Hi all! Wow, this is exciting. I've been putting together this build on pcpartpicker in my spare time at work since June and it's just insane to me that everything has come together. For the longest time, I just stared at these parts on my screen thinking, "This is it. THIS is my dream build. Someday, it will be mine".
The fans were the first to arrive in the mail and it got me SO giddy with excitement, like this was only the beginning of something awesome. The digital pictures I've been staring at for so long...are now REAL. I bought 90% of the parts on Black Friday and only saved $50 on the CPU which was awesome. I've never built a PC before this one and I can tell you right now, it feels like my baby now.
All in all, it probably took 3-4 hours to build spread across 2 weeks lol. The most frustrating/confusing part was the cabling. There's just so much stuff back there! The 2nd picture is essentially when I hit that wall of "god, there's so much ****." Lots of reading manuals and googling things. It took me the longest time trying to understand why some of the cabling coming from the PSU are 6+2 pin (which I still don't understand. Why not just 8??) and where they plug into. The graphics card is a loaner from my brother so I'm super thankful for that :) Added it to the part list to get an accurate watt estimation.
I'm primarily going to be gaming, recording, video editing for my dead YouTube channel, and maybe some streaming if I'm feeling up to it/the squad is online! I'd also like to take a moment to give a shout out to the incredibly helpful community on /r/buildapc. I posted so many questions in the daily simple questions thread and got quick, friendly replies :)
Things that were easy/I enjoyed: -Putting in the RAM. Duh. -Installing the M.2 SSD. Cake. -Despite putting them in BACKWARDS on the first try, installing the intake fans was a no-brainer. The mounting bracket with the H500i made it VERY simple. -Mystic lighting and CAM software. Once I installed Mystic Lighting, I could control the LEDs on the mobo, RAM, and graphics card very easily. I was honestly really surprised with how easy it was since I've seen a lot of people mention how god awful the software has been with their experience. Same goes for the CAM software. Easy install, easy setup. Overall great experience. -Mobo to case install was straight forward. Luckily the H500i comes with standoffs. Of the 8 or 9 screws I had to use, only 1 of them didn't want to go in. Might've been stripped. Who knows. It'll still hold.
Things that I struggled with:
-Cabling cabling cabling. I had a really tough time finding out what PSU cables went where, where the fan cables plugged into, and where the front panels cables went. This probably took the most amount of time because I wasn't sure how to google it and the mobo user manual didn't help much. Not to mention it was really disheartening seeing that mess of cables and having 0 clue where they go. (r/buildapc helped with this!) -Installing the Wraith Spire was a bit of a pain since the screws didn't want to go in and I couldn't really feel when the screws were too tight. They were tough to screw in in the first place, so I couldn't gauge if they were tight or not. This made me anxious I was going to snap the mobo. -Intake vs outtake. I was surprised when I found out that the fan on top of the case was an intake instead of an exhaust. I figured an exhaust fan directly above the CPU would be a great idea because, well, heat rises and that would be a perfect place for an output. It's an input. So now I have 3 intakes and 1 exhaust. I was initially aiming for 2 in, 2 out. Oh well. There's bigger fish to fry.
Overall, this has been a wonderful experience. I never thought I'd be able to build a computer by myself. I look over at my delicious rig now and it feels good. I built that. Me.
Life is good.
So far so good. Runs like a champ.
Awesome board. No issues.
It's the best looking RGB ram.
Gets the job done.
Awesome case to build in. Really good at hiding cables. My only issue is that the front intake fans don't pull in a lot of air since they are practically blocked off.
Works perfectly. No complaints.
Awesome fans. Very quiet. (duh)