Hi! My name's Conor and I'm here to tell you about my First PC Build! :D
I would consider the build I've created as "Standard Gaming" for 1080p (Hopefully 100FPS+ in most games) and you can find my individual reviews for my parts below, but overall I'm pretty happy with the results of my effort.
This build is for gaming, so as with gaming builds a good portion of my budget has been invested into my GPU (about 40%) and I think it's a good investment, as I stated below I got a great deal for it and the upgrade to a 1080 was not enough value to justify the price.
I have the monitor, mouse, and keyboard on hand from some friends who have upgraded and donated to me, so they are not included in the price.
I wish to have this build hold me at least partway through college (which starts in 2 years) and I am fairly confident that with upgrades from Christmas and my birthday this is entirely possible without breaking the bank. It's a mini-ITX build as that would take up less space in a college dorm and it would be at least slightly easier for any LAN World of Warcraft parties I might be able to find around town.
I really want to hear your opinions and comments as this is my first build, so please if you have something to say, negative or positive, put it in the comments section! Thanks for stopping by!
Best value for money you can find at this time. Even with the B360 and H360 boards for Intel, the "rival" i5-8400 is notably more expensive for less threads and slightly higher clock speeds, this is the most worth at this moment. I also got it for $50 off new as a bundle at Microcenter. It's probably my fault but the Ryzen AMD Stock Cooler was SO ANNOYING to install because I was scared of pressuring the motherboard and it never threaded properly, and took me about 45 minutes (I had to take a break in between to cool myself off from frustration) until I found a guide that convinced me to press down harder on the board to screw in. Other than that it's a solid CPU.
I have had my sights on different STRIX motherboards, starting with the B350-F, then the X370-E when I thought I was going to make an ATX build, but once I decided on Mini-ITX and noted it had WiFi (Which I need as my house is old and college isn't for 2 years) I got a bundle deal from Microcenter to save $30 on the MOBO+CPU combo for $80 off. It's not enough to drop it down to 4 stars from 5 but I wish that the bottom part of the board was glued on along with being screwed in. Would've made CPU Fan installation a bit easier.
Simple RAM, Corsair is a reliable brand and the jump from 3200 from 3000mhz was 35 dollars, not worth in my opinion. 16GB RAM is the minimum at this point in computer history.
Brand new SSD, fast as it gets.
Got it for $20 off at Microcenter, normal HDD for storing work related documents and the like.
Got a MASSIVE discount from friends at Microcenter for buying CPU, MOBO, and other things from them, 1070ti is a SLIGHTLY less powerful 1080 for a notable less amount of money. There were no other 1080 discounts over $50 so I would have been shelling out up to an extra $300 for little benefit. My friend said he had a CERBERUS and he recommended it which is why I picked this specific one.
AWESOME deal from Newegg, very lucky find. This is the best midrange-high level case you can find and it's MSRP is $150. Using a Newegg discount code and a $30 rebate I got it for nearly half price, which is incredible for the value. Comes with all the case fans needed and 2 RGB strips and all the LED connectors needed, with ample cable management space and areas to thread wires to the front. Oh, did I also mention HIGH QUALITY TEMPERED GLASS TO SHOW OFF THAT SWEET, SWEET BUILD?! This thing is top notch.
$20 discount from Newegg, good investment item, as PSUs have good warranties and to use an excessive amount of extra wattage and gold standard from a reliable company like EVGA ensures you can use the PSU for a few years at least.
Got it for free from my father's office, gets the job done in great 1080p, no problems whatsoever
I was torn between this and the BlackWidow keyboard by Razer, but this keyboard really stuck my self-diagnosed OCD with its clean cut edges and well cut parts. If you care for aesthetic I would definitely recommend this keyboard, even if it means shelling out the extra bucks.
Cheap mouse, nothing special
Love these headphones, used them on Xbox for about a year and now I get to use them for PC, feelsgoodman
Just wanted that nice LED rainbow look for fun, y'know? This fits that pretty well IMO, just be sure you're okay with constant quad-color LED at all times, cuz that's what you're gonna get. (I don't regret it)