So, the goal for this PC project was simple; build a gaming pc for under $1,700 (after tax and shipping) that would perform well and of course look amazing, but most importantly, after the build was completed, I didn't want to have a single regret. I wanted to make sure I got the best possible deals at the time and that I was getting "the biggest bang for my buck" on most, if not all the items I purchased. I Feel I did just that. In the end I feel I payed a reasonable price for these components and I am absolutely ecstatic at how well this beauty looks and performs.
Playing games on a console or crappy laptop (which I've been used to for the past 10 years) is absolutely no comparison to playing games on this PC. To my surprise, this pcs+ r9 290 can max out just about anything I throw at it and stay around 60fps. Some of the more demanding games like GTA V and The Witcher 3 need a little tweaking to stay in the 45fps-60fps range, but I'm still able to keep most of those game's graphic settings at very high or ultra. Considering I paid about $260 after tax and shipping, I seriously cant complain and I would recommend this video card to anyone looking for great GPU value.
BTW, yes, the H100i is in a pull configuration and is my primary intake. It might look unorthodox but believe it or not, I get slightly better cooling with it in a pull configuration compared to push. When I say "slightly better," I'm talking a 1-2 degree difference, so It really doesn't matter, but the main reason I configured the fans this way was to showcase the SP120s and to have easier access to the back of the RAD (for cleaning purposes).
I'm not going to go into full detail about every single item in this parts list, but if any of you have a question or would like my personal product review on any of these items, then please feel free to drop a comment. I will regularly look for questions or requests and get back to you as soon as I can.
Please leave a comment if you want (good or bad) and I would also love to see any suggestions you guys might have for improving this PC and its performance. I'm relatively new to the PC world so any info or feedback is welcomed.
All the prices in this build are listed after promotions and mail in rebates , but before tax and shipping. I only payed shipping on a couple small items that weren't covered by Amazon Prime's and Newegg Premier's free shipping services. Final price of this build came out to just above $1,700. If your building a PC by ordering parts online then I strongly suggest that you sign up for Amazon Prime and Newegg Premier. Shipping on computer components can get quite expensive. If you don't want to cough up the hefty annual membership fees, then sign up for their free 30 day trials. Just remember to cancel the memberships before the 30 day trial ends