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When someone, namely my husband, first suggested I build my own PC, I didn't give it much thought. It isn't that I don't think I'm smart. I have a Master's degree - and I aced every class I took - and I didn't get it until I was in my early 40's.

It's just that I wasn't sure I knew enough about THIS topic to take it on.

However, like most of the women in my family (we are a classy, but strong-willed bunch) we don't back down from a challenge. So, I started doing research. Weeks later, one spreadsheet turned inside out, and I have purchased and built my brand new machine. It is now mission control. I actually named it "Defined1" because I defined each part of it and installed it myself. I would be remiss if I did not credit my husband and son-in-law with taking care of the cables and helping troubleshoot the blasted thing when it wouldn't boot up. (One cable from the power supply was not attached to the motherboard. It was hiding under the radiator/fans.)

I didn't install a bunch of fancy lights. I'm not all blingy like that. I just wanted a machine that could handle pretty much anything I threw at it.

My world includes photography, some video, web design, a lot of writing, light spreadsheets, and varied projects via work. Since I work from home, this new PC will now allow me to remote in from anywhere using a new lighter laptop instead of the 17", 7 lb. monster workhorse I used to carry around.

This is such a delight. My desk now has two lovely monitors, my wireless keyboard, and mouse, plus room for my 15" laptop and mouse. My productivity level is off the charts. Ha!

Tell me what you think of the build. My pictures aren't as excellent as many I have seen here. I wasn't planning on documenting my build. I just took the one before and a few after.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the build. Seems very adequate for your use case but I have to ask about motherboard. Why such an expensive gaming option if u aren't gaming? A $100 motherboard would have been fine for this build. Also RAM and drives are pricey and psu seems like overkill.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you realise that the RAM and motherboard are actually cheap for X99 and DDR4. That RAM is the cheapest available and the average motherboard price for X99 is $280.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have clarified the comment. should have just left it at "major overkill" for this use case. In terms of prices for these components they may be fine. "Photography, some video. Web design, writing"... 'Nuff said.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I researched everything very carefully and I wanted to build my own vision of a machine that would take care of my needs now and for many years. And, just because I don't game doesn't mean the work I do doesn't hog resources. If you have ever tried to render a video in Adobe Premier on a laptop, you know it can take hours. I don't ever want to have to deal with that again. Thank you for the compliments on the build, by the way.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

i think i read somewhere they changed the parts of the ssd to cheap parts after they started to sell it and it loses much performance.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I was not aware of that. Thank you for letting me know. I will keep an eye out on it. The reviews I read were all very good.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Read the 1 star reviews on Amazon

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Just wanted to know are those the stock case fans or aftermarket? 1+

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

It's nice seeing a build that includes a optical drive once in a while

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for that comment. I just thought it was one of those, "you never know when this might come in handy."