I'm 31, with three kids, 4 cats and a lovely wife. It's been about ten years since I've been into PC gaming and I felt it was time to get back into the groove, so this is my first build in ten years.
Being out of the realm for ten years, I had to do some decent research, as well as call on the reddit.com/r/buildapc community (who btw were more than helpful on several occasions).
Anyway, enough backstory. Here's my build, went with a black/white theme because I wanted it to look clean because nothing in my house ever is....
CPU: i-5 4690k I found it for $200 new, and its overclock able. That's basically my reason for going with this instead of skylake. Saved some money, and it's tried and true.
CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7 I was going to go liquid cooling, but I figured I'd shave a few dollars and go with this. It's big, it works amazing, and it matched my colors.
Motherboard: MSI Z97s Krait In love this board for two reasons. 1, it matches my color scheme. 2, when I boot up there is a bad *** snake on my screen. But really though, the bang for buck on this board is totally worth it.
RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR3-1866 I opted for the 16 gig. Actually I didn't, I was a little drunk at 2 am and ordered 2 sets of 2 thinking it was just 2 sticks. Whatever I'm good for some years here.
SSD: Samsung 850 evo 500GB I went with a small one at first for a boot drive, then said screw it, and dropped the HDD and just got 500gb drive instead, it's plenty of room for me because I only play a few games. It's fast and I love it.
MSI R9 380 EDIT GIGABYTE GTX 1070
Originally I wanted to get a GTX980. But lets be real they are way too expensive. Ended up dropping to a r9 390. Then after doing some research and realizing that for 1080p I could save a few more dollars, and get the r9 380 and still be at high+ settings and at 60fps+ I went with it. Besides, it matched my color scheme.
Upgraded to a GTX 1070, and added a 1440p monitor. Worth it. GPU backplate: V1tech
I couldn't stand looking at the back of my GPU after putting a lot of effort into making everything so clean. This totally fixed the problem.
Gave this to a buddy, who bought the R9 380
Case: NZXT S340 Black and white, amazing cable management, minimalist design. loved it from the minute I laid eyes upon it.
PSU: EVGA 750W Semi mod
It has plenty of power
for if I add another 380. And its semi modular which is nice. and it was on sale.
Wifi Card: gigabyte
Because I'm too lazy to drill holes and run an Ethernet cable. besides it also has bluetooth.
I ended up running an ethernet cable anyway, haha. Still love the bluetooth capabilities though/
Fans: same as stock Because cooling.
s 1: Asus VX228H
dual 1080p monitor s with 1ms response time. Sometimes I wish I went with just a single really nice monitor, but this is also awesome. I think when I upgrade my GPU ill get a nice 1440p monitor and use both of these to flank either side.
Monitor 2: Asus PB258Q 1440p Bought this when I upgraded to a GTX 1070. Amazing screen.
Keyboard: Logitech G910 Found a rather ridiculous deal on this amazing keyboard.
MSI interceptor Logitech G502
Came with my GPU. Free and works! Gave the MSI mouse to my younger sister for college. Gave me a good reason to finally get the 502.
Desk: old school cherry wood desk This thing is a gem!!! Old couple was moving, and needed to dump it, I scooped it up for $55!
Cable extensions: White Got these to make the case pop a bit.
Light kit: satechi Totally worth the cash. My two4 year old now!!! year old will play with the remote and it makes everything look great.
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x with ModMic This setup is the most amazing sound I have ever gotten from any headset. I'm so glad i found this suggestion on reddit. Comfortable and Quality.
This ended up being a tad expensive, but I had nothing to reuse. I'm really happy with the build, and I finally have a little bit of an escape sometimes!!!
Changed GPU to GIGABYTE GTX1070
Sold one monitor and upgraded that one to an ASUS 24" 1440p
Added a second Samsung 500gb SSD
Upgraded to a Logitech G502
Added badass headset
may or may not add pics to show. only thing that looks different is the GPU.