I use this machine primarily for gaming at the moment but will be using it for live twitch streaming and video editing as well in the future.
The reason I called it Mystic Warlord VII is that it has a green and blue theme (the keyboard, mouse and headset) and (motherboard, cable sleeving kit and ram) to the build. It is named Warlord because it is a complete beast of a computer. The reason that is is V4 instead of V8 is because this is version 4 out of 8 . Version 8 will be uploaded along with updated photos at the end of the year and will just be called Mystic Warlord as it will be a final completed build! :D
*I have not added in some of the extra upgrades, Samsung Evo 250gb ssd, NZXT Kraken X62, the sleeved cable extensions and the replacement motherboard
(so bear that in mind before you go off at me for being misleading).
I first started this build mid-end of 2012 when there was the newest i7 cpu out, and of coarse I had to get it even though an i5 cpu would have been less expensive... I am throughly happy that I did get this cpu and not an i5 as it is just brilliant and has served me for about 2.5 years without any problems.
I bought my Asus Motherboard because I liked the blue and black coloured style of the motherboard and I also wanted some of the newest features such as a usb 3.0 port, I know I could have bought a cheaper board but this is a solid board for $210AUD that has lasted me 2.5 years so far. I had to however, buy a new motherboard due to getting an incorrect bios flash update, thus costing me an extra $220. Which meant that I did not save money and ended up paying a total of $430AUD just to have one board....
At the time of building I was on a budget of about $850 and I'm sure I could have saved some money by buying higher quality items, which I will explain.
For my case I bought a pretty standard case that came with a cheap 620w power supply (I presumed it had Chinese capacitors because the case with the power supply cost about $75AUD).
I used this for about a year and then changed the case to an NZXT Phantom 530 because I really liked the white and black style of the case and how it had rounded edges instead of a boxy looking pc case. I also liked that the case provided a nice cable management solution (as I just hate messy cables inside a case) and came with some pretty decent stock fans.
I bought the Silverstone 600W modular power supply at the same time as I bought the NZXT pc case. I bought this power supply because it was $75AUD when I bought it (being really cheap for a power supply) and it had Japanese capacitors in it (which is good because it means it is a reliable power supply).
I knew that I would need internet access even before I bought these fairly major upgrades for my computer, and I already had a wireless router in my house, so I decided I would buy a Netgear WNDA3100 (I thought it was $50AUD at the time and so my dad paid half).
I bought a 500gb Western Digital Caviar for about $100AUD and it is serving me well, however with the amount of files I already had on my hard drive I upgraded to a Western Digital 1TB Black which is around the same price as the 500gb hard drive I bought at the time of building, but more space.
My plan was to buy a GTX 970 to replace my 9800gt because I wanted to play almost every game (if not every game) at Ultra graphics settings, something which I could not do with my current graphics card, and I also wanted to do video editing in the future. I changed my mind about the 970 and decided that the R9 390 would be more "future-proof", and it still suited my needs for less money (as computer parts are expensive in Australia). I also don't plan on upgrading for at least 3 years, so this seems to be a good investment.
I went with the Gigabyte G1 gaming R9 390 over the other cards because it has a blue led that matches my build colour scheme, and is also smaller than some of the other cards, plus I wanted an alternative to the 970 that I previously had my heart set on.
My parents bought my cd drive because I had a faulty ide cd drive [was using an ide-sata converter] for $75 at a computer repair shop. (I was lucky I didn't have to pay for this! Thanks Mum and Dad! :D)
I also got my Razer Kraken Pro's at Christmas time from my parents and I really like the headset [mic is pretty good and sound quality is also very good] (yes again thanks to my Mum and Dad for buying this! :D )
The next Christmas after that also got a logitech 720p camera from my parents [again I have to thank them for all of the presents I recieved from them :D ]
I got windows 7 home premium for free because my grandpa gave it to me as a gift (thanks Grandpa! :D)
I bought my Logitech surround sound speakers from jb hi fi about a year or so ago for $100AUD and they are great!
I also bought my monitor about 1 year ago or something like that for about $140AUD and it is still working to this very day. I bought a Razer taipan that was on sale in about 2014 at jb hi fi for $94AUD at the time of purchase.
I bought Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8gb) 1866Mhz [blue] memory for $205AUD (includes shipping from Newegg, in America to Australia.) to replace my Kingston ValueRam 4GB (2x2gb) 1333Mhz (which I think looked bad and also meant I wouldn't be able to do things such as video editing).
I ended up buying a Razer Blackwidow Chroma after years of wanting a decent keyboard and it is great and I love the clicky sounding keys and the RGB backlighting customization. I bought the keyboard for about $214 at JB HI FI when it was on sale, $50 off, and about $100 cheaper than buying it from EB Games and it replaced my standard hp keyboard that I was currently using (I bought this keyboard because it matches my mouse led colour and I can also make it match my build colour)
I am going to be adding in a Samsung Evo 250gb SSD instead of the originally planned Kingston for about $120. I'm getting this solid state drive because I want fast boot times and I also want applications like Adobe After Affects and Steam to open quickly. I have heard that the Samsung SSD is good performance for the amount of money you spend on the drive.
The next upgrade is to install an NZXT Kraken X62 Cpu Cooler for $250AUD to replace the stock fan I currently have on my cpu
I have to buy another dust filter for $35 for the bottom of my NZXT Phantom 530 case because I lost that one, I also want to replace my motherboard because I currently have half-broke one of the PCIE slots, not a problem but I like things in my computer to be perfect, and I also broke two of the USB 3.0 onboard header pins. The last thing I am buying is the plasma cable sleeving kit from pccasegear for $54AUD
*I am going to try and overclock my cpu from 3.4ghz (stock speed) to 4.5ghz.
I hope you enjoy my build and I can reassure you that in a couple of months it will look even better in 2017! :D