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