**Edit 17/09/2018 Made some changes and waiting on a few parts. I will update the build accordingly.
Decided to elaborate a little in the build description. Let's start with a background story.
So I have always wanted to build my own gaming PC. I can't remember when I did not want to. However, my reliance on a laptop during my varsity days pretty much prevented me from actually building my own. I am coming from a Lenovo Y500 See here, mine was with the GT 750m. Sometime early 2018 I decided it was finally time to build this long overdue PC.
Now as I started, cash was a bit tight. Also, this was supposed to be a budget gaming PC which is why I went with the GTX 1050 Ti. That and also because prices of the other cards had increased substantially I got the Strix version because I liked how it looks. I know I could've gone cheaper and OC-ed myself. Well you know budgets are meant to be broken, am I right? :P Also under this budget, I got the PNY SSD as it was on discount. Sometime in March 2018, I had access to some cash after settling my commitments. That's when I decided to up the budget a little. I am a fan of RGB, albeit not in an excessive dose. Which is why I chose the Kraken X62 and Trident Z. Rationale is thrown out of the window if you're thinking of RGB IMHO.
So in chronological order, I got the GPU, SSD, PSU, RAM, and then the rest (from one shop). I would definitely advise against doing what I did especially on parts such as the GPU. The GPU and SSD were collecting dust in my room until end of March when I built the PC. I had tested both beforehand on a friend's PC because I wanted to ensure that both were working. Also because I had a 7-day 1 to 1 exchange policy with the shop I got them from. But then again, I did not know that my cash flow would be somewhat aided in March. If I had to choose a GPU right now, I would've gone with the 1070 Ti, there are some good deals online locally. I stay in Malaysia and I did not want to experiment with eBay and the like. I should in the future though.
It was challenging for me to build this PC. Almost gave up a few times during the build. Thankfully I manged to soldier on and finally complete it in 5 hours (I kid you not, and not including cable management). All that pain was worth it when I saw that POST screen though.
I will be sure to post pics of my full set-up soon. I need to cable manage everything again as before this the cables were negotiated around my laptop. Will also look into putting individual part reviews Please do comment on areas where my set up requires improvement, I'd be happy to learn more :D Also, do drop any questions you might have on this set up and also if you're thinking of something similar. I could give you some input. Thanks!! :D :D
My first self-built gaming PC
Got the 1050ti ROG Strix to ride out the crypto mining craze.
I bought everything except the Seagate SV drive which was taken from a build back in 2007. The monitor, keyboard, mouse, headphones, wireless network adapter and speakers was from my previous set up.
6 cores 12 threads smashed into one die. What's not to like? :D Removed 1 star for the extremely crappy TIM used by Intel warranting a delid if you really want to see magical 10 celcius drops in your temps.
Great cooler, not the most affordable but if RGB is your thing, this is the pinnacle of it!
Works as intended. Be careful when spreading this on your CPU. Some of mine smeared onto the motherboard but thankfully with a little damage control I managed to get it all off.
Would've gotten the E Gaming which is essentially the same thing with Wi-Fi Support and USB3.1. However, if you are torn between the Strix series or the Maximus, get the Maximus if your budget allows for it.
Amazing looking RAM. It's fast and does exactly what its supposed to!
Got this cheap. Get 500+GB if you can accommodate in your budget.
5 stars for just being able to last so long from my previous build in 2007. Paid nothing for this as well back then.
Wanted to see what the SSHD craze was all about, note that this will never be able to replace a traditional SSD but in terms of price and what you get, this is a comfortable middle ground between a standard HD and SSD.
Beast overclocker and runs very cool. Bought this on a somewhat smallish discount early this year. Hence, the mismatch between my GPU and Processor.
Excellent looking case for the money. I wanted the Cable Management Puck as well!
Every bit of this PSU screams quality. I had the most wonderful unboxing experience. I was after the Superflower Leadex II platform which is why I got the G3 as it is essentially a rebadged Superflower unit.
Wireless Network Adapter
Got this in 2016 when my laptop's Wi-Fi adapter was wonky. For the price this is a steal.
This was a gift. I would've gone for a black monitor if they had it in stock. Nothing much to comment on this monitor, it does what it's supposed to.
Excellent keyboard. Got this back in University to type my thesis (great excuse!). Been serving me since. No complaints.
There are many issues surrounding this mouse's QC standard. I had to RMA my first one as there was some problem with the left click. No issues since getting my replacement.
At that time this was one of the more bass-ier headphones. Got it because it doubles up as a gaming headset with the BoomPro Microphone (purchased separately)
Got these as replacements for my Logitech Z623. There is definitely less bass from these but the immersion is better. Probably because the bass interferes less in these!
Got this on a discount (brand new) from a friend who needed instant cash. No regrets! Holds all my back ups and data without a fuss.