The build is completely done, and I am quite proud. It’s a great machine; it does everything I wanted it to do. Even still, I did learn a few things.
Two things I skimped on when building the system were the case and the power supply. I wasn’t interested in a spaceship-looking case that I could show off to all of my friends because it was so tricked out, so I just bought one that would house everything.
It certainly does that, but what I didn’t consider is that the inside of the case matters too, and this case was a bit hard to get a few pieces into. It also doesn’t take a ton of consideration for easy cable management. It’s not a huge deal, especially if you don’t mind the cords being tough to hide, or a couple spots of weird cord placement.. I paid $30 for mine, but if I could get what I wanted for $50-$60, I’d do it. But in some postmortem research, I’ve found that the case I’d want is probably closer to the $100-$120 range, and I’m okay saving $70+ and having to deal with cords every six months when I open it up.
Secondly, and this might be the spot I could have made a better decision: the power supply. The whole time, my only consideration was that the supply had a low fail rate (meaning that the power supply likely won’t fail in a matter of months and thus need to be replaced) and had enough power. I had no idea what the difference was between a power supply that was modular, semi-modular or not modular. Well, that difference is that my power supply has all the cords you could possibly need built in, whereas semi-modular power supplies remove some of the cords so you can just plug it in. Fully modular means that you can choose which cords you want plugged in and eliminate more than half of them.
This probably wouldn’t have cost me a whole lot more and would clean up my mess. I can’t really go back now, but when/if my power supply dies, I will be going with a fully modular power supply just for the sake of sanity.
Finally, what I need going forward: while ultimately, I don’t need anything going forward, as this machine should handle my needs for the next two or three years without anything at all, I can (and probably will) upgrade various pieces fairly easily.
My current list:
- Mechanical Keyboard – It’s the best keyboard you can buy, it feels amazing, and they make quiet ones.
- Professional Microphone – I enjoy podcasting and streaming myself playing video games; therefore, a real microphone would really increase the quality and production of my stuff.
- More Ram – At some point, I’ll double the Ram in my computer, but not yet.
- Back-up hard drive – Backups are good, and they’re even better when they’re automatic. I’d like to stick a hard drive in my box that just runs back-ups.
- New monitors – I have two hand-me-down monitors, which are quite nice. However, full HD ones that are the same size would be awesome, and probably a money-saver in power consumption.
Ultimately I’m super duper happy, very thankful that my wife put up with it, and I look forward to using my super system for years to come! Feel free to get in touch with me if you have specific questions about my build.