So after almost 2 years of using his first gaming build, my friend decided it was time to invest in a long term option. I actually did not get to physically help build it, but I helped walk him through it over facebook video chat. He actually did an awesome job assembling and has some nice cable management as well :) Next step is to start overclocking and getting that RGB LED strip installed.
So first of all, yes we overpaid for this, we had the motherboard already and he wanted to build ASAP so he paid the extra 20 or so dollars to get it here soon. Can't wait to start overclocking, seems like a great overclocking chip.
This was a last minute change and I think we both agree is looks amazing with this build. Looks better and performs better than out last choice (Cryorig H7) and although it is a little bit louder than the H7, he is used to the stock FX-6300 cooler and his first reaction was "Damn this is so quiet". Assembly wasn't too bad, he has never installed a CPU Cooler of any type and he put everything on in about 15min using this awesome step by step tutorial.
This is my third MSI board and all of them have been great to work with, and the included manual is always super helpful and easy to understand. On the cheaper end of z370 motherboards, has some nice features including an M.2 slot that he can populate late on if he wants. Nothing else too major of note, just a solid board.
This was the cheapest DDR4-3200 RAM. With good reviews and a color that kinda matches the theme, this was a no-brainer.
A budget SSD that will speed up boot times and game load times, just wish prices were not so insane :/
Both of these hard drives were taken from his old build. Will be used for extra games, video files, and anything else he needs.
Got this from Newegg's Ebay store for only $20 over MSRP. Its possible with the 1070ti launch that these might go down in price a little bit, but just like with the CPU, we wanted to get all the parts in for this weeked so he was willing to pay a little bit extra. We went with this GPU because it beats the 1070 in many games and has the added bonus of using waaaay cheaper FreeSync monitors.
This was an awesome case in basically every way. First of all it looks amazing, it is the combination of the two big fads right now (Tempered glass and RGB) but no one can deny that it looks stunning. Cable management is also great, plenty of routing holes as well as lots of space on the other side of the case. SSD mounts are easy to use, and the PSU shroud looks great. Highly highly recommend this case.
80+ Bronze is nice, but the fact that this is semi-modular is amazing. Cable management is sooooo much easy when you can just get rid of any cables you don't need. The connectors are idiot proof (you can't plug the VGA cable into the CPU2 port on the main unit). The one complaint is that CPU Power cable is just a little short. He was able to rout it the way he wanted to, but only barely. Having the cable be an extra inch or two would save some time and effort.