V.3.2 Edit: GTX 1070 STRIX. I have arrived. This is what my original plan of upgrade was but due to money constraints as well as immense impatience, I decided to go with the 1060. Would have been a lot more epic to go from a 770 SC to a 1070 OC...boy, this is insane. Truly, just going ham with this thing and maxing everything to 11 and still getting better FPS than I did before is...YUM!
V.3.1 Edit: Woooot! AIO Cooler successfully installed! Huuuuuge difference. I didn't realize how puny that cooler was until I really put the AIO to the test. Before, anywhere from 25-30C was normal under idle/browsing/iTunes/Twitch/etc. Now it's a steady 19-25C depending on how much stuff I have open, but still considered "idle". GTAV before would set me at an easy 65C under multiple cores after a good session, and I'm looking at my max temps now, just played for about an hour or so and the max load is 47C. Good lord. Amazing.
V.3.0 Edit: Finally got rid of that super old monitor in lieu of a gaming monitor, an Acer model that is a really nice yet fairly priced 144hrz monitor. Super excited about that on top of my new LEDs that I put behind my desk so I can bask in the darkness while still being able to see. I really like how it works for my gaming needs considering that my lamp usually puts a slight glare on my screens. This is going to be dangerous for my health. Help. But don't. Cause I love it.
Edit edit: Put my temporary dual-screen setup since I like to use it for Twitch watching whilst gaming, but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it. At least not until I get another monitor that's the same size/quality as the main one I have since it puts my slight OCD particulars on edge (also it's just a very old monitor that isn't very good by today's standards)
Repost Edit: Alrighty then, I've decided to repost this since I've made a few major upgrades, the main being the GPU (coming from a GTX 770 SC), the other being the cable management...in the front. The back uh... it's not protruding and it's not affecting airflow, power, etc. so I'm going to call that good for now. But it's nothing pretty to look at. Either way, I'll get to it eventually. But all this is to say, other than another SSD sometime before the end of the year, this build is complete for the foreseeable future (probably into Summer of next year). Yaaay! I did it without screwing up my thousand-some-odd investment! The rest below is what was posted in the first post of this build, which I will keep for those that are bored.
So, I got my first build done. I see all of these fantastic first builds on PCPartPicker and I'm just aghast when thinking about trying to match them. Mine is simple, it works (for now #PerpetualParanoia), and I love it to death...and I already want to start upgrading and perfecting. The bug got me early. But as of now I'm just happy with it running and want to see how it runs for a while on its own to see if I really did work it out or if I just got lucky. It's only been alive for a couple weeks (or less, or more? I dunno, I'm an always-working server, my internal clock was screwed long ago).
A little backstory on this... I got into PC gaming in Winter 2013 when a friend built me a PC and I fell in love. The boot times, the ability to actually play games on maximum settings, the look of the rig and the HORROR of it all when something goes wrong. I still don't know what happened. It just BSOD'd one day and was fine, then the next wouldn't turn on.
So I salvaged the GPU and the PSU (the only parts that aren't new), what I knew was fine thanks to another friend testing them...and I got to studying. Cue the usual spiel about hours of learning. Then came the build. After a 10 hour shift I stupidly drank a Monster (screw that acidic poison) and started. Finished after 6 hours and it wouldn't turn on.
Screw it, I said. I waited a day and tried again and found out that in my hazy fatigue, didn't connect the 8-pin power. Dumb. Then my CPU and RAM wouldn't post. I reseated, reapplied thermal paste and tried again. Voila. It's been a dream ever since.
Completely and totally different feeling when you build it yourself and get it to work. Even though I had a "custom PC" before, it wasn't really mine. Now it is, and even though I experienced some of the most horrifying and frustrating moments I've ever had considering the money I spent (I know, a dime compared to others but for me it's nearly breaking the bank; not the I'm downplaying the amount, it's still a lot of money to spend), it was worth it and hopefully will continue to be as I learn and become more acquainted. I'm slowly working up to upgrading it but am too much of a pansy to even touch it as of yet.
Also, don't ask me why my friend installed a 760w PSU in the previous build, one that used even less wattage than this one. I have no idea. I can only assume he was thinking of the future and powering it to oblivion. Good future proofing though!
All in all, definitely a work in progress. But I wanted to post my initial build for some feedback. Maybe get some tomatoes thrown at me. Y'know.
Eventually, I plan on overclocking. Other than that, I don't do any major video or imaging to justify the i7 but also like to dabble in it, so this suffices for both my gaming and video/image hooha.
This cooler is cooler than cool.
I'll be blunt: For as little as I know about PCs still and the intricacies of their workings, I know even less about the mother of boards. This had good reviews and was even better for what amounts to "customization for dummies" as well as an easy to work with BIOS. I can only confirm the latter, it's got a very user friendly BIOS. Otherwise, it's the board's mother. Duh. It's good.
RAM. DDR4-2400. 16 gigawatts of it.
Beets. Bears. Battlestar Galactica.
Not my first encounter with an SSD, but my first that was of high(er) quality. After working on a 2012 mediocre laptop for a year, I'm still getting all tingly over the boot times, the load times for games and the general ease of working with (both installation and afterwards) this thing. I get still needing an HDD, but lord do I just want SSDs to take over already.
I hate caviar. But I love this drive. The hardest of drives.
OoOoOoO Barracuda! Dum-da-da-dum da-da dum da-da dum da-da dum da-da dum da-da duum duuuuummm.
This thing is the end of the line for people who don't mind not having 4K (or in my case can't for quite some time). It really is all you need and unless you just want future proofing for when you do get 4K, there isn't any need to go any higher. Just max the hell out of it all and still fantastic FPS.
I knew I wanted to build in this chassis the first time I saw it and...the second...and fifteenth. This thing is crazy popular and now I know why. It's easy to build in, it's spacious but it isn't gargantuan, and it's sleek design is pleasing to the eye. It's also very nice for those who like to destroy their case with premium decals and customize it with their own wretched taste, just as I will in the coming weeks. (Just a single emblem from Attack On Titan, but I know the mere mention of that will have some people retching. Retch away)
Soooooo...yeah. This thing. This guy here. What the hell. I still don't know much about PCs as far as their nuances go but when I researched my old parts, what their compatibility was with what I'd be buying new, etc...I...my brain broke. For the love of god, why in the hell did my friend put this in here? I mean, I paid for it, and I had no idea what I was paying for so I figured the price was just what most PSUs cost. Now. Now I know. This thing has me full proof for a good long while. I mean wow. It's almost like he knew what was going to happen and then that I'd be rebuilding what he had built and I'd become addicted and end up spending all my money on going insane through technological advancements and conspiracies continue
I don't get the hate for Windows 10. It's not bad. It's fairly customizable and isn't too intrusive. Does a part of me pine for the simplicity of 7? A little. But I'd rather just not deal with the issues that come up with using a dated OS. Cortana can go work a corner though, I don't need that uppity wench.
Wireless Network Adapter
This thing is great. It let's me access this crazy world from within my PC in which I can communicate with other beings who are like...not around me. I also don't need a phone line. That's nuts.
Makes wind. Quiet wind. Good stuff.
Now I can see myself in perfect motion getting headshot'd by players better than I am! Or mauled by zombies that are smarter than I am! Or the gorgeous FPS of my car crashing into a tree because I'm a horrible GTAV driver! It's great! IT'S WONDERFUL.
Now I can spam macros from my mouse and spaz my pointer out with the insane DPI!
Some bass, some decibels, some waves of sound. Nice sounding sounds.
I've had this for years and it's still doing it's job quite well. It holds tons of very important information vital to the betterment of mankind.
Now people can hear me hack and cough in their ear and I can hear them breathe heavily with great sound quality!
Now the whole household can hear me type and I get that tingly satisfaction of hearing and feeling dem clicks as I type away, kind of like now! Tingles