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First off I have to thank the folks over at /r/buildapc. This was my first time building a PC in over 10 years and back then I had a friend who took me to Fry's and pretty much told me what to buy and practically build the whole thing for me. This time around I was on my own, save all the helpful folks on /r/buildapc. I asked a lot of questions and went through like 5 or 6 build revisions and every time I posted I was greeted by friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful people. If you are thinking of building a PC make sure to stop by /r/buildapc.

Now on to the good stuff.

Here's an imgur album of my build progress. http://imgur.com/a/DNsf6

My goal was a top of the line gaming PC that could play the latest games at 1440p 60+FPS on Ultra to High settings.

Some of my thoughts on the parts and the build.

Intel i7-6700K: Not much to say really. Its a fast, capable CPU. The on-board graphics were nice. Got to test them out for a couple of days while I waited for my GPU to come in stock.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo: Works extremely well for the price. Keeps my CPU cool under load. A bit unwieldy to install and the thing is ******* huge. Not very aesthetically pleasing.

Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151: Really nice motherboard. I chose it because it had all the latest I/O including a USB-C 3.1 port that I will use with my Nexus 6P. Sound is good, though I'm no audiophile. It has some cool red LEDs that I have set to bump to the music.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133: What can I say? They're red and they match my motherboard. I kind of regret going with 2133. My original plan was to not overclock anything until I absolutely needed it, but now I realize that 2666 or 2800 would have been a better choice I think. I will probably upgrade to 32GB DDR4-3200 in the future.

Samsung 850 EVO-Series: Again what can you say about an SSD? It was definitely smaller than I expected. The Samsung Magician software is nice.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000: I read that these drives have very low fail rates, but fail rate data seems to always be skewed. It's a nice drive and performs well for its use.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0: ******* Christ almighty! This thing is a beast. I'm only gonna say the hype is real.

NZXT H440: My wife said it has a "Stormtrooper" look. I definitely bought the case for the looks. I am decently pleased with the level of noise; it's pretty quiet. Not having 5.25" drive bays is interesting, I haven't missed them so far. My only complaint is the power source bay. Once installed the PSU is very hard to access. It made wiring the power to my parts extra challenging.

EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply: Its a power supply. Nuff said. I will say that EVGA includes some very nice power cables with it though. Very nice.

Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 27.0" 165Hz Monitor: This monitor is the shiz-nite! Well to me, an average user, its da bomb. There is some slight IPS glow, but no blacklight bleed, at least not on mine. I was a biT nervous because all the reviews made it sound like the quality control at ASUS was awful, but so far I am very pleased. It was ridiculously expensive, but really complements my GTX 1080 well.

Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers: These speakers bump! They are crisp and clean sounding and look pretty cool too.

Corsair STRAFE Wired Gaming Keyboard: It's my first mechanical keyboard. Mo-fo is loud! but I like the feel for sure. Still getting used to it though.

The rest of the peripherals I've had for a while, but included them in my build because now their main function is with my new PC.

Well thanks for reading if you got this far. Leave a comment or an upvote if you liked my post and feel free to ask me any questions.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

how much performance are you getting out of that cat? Do you see a boost in FPS?

  • 42 months ago
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It's oc is five ghz when it purrs; at idle it goes down to three.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a Micro-ATX board in an ATX case, especially at this budget. Looks a bit outta place but still a plus one from me!!

  • 42 months ago
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I got the mATX board to save on costs, but got the NZXT H440 ATX Mid Tower case so I had more room for an easier build since it was my first in a while. Also I really liked the look of the H440.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cable management. If you run the SATA cable behind the SSD and drop it through that grommet directly behind it, it will clean up the entire look of the lower section of the case. Looks good though!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Roller Coaster Tycoon! Awesome build nonetheless.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Computer is very powerful, but for some reason whenever I play first person shooters I can not hit anything!!! Think about renaming it...

lol great build +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I imagine that's somewhere close to 9 or 10 thousand frames per second on roller coaster tycoon right? hahaha

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build! +1

I'm a big fan of that case, used it my build. It just looks so nice and clean compared with others.

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