I've been a long time avid console gamer. Grew up playing PlayStation and used to think PC gaming was beneath me. Could never get into it and I also never had a PC capable of playing AAA games at the time. Back in 2012, I moved and sold my PlayStation. Took my laptop with me and having wanted to play games in my spare time. I began downloading and playing games that didn't demand a powerful PC (CS:GO, RUST, TF2). The laptop wasn't too bad, it did have a AMD A8 Quad-Core processor in it, which ran CS:GO at a modest frame rate. I played on it for a couple years. During those years, I developed a new passion for PC gaming. It was far more competitive and the graphics were also far better. I moved again and decided to sell the laptop as it was no longer performing well enough to game on it. At the time I wasn't in financial position to build the PC I wanted. So I opted for another console, except this time, it was an Xbox One. Definitely prefer PS over Xbox but wanted something new. It wasn't until I started playing on console again, when I realized how significant the difference was. I often found myself extremely frustrated, being the competitive gamer that I am, with the disadvantage I felt like I was at on console. You lack the range of motion and the precise accuracy you can achieve on PC. And I know there are console gamers who can dominate PC gamers, but lets be honest, at the highest level of competition, PC gamers will always come out on top (In my opinion, of course).
Now, with all that being said, I recently embarked on a journey to finally build a PC! Being in a much better financial position, I budgeted the cost of a PC I wanted..... and ended up exceeding that budget by.... A LOT. My original budget was going to be a low-end PC build for about $800~$900. But when I started researching builds and components, I couldn't help but build a PC that could do a lot more than CS:GO. I have to say, building a PC is a ton of fun and extremely rewarding. Seeing the set up I worked hard for and put together is a very satisfying feeling that won't go away fro a long time.
And finally, my build:
Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor This was a last minute decision. I originally planned on getting the i5-8600K since the start of the build, figuring it would be adequate for current AAA games even ordered through Amazon at a really good price ($224) but it was "temporarily out of stock" for well over a week since ordering and is actually STILL "temporarily out of stock" as of writing this. It was within that time frame I was able to do some more research and ultimately made the switch for the i7. Granted, one of the biggest decisions was not wanting to wait or overpay for an i5. So I canceled my i5 order and purchased the i7 at a pretty good price. Overall, I think I'll be much happier with this purchase in the long run.
Deepcool - GAMMAXX GT 29.5 CFM CPU Cooler Spent a good bit of time deciding between a AIO Liquid Cooling system or a Air CPU cooler. I'm very pleased with this CPU Air cooler. It's RGB lights are very nice and bright, doesn't look cheap like I expected and it keeps the CPU very cool. When I decide it's time to OC, I'll post temps but haven't seen the CPU really go over 45 Celsius after very long gaming sessions.
Asus - TUF Z370 Pro Gaming ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Well, I don't know really anything about Mobo's but again, another decision that took a long time. I almost purchased the Asus Prime mobo but decided the Asus Tuf Gaming mobo was a better option for what I wanted. It was also 10% off with a $10 mail-in-rebate, so I couldn't go wrong with this mobo. I love the RGB effects on the side of the board. I do wish they turned off with the PC, bot oh well. Great Mobo so far!
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory Boy, oh Boy... Ram. I had a very hard time deciding on RAM (If you haven't been able to tell by now, I am a very indecisive person). I think the biggest problem with my decision on RAM was that current prices have been terrible. I wanted some good, reliable RAM. Ended up buying this Corsair - Vengeance 16GB. Seems to be doing the job well.
Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Fast boot speeds. Will be upgrading to a NVMe SSD in the near future but this is good enough for now.
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Got this HDD because it seemed like a quality hard drive for a good price.
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SSC GAMING Video Card
Ughhh, this was also a very hard decision. I think I spent most of my time, while looking for parts, deciding between a better CPU or GPU. Now, I know it's usually a good rule of thumb to get a better GPU but I decided on a better CPU because the GTX 1060 will serve its purpose until the current prices drop with the release of the new RTX video cards. At least I hope. In any case, I am very happy with the performance of the 1060. Am averaging almost 200+ frames in a lot of games.
EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 GAMING This card is an absolute beast. Not only does it look good but the build quality of this card is unreal. It's incredibly sturdy and feels extremely solid. You can rest assured holding this card that it will last a long time. I originally purchased the 1060 but it just wasn't performing the way I had hoped. So this seemed like the best option without getting a 1080. Based on reviews and comparisons, and even my own experience, this 1070 Ti is on par with some 1080's and it's a good bit cheaper. It's quiet, but does produce a "coil whine" which seems to come and go under certain loads but doesn't bother me. Overall, this is a wonderful buy for the cost and performance!!
Phanteks - ECLIPSE P400 TEMPERED GLASS ATX Mid Tower Case This was a pretty easy decision. Found this case on sale and I have got to say, IT IS AMAZING! Especially for first time builders as it offers a ton of room. Comes with an RGB strip and has some ambient lighting. However, I highly recommend cable sleeves as cable management can be a daunting task with how little room is provided in the back. Also, I do not like the Velcro straps used to "hold" the wires to the case. Would be better if they were clips. Great case nonetheless.
EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Another good buy at a good price. Was on sale and seems like a great PSU.
Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit It's Windows 10. The updates take forever lol
Acer - GN246HL 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor Didn't want to spend a ton on a monitor but definitely wanted a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate. The monitor itself is very nice and was easy to set-up. Very sleek and stylish design, images are very nice. Great monitor for the price!
Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse Chose this mouse because I've always used Logitech mouses and have never been let down. This is the first gaming mouse I've ever owned and it makes a world of difference. This one is fully programmable and has a very nice RGB logo. Great weight and feel!
Logitech - G PRO Headset Pretty good headphones. Haven't had any issues with Logitech headsets either.
Logitech G240 CLOTH GAMING MOUSE PAD Almost bought a massive mouse pad to cover both my keyboard and mouse but decided on this one as it seemed more practical. I am very pleased with this mouse pad. Its light, thin and extremely responsive to the mouse.
UPDATE #1 After a couple days with the 1060, I have decided to upgrade to a GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 and I've got to say.... what an upgrade. Definitely a noticeable upgrade. Can max a lot of setting and still get great FPS. Crushed a few benchmarks compared to the 1060 (obviously). And looks a lot better in the build! I also purchased some cable extensions, so the build has a lot cleaner look to it!
Get's the job done and then some. Wonderful processor, can't go wrong with Intel.
Really love the RGB on this CPU fan. I am not overclocking my i7 yet, so this keeps my CPU very cool for the time being and looks really cool doing it! Would definitely recommend this CPU cooler.
Will update long term.
Seem's like really good, quality thermal paste.
I don't know a lot about motherboards. BIOS is very easy to understand and the RGB lighting on this mobo is subtle but still visible. Overall seems like a great mobo so far. Didn't have any issues with the build.
Can't go wrong with Corsair. That's what I've heard at least, so I purchased this RAM. Works great. Wish it was a more stylish but won't dock any stars for that. Overall a great product!
Super fast boot times.
Its a HDD and it stores stuff. Does a great job at it.
This card is an absolute beast. Not only does it look good but the build quality of this card is unreal. It's incredibly sturdy and feels extremely solid. You can rest assured holding this card that it will last a long time. I originally purchased the 1060 but it just wasn't performing the way I had hoped. So this seemed like the best option without getting a 1080. Based on reviews and comparisons, and even my own experience, this 1070 Ti is on par with some 1080's and it's a good bit cheaper. It's quiet, but does produce a "coil whine" which seems to come and go under certain loads but doesn't bother me. Overall, this is a wonderful buy for the cost and performance!!
I really enjoyed building in this case. Comes with an RGB strip and has some ambient lighting. Also has a ton of space however, I highly recommend you purchase some cable sleeves as the other side of the case has very little space for cable management. Still a very nice case to build in.
Pretty good PSU. Got it on sale and is more then enough for what I need.
Good ol' Windows 10! ....updates take forever though.
One of the cheaper 1080p 144Hz monitors on the market. Really nice design to it and the picture is very crisp. Would definitely recommend.
I really love this keyboard. The RGB lights are bright but not too bright, you can also quickly adjust the brightness. The Corsair iCUE is pretty intuitive and offers a range of customization for the keyboard. 10/10!
Awesome mouse. The extra buttons certainly help in game and the option to quickly switch between different mouse settings and DPI is extremely useful! It has an RGB Logitech logo, which is nice.
Great headset. Would definitely recommend.