Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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

Thermal Compound

Well what to say about that. It was on black friday sale. Yessir-y.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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

Storage

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

Video Card

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.

Case

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

Power Supply

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

Operating System

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

Keyboard

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.

Mouse

I worked at a department store and got this on these on the cheap. Similarly, I love it a great deal. No complaints

Headphones

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.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is really nice, just can you change the light on the GPU to match the Razer aesthetic.

It would make it that much nicer.

Otherwise nice build! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :) To be 100% honnest, I haven't installed all of the drivers for the GPU yet, and I'm not completely sure how to mess with the colors and stuff. But I completely agree with you it would look awesome! Thanks for the tip!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build dude :D seems like you like razer :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! I do like the way it all looks, but jamming it all next to each other with the backgrouds might just be overkill ahaha

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I would suggest going to 16GB on the ram but other than that a nice build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Completely agree my man! probably be the first upgrade, just had to wait a bit to restock the coffer. But yeah I think I'll place the order tonight

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

bro this build is dope AF, it gets the seal of FAP material

NUT

wait i strongly suggest getting another stick of ram you will be bottle-necking your ram

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I like to hear! I certainly did when I sat down to look at the final product the first time. And totally with you on that RAM. It's coming up next. In the amazon cart, ready to order!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you make for the hackathon?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

We took on a big data problem which handled the finding connectivity between large data sets. https://devpost.com/software/suspicious-factors

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What was your original budget?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

100% honest... 1200$ CAD. then it became 1500 then finally it just was.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

comment is a bit late but you got lucky with the timing, I am 16 now with a job and saving up money for a pc but I have to wait even longer for gpu. :(

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry my guy! it'll come. I waited a long time to pull something like this off. Just work hard and it'll come. The absolute beauty in PC building is that it's an ever lasting quest to make things better. Even if you start with a 300$ rig, you can do things one by one until you get where you need to be. You don't have to do like me and go from 0 to 100. To be completely honest I wish I had started years ago. There has to just be that one moment where you got to bite the bullet and start

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty late to the party but just wanted to say great build and thanks! I really adhere to your story because it has many similar points to my own. I'm currently a 20 year old university student studying Software Engineering and like you, I have always wanted to build my dream pc but have never built one before. Just for some educational fun, I spent a few days solely researching about assembling PC's and how to figure out what parts are compatible etc and I ended up with a similar build to yours (wanted to budgetify my build because uni life but the child inside of me simply would not let me). Anyways, I've been leaning back and forth as to wether I should buy the parts and attempt to build my first PC as I have heard one too many horror stories about how beginners screw up their builds and waste that precious uni money...But hearing your story has inspired me to just go for it! So thanks :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I just went back to look at this again and I saw your message. I hope it went well and if you still have any questions, DM me or something. Your comment really really made my day and I wanted to still let you know that, even if this is a long time ago. The goal of posting a story was to hopefully inspire someone, and hearing that it did is a great feeling. Thank you so much for you comment, and yeah, if you need anything, DM me

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello once again! I'm also once again late with the response but would just like to say that after about 2 weeks from when I posted this comment, I built my Dream PC and I could not be happier, so cheers _^

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

"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."

What was the issue? Did you resolve it?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it is a bit late, but I sorta did, and also sorta didn't. I originally wasn't happy because I wanted to plug in my headset through optical cable, but turns out it worked fine enough just with USB. I wanted to get a sound card to make things better but never ended up doing so.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess you could call me a 'pro' and I recommend you get either get Fedora Workstation or some form of Arch Linux. I would start with Fedora and later upgrade to Arch. (Arch is a KISS distro, no installer, iso gives you a shell, nothing else, have to install it yourself.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey that's really cool advise, thanks! I like how Fedora looks, and the built in Docker support is fantastic! Thanks man! :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

for part review for the MSI - Z370-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

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  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe it is because the copper is a brownish color and it is cheaper to not cover it up... plus it encourages people to buy the higher end boards, which don't cost that much more to make

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the motherboard, and the white LEDs on it really distract you from it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the little white LED string going up the left side bother you?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It is covered by my monitor because I have no space on my desk. I think it looks really cool honestly.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thats fair man, I really respect that. If you get a chance, I'd love to see how you've set up yours

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Not very sure what you mean by your second sentence. Here are some potato pictures of it. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/vyV6Mp

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :) I would just assume thats the color of the wires when they print it, but in the case, the mobo just looks black/dark grey. Or Otterman might be correct or something of the two. To be fair, I didn't even notice it as brown untill you pointed it out. Nice catch!

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Preach buddy. That's exactly what I wanted; it's not a custom loop, but I wanted the cooling for the GPU and CPU to be the focus. Thinking about adding some LEDs to show it off, but not too sure if it'll help or be tacky. But thank you so much!

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