Well where to start..
Ever since I was 14 I've wanted to buid the coolest gaming computer, but as most 14 year olds, didn't have the cash to afford something even remotely close. I'm now 22, in unviersity, and despite the tight-ish budget, decided to bite the bullet and I finally started to buy some components. On Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I just went for it... and totally blew the tight-ish budget. I did try and find the best deals, went for a refurbished part or two, but it ended coming full circle with other components costing more then anticipated.
The main focus of the system is two-fold; I love gaming, and logged many hours into my PS4, and wanted to make the jump to computer gaming for a long time, and as a software engineering student, I do all my course work on a tiny 12 inch 2-in-1 laptop screen, and I wanted something a little bigger and nicer.
I've started this build on the wings of YouTube how-tos and a bunch of googling, and open for new learnings if some of you guys have any knowledge you'd like to transfer. I really would like some feedback.
If you made it all the way to the end, love or hate the build or my commentary, thanks for taken an interest. Please let me know anything you have on your mind, and this has been a pretty huge fun, exilerating, and financial undertaking for me, and it is been an absolute delight to do it. So let me just take one last time to say thanks.
Big thanks to Rob G. from RBComputers for helping me out, great customer service.
CPU and GPU temps were not calculated with a test. After "under load" is just what they were after a 5 hour fortnite gaming session on maxed out settings, and "idle" is just sitting on the desktop with no apps open
NOTE: Turns out my friends and I won some amazon gift cards for winning a Hackathon challenge, so it's given me a chance to give my RAM stick a friend.
Okay admittedly, I ‘intended’ to get i5 8600k. I was always going to go for the Coffee Lakes, cause it is the newest, fastest, shiniest, and most importantly, all the compatibility issues with old motherboards didn’t affect me in the slightest. The switch to the i7 was solely due to the fact that I waited too long and the i5 sold out, and then I was left with a complete component list purchased, and no CPU. It runs quick and snapy, 3.7ghz out of the box, haven't tried pushing it yet though.
Here is one of those money savers. I decided to get a refirbished one off Newegg becasue it was half the price of the new ones, and liquid cooling for that price was just too tempting to pass up. I tried to look for a fan, but nothing beats the athetic of a sweet liquid cooler (possibly besides a custom open loop). Working well so far, but it didn't come with any papers in the box which cause for a complete youtube guide installation - the sticker would've been cool
Well what to say about that. It was on black friday sale. Yessir-y.
Okay, contraversial one here. Budget board, yes, but upon checking reviews, it was one of the best gaming budget board. SLI support no (one PCI x16 only), not like I could afford another card anyway. No RGB, eh, 14 year old me would be sad, but I’m okay. I could have done without the tiny white light string, kind of looks like it tired lighting up, but eh. I think as one of my buds put it: “It’s like putting a hemi in a smart car”. He laughed, the others laughed, the dog laughed, and I secretly began to regret certain choices. But overall happy about it, it was easy to get in, and is performing to my needs. Onboard audio card is giving me some grief, but whatever.
I cheaped out with this, in a way. Yeah, it’s only 8gb (and -2400), but I want to save up a little bit more again and drop a second one of those bad boys in there. Also... Sale. Despite that, it is holding up like a champ for now, while I find him a friend
I was originally going to go with a HDD, because I didnt want to spend too much on memory. I know its important enough, but I have a nice 2TB external sitting on my desk. I was originally going to spend ~58 on a 1TB HDD, then this guy came on sale, and there need no explanation to the preformance of storing your OS on a SSD vs. HDD
Ahhhh liquid cooling, but took a long road to get here. I was going to get a GTX 1070. Then I read that we liquid cool our CPUs but our GPUs are actually more suseptable to heat, and, heat faster to high temperatures. So hybrid GPU. Then I was going to get the 1070 hybrid GPU, and then the 1080 was on sale, and the bench marks don’t lie, so I decided to blow my budget. This was before the whole CPU shanenigans. No regrets.
Don’t judge. I love it, but don’t judge. I found that harddrive collumn a little tedious, for if you dont have or plan on having 9 harddrives... yeah. I would’ve prefered for it to be just not there, and have a larger window. But nothing really more I have to say about that. <3
Also refurbished. Platinum certified at that price, yeah, it’s fantastic. Has enough kick to keep it running now, and for future upgrades. So far so good
This brings me to the next one, which is a total lie. I dont have windows 10 pro, but I do have windows 10 education (which isn’t an option of the pcpartpicker website) which I procured a free version thanks to my university. However, I was planing on adding a partition soon for a Linux distribution. I’ve got a Ubuntu system running, but I was wondering if any of you pros out there could recommend me a better Linux distribution. But Windows is great too, don’t get me wrong, but there’s is just something about a UNIX system that makes a boy wobble at the knees
I worked at a department store and got this on these on the cheap, but I love it a great deal. No chorma, but great keyboard.
I worked at a department store and got this on these on the cheap. Similarly, I love it a great deal. No complaints
I worked at a department store and got this on these on the cheap. Gen 1, but still love it. I had to adapt it until I can afford a optical enabled sound card. Battery is a bit meh.