful. It does its job just fine.
For a stock cooler, It does a fine job. It's a locked CPU so overclocking is out of the question, meaning a fancy AIO liquid loop or higher end air cooler isn't really necessary. All my temps are well within normal, and no spikes have occurred whatsoever. Would definitely recommend.
Hasn't caused me trouble at all. Beautiful piece of hardware. The fact the Google Chrome was part of the driver list was okay, but it would just be easier to download it straight from Edge. other than that, can't complain.
Love this ridiculously fast RAM. Im a slave to the DDR4-3000.
Corrupted game files. Operating system crashed all the time. Poor poor SSD. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
It's an HDD. Stores video games. Reliable company. Reliable product.
Favorite Mid-range GPU to date. Hasn't failed me once.
Do you expect anything less from such a modifiable case?
Handy modular PSU. Can't complain at all.
If only there were six stars...
Not a monitor connoisseur, but beautiful colors and reliable quality make it a nice little $100 monitor.