(UPDATE) 3/17/16 I must have lost the Silicon lottery because i can only seem to get an extra 100MHz out of my GPU. After that, it runs, but flashes red and green colors every now and then on the screen and i'm not about that.
Every time I look at this thing it just makes me happy. I haven't been into computer gaming until recently, I was a console kind of guy. But let me tell you, this is every gamers dream. I'm glad I made the switch from console to this. I started picking out parts and the more i picked out the more i drifted to more of a Red/Black color scheme. So i went with it and this is the final product.
This was my first build and i wasn't sure where or how to start. Luckily i'm going to school for computers and that helped. My classmates in college helped a lot to so i have to give a shout out to them. Without them, I don't think i would have had the confidence to do this on my own. Also have to give thanks to my girlfriend for putting up with me during the panning, building, and future gaming. I couldn't do it without her.
My budget for this was $2,000. At the time i ordered this, i was sitting just above that. For what i spent, i think i got the most out of my money. I have yet to do any overclocking as of now, but i'm hoping to do that soon. Right now i just have my GPU in overclock mode.
To start, my favorite part is the 980 Ti combined with my 2560x1440p monitor. Everything, all the web pages, pictures, games, look so crisp, it just blows any console/TV combo away. I wasn't originally going to go with a 980Ti, but my friend talked me into it. And from that point on, we both nickle and dime this thing to compensate. But it was worth it.
What started my drive to want to get into building a computer was my college classmates/friends. We all got together one night to have a LAN party, and they all brought their builds. Then here I was, gaming on a MacBook Pro of all things, not even being able to render games at 1080p. So since that day in December, I started creating this build. Each day, tweaking it, making it better, adding on to it, and of course, increasing the price of it.
It was only about three months from start to finish that it took to get everything picked out the way I wanted, to putting it together. I originally tried to put it together with the help of my girlfriend. Got everything put together, and finally powered it on (Six hours later), just to get a "No Signal Detected" message on the monitor. So I called my friend up, and from what we discussed, we determined that it was more then likely a bent CPU pin on the motherboard. We took off the cooler and what do you know, there it was. So we spent about 10 minutes bending it back into place. That was defiantly the spookiest part of the whole thing. Other then that, the build went off without a hitch, and as i keep saying, I couldn't be happier.
My parents saw this as a gaming computer. Well yeah it is. But what they don't understand is that it can do so much more then that. It will outlast any pre-built they buy by years. It can do anything they can think of and anything i want it to do.
Haven't done any OC yet. Hoping to eventually. But when I do, Ill be glad i went with an unlocked processor. Defiantly the best i5 out there.
This thing is a BEAST to install. But after the fact i am glad i got it and i'm glad i went through all the effort to get it installed. It just has a look to it. Plus the red LEDs.
For what your getting with this MOBO it was defiantly worth the price. Had to fight to find a place to order it from because it kept going out of stock, it was selling so fast. Great choice.
I told myself that i wanted to have RAM that had LEDs on it. I wanted them to light up and show off. Since DDR4 RAM if fairly new, it is hard to find DDR4 RAM that has LEDs build in. But then i found these gems. With no previous reviews, and no images on PCPP, i was a little spooked, But if your looking for LED DDR4 this is the one to go with. It also has the highest clock speed of any DDR4 LED RAM that i could find.
Was originally going to go with a 120GB SSD, but i'm glad i spent the extra money to get a 250. It is so fast, my computer boots up in 10-15 seconds. That reminds me, i want to time its boot. Haha. But when it comes to SSDs, Samsung defiantly sets the bar. All other brands of SSD are second.
For how much storage you are getting for the price, it was definitely a good buy. Hitachi is the forerunner when it comes to hard drives so no complaints. Is a little loud, but i can fix that later on.
This thing took up almost a third of my build cost but boy did it deliver. This is the pinnacle of GPUs. Your not going to find a better one out there. This is the favorite part of my build. It runs games on my 2560x1440p monitor great. Perfect for 2K. Can run GTA V at 60FPS 90% of the time.
I love this case so much. It is so slick, with its matte finish, and built in LED cathodes on the bottom. It screams "Show Off". And that is exactly what I was looking for.
Plently of power to run my 980 Ti and all other components. Glad i went with fully modular as it made installation so much easier. Defiantly the way to go. You defiantly want to go with Gold Certified as well. The best there is.
Wireless Network Adapter
I was told i could get a WIFI card for half the price and have it do the same thing. But for some reason i was just drawn to this one. The color. The antenna base that came with it. I'm glad i spent the money to get it.
Where do i begin. This monitor is the best there is. When I saw the bezels and how thin they were, i had to have it. The picture is so crisp and the colors are so vivid. This blows my 1080p TV away. The fact that i got it at an all time low price of like $260 was an added bonus. It works great with my 980 Ti, and i run 60FPS+ 90% of the time.
For the price your paying and what your getting you can't really complain. I blew most of my budget on a 980 Ti, so this is what i could afford. But it does just as well as the K95, just no RGB. The back light LED is great, plus the red matched my color scheme.