Was tired of my MacBook Pro 2014 gaming performance and decided to build a rig for 1440p gaming.
Main priorities were:
Cost efficiency aka Bang for the buck! ;)
Quality of components
Size - mini ITX
I was hunting for deals and even asked a friend to buy GPU in the USA while he was there over the X-mas period, to get the best value for money. )
At the end I paid 1050 pounds for the system and around 400 pounds for monitor (I have a TN version of ACER XB271HU) plus Razer stuff was a nice gift from a family.
System is practically inaudible and running at 4.8 GHz, although boots easily at 5.2 Ghz too (crashes under test benchmarks tho :))
p.s. I have never build a PC before, therefore my cable management is pretty lame.
Felt like 7700k was an overkill for my needs. At 1440p resolution GPU is more often a bottleneck than a CPU. Runs smooth and cool, easily overclocks. What else do you need for a gaming PC? )
At first was leaning towards CM Hyper Evo 212X, but this piece of German equipment is much of a better quality and dead silent.
There are not too many Mini ITX motherboards on the market. This was on sale and with good reviews, therefore easy choice for me. No point of paying 50% more for Z270.
Nice speed, quality and design.
Mainstream choice. Could go for something cheaper, but decided not to risk. This thing is blazing fast!
Very quiet and efficient card. Great for 1440p gaming.
Amazing case. Even for a complete novice like me, assembly was a breeze.
Decided to try new G3 series from EVGA and wasn't disappointed. Very quiet and well made piece of machinery.
Looks good and relatively quiet, but took a lot of effort to fit into case, due to poor screws.
TN version has worse colors, but at price point 250 pounds below IPS with all its problems it is a great gaming monitor.