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I wanted a future proof build as much as I could. This is my first build and I was extremely excited and proud of the whole process and end product! I read countless posts on reddit/buildapc, which is an outstanding community, and eventually got enough knowledge to build a PC! The reason I wanted to build a PC is because I believe they are extremely powerful machines and our world is continually relying on computers more and more. With the technology that the future is bringing, it should be interesting to see what a computer will be able to do in 5 years.

I have also been a console gamer for quite a while. The community is now diluted and crap, no one has mics and there is 0 teamwork that usually occurs. I've found on the PC community people communicate more with their mics, as well they have the option to type to talk with teammates. This really makes the game a lot more interactive and enjoyable, friendships made and competition increases. I think I made the right choice moving to a PC as Xbox is now implementing "Play Anywhere Games," which is a game changer in my eyes.

Below I just commented on my thought process on picking each part:

CPU - Wanted a future proof build as much as I could. The difference between this and others (6600k) is this has hyper threading which makes multitasking easier and more feasible. I plan to run games as well as search/watch movies on the second screen.

CPU Cooler - Went with the Corsair because it is a brand I trust. Wanted a water cooled cooler for minimum sound as well as maximize the coolness I could provide to my CPU.

MB - Affordable quality board that has all the ports that I will ever need! Was easy to work with as well. Make sure to press everything in firmly.

Memory - Quality, does it's job well. Plain black. Make sure to check in the BIOS that your memory is clocking what it is supposed to clock!

Storage - No complaints, the SSD + HDD combo I recommend to everyone. My system boots in under 5 seconds.

Video Card - GeForce 1080 Gigabyte G1 Gaming ... This is one of the only cards that would fit snug into my case since I am using a compact case. I wanted it to fit nice so I made sure I got the dimensions right and didn't by a card I would have to force in. Want to maximize my monitor and this card is one of the only ones to reach 1440p at 144Hz

Case - I went with a compact MicroATX case and I love it. It sits on top of my desk for display. Being my first computer as well I am pretty proud of my build so having it on display is a bonus. It is very clean and easy to work in. The backside cable management can get a bit hectic, but overall the front presentation and overall ease of use is amazing.

Power Supply - Trust EVGA and have heard great things about their products/customer support. Went with 750W to make sure Ill be able to power this thing no problem! Easy installation, cables are fairly nice that comes with it.

Operating System - Windows 10 had me hesitant. But truly, it is a great system. Though there are things I still have to get used to, the futuristic features Microsoft is adding and continues to add impresses me. I love what they are doing with Xbox and Windows, I can now stream my Xbox to my PC and play games from my PC! Especially with their new feature "Play anywhere Games" coming out. I look forward to what Microsoft has in store for their gaming community in the future (Console & PC).

Wireless Network Adapter - It will give you the best chance to have the best WiFi signal possible. Having the antenna separate from the build helps attract better connection

Fans - Make sure your AF fans are running in space and use SP fans for blowing through congestion/webbing. Overall I love the fans I used for their separate reasons. The thermal intakes are beautiful and Corsair has yet to let me down.

Monitor - 1440p. 165+Hz. G-Sync. This thing friggen RIPS. I went to my local Canada Computers and they actually had one of these refurbished in store for resale. At the time this was selling new for $1000+, I saw it for $699.99 so I had to jump at the opportunity. I was skeptical about buying a refurbished monitor, but ACER is a really trusted brand with me. So I believe in their customer support and have heard great things. Also this monitor just came out, so whatever problem occurred, at least the monitor was not used for a pro-longed period of time. Has worked great for me ever since!

Keyboard - The lighting effects are awesome, the mechanical keyboard feel is even better. I set up a program called Visualizer and when I play music my keyboard reacts to the music playing, pretty impressive.

Mouse - Chroma goes nice with my keyboard, the extra buttons are nice and fits great in my hand. Extremely comfortable.

Headphones - Used them from my Xbox, work great

Part Reviews

CPU

Reliable and quality. Bought for hyper-threading and general future proofing of my machine. Cost a bit extra but I was willing to pay to deficit, and happy with do so

CPU Cooler

First time builder using this, pretty easy to install as well as plenty of videos and information on the product online in case you are unsure of anything. The tubes are a bit stiff, just something to note if you are working in a tight space. I've noticed some people mention about the pump sound but it works at an exceptionally quiet level so that's not a problem. I also like how you can change the Corsair logo colour, nice touch

Motherboard

Great quality and durability for an amazing price. I was extremely impressed with the price along with all the features it includes. I'm the above average gamer and it has plenty of ports/slots for what you need. Easy to use, BIOS is relatively easy to navigate. Can't go wrong for the price and overclocking capability.

Memory

Nothing too fancy colour wise, sleek look and does it's job no fuss. Get up to 3200 mHz as advertised. So I am happy with my purchase

Storage

Quick and great price. Reliable piece of equipment, which is why I went with this option

Storage

Great price for the quality and storage you get. Can't go wrong for a 1 TB with this at the price point

Video Card

This thing is pretty large and in charge. It fits snug in my case so make sure you get your measurements down if you are using a smaller case. Kicks the tush for performance, I'm running 1440p 144hz, so I was happy with my choice.

However I am a bit concerned with the RGB lighting on the logo, it just cycles through the spectrum and the "GeForce Experience" programs RGB colour control does not work to control the colours. My friend has an EVGA 1070 and his is compatible with the colour control program. I think this Gigabyte model is not yet compatible with the colour control, hopefully they release an update. THUS 4 STARS.

Case

Nice small compact case and a beautiful price. Quality material, however one of my plate screws seems to not go in the hole correctly anymore. They are pretty short so I would advise removing the screws as little as possible to prevent the screw holes from becoming diluted.

Power Supply

Works as advertised, quality component. The cables it includes are beautiful, nice material on the outside, as well they include nice EVGA Velcro ties to help with the cable management.

Operating System

Not as bad as everyone make it out to be. Get off of Windows 7 and join the future. The Xbox app alone has sold me, I can stream my xbox to my PC and play games/watch netflix as I please. Also has a useful screen recording device

Case Fan

Cheap and affordable. Pretty quiet to my ears, the LEDs are nice but they aren't vibrant. Overall a nice product for the price and LED feature. AF = Air Flow = use them if your fan is blowing in the open, as opposed to blowing through tight grates/meshes

Case Fan

A nice cheap affordable option. Though they aren't whisper quiet, they are more than good for me. The Red LED went nice with my build. SP = Static Pressure = use them if your fan is near a tight metal grate or mesh, you'll get better performance

Case Fan

Red ring looks nice, runs quiet. Reliable piece of equipment with quality material.

Monitor

Got a refurbished model for $799.99 about 5 months after it was originally released, and it just kicks ***. This thing has nothing wrong with it, hardly notice the back-light bleed (me personally). Easy to set up and compatible with all the programs I've used with it. The stand does shake a bit if your table is not too sturdy due to the heavy weight of the 27" love machine. The sleek look and petite outside bezel really make this thing look unreal, would recommend if you got the cashhhhhhhhhh

Keyboard

Download "Visualizer" or look it up. Pretty cool effects you can do, I have mine synced with my audio so my keyboard reacts to whatever music/sound I'm playing. The keys are great, and the headphone, mic, and usb jack on the side are useful. They are on the mouse side, which can be a bit of an interference, but overall a nice touch,

Mouse

Needs good lighting as most mouse's require. If not in relatibely good lighting you may experience tracking issues. The LED customization is cool, works great.

Headphones

Works for both my PC and Xbox, love it

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Could you tell me where you ended up putting each fan and why? You've mentioned it in your post but I can't tell from the short description

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course my friend, I put my one Corsair white LED at the top of my case pushing outwards. This is located right about my CPU so I felt it was a swell place.

I placed my two red Corsair SP fans at the very front of my case in front of the liquid cooled component (PULL). These lit up completely red so it looked nicer through the front of my case. They are also MUCH cheaper than the thermal take ones i purchased.

I placed my two thermal take fans on the inside of the liquid cooled component in a pull form. These achieved the look I was going for, they are beautiful and quiet.

My case is now optimized to pull air in through the front and push air out through the top and back. (Important to think about...Heat rises so you generally want to push out the top)

I discovered it's extremely important to make sure you are using the right fans in the situation it's located. SP fans are good with static (I Believe) so they run better when there is an obstruction in front such as tight mesh or a tight metal grate. An AF fan stands for Air Flow and runs better when it has more space. This also had a huge impact on the Corsair/Thermal take fans I bought.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you installed the gpu yet? I don't think it will fit properly if you have push/pull fans on your radiator like. Unless you use slim fans.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh boy was it a slim fit! I knew it would be a tight fit but wow, it fits within 2-3mm. I knew this was one of the only 1080s under 120mm in length so it was my best shot. Fits perfect and works GREAT! I will post more pictures soon so you can see

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't know if you found the software for the LED on the graphic card yet but thought I would help you out a little =).

The software for this is located on the following page under Utility.

http://www.gigabyte.com/Graphics-Card/GV-N1080G1-GAMING-8GD#support-dl

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I did find it but thank you!!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that desk?

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

I believe that is a ping pong table

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh didn't really see what's behind all those boxes so I assumed it was a really long table

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently a Ping Pong table lol, still searching for a desk

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey OP, I think you've chosen some quality components. This will definitely rock 1440p 144Hz easily. It's kinda of cool that I chose almost all the same components for my first build draft as well.

I actually have that mobo saved to my favorites parts list, since there's only like 3 mATX boards with enough USB 3.0 ports.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow man that is a really nice setup as well! Like you said almost identical. The only thing I recommend to you is you make sure your case is extremely spacious for the GPU. I love the size of my MicroATX, it's a powerhouse in a compact box. With that being said, I really had to search for a specific GPU because my case would only allow <120mm with my fan setup. There ended up only being 1-2 1080s that actually fit those specifications. Just something to be cautious about before you spend a bucket of case on a GPU.

This mATX board is really good for the price. All the ports I could ever need, so definitely was a solid choice

Keep me posted with your build! Ill be glad to give you advice/help if you need 'er

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm also going for an identical build, you are a god send. I picked the founder edition GC though. I need to check if it will fit. Because I like your fan set up. Sha,e we can't utilize more fan location due to space limitation.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be possible to go a full set up of thermaltake fans? I think I read it's quite than Corsair's fans.

And how is the noise level on your build and which part is the main cause?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

As long as your card's width is less than 114mm you'll be good! Yah, you're right that thermaltake is silent as can be. That being said, the corsair fan is quiet itself, just not to the ridiculous amount that thermal take produces. Corsair was cheaper, and also offered more LED variations. If you got the money, Thermaltake all day.

Also be sure to get the right type of fan (AF/SP) depending on where you plan on placing your fan :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points
 >Razer

 >i7 to game and watch movies

should've lurked /r/buildapc a little more...

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I did my friend, i7 is much more future proof in case I decided to not just use my computer for gaming in the future. It optimizes multitasking and if I plan to run a two monitor setup playing games & streaming, I felt the i7 would be more beneficial. Especially since money was not an issue for me.

But thanks for your concern

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you can afford to waste $100, but waste it you did. Multithreading has to do with breaking up a single task into multiple threads, not running multiple tasks.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

But wouldn't a 100$ be worth the addetional year or so that you wouldn't need to upgrade? My applications wold be gaming and some vacation video editing.

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