Always was into assembling my own PC and as the time passed I finally had a chance to build a completely new Killer machine for a decent price. First of all, let me explain to you what happened to my old PC and why this one was created.
In 2015 I found out that I won the Green Card lotter, which is a farely unknown thing for a lot of people, however, it opened up a completely new chapter in my life. With this new chapter came sad and not so news - I had to sell my old PC in order to buy tickets to United States. I told my wife, I will get myself a new one instead whenever the day will come and it was January 8th, 2017. That's the day when I was sick and tired of the laggy laptop and finally decided to go to BestBuy in order to get a Gaming Laptop. Don't get me wrong, I am not too much into gaming these days, but a Gaming Laptop would at least give me the performance that I was used to before. Because of the unsuficient credit history BestBuy declined my application for a new laptop, so I had to once again jump back into exploring the limitless lands of internet in the search for a regular computer. That was my only way not to spend huge amounts of money at once, which was assembling a tower step by step, part by part.
My goal was - Go as budget as possible, without loosing quality. This machine should last me for a good couple of years until I decide to upgrade it with something else, run games at Ultra-High Setting on our 4k 55' TV and be able to play movies in 1080p withouth lagging. Was looking for discounts every single day, rebates and other goodies that would make this build cheaper. Estethics of this PC, somehow turned out great (for my taste) without loosing too much money.
It took me so long to figure out what case I wanted, as there where so many options. It had to match the living room, what was my wifes only condition, as it will be connected to our 4K 55' Samsung Curved TV. I was debating between 3 option, Zalman R1, NZXT S340 and a Thermaltake Case (which I cannot find anymore). The choice wasn't obvious until NZXT S340 finally came in - it is a fabulous piece of metal!
Case has arrived along with G.Skill RAM and HDD, which patiently where waiting in their boxes for other parts to come by. There is not too much to say, RAM is RAM, HDD is HDD. After days of research I understood that there is not too much point in a faster RAM spped, or a better HDD, unless you are into rendering and transfering big amounts of data from Storage A to Storage B.
I thought it is going to be a really quick project and that my beauty will be build in a couple of weeks (which was primarly the plan), however, we got into a car accident... Noone got hurt but the car was totalled, so we had to buy another one, as there is absolutely no way to get around if you don't one at least one car here, in America. Long story short, after a couple of months of giving money back for the second car, I was finally able to continue with the PC build.
Next one in line was the Motherboard. I know it may be an overkill and I could go with a cheaper one, but just look at this cutie! ASRock wasn't a brand that I was looking at, mainly wanted to go with something simple like an Asus Z170-E and then I found it - ASRock z270 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151. For the money I spent on it, it had everything I needed and even more. Wifi wasn't a must, but definitely was a pleasent fature as it sure left me with one less wire to connect. Internet speed is decent, even through Wifi I am able to download at a speed of 12MB/s, which is only limited by my provider. Going through few reviews, even thought there is not too many of those, I didn't find anything bad about this MB, plus it looked awesome (did I mention that already?)!
Ok now, my favorite part of the Soul PC! EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0!!! I had doubts about going with 1060, or 1070, but I had no doubt about going with a Geforce, as I had so many problems just configuring an AMD GPU, not saying about the quality of the ones I owned and their productivity. 1060 would definitely cost me a 100$ less, but for those 100$ you gain a 30-40% performance raise (not on all gpus), meaning that it will last you at least a year, or two more, until you would need to upgrade it with something more powerful. There are so many 1070s out there, the only factor that got me hooked with this one was the price for a top of the line 1070 graphics card, which is a win win option.
Intel 600p 128GB is an M.2 NVME drive, that gets you the a pretty looking picture when it comes to transfer speeds for the price. Would go for more storage if did not have budget limitations.
Power supply - EVGA is one of the best and most relible brands for these on the market. I needed a supply that will be powerful enough for my build and for adding an extra pair of RAM, another GPU and who knows, maybe something else, in the future. This was a an obvious decision, a lot of reviews, youtube videos and others. There is not a huge difference between Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum power supplies and there is not really an obvious answer, whatever to choose, so I got my self a Golden middle (russian saying), a Gold EVGA 650W, plus it is a fully modular one, for the convenience. I bet, this one will last me forever, just as my old Chieftec did.
CPU cooler , esthetics, esthetics and esthetics. CRYORIG H7 definitely matched my build, is qualitative enough (you can feel it already out of the box), cheap enough (not 80$ like some of coolers out there) and has a lot of positive reviews about its lifetime. Would have considered buying something like an NZXT - Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler, looks badass, the price though.
The last, but not least - CPU! Should you go with i7 instead of i5? Only if you have extra money, which I didn't had. 10% increase in productivity isn't that big of a difference for me when you are spending extra 100$+. Market holds a lot of good CPUs, watched and read about new Ryzen line, good, but not good enough. Plus I already had an Intel Mother Board, so I was going for either 6700k, or 7600k. Overclocking was a must, as I needed a powerful CPU to last me years (remember?). I do not do editing, do not game on a professional level, just want my system to run smoothly, which it does at the clock speed of 4.8GHz, which was too easy to overclock right from the very start. As my motherboard supported overclocking, it already had an setting to do that in BIOS. Took me a couple of minutes, end result - everything runs fantastic, with no lagging and overheating.
Now, me and my wife are enjoying this gorgeous piece in our living room, along with our 55' 4k TV, works just fine. The only issue with such a big TV is the size of some programs and games, makes it really hard to read when you are sitting in the chair, rather than that - everything is PERFECT.
I appologize for the mistakes that I may have made, or that this description wasn't technical enough. However, if you are an casual PC builder like me, you can always benefit from reading these kind of articles (that's how I came up with my build, and that's why I decided to post this one of my own).