This is a computer that I built with emphasis on budget, aesthetics, and ability to upgrade.
The i3-6100 and r9 380 make an excellent pair for 1080p 60hz gaming. They passively act as placeholders for far more powerful components, with my eyes being on the i5-6600k and GTX 1070 for 1080p 144hz gaming.
The Cryorig H7 is a great CPU cooler, with a very clean look and decent capability to cool overclocked Skylake processors. I am not much of an overclocker, Id rather buy an i7-6700k for the same price as an i5 6600k and liquid cooler, because a cool and quiet system is more important to me than a raw performance system. This is as premium as I feel the need to go.
The Asus Z170-A Is the most popular motherboard of it's kind, for good reason, and it fits my color theme well. It will soon house an i5-6600k or i7-6700k.
The Kingston HyperX Savage RAM operates at 2400Mhz with a low latency, and is aesthetically sound. Your RAM may operate at higher frequencies than mine, but my RAM is savage, and yours is not.
The PNY 120GB SSD makes a great boot drive for Windows 10. I have also stored many of my computers utility applications as well as a few games (Skyrim, League of Legends, and Fallout: New Vegas) on the SSD for snappy loading screens.
The WD Blue 1TB is more than enough storage space for my needs and comes from a workstation I owned before I was into building computers. It has worked for quite a long time and I expect it to work for quite a bit longer.
The Sapphire R9 380 4GB Nitro is an excellent graphics card aimed at 1080p gaming, although now outdated and replaced the the RX 480 4GB (or GTX 1060 3GB.) When it comes to AMD graphics cards, Sapphire's design is the most effective and impressive in my opinion.
The Cooler Master MasterBox 5 supports everything I need and has a very clean appearance. I feel that this case was a compromise since I wanted the MasterCase 5 , but I am nonetheless pleased.
The EVGA G2 550W PSU is perfect for my needs. 550 Watts is plenty enough to power a gaming system with a single graphics card, without pulling too much from the wall. The gold rated 80+ reduces heat in the system and makes me feel great about the PSU's quality and the system's efficiency. Fully modular cabling was a bonus for me, but more importantly, the cabling is all black and sleeved.
Windows 10 is a great operating system. I upgraded from Windows 7, which was stored on my WD Blue HDD from the workstation I previously mentioned.
The Thermaltake Riing fans are a huge part of this systems aesthetic design, and I absolutely love them. as 140mm fans, they operate quietly and draw in plenty of air.
The Bitfenix Magnetic LED Strip is of high quality and is also a huge part of this systems aesthetic design.
I have an insatiable thirst to build more computers and continue upgrading, so I can't wait to upgrade this computer and build a new computer to house my replaced i3 6100 and r9 380. I was thinking of putting them in a Thermaltake Core V1, as I've always had an interest in the case, but I don't like it as a case for a main system if that makes sense.
Extremely solid performance, especially for ~110$. This makes a great HTPC/ Budget gaming processor.
The great performance, compact size, silent operation, sleek design and reasonable price of this air cooler has made it my personal favorite.
A great motherboard. The PCB has a brown hue to it, but in my computer with blue lighting it looks black. I imagine red or white lighting would make the brown stand out more. The white I/O shroud is removable.
It's good ram. Extremely savage. It's kinda cool that I can clearly see the word "Savage" in my computer when I look at it.
Almost 10x cheaper per GB than solid state options. A hard-drive is essential to nearly all computer builds.
Current date, I believe that the RX 480 and GTX 1060 are better options, but if this what you can afford, then there is nothing wrong with this card and I highly recommend it. It has a beautiful backplate that matches any color scheme. There are very few games this card can not handle at 1080p with ideal performance.
Beautiful, sturdy, clean, spacious, and beginner friendly. A genuinely well thought out case. The strengths of this case far outweigh the minor flaws and it is definitely a strong competitor to the Phanteks P400 & Enthoo Pro M, NZXT S340, Fractal Define S and other cases found at the 70$ price point.
It is extremely high quality, fully modular with nicely black sleeved cables. You certainly pay for it though.
Not overly expensive considering the quality of these fans. There is very little to no vibration, low noise, and strong airflow. I also prefer the contained LED, my previous computer turned half of my room red from the LED fans in my case.