I know some of you guys are around 12 years old to 17, all the way to 30 to 50 years old on here. I know some of you got your dream set up at 16 years old. Me, being a little older, we weren't exposed to these types of PC's and gaming set up's back in the 80's and 90's. So with that being said, I've wanted this for almost half my life.
Alright .... So, this is it boys. Here's a little back story to all of this and how I feel about my PC right now.
It all started when I was 8 (currently 29) and got my first Compaq PC that was running Windows 95 back in 1997. I was playing solitaire on it, playing with the paint software and actually got really good at it, AOL came out, we got 56k internet, I started gaming and played Starcraft : Broodwar. I was hooked to PC gaming ever since. I remember walking into my friends room at the age of 14 and saw this crazy gaming pc his brother had built him recently. It had a clear side panel made out of plastic, cheap blue led lights and a single fan in the back. I fell in love with customized pc. Until then, all I knew was prebuilt PC's from HP and Compaq or Sony and eMachines. I didn't even know what a graphics card was!
My family came from poverty .. my parents were immigrants from Vietnam, my 3 siblings and I shared a room for almost a decade, I remembered we ate powdered eggs and drank powdered milk in my early years, up until I was around 6. I still begged my mom knowing we didn't have the money. For weeks and months and months, I kept asking, kept being good, tried to not get in trouble at school, doing chores, all for her and my dad to buy me a gaming PC to play Counter Strike with the boys! She finally gave in when I told her that my friend had an eMachines computer for sale with a Celeron processor and a Radeon 9500 for $300 bucks. I bought it started fiddling around with it, a lot. I fell more in love with PC's and gaming. My parents were never ever able to afford anything like my friends gaming PC's though. I was always running cheap budget, hand me down parts and always had the lowest settings on everything.
I took a break from gaming when life started taking over and got back into it when life calmed down around 2014, and bought a used prebuilt from someone off Craigslist. It lasted me a good while, I was only playing one game, DOTA2, and it's not that demanding. I started getting into other AAA titles and that PC couldn't take it. That's I decided to build my own and started seeing allllllllll these crazy, nice, sexy, looking builds!!!!!
Though, I never built a gaming pc myself until recently as of March 2018. As of date, I have built 9 PC's which 4 was for myself. It took me 4 builds in a little over a year to get my dream pc I have always wanted since 14.
My first build was a Ryzen 1700x & Vega56. Was happy with performance but, it started acting up with Fortnite and Fortnite only (driver issue maybe?). Sold for $1150 to a CS:GO player. Told him about the Fortnite Stutters.
Second build was a 8700k & 1070TI. Poor case, poor wiring, parts didnt make sense (I was still learning stuff about PC's), and I just wasn't happy with it. Sold for $900 and a set of 32GB 2400MHZ ram, I keep my 1070TI.
Third build was the 8086k & 1070TI. This build was veryyyyyyyy strong. It overclocked very well, temps was always good, I was very satisfied with this build, performance-wise. Aesthetically, It was nice and all but not to where I wanted it .... It wasn't the PC I saw myself having in the future when i was 14. Sold for $1200 to a very, very, very happy 14 year old and his dad. I gave them a steal!!!!!
Final build, well you see it here boys. I listed pretty much everything it took for me to build this PC. The performace is unmatched to any of my previous builds. It benches way higher than my 8086k&1070TI, when the 8086k was overclocked to 5.2GHZ. My temperatures while gaming ; CPU - 52 MAX GPU 61 MAX. Aesthetically, I am very pleased. It took a lot of planning and a lot of work. The most work I've put into a build yet.
I feel like this is my final build that's going to last me the next 5-6-7 years but, my friends disagree. They think I'm going to end up selling it and do something like a PC desk. Maybe in the next 7 years, but not now. I'm happy.
AND IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR, I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR READING/LISTENING! THIS PC MEANS SO MUCH TO ME AND JUST WANTED TO SHARE.