Hi all! Back again with another build, this time it's my gaming/editing PC for my dads house. This computer is a very long story so I'll summarize as best I can.
First off; don't worry, I didn't spend $260 on the CPU. This computer started out as a Craigslist buy, I got it for $260 with the CPU, RAM, Motherboard, SSD, Case, and Power Supply. However, the aesthetic was awful and was missing many things. So, I grabbed the engine block paint (you don't want to use spray paint, otherwise it'll insulate the heat) and got to work. I painted the North and South Bridge heat spreaders on the motherboard red, painted the tips of the SATA cables red (they used to be white), and attempted to remove the RAM heat spreaders and paint those red. Hence why there's a $58 price tag on them....I broke the RAM in the process of trying to remove one of the heat spreaders, so I ended up just buying an already red set of 8GB 2133Mhz. More on that in the video I have linked.
Once all that was done, I installed the Hyper 212 LED, the LED fans, a NEW black SEMI-MODULAR power supply w/ all black cables, a new hard drive, an LED strip, etc. Then came the graphics card...oh how this thing makes me happy. This is actually the very first EVGA/NVIDIA graphics card I've ever purchased for myself, and damn is it good. (See benchmarks above). This thing will do everything I need it to do and more. It's inexpensive and looks amazing. I got the SSC edition over the FTW edition because the SSC logo is red and I'm not gonna risk spray painting my graphics card.
Then came the side panel window....my favorite part of this whole build. The case I got when I purchased this was the Corsair 200R non-windowed. I measured out the area for the window, used a dremel to cut it out, then sanded and spray painted the side panel. Then, used adhesive to stick a piece of acrylic to the side panel. Waited for it to dry, cleaned off the excess and boom. It definitely could've been better, but for a novice first attempt, I'm quite happy with it.
This thing is dead silent at idle and very reasonable while gaming, thanks to the PWM controller hooked to the CPU fan header (the motherboard only has 3-pin headers). The Logitech keyboard, while not mechanical, has held up very well for the years I've had it, and the $12 Amazon mouse is actually fantastic! Overall, I'm very happy with how this build turned out. I will be doing upgrades in the future, the first of which will probably be the CPU, motherboard, and RAM. But until then, this is how it is. Thanks for reading and I hope you like it!
Link to the build log of this PC: https://youtu.be/KGCWkpTn7oU
LED's are a bit dim. Excellent cooling performance, would recommend to anyone doing a red themed build!
Fast, inexpensive, Corsair. Enough said.
Incredible performance, great looks, very cheap. EVGA has done it again. 10/10 would buy again.
Lights are a bit dark. Quiet, great cooling.
Amazing monitor for 1080p 60Hz gaming.
For the price, unbeatable. Definitely a pick up if you're on a budget.