So some background, I live in the US and up until recently I was on a Network Admin track at the Community Collage level until I changed my major for reasons I’ll not go into here, but they’re good reasons.
Anywho, for years now I’ve been wanting to build my own PC and over the last few weeks I’ve been checking out the videos on the Level 1 Techs YouTube channel during lunch at work.
My history with PCs deals with working out software issues for myself and friends, I do a lot of HDD formats, virus removal and system tweaking. I also repair not only PCs (HDDs, screens, etc) but phones, tablets anything really. I consider myself more of an advanced user, yet far from an expert.
As I’ve already said I’ve wanted to build a PC for a long time and I would like some feedback on the components I’ve chosen so far, most I’ve selected from watching Wendell on YouTube. This is what I’d like to use, I’m not TOO worried about cost, I don’t have an unlimited budget, but I would/will consider any and all suggestions even if it costs a little more, though less is defiantly better. But I’d like to keep it at/under $2000
WD Blue SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch 500GB Internal SSD Solid State Drive (WDS500G1B0A)
Though I have considered using a M.2 SSD, I want to put my OS (W10) and install all of my programs on the SSD and do all of my storage ie movies, music, documents etc on a HDD. I don’t know much about M.2 though are they bootable drives?
WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX
I have 4 of these drives in a Qnap NAS set up in RAID 5 with 1 of the drives set as a hot spare right now and I really like the drives. I’d like to put the same RAID setup in my build, if not at first then in the future but it’ll probably go in from jump, though this is one area I may compromise to keep costs down.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15)
I’m seriously considering just buying 2 of these sets and installing 32GB RAM from the beginning. Though if I needed to keep cost down I’ll just go with 16GB to start.
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard
I’m not completely settled on this MB, but I do really like it mostly for esthetic reasons. I don’t really plan on over clocking my CPU. My approach is to buy a MB that has the capability by design then with “normal” use the life span of the board (and components) will most likely last me worry free for as long as I own the PC
Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K)
I just really want an i7 and have since they were first announced.
Fractal Design Cooler FD-WCU-CELSIUS-S24-BK
Not sold on this cooler, but I do want a closed loop liquid cooler as I want a case with a glass/plexiglass side window to show off my build to my non-tech friends, and the heat management over just a block would be better at keeping temps as low as I possibly could
Fractal Design FD-CA-MESH-C-BKO-TG Case
I really like the look of this case, though they are getting hard to find, there are a few others I like and I would settle for something else but the case HAS to be black and it HAS to have a side panel to see inside the case. As well as being able to hold the RAID array if I do choose to go that route.
On startup I’ll use a wired keyboard and mouse, but once the OS is installed I’ll be moving to a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse setup.
I’m having trouble finding a PSU that I feel comfortable about buying. I’ve read a lot of reviews over the last couple of days and I see a lot of DOAs and system frying catastrophic failures very early on in the PSUs deployment, I’ve been looking at tier lists for 2017 and even the ones recommended by JonnyGURU seem to be having these issues. Though I have been considering the EVGA SuperNOVA 850 Platinum. I will be plugging this build into a UPS too. But I could use a few suggestions here.
Also I’ve not decided on if I want to run a video card in this build or use the onboard HDMI, I’ll be using a 55" Samsung television as a display. I’d like to run multiple displays with this PC and multi task with it but with the cost ATM a graphics card may have to wait? Not to mention I’d need a 40’ or 50’ HDMI cable to reach where I would put a second display. Though if I kill the RAID array idea, and just go with 16GB memory I would have the money for a good video card.
This PC will mostly be used as a media center, running VLC or Kodi, though I may play a select game or two like Skyrim or one of the Fallouts (or all). I’ve never really gotten into gaming on a serious side of things, and I’ve always had a console, so gaming on a PC would be a switch. Of course it will also be used for collage homework, Facebook, surfing the web from time to time
I know its’ been a long post, and if you made it to the end I would really appropriate any feedback you might offer on my first PC build