I finally sold the Xbox One and decided to build my own computer after playing DayZ and Arma III Battle Royale on my brothers origin PC for the past couple of winter breaks when I came home from school. I had originally planned to buy a computer from cyberpower or ibuypower but, I figured if I was going to be spending that much money, I would do my research and build one myself, and I'm glad I did. The experience I had building this beautiful machine was extremely rewarding, especially after I realized just how challenging this can actually be for a first time builder.
I had originally budgeted about $1500 for this build when I started to plan a little before Christmas but, then I decided I wanted to game at QHD so I upped the budget to around $2000 and added the 1440 monitor and the Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980 Ti.
i5-6600K - I decided to go with the i5 to save a bit of money over the i7. Everywhere I looked said that the difference between the two is minimal for gaming, which is what i will mostly be doing with the rig.
H80i GT - Maybe a bad choice here, "You should have gone with a 240mm and placed in on the front intakes," some might say. However, I liked the ability to change the pump LED to green so its what i went with.
Asus Z170-A - Solid overclocking board and has all the features a beginner could ask for. Easy overclocker and incredibly simple UEFI bios. That damn IO shield though... Ugh
Crucial Ballistix Sport - Cheap DDR4 RAM. I will probably replace this with 16GB of some faster RAM down the road, but it works fine for now.
EVO 850 & WD Blue 1TB - Great speed for the OS and frequently played games from the SSD, and enough capacity on the Blue to hold games for years to come.
G1 Gaming 980 Ti - This thing is a absolute monster (plus it has a green LED :)). I had originally planned to use a reference GTX 970 for the green LED, but once I made the jump to 1440 I knew that that 3.5Gb of VRAM would not be enough to push out 60-75fps. Why 75 FPS? I'll get to that later.
Razer NZXT S340 - I had originally planned to use the Enthoo Pro, but after seeing this case in Jayz skylake build, I had to have it. Its GREEN!
EVGA 650 G2 - No Cons on JonnyGuru, fully modular, what more could you ask for?
Fans - They're green, they move air and are fairly quiet. Inaudible at idle and barely audible under load with my headphones on.
P2416D - Great price for a 60Hz 1440 monitor. Overclocked it to 75Hz by creating a custom resolution in Nvidia control panel. Looks great and performs just as it should.
CM Storm Combo - Tossed the mouse but kept the keyboard for the green back lighting. Works exceptionally well for the price and has a great feel to it.
Razer DeathAdder - Used the CM mouse for a few days until noticing the jumpiness in first person shooters while aiming so ran to BestBuy and picked this little guy up. Tracks incredibly smooth plus, guess what, it's freaking green!!!
Logitech G930 - Wanted wireless 7.1 headphones and for the price, these can't be beat.
Assembling all this was fairly smooth with only a few minor hiccups. First off, the IO shield that comes with the Asus Z170-A is absolute garbage and I sliced my thumb on it trying to secure it in place. Secondly, the H80i GT, does not fit on the front of the case in push pull configuration which is what i wanted so I had to move it to the rear of the case and move one of the cougar 120s to the front (ordering another 140 to replace it soon). Other than that, assembly and cable management went well for my first time.
Upon powering on the machine, I was unable to reach the BIOS, nothing was displaying on the screen. Fortunately, the internet is a wonderful place and I quickly found a troubleshooting guide that instructed me to remove one of the sticks of RAM and try to boot again. Voila, the PC went straight to the boot screen.
I am extremely happy with my build and plan to mildly overclock both the CPU and the GPU after some more research. Current temps underload are around 50 and 65 for the CPU and GPU respectively so I feel comfortable pushing them a little further with some modifications to the fan curves. I plan to add some stress test and benchmark data in the future so stay tuned.
Compliments and criticism both welcome.
Hope you all enjoy the builld.