Hi, this is my very first build. I'm currently taking courses to become a computer technician and so far it's going well. This build is for gaming, might be overkill for what I play but I wanted to not invest on upgrades for a long time. (future proof?) Yes some expensive parts (at least for me) which took me about 6 months saving. Later on I will dig into overclocking since I'm not pro nor need it. Just out of curiosity I clocked it to 4.1 (lol reaches 3.9 with turbo) and downed it again to default.
I've been a member since summer I believe, and I've been asking a lot around pcpartpicker.com. Inspiration for this build came from here as well. So many thanks to those who answered my noobish questions on your respective builds! :)
Build is titled "Jake", as of Jake from Adventure Time. Why? Because I am Finn and my son is Jake. (best buds) He will have his fair share of gaming on this rig.
Now to why I chose what on my list...(This was a budget build gone wrong!)
CPU : At first I wanted the AMD x4 860k...then skylake came out and I started looking into new tech. Before I knew it my list had completely changed! Picked the i5-6600k to fiddle and learn about overclocking.
AIO : Again...I wanted other item, such as the Corsair H110i GT(X) but ended picking the NZXT Kraken x61 because of it's perks and it matched my case! Used one of the velcro straps provided with the PSU to wrap the hoses together.
MOBO : Easy o/c, looks great, it's performing awesome.
RAM : Got them with a promo code. Color matched my mobo. 16gigs might be too much for gaming but I rather have more than run short. Why 4x4? Because aesthetics.
STORAGE : Yes, cheap and apparently reliable with good speeds. A friend is making some covers for them. I have no internal HDDs but have a couple externals.
GPU : This fire breathing behemoth is amazing, all tho my monitor is 1080p(yes kinda of a waste) graphics are amazing. Might of picked this because of backplate? Kind of about right xD. She looks awesome, performs even better.
CASE : I fell in love with this case. I wanted the Corsair Spec2/3 but I ran into this case, might add it was made for noobs like myself? JK lol, but yup, cable management done easy thanks to this beauty. (was actually the first item I ordered.) PS- Will be modded later on. When booting time came I could not use the power button...the noob inverted the cables on the mobo, good thing she has that power/reset on it. (yup that was me :/ )
PSU : On this item there was a catch...Amazon woulnd't mail me the EVGA 850w G2 ($110.00 at that moment!) and made me mad...but hey they would send me a P2? Like seriously what tha fudge! Anyway full modular to help with cable management and leave out the cables I didn't need.
OS : This was a gift, once I was done building I could not install from the "boot drive" I had prepared for that awaited moment! I see a lot of people complaining about windows 10 but honestly it's working to perfection.
FANS : Was this or the TT Riings but my gf liked these more. So far my build is super quiet...I sit right next to it. -I LITERALLY SCREWED A FAN ...When prepping the case I removed the stock fans to install the AF140 and while screwing something felt strange...no joke...I broke the dang thing! Was so mad at this moment...felt like tossing the fan across the room...the rubber grommets or w/e they are where spinning around like it was funny to do so....installed it anyway. The AF120 was a different story since I learned from the first fan.
LED STRIP : This LED strip is bright and works as intended! (Logisys LDXRM12C) Guess what? They didn't work!!! Guess again? Same noob inverted them upon installation!!! Figured it a day or two after the build was completed.
EXTENSIONS : These are custom made by a local bud of mine.
CONCLUSION ....I'm happy with the outcome. It worked at booting time and I was expecting to not even turn on. My kid loved it and I'm happy I built it with my own hands. Now I just need a [pcpartpicker] sticker "built not bought".
Thanks everyone for the advice, builds, and ideas! And Thanks for reading...but only if you did! >:P