Hey there, computer enthusiasts and fellow gamers. I bring to you my personal masterpiece that I worked all my senior year of high school at a local pizza shop to be able to afford. Built specifically to play Overwatch at max settings @ a buttery smooth 60+ FPS at 1080p, this machine is capable of almost anything that I would bother to throw at it. I'm not really into any very graphically intensive gaming, so this build is all that I realistically need for now and several years to come.
CPU - The processor was an interesting choice for me, and the i3-6100 is the one that I decided to go with. Looking at benchmarks for various games, such as H1Z1: KOTK, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Team Fortress 2, Heroes of the Storm, etc. showed that this little guy was all that I needed.
CPU Cooler - I realize that this thing is MASSIVE overkill, especially since I'm not able to overclock with my CPU/Mobo combo, but I really appreciated the aesthetics of this damn thing. It's absolutely gorgeous in person, and was worth the extra money for me. Also, I get the peace of mind knowing that my CPU will not be overheating anytime soon.
Motherboard - This is basically where I cheaped out on the build. I wanted something that fit the white and black theme, but also didn't want to spend over $100+ on something like an MSI Z170A Krait motherboard. I actually really dig the all white PCB on this thing, and the little black and white camo heatsinks and I/O cover are a very nice touch that aesthetically pair perfectly with my memory.
Memory - All memory is the same, more or less, and I just wanted some white memory. Simple. I know that my RAM is being downclocked by my other components (they are only compatible with up to 2133 mhz memory), but this was the cheapest and most sexy looking RAM I could find for a budget of $80 or less.
Storage - The tried and true WD Caviar Blue has never let me down. I still have one in an old PC build of mine that I handed off to my mother after I built this beast. It's fast enough, reliable, and cheap. Will probably grab an SSD in the future.
Video Card - This was another component that was an interesting choice for me, especially since I built this PC specifically for playing Overwatch. I knew that the new generation of cards from NVIDIA were Directx12 compatible, so they are somewhat future-proof, and I also knew that something along the lines of my 750ti that I used in my old rig was not going to cut it for Overwatch. I decided to go with this card not only because of benchmarks wow-ing me for such a budget oriented card, but also because it goes along with my white and black theme.
Case - I heard very good things about the NZXT s340, and personally I am a huge fan of the minimalistic style. I love that it has a power supply shroud and how easy cable management is in this thing. I also love how well other NZXT products look inside the case, and how well they work together. The case was another thing that I kind of cheaped out on, but I am definitely not regretting the decision I made with this tower.
Power Supply - The biggest decision maker for me when I was picking my power supply was what color the cables were. I really dig the black braided cables that this PSU comes with, but I also wanted to get a semi-modular power supply just in case I decide to upgrade my graphics card in the future that requires external power, so that I could get some sick white braided cables from CableMod to further fit my theme. Corsair has always been reliable in my experience, and this PSU has been no exception so far.
Monitor - I actually purchased this monitor a few years ago for my old rig. Before this, I was using an Acer 1600x900 panel that really sucked. This is probably going to be one of the first things that I upgrade in this setup, and I'd like to enter the world of 144hz @1440p gaming. But for now, this simple screen will do the trick.
Keyboard, Mouse, and Headset - I wanted all of them to match because I am OCD, basically. I also wanted them to fit the black and white theme, so I went with the Razer Chroma lineup along with the glossy white Razer Kraken headset. One of my friends recently got into PC gaming and swore by the Deathadder, and I wanted to try something a bit more manageable since I was using the Logitech g502 before, and so far no regrets. I do miss that sniper button on the g502, though. I wanted all of my lights to be white on my desk and in my PC to match the theme, or go all crazy RGB rainbow if I was in the mood, so instead of having a solid white backlit mechanical keyboard like my old Logitech g710 in Cherry mx Blues, I decided to go with the Blackwidow Tournament Chroma. The Razer Firefly was a bit of a toss-up for me because I had never really used a mouse pad before (audience gasps), I had always just had my mouse sitting on my desk and used it like that. Now that I actually own a mouse pad, I realize how much of a cripple that was, and my aim across all of my games has improved by quite a lot. Also, I just wanted some more lights to be atop my desk, so I went with the Firefly.
Desk - This desk has mixed reviews on Amazon, with some people complaining that their desk came damaged here and there, others saying that the assembly process was impossible without a second person to aid you. Personally, my desk came in perfect condition, even though it was in a ****** cardboard box with barely any styrofoam inside to protect it against shipping damage (luckily enough). The assembly process took me about 2 hours by myself with no extra help needed from anyone. I love that this desk has a little bookshelf on the side, where I can put my school books and things of the sort. Overall, I think this desk was a steal for the money that I paid. But, time may tell otherwise if the desk starts to fall apart, which I don't think it will; it is very sturdy and the wood material they use is super dense.
Chair - This is another thing that I will be upgrading in the future, but for now, this AmazonBasics chair is comfy enough for several hour long gaming sessions. I'm hoping to pick up a nice DXRacer when I get the money to do so.
LED Light Strip - I actually found these on YouTube, and I am not regretting the purchase at all so far. A fairly common complaint about these cheap RGB LED strips is that the adhesive on the back of them doesn't stick to **** for very long at all, but in my experience with them, they have stuck just fine to the back of my desk, which has the same slick black finish on the back where I stuck the strip as the finish on the top and sides of the desk. They are extremely bright in person, especially in a dark room. They can actually light up my entire room, even though it is up against my wall. They come with all the little accessories that you need to get started, too. No need to buy a power brick or adapters or a remote control or any of that ******** that you typically have to pick up when you get one of these things. It plugs straight into the wall and just works. Simple as that.
This has actually been a dream setup of mine for years now - a clean white and black setup with enough horsepower to run the games I want to play. I hope that my build has given you some ideas of what to do with your next setup. Have a great day and thanks for reading and viewing my build!