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
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
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
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.
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
Quick and great price. Reliable piece of equipment, which is why I went with this option
Great price for the quality and storage you get. Can't go wrong for a 1 TB with this at the price point
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Red ring looks nice, runs quiet. Reliable piece of equipment with quality material.
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
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,
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.
Works for both my PC and Xbox, love it