Hey everyone!

I started this about March of 2014. . .

Full story;

Full time engineering student and weekend part time job. I saw this build and I really wanted to make it. So every month I put aside $100 and slowly purchased parts for this build, starting with the motherboard and memory ram. About 6 months in and roughly $600 invested in parts already, I started to have financial issues with housing and car maintenance. I pull a loan out for housing and maintenance. The $100 I've been putting aside for the desktop went to paying the loan instead. I had to put this computer build aside until graduation, which was mid-2016. I didn't get any jobs until 2017. Felt horrible until then but now I'm financially stable and more! After seeing how old the parts were and out of date, I didn't really want to finish this build anymore. I thought about getting rid of it somehow, for maybe $200-$300. I then thought, you shouldn't leave things unfinished and purchased everything last week on 9/20/17. I'm super stoked to finally get to finish this build and unwrap everything. All purchased parts has been in storage BNIB. I did open some to take a look and photos thinking I would finish this build back in late 2014/early 2015, but oh well. Going to finish this build and use it as my main gaming desktop and hope to build a coffee lake build that could make me just as proud next year. Summary;

Started build in 2014, slowly buying parts, became financially unstable, put computer build aside till financially stable in 2017. Purchased all parts and excited to build.

Feel free to follow me on this build, I will post photos from my old computer once I find them, when I painted the top of the S340 NXZT case white(the top of these cases were all black at the time) to match case and any other photos. The desktop will be called Benzedrine!

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I painted the inside base and top white to look a little more appropriate, sometimes in 2014. Can't remember. Only thing I remember during that time. Oh and I installed some Corsair white led case fans afterwards as well.

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Parts! All together! Unpacking the items!

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Putting the PC together.

17 : Inserted the CPU

18 : Installed RAM and Motherboard white extension/sleeves connectors

19 : Placed inside NZXT case.

20 : Installed GPU, SDD, and HDD. I also placed the 3.0 USB motherboard connection... to the second port located in middle of motherboard on the bottom. I later found out it had an "A" port. I switched it because it looked way more pleasant.

21 : Installed the water cooler to the front to ensure placement

22 : Made sure all wiring was correct and tried my best at wire management. Sorry it's only my second build.

23 : Finished hardware installment!

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Just additional images!

Image 27 : First boot!

I'll probably add more pictures to come!

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  • 32 months ago
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Awesome story and build, can definitely relate with saving for something awesome and having it go elsewhere (seems to happen with every tax return going to fix my car). Custom painting looks good too +1

  • 32 months ago
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Great looking build.

  • 32 months ago
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Love that motherboard!
Almost pick one up locally for $90 but the guy sold it a day before i could get it.

  • 32 months ago
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You did an awesome job on this system.

  • 32 months ago
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TL:DR Good build Clean +1

  • 32 months ago
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I've still got one or 2 years left before I get my bachelors degree so I can understand the pain of being a full time student. I also started my personal build since 2014 but I bought mostly used parts at the time to save money and long story short I ended up with a i7 4770s, 16GB ram and gtx 680 for under 1000. Still using it today, I s**t you not.

  • 28 months ago
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Love the clean build, almost the same components as mine except for the case, power supply and storage!

  • 27 months ago
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If you ever wanted to start parting this out I'd love to buy your ram, I also have a Mark s and this ram due to its age its impossible to get hold of.