As a high school graduation gift for myself, I decided to put together a computer that will last me through university. I'll be going to a relatively hard engineering school, so I've put this build together to give me an efficient system that can handle programming, CAD software (Solidworks/Autodesk Inventor), and of course gaming.

For the build, I wanted a system that looked as good as it preformed. I really like the muted color scheme, with hints of copper and silver throughout the motherboard. Although the Founder's Edition GTX 1070 sticks out like a sore thumb, it serves as the pièce de résistance to my build. To be truthful, I chose an NVIDIA GPU to make the most of the SHIELD Tablet and controller I received a year ago, but that's on top of the fact NVIDIA offers great GPU performance. Thanks to the PSU shroud and spacious sides of the Corsair 400C, I was able to hide all cables from sight, and the side panel wasn't even that hard to put back on! As a whole, my build went together extremely smooth.

As for potential upgrades, I will probably add a second SSD or add another hard drive, just to give myself more space for games, movies, and music. I'm also looking to switch to at least a 1440p monitor in the next year, just to get the most out of my 1070. Lastly, a light to moderate overclock would probably be in order to get the most out of my computer.

I got all my parts through Amazon, Bestbuy (Employee discount from a friend on the 1070) and Microcenter.

I didn't include peripherals in pricing, but I have the following:

  • Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250 Ohm
  • Blackwidow TE Keyboard (MX Blues)
  • Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone
  • Razer Ouroboros mouse


  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

the fact that we can now build a rig capable of 4k gaming for $1100 :) Great looking build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

As you said in the description, you will definitely want to buy another ssd or hdd (ssd preferably 500gb, or hdd preferably 1tb), but for the time being you will be fine. Great build dude! Pretty jealous of that 1070 lol.