Hello everyone. I am a long time PlayStation gamer who decided to switch things up and finally build a PC and join the master race. I did quite a bit of research and agonizing over which parts to use, when to purchase them and how to actually build a PC. This completed build is the result of countless hours of Internet surfing and article reading, as well as several hours of actual building. It is truly a labor of love and I enjoyed every second of it. I can definitely see why so many people are fans of PC gaming vs. console gaming. I built this about a month ago and posted a completed build, but have done some pretty significant upgrades/changes since then so I decided to post a new version. Please leave suggestions or comments!!!
Benchmarks and FPS: More to come...
Unigine Heaven Ultra 4.0 - 2510 with 99.4 FPS Rust - 100 FPS at 1080p with fantastic settings Skyrim - 60 FPS at 1080p with ultra settings and 50 mods The Witcher 3 - 60 FPS at 1080p with ultra settings
CPU Idle - 25C CPU Load - 46C GPU Idle - 31C GPU Load - 67C
Potential Future Upgrades 1. Bigger Desk! 2. 1440p 144Hz monitor or a 4k 60Hz monitor 3. Aftermarket Fan Controller 4. Gaming Headset
I have this processor running a 24/7 OC to 4.4GHz and it performs flawlessly. I am using the gaming mode on MSI's Gaming App to run this overlock so I am sure I can squeeze another 0.2GHz or maybe more out of it if I really wanted to, but I don't need to.
Decided to pick this liquid cooler up because my Hyper 212 Evo was just huge and not aesthetically appealing. It cools my CPU very well, but is quite a bit louder than the Hyper 212 Evo. I read various reviews prior to purchasing this product, so I did expect some noise. It honestly isn't really that loud and I have Corsair SP120 Red LED fans running at full RPM. I was going to get the H110i but because of the discount I purchased this one.
Has everything I need and lets me OC my processor with 1-click, which is awesome.
Does what I need it to do and matches my theme.
This thing is lightning fast and can mount to the back of my motherboard. Just awesome.
For the money this GPU is incredible. It looks amazing and it performs like a $1000 GPU from years past. Couldn't be any happier. Currently have a stable core clock of 2100 GHz.
I initially purchased the non-windowed version of this case, but after taking the time to make my build look decent I really wanted a window. Found a guy about 2 hours away who traded me his window side panel for my non-window panel. Such a lucky break. The case is amazing with nice airflow and 2 SSD mounts on the back of the motherboard tray. It looks great as well.
Didn't want to cheap out, but didn't want to drop a fortune either so I settled on this PSU. Currently handling everything fine and is modular so I don't have 5 million cables everywhere.
Wireless Network Adapter
Originally had an internal WiFi adapter but it was DOA so I went to Best Buy and purchased this. It works great. Currently getting about 250 mb/s.
They are kind of loud, but look great and push a decent amount of air. Overall not nearly as bad as some of the reviews.
Same situation as the AF120 series. They are kind of loud, but not unbearable. I have these as my radiator fans and they look great and are pushing a good amount of air.
These are my front intake fans. They are silent and look nice. Nothing else to say.
This monitor looks gorgeous for a 1080p monitor. Glad I picked this up on a nice sale.
Amazing. Just amazing. And colorful.
This mouse looks cool as hell. Definitely get it.
Wanted cheap speakers and these things actually sound decent.