This is my first build, just finished it a couple of weeks ago. It's been about 12-13 years since my last desktop computer, but since entering my graphic and web design career a couple of years ago I realized I needed something a bit more out of my PC, so I finally decided to build my own computer.
About the name: I attended university at Sam Houston State, a "small" school about an hour north of Houston. The official school colors are orange and white. Tripod, SHSU's unofficial mascot in the '50s, was a three legged dog who lived on campus grounds and was cared for by the students and faculty. Journalist Dan Rather nicknamed him "The Three-Legged Don Juan of College Hill". So since I went for a sort of an orange motif I thought Tripod was fitting. Sorry for the history lesson, lol. I can't shut up when it comes to my school.
Anyway, onto the computer: I wanted something fast and ran cool since I've had issues with these things in the past. Special thanks to vagabond who came up with most of this part list. Also to trickkynickk who sent over his suggestions for a partlist as well!
Wanted an intel processor, and this one does the trick. Didn't hurt my wallet either.
Probably could have gotten something cheaper, but I works and I'm happy with it.
A little small, but I can't complain. Nice price for a quality product. 10 dollar rebate, too!
Needed 16GB worth of ram and this does the job nicely. Honestly, I got this particular one because it was orange to match my scheme. lol
Decided to fork over the extra 40 bucks for a SSD instead of an HDD and I'm glad I did. Super fast and works great. Loads photoshop and dreamweaver in a couple of seconds and Windows boots faster than my monitors can turn on.
My build is mainly for light gaming, like Minecraft, Street Fighter, ect, so I didn't need anything too crazy. At $94 dollars it works great. I haven't tried yet, but it can run modern games at decent settings, and that's good enough for me! 20 dollar rebate, yuss!
Completely in love with this case. The orange was exactly what I was looking for and the orange LED fans have the perfect brightness - bright enough to see in the light, and dim enough so my girlfriend can sleep at night while I work. Easy to manage cables, even if I didn't work on it enough. Only gripe is the power button can be hard to press, but I barely notice it most of the time. Came with a rebate too, 10 dollars, but I would have bought it without the rebate lol.
No complaints, does exactly what I need it to do. AND there was a 20 dollar rebate to boot!
Got these monitors refirbished from Acer. Regularly 129.99 so a great deal here. I wish they had an HDMI port so I could plug in both without the adapter, but could not pass these up. They were supposed to ship in 9-12 days, but I got them in 2.
Awesome keyboard. The keys feel nice to the touch and they don't click too loud - which is perfect for my when girlfriend is asleep. The LED lights are a little dim for my taste, especially in the daytime/light, but are perfect for when the lights are off. Comes with multiple color settings: rainbow, purple, blue, indigo, pink, red, orange, and green. Mine stays orange at all times.