When I first wanted a gaming computer, this site was the first one that I stumbled upon that inspired me to build my own. It was great seeing what everyone could build and how may different styles there were....
When I started researching I wasn't sure of what I wanted and what games I would run on it. In all honesty, I was think I was looking for something that would demolish my 2011 MacBook Pro (lol). My initial budget was only $800 (including taxes).... That did not happen lol. After reading reviews and reviews, and considering the cost for better parts, I ended up with the build in the parts list.
I'm new to building computers, but I do know a few things and took a few IT classes in college. I chose the i5 only because this was meant to be a gaming computer and most reviews said an i7 would serve more of a purpose if I were to video edit (more on that later). The Corsair H80iGT is great; I'm only running one fan on it right now and get about 45C while gaming. The Asus motherboard is great, the Bios is easy to navigate and I like that I can add an M.2 SSD if I wanted to later. Ram is... ram lol.
3 drives because yolo. Just kidding, I use the Samsung SSD as my boot drive and my main applications, WD 1TB is to store my games on, and the last WD 1TB is for the media that I want to use for video editing (should have went with an i7). I first bought the Gigabyte gtx 960 g1 gaming, then bought a Gigabyte gtx 970 g1 gaming (ended up not liking it for $100 more)... returned that and got an EVGA 960 FTW (did not like this one either)... and ended up with the Gigabyte gtx 960 g1 gaming again. Power supply does what it's suppose to & so does the TP-Link Archer.
All this is in my NZXT Noctus 450 case. I originally had a NZXT Phantom 410, but I liked the larger window on the Noctus case - I was also able to order the NZXT Hue+ for fancy lighting effects. As for extras, I have a Astro A-50s (great sound), Steel Series Apex M800 (FREAKING AWESOME - SO. MUCH. CUSTOMIZATION.), Logitech G700s (Awesome mouse - crap battery).
Sorry about the scattered description, i'm at work LOL. All in all, thank you guys for your inspiration and happy building if you haven't started yet! More pictures to come later!
More pictures! :)