Four fingers and a thumb, as it were.
(This build is devoted to the Dark Brotherhood of the Elder Scrolls series, from which my username is based.)
Obligatory update: The RX 470 has been replaced with a Sapphire R9 Fury Nitro and the power supply has changed back to the 750W B2 because I gave the CXM to a friend.
Good afternoon (or morning/evening) my fellow part pickers. This completed build is the culmination of 3 months worth of upgrades and changes to my previous completed build, Scrappy v1.0. The scrappy build was dedicated simply to get a well working machine that could play my games. This time, I've focused considerably more on quality and looks than the original iteration. In order to keep this short and sweet, I'll list each of the parts that changed and my thoughts on the build as a whole.
Changes from Scrappy to The Black Hand:
R9 290x to RX 470:
Why I switched: I mentioned this in my old build, the R9 290X died on me, so I did a quick update to the build (in the form of Scrappy V1.1) to include the new GPU which I had to rush out and buy, the RX 470. I chose the 470 over the 480 because I didn't have the cash with me at the time to afford the $30 price jump at Microcenter.
Thoughts: Great card. Definitely wish I could've gotten a 480, but this thing's OC'd nice and high and it runs everything I want just fine at 1080p ultra with a couple things turned down.
EVGA 750W B2 to Corsair CX450M:
Why I switched: Basically, the B2 was large, loud, and ugly. It was very cramped in my mATX case, and the overload of soldered cables didn't help. It also ran pretty loud, and I can get a bit anal about noise when my ADHD is acting up. Finally, the cables were all ketchup and mustard with a see-through black mesh around the majority of them; simply not as good looking as the all black of the CX450M. Not to mention, I just had the 450W lying around from before I got the 290x, so I figured why not?
Thoughts: I am much happier with this CX450M. It fits much better in the case, runs quieter, and the cables look a lot nicer. I don't need the 750W anymore now that I have the 470. I have to say, the 24 pin was notably difficult to fit into the rear cable management space of the N200, so I had to route it through the middle when I redid all my cable management.
Encore ENEWI to Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I
Why I switched: The ENEWI was simply lent to my by my good friend IwannaPC until I had the money to get a proper wifi card. The ENEWI lacked an antenna, which was made worse by the fact that I am a good 50 feet (or 2 stories) from the router. Downloading all my steam games on the Encore wifi card was not fun. I would gladly take the 8-10MBps that I get with the Gigabyte versus the 100-300KBps with the Encore.
Thoughts: So much better than the ENEWI, and the antenna is apparently magnetic on the bottom (found that out today!).
Added AOC i2476vwm Monitor
Why I bought it: It was on sale at walmart for only $64, and what's not to love about a cheap 24" 1080p IPS monitor?
Thoughts: Solid panel. The stand is a bit wobbly, but most of that is my ****** desk.
Repasted CPU Cooler
Why I did it: I don't remember if it's in the video or not, but I had IwannaPC do the thermal paste for me because I couldn't seem to get it to come out. He may have been a bit too generous with the paste on accident, and I honestly felt that I should have been the one to do it, given that it's my build. This led me to repaste the cooler with the same CP15, but did it in a P shape this time instead of a large blob.
Thoughts: Not much actual difference, but it helped me bond a little more with my PC ;)
Other than that, I added a bunch of stickers I bought from my friend, redid all the cable management, and switched the fans from molex to 3-pin. I also overclocked the GPU and monitor.
This has been a very fun journey, and a much more personal one than my previous build, which was mostly built by IwannaPC. I put a lot more of my own effort into this, and tried to personalize it to my tastes. I got lots of help on the PCPP discord when doing installing everything and doing cable management, and I highly recommend you go there if you ever need anything.
Thanks for sticking around this long. I hope you all enjoyed the build!
A great purchase. One thing I've noticed is it's not nearly as hot as people typically think it is. As long as you don't get the reference cooler, this thing will actually stay about as cool as your typical 1080p-1440p capable GPU (it got about the same temps as my RX 470). If you can get this at a decent price it's a great deal!
Wireless Network Adapter
Great wifi adapter. About the best I could hope for, and the Bluetooth is a plus.