It's been always a dream for me to build my own custom PC. I'm 21 years old now, and since Star Wars : KotOR release, it's been something I REALLY desired.
I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina - to say this is importante because people do not build their PC, they just buy a console or get a rig built for them. But I needed more than that. I needed to feel the thrill of installing every single component, thinking ''what if I mess this up and lose lots of my last years' savings?'' , and to get it FINALLY fully functional and enjoy this beauty.
I'm currently studying Informatics Engineering, and built this PC so I could do everything related with this in the most optimal way possible, as to enjoy some casual/intense gaming on titles like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls.
So the PC specs
CPU: I was going with the i7 6700k at first, because I knew it is the most optimal for gaming, but that's not all I really needed, so I decided to go with the i7 6850k. This was mainly because of all the benefits I gained over the i7 6800k, with not so much more money spent. I was able to clock it stable at 4.4 GHz, and having 6 cores is OverKill
MoBo : Changing the CPU forced me to change the MoBo as well, and if you're spending money on something you always wanted and, choosing the best of the best is not a hard decision to make regarding of money spent. So... Asus Rampage V Edition 10.. IT IS A BEAST. Everything is easy, user friendly and top notch quality. NOT A PROBLEM
Memory: Was going with 4x8 Gb of RAM, but actually found a deal for these beauties and decided to go full speed ahead with 64 GB (4x16 at 3200 MHz). I know it's not necessary, but hey --> I NEEEEEEEEEDED IT
Storage: Going with the new Samsung 950 Pro was a no brainer, and having a second HDD with 4 TB of storage is massive. Everything writes at an incredible speed, winzip window does not even get a chance to show up!
Video Card: This was the most stressful part of the build. I was going with a 980 Ti Hybrid at first, but it actually took me so long to make a trip to U.S.A. to buy all my parts, that the GTX 1080 was released. That helped, but did not help. What brand to choose, which model to choose from that brand. It gave me literally headaches. I finally rounded up between the Zotac Amp Extreme! , Asus Strix and Gigabyte G Extreme. I couldn't decide, everything was so perfect and there was literally little difference (in my opinion) so I said: "Any of these will be great, it's the best card on the market" ... and that's how I sent my girlfriend a link to different reviews and told her to choose. Three weeks later I received the Strix and cannot complain, great clock speed at 2025 MHz stable and low temperatures. Not a single game ran at 3440x1440 on Ultra, goes below 60 fps.
Monitor: If I'm building a beast like this, I can't settle with anything below 1440p. So i had to make a call and choose between a 4K monitor, where I would get stable 30+ fps or an UltraWide monitor where I'd always get aroung 60 fps in any game. This was rather easy, because I used to game on a PS4 and there's a huge difference between 30 and 60 fps, so UltraWide it is.
Everything else: Case is big, great and nice to look it sideways. Power supply is not the best, but in Argentina is really expensive a good one. Keyboard and mouse just needed to work, so hey, this are comfortable and nice.
Setup was not really difficult, the hardest part was choosing the right screws for each part of the PC. Yeah, that's on me and my 0 experience at this before, but everything turned out OK and works awesome. I'll try and post some pics on FPS, but until now I can say this:
- Dragon Age: Inquisition --> 3440x1440 (Ultra) Average is 65 fps.
- Fallout 4 --> 3440x1440 (Ultra) Average is 60 fps.
- Fifa 16 --> 3440x1440 (Ultra) locked at 90 fps due to monitor refresh rate at 90 hz.
- Elder Scrolls: Skyrim --> 3440x1440 (Everything maxed out) around 55 fps, except cities around 40.
So, thanks for reading if you did, and if you didn't hope you enjoy the build and benchmarks, because my cable management is .... well .... really bad. Will improve it later.