This build was designed for moderate to high demand gaming as an anniversary present to my girlfriend. The parts list you are currently viewing is the result of over two months of evolution (whoops, it was a late gift); buying, trading, and selling parts as they come and go, eventually leaving me to settle upon this finalized list. Yes, I am aware that I could've bought Skylake and DDR4 products for almost the same price, but just hear me out.
My mission: After countless instances of hearing how awful her all-in-one HP computer is, I got myself around to casually asking her about what her dream PC replacement might entail. I received details including portability ("but not a laptop because I know how much better desktops are"), space saving, elegance, but yet cuteness. Case research was then my number one priority, but it didn't last long as I remembered an older 'NCIX tech tips' video I had watched a while back about the Raijintek Metis, a compact, sleek looking mini-ITX PC case. From that point, I went on to find parts based around her favorite color, red, but only to realize that I was limited to a small selection of parts, so black then had to suffice.
Product selection: I knew that she'd never have the need to overclock, so that ruled out Intel 'k' processors and 'Z' or OC capable motherboards. With the new release and high demand of the GTX 1060 and a few incorrectly shipped products later, I was able to get my hands on the 6Gb EVGA edition. The RAM, being involved in my online ordering nightmare, never made it to my house. I had ordered 8Gb of Kingston HyperX Fury, but never received compensation from the vendor for the screw-up, so I decided to drive down to Fry's anyways and pick up what looked like the cheapest RAM they had in stock, 8Gb of Corsair Vengeance Pro. 1Tb of data storage is pretty standard and she'll always be able to upgrade to an SSD later, and I already had a spare EVGA power supply from a previous build, leaving me with all necessary items for quite the surprise present for her.
Edit: SUCCESS! She absolutely loves it! +1 to the PC master race!
Now an oldie, but still a goodie. It doesn't matter what anyone says about Haswell-E when promoting Skylake; it does the job and it does it very well. This processor might soon be a dinosaur, but it'll always be king of the dinosaurs.
Bought this cooler specifically because I wanted to see how it compared to my Hyper 212 EVO. I'm not disappointed. They're about equal when it comes to the ease of heat dissipation.
Countless hours of research went into finding a relatively cheap, yet durable and trustworthy ITX motherboard, and this board more than satisfies those qualifications. It also has excellent WIFI performance and is perfect for any non-OC processor.
They say that RAM is just RAM, but this in particular wasn't the cheapest priced. I was desperate when I made the purchase, but at least it's durable - not to mention its incredible speed and sleek heat spreader. Corsair honestly did blow the quality out of the water here. You really do get what you pay for.
Best 1Tb HDD on the market. Quick, durable, quiet - this is the quintessential hard drive.
Brand new architecture, enthusiast level gaming, low temperatures, and quiet (sometimes off when not needed) cooling fan - all for a great price. EVGA is taking computer graphical performance to the next level.
Cable management in such a tiny case with massive hands is most certainly not a con - I knew what I was signing up for. Anyways, the anodized aluminum looks spectacular and the overall structural rigidity feels solid. I might just customize the top plate in order to fit a low-profile fan to maximize airflow within the case. Well done, Raijintek.
Really nice PSU. Fully modular with flat cables eased cable management in the tiny mini-ITX Raijintek Metis case. Looks great and feels solid.