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I was so indecisive for months, so I had to make a decision and start buying parts one by one. My intention was building a pc that is a few years future-proof for 1080 max settings gaming that is also Virtual Reality ready, and is ready for a future 2nd GPU for Crossfire. So with that, I started with my first two purchases and built off that: The processor and GPU. I then started piecing the rest of it together by meticulously comparing prices for the rest of the components.
CPU- I wanted the newest gen processor "Skylake" that was VR worthy and overclockable (is that a word?)
Cooler: Didn't think I needed liquid cooling so i went with the no-brainer 212 EVO, because of its outstanding ratings and price.
GPU- I chose the minimum GPU (R9 390) required to run VR gaming (according to recommended Rift specs). I had to be extra careful when purchasing a case, because this thing is a monster in size. Be sure to read the specs on your case to see if it fits.
Motherboard- This was the absolute hardest part to choose mainly because I was phased by reading reviews about dead boards, non-user friendly BIOS, flimsy boards, etc. This is my first build so I had nothing to relate to. The Asus was hideous and the MSI was a little too pricey for me. The main specs I was looking for were: Overclocking, DDR4, Crossfire, USB 3 and 3.1, ATX, and aesthetically pleasing. I did have a small issue during the bios setup. My pc powered up, but there was no display. I immediately removed the gpu and tried to go with the onboard graphics, but i spent hours trying to fix it and clearing the CMOS. I reinstalled the GPU afterwards just to see if aything had changed. Sure enough, it powered up and displayed the bios. I think clearing the CMOS then instaling the GPU is what did it, but it works so I'm very happy.
RAM- I was looking for 16GB (4x4) that were DDR4 and over 2000 speed.
Storage- I almost went with the EVO 850, but for the price, I couldn't give up the HyperX Fury. Windows 10 is currently loaded on it, and I may throw some games on there as well. I was able to salvage a Barracuda 1TB 7200 from my old computer, so I'm using it for documents and photos. I also purchased a WD Blue 1TB 7200 for videos, games, and programs.
Case- After much consideration of different cases for different ATX's, I ended up going with the C70. As a first time builder and an AMMO Troop, this case fits all of my needs and desires. It is extremely sturdy, comes with screws for everything, has 3 fans pre-installed, is extremely spacious, and the cable management was very
OS- Went with Windows 10 just because it was free from 7. I guess I'll force myself to learn the ins and outs of a new OS!
Power Supply: I don't have any real need to go fully modular and pay extra. This power supply was perfect until I saw how much power 2 GPU will suck up. For now it's overkill, but for Crossfiring, my pc will use around 790 watts. I'll have over 50 watts of play, but I'll try it before I upgrade it. The quality of the power supply was super sturdy and very well made. Came with all types of cables, and it supports 4x 8 pin connectors for 2x r9 390 Nitros.
Wireless Network Adapter: Managed to salvage a PCI-e wireless network adapter from my old Gateway DX4860. I will be mostly be wire connected to the router, but I will be moving soon, so I need to be ready for anything ! Plus it's not going to hurt to have!
Monitor: "No Ragrets". This monitor is sleek, affordable, and crisp. Loving the curved screen!
Speakers: Awesome quality and have a decent punch of bass! Deinitely worth the money; had no need to get any fancier.