The idea of building a gaming rig came a few months ago, when I started to notice in me a significant lost of interest for console gaming. I've been a gamer(social) since childhood always on console, but recently I've lost that excitement I felt before about games. Maybe my studies are to blame, since I've been studying and preparing for CompTIA & Microsoft certifications and I'm really focused on that.
I was using my old Sony laptop for everything, up until I started taking a Microsoft Server course at college. With that came the need for a few virtual machines running at the same which started to take a toll on my poor Vaio. And that's when I realized the idea of a simple gaming rig won't cut it anymore. It was either a budget gaming rig and a RAM upgrade for the laptop or leave the laptop as it is and build a Multitasking rig capable of more than just gaming. Since the laptop is a bit old, I decided that the investment should go to a powerful desktop . Anyways, the point is that I saw the money, the need, and the opportunity available and just went with the flow.
Bellow is a part list with a brief explanation and reason(s) why I chose that particular part.
There's not much to say about this, basically everyone know how this lil guy performs; great future proof cpu. I have mine oc to 4.4GHz only. Yes it is capable of more and has the hardware to back it up, but since I haven't bought the graphics card yet and haven't felt the need for it, will be staying as it is for the moment.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GT
Keeps my cpu(idle) at 26-27Co with the air conditioner on and 32-33Co when the air conditioner is off(notice that I live in Puerto Rico where my room temperature usually roams around 29-32Co without air conditioner and can get to 35Co easily on a hot day). Looks good, great performance, has a 280mm radiator with dual 140mm fans. Initially I was planning on getting an evo212 and then upgrade to liquid when buying a graphics card, so this cooler wasn't even in my "maybe" list. But the same day I was browsing Newegg, Amazon and Ebay for other options I saw Amazon lowered this baby from $119.99 to $99.99 and so I thought why not?, and again went with the flow.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 6
Great motherboard, overclocks easily, looks awesome even better when powered on. This mobo was a last time switch too. My original pick was an Asus Z170-K for $134.99 and then I saw that Amazon had the Z170-A and pro Gaming versions for $149.99 and I thought yeah for 15 bucks more I could use more usb ports, but I wasn't buying the white/blue scheme since I'm not so fond of blue myself and the Pro Gaming looks just plain for the money. After viewing some other mobos like the Gigabyte's Z170X-Gaming 5 & 7(loved the colors but jumping from $135 to $200 I didn't like one bit), I stumbled upon the Z170X Gaming 6 version and instantly liked the black/red/aluminum color scheme. Basically for $169.99 with a $20 rebate got more performance at the $150 price.
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ series
Just Aawesome they not only perform but I dont have words to describe how beautiful these two look in person, and they perfectly matched the black/red/aluminum colors on the motherboard.
SSD: PNY 120GB
This BUDGET 120GB ssd performs great and at $40 is perfect for my OS.
HDD: WD Blue
What can I say, SATA III/6Gb/s, 7200RPM good performing low budget HDD and 1TB is more than enough for me right now.
Graphics card: Coming Soon Haven't decided yet since new ones recently came out and my monitor has freesync not Gsync, we'll see...
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro(white)
I can't describe how satisfied I feel with this full tower. Initially I was skeptic because of how cheap it was and went to every review and forum that Papa Google would show on search, but when I saw it in person I was completely shocked with how beautiful and elegant it looks. It is also fully modifiable since it is built using screws not rivets, has front/ bottom/top/PSU removable filters, and comes with a 200mm fan shown in pictures. BTW I was almost convinced my acrylic panel came cracked up until I removed the plastic cover, 5 different people saw it and touched it and were convinced it was cracked and not the film covering it, and when I removed it VOILA it was an overlap in the plastic film. I posted pictures of it :). When you go to the picture showing the plastic cover, look at the left side where the fan and expansion slots meet.
PSU: EVGA 750 P2 Platinum
Initially looking at the EVGA 750w B2 Bronze at $80 found out Amazon had a sale on this beauty at $110 from $130, so I thought, the B2 version doesn't have that good of a reputation and jumping from semi-modular to fully modular and from 80+Bronze to 80+Platinum for $30 bucks more...DEAL.
Monitor: LG 29UM68 29" 21:9 Ultrawide 75Hz
Can't say anything yet because I just bought it during prime day so I'm still waiting for it to arrive, maybe this weekend.