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The last time I played a PC game was Soliders of Fortune 2 back in 2002. Console gaming has dominated my life from Atari 2600 all the way to PS4/Xbox One, and it continues to do so.

So what is it that has me trying my hand at today's PC gaming world? The OCULUS RIFT. The Rift is the sole purpose for me building my own PC. Whether The Rift is a success or not, I am without a doubt happy that I completed this build and its amazing.

Keep in mind, I am truly new to this. I've watched plenty of videos on how to build a gaming PC. Most (if not all) parts selected for this build were selected based off me liking the way it looked.

CPU: By far the most powerful CPU I have ever owned. All computers I ever had were store bought builds. Went with Skylake because it is the newest model. Also there was only a $20.00 difference between i5-4690K and i5-6600K.

February 24, 2016: Upgrade to i7-6700K

CPU Cooler: I went with this solely on the aesthetics. The Cryorig in my opinion looks a lot better than the Hyper Evo.

Motherboard: I originally purchased a MSI Z170A Krait Gaming Edition. Quickly took the back to Micro Center. Ending up going with EVGA z170 FTW. I selected this MB because I already purchase a EVGA video card, and power supply. Just figured I keep it in the family. I have to educate myself on all the capabilities of the board but I'll get there.

January 12, 2017: Changed Motherboard. Asus Maximus IX Hero

Memory: Hyper X looked better than Corsair Vengeance.

Storage: Crucial 240GB because its blue. WD 1TB was on sale for $39.99 at Micro Center.

Video Card: This was by far the hardest decision. I've watched countless videos on video cards. Finally went with EVGA because one of the YouTube channels I watched was big on this brand. Aside from that, EVGA has great reviews on every site. I fully intended on purchasing a GTX 980ti, but I was told that Nvidia would be releasing a new Video Card this year. The GTX 970 was purchased because it's the minimum specs required for The Rift. Also, I did not want to spend much on a graphics card if a new version is being released this year.

Case: Originally purchased a Fractal Design S on black friday for $59.99 but once everything was built, the case didn't work. Went with the NZXT s340 because it was on sell at Micro Center. Didn't give much thought to the case, I just did not want something massive.

January 12, 2017: Changed Case. NZXT S340 Elite (Black)

Power Supply: EVGA NEX 750G This power supply is extremely loud. From the time I hit the power on button until the time I shut her now. Will be returning this to Amazon.

February 24, 2016 Purchased a EVGA 850W G2 power supply from Microcenter. $199.99 unit and Microcenter price match Neweggs sale of $129.99. This power unit is perfect. Not a whisper!

I still have a lot to learn. Will be making adjustments as I go along. Any advice that can be given will be greatly appreciated.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

BTW just noticed the Microcenter bags. I love that place. They have some great deals.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes Micro Center really took care of me. You cannot find a cheaper location to purchase new processors.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

I only wish I lived closer to one.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice first build. Solid part choice and looks like a good build all around.

Oculus. Sweet, have you got one on pre order.?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks you! Yes, I pre ordered The Rift. It's expected to be shipped in March! We shall see.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet. By the time I got on to pre order it as June!!!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job with the cable management for your first build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude. Seems like I put more time in cable management than I did building the rig.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

You took some of the EXACT pc parts i want for my next build (ram / cpu / cpu cooler).

I'm in love with the Cryorig H7 +1 on this!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL. Yes, the Cryorig Cooler is much more pleasing to the eye. It's also extremely quiet. Aside from it being about $12 more than the Evo, I believe they are pretty much the same.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I did play SOF 2 before too. And nice build too. Thumbs up!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, how do you like the EVGA mobo? I'm debating on it

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it. No complaints.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really nice inside. Good parts. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any issues with the MoBo ?

would you recommend the it ? ( ?/5 )

Pretty build tho !

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

4/5 haven't had any issues to date.

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