A few months ago I decided I wanted to learn how to build a PC. After many weeks of watching and reading build guides (and any video or article related to pc's) I felt confident in my abilities to build one myself.
Then I realized that I had no idea how to come up with a part list that would fit my gaming needs, and stay under budget. After googling it I stumbled across Pc Part Picker and was amazed by the handiness of this website. I am now proud to present my red and black gaming beast.
Building it was a breeze and cable management in the NZXT S340 Elite was as simple as it should be. The hardest part was plugging in the USB 3.0 cable, dang thing wouldn't go in! Other than that everything went as planned, and it booted into the BIOS first try.
There were two things that ticked me off while setting up this pc. Windows kept acting like it had never installed, after running the setup many times over. When I finally got it to work i ended up with 5 copies of windows installed, had to delete them from the file manager. After the windows fiasco I installed the Unigine Heaven benchmark. The first benchmark came up with a 17 FPS average, WAY below where my 980 should be at. After many continually disappointing tests, I finally figured out that for some reason 'prefer power savings' was turned on in the Nvidia control panel. After changing it to 'prefer performance' I got a much better 115 fps average.
All in all this was fun to build and even more fun to play on. It is my first experience playing anything at over 10 fps (came from a low end 2010 dell inspiron laptop) and it has been awesome so far.
UPDATE After a few months with the 980, I began to realize that the aging card didn't have enough vram for the games i was playing. (fh3, fh4, star citizen) so I went and got a 1080 for $350 from someone who had had it for a month before upgrading to the 2080 ti, not a speck of dust on it!
Breezes through anything and everything. I got a cinebench score of 1534 with MSI game boost enabled.
A very wholesome board, has everything you need and more. Love the red led backlighting and accents. The audio is crisp and sounds like heaven. Wouldn't change a thing!
Boots windows in seconds and is great for games! I just wish that the sticker wasn't so ugly. Get a heat shroud to cover this up.
It was a breeze to build in and looks amazing! Great cable management options and lots of room for ssds and such. I got 2- 240mm re led fans for the front and it makes it look even better.
Very professional look and is extremely quiet.
For the cheapest 1440p monitor on the market, it blew me away! Looks good, and arrived with no dead pixels. Still, the colors are pretty off and the viewing angle is crap. It also feels pretty cheap.
I'm not a keyboard-phile so at the computer store I honestly couldn't tell the difference between this one and a $150 cherry mx one. the only bad thing is it is a bit loud, not a problem though. The mouse is great and the 2 programmable thumb buttons come in handy alot. Definitely feels $30 though...