Please note: I live in South Africa, so all prices shown are the equivalent of how many South African Rands I paid, directly converted to US Dollars.
I'm a photographer, and though I'm only 16 years old, I've got a pretty decent business going in which I take photos of events for people. 'Infinity Studios' is my business's name. My previous PC was dying on me (tired from years of long, hard use), so about six months ago I decided to start planning for an upgrade. I paid for this entire rig myself (excluding the screen).
I'll be using this computer for the following:
Intense editing in Lightroom & Photoshop (predominantly raw files): 60%
Schoolwork, research, programming: 20%
Casual FPS gaming: 20%
Yes, some of the components are a little over the top for the above uses, but I wanted to make sure that it was as future-proof as possible. The PSU is overkill, no doubt, but unfortunately there were no others available at time of build. It's likely that I'll add a bigger GPU in the future, so then it'll be more justified.
There were hardly any problems along the way. A big thanks goes out to my dad's IT assistant from work, who mentored me through the build.
- Intel's stock cooler is way, way better than I thought it would be! My temps are consistent, and super-low. (In fairness though, this is the coldest winter I can remember, so it's likely that the weather is playing a part in keeping the CPU cool!)
- The case is amazing. No words.
- The motherboard has an awesome red light panel running up the side!
- The RAM looks outstanding.
- Everything runs super-quietly.
I plan to buy some FPS games and an Xbox controller in the future, though the holidays are almost done now, so I won't get too much time for gaming. (That's why I skimped out a bit on the GPU.)
To sum up:
All in all, I'm really happy to have done this, and I'd definitely do it again in the future. Thanks for having a look at my build!