This was my first complete build of a gaming PC. I have previously upgraded a gaming PC but wanted to build my own from scratch this time. I didn't want to use parts that would be too quickly outdated, so I tried to either use top-of-the-line parts or parts that I knew would retain usefulness over a larger period of time.

I use this for gaming and college work (Engineering). So far it has met and exceeded my expectations. The first couple of things I plan on upgrading are going to be:

  • The Monitor: Going to get a second monitor for 4K gaming. The 1080p 144hz is great as many games have 1440p and 4K DSR, but I would like to get a native 4K monitor. I also have a 1440p Monitor but the 4K quality just seems so illustrious.

  • The Memory: Just going to add another 16gb set to total out at 32gb and never have to worry about it again. 16gb is usually too much, but running some games with other applications can start to draw on my RAM.

  • The Storage: Going to shoot for another 500gb SSD and call it good, because it currently is running low on SSD storage which is use for my games and high priority applications. I like the 1 TB of HDD for the reliability as I have read reviews of SSDs failing and HDDs just being more stable.

  • The Motherboard: I realize this motherboard is starting to get a bit dated and I do plan on upgrading to another in the Gigabyte line. I find their products to be well performing. I am however going to wait for the Z270 chip set motherboards to release so I can eventually drop in a Kabylake, Cannonlake, or possibly even Icelake CPU when I want to upgrade.

There were absolutely no problems, and the Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming card really is great. This CPU and GPU combo really performs excellently overclocked, with the CPU at 4.5Ghz and GPU at 2110Mhz. I did seem to win the silicon lottery on the GPU though, as many people aren't getting clocks that high and being stable.

I had no major problems with any of the hardware, and would recommend them to anyone.


  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Majority of SSD's don't fail, they are pretty reliable mainly depends on what brand you get. I have a intel ssd in my build and it is still working fine after 3 or 4 years. HDD's are just as likely to fail as SSD's as HDD's have moving parts.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks for the input!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Which led strip did you use?