After using a craptop for 5 years with integrated graphics, a 620GB HDD, 6gb of ddr3 ram, a 1366x768 display and saving up money, I decided it was time for an upgrade. This thing crushes any game i've tested so far at 1080p. I feel this is definitely a good build for about $1100, just the tower itself. There were complications while building it, but hey it's my first time, i'm learning. I use this build mostly for gaming, watching youtube videos, light photo and video editing, and other internet-ey things, which it all does extremely well. Very happy with how it turned out.
Also called The Dark Spoon because a friend wanted a pre-built by a spoon, but the pre-built was bad so we built our own. Aka The Dark Spoon
Regrets: 7 Months in, I wish I could have gotten a 500gb 970 evo for the same price I got my 250gb 960 evo. I bought the 1060 for about $340 during the cryptocurrency craze, so I could have gotten it for much less today. Also ram, I spent $180 on it and the price has come down significantly. I would like to replace my stock CPU cooler and maybe add a couple case fans eventually... (I also changed my headphones for the Razer Pro v2)
Update: 3/26/19 I got an aftermarket CPU cooler, which can be seen on the list. It runs cooler at a lower speed, and is much quieter!
Awesome CPU. Very powerful and runs pretty cool. Came with Turbo boost enabled.
Much better than Intel's stock cooler, wish I didn't wait so long to buy this! It's quiet, small, and keeps my CPU cooler than stock
Had to work out some kinks at first, but I really like this. Wifi works very well, bluetooth works with my headphones for the most part. The RGB light on it is not very noticable, but neat to say the least.
Looks slick, runs slick, 3200mhz is nothing short of amazing. 16gb is a lot of ram and it should last a long time
Absolutely BLAZING fast, even compared to a SATA SSD.
A ton of storage on the cheap, good for a hard drive. 7200rpm rocks.
Amazing graphics card. 6GB of VRAM is more than enough for a while. Crushes games at buttery smooth framerates
This case looks amazing! There's a good amount of room, and keeps my computer mostly cool. However, the drive bays are where the PSU is, so I got both of them stuck and the screws were hidden in the drive bay, in a box that was extremely hard to get out. These set me back a few hours in building time. But other than that, I love this case.
Very high quality cables, Full modularity is the way to go
Absolutely stunning monitor. 1080p is crystal clear compared to my 768p laptop. Very bright, 24" is a great size, even bigger than expected. 144hz is so smooth you have no idea if you have a 60hz panel. 60 feels choppy compared to this.
A pleasure to type on, RGB is stunning on this thing. Orange switches feel and sound amazing.