Description

My goals for this build was to build an entire PC including peripherals for under $1400. Coming from things like a HD 7770 and a crappy 10+ year old 20 inch 1680x1050 monitor, I thought it would have been cool to experience the newest and greatest stuff like a 1440p monitor, mechanical keyboard, etc. But with $1400 it may may been a challenge.

However thanks to reddit's "buildapcsales" I was able to manage, over a month of monitoring to take advantage of some decent price drops. All parts are brand new

Another main factor for this build was longevity. I tend to only upgrade a pc when something is broken or it doesn't work anymore, and this pc will most likely be my last desktop pc, with the $1400 I was prioritizing cramming as much performance as possible and compromising on the peripherals as anything would have been a upgrade to what I currently have. I also carried over my HDD and SSD from my old broken PC.

I'm very, very pleased with the outcome, especially the performance and really surprised with the gpu temps after running multiple tests in furmark.

I'm considering doing more in terms of aesthetics without overdoing it but not too sure what to do so any suggestions are more than welcome.

Mini Parts Review

Went with the 7700k over Ryzen as this PC will be only used for Flight Sim, which requires strong single core performance.

For the GPU, i was planning to go with a GTX 1070 Strix for $390 (When it was a those prices) but then this popped up on newegg for $430 so it was a kind of no brainer for me, as it sold out in an hour. I would have preferred one with led lights, but at this price I couldnt complain and am very happy with it.

For the monitor, upgrading from a 20'" i think this 24"is huge lol, though i know people prefer 27" for 1440p, i couldnt afford it in the budget. Nevertheless this is one of my favorite parts of the build as the monitor picture quality is so beautiful.

Keyboard/Mouse, a cheap but great mechanical backlit keyboard, and mouse.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like this build. And I couldnt agree more. A good monitor is perhaps the most important part of a build. The whole point of a PC is to output beautiful graphics, and so many people have rubbish monitors. You've also got an ssd, which i think is essential as well. In terms of the rest of the parts, you've picked very well. You got the 1080 at a good price and It must easily hit your monitors refresh limit.

There is nothing really that i'd change on your list well done! Also i like the idea of a 1440p 24". High DPI :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

We think alike, :) Thanks for the nice words mate!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice I like it

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

We have such a similar build lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yours looks great man

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

To save money you could have gone with Ryzen :) Also Ryzen would give you more cores and would have been a longer lasting build with Intel changing the socket this year and AMD not changing it til 2020. Plus most of them come with a nice stock cooler. So that saves some money.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know, but it's main usage is for flightsim, which is single threaded and requires a high ipc hence Intel

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I use your same keyboard as my daily driver in the office. I wasn't a big fan of the "gamer" font on the key caps it came with, so I picked up some pretty sweet custom key caps and it looks amazing!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

These do look better, I'll look into them thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good! I built my first rig a week or two back but went a little over budget. How many fans and whats the temp like? My mATX intel 7700k does run a little hot at times although CPU temp doesnt go over 80 I was aiming for the 70 mark.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build, I was considering that case as well. Using 3 fans My cpu temps are a bit too high for my liking as well, it sits around 75c but at times it spikes to around 83 then sometimes drops to 60s then back up again. I'm thinking about reseating the cooler. As for the GPU using furmark it's goes to 63 which I found amazing.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The mechanical keyboard probably would have been cheaper if you got them from corsair.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, i was really wondering how you had 1400 in a system with a 7700k and gtx 1080.... lots of parts are not priced.... i have a few like that.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a simple build but definitely not a sleeper. A sleeper build is taking an old pc case say from year 2000 and cramming it with modern powerful parts. You keep the "retro" look but it runs like a beast.