WE built this machine for a customer who wanted to get into PC gaming from console based gaming and handle his daily workload. He is only playing on a 1080P screen but wanted very high visual performance for his budget. The breakdown is as follows:
CPU: We went with the Intel i5 6600K because of his usage/budget. With only minimal multitasking and gaming it is more than enough to handle what hes after and can overclock to improve performance.
MOBO: For the price and the look! The MSI Z170 Krait motherboard is a fantastic product. Its provides the ability to overclock and has great built in audio as well as all of the Z170 chipset features.
Graphics: As mentioned earlier the customer was focusing on 1080P and wanted performance with a budget in mind, this made the GTX 970 the clear choice. With its 4GB GDDR5 memory and maxwell architecture it'll handle his workload and casual gaming.
PSU: EVGA makes great things...enough said here.
Cooling: As some of you know, I'm an avid water-cooling enthusiast. This customer was very specific on his machine running quietly, performing great, and looking as good as it costs. The Predator 240 from EKWB and the 970 waterblock make this rig very quiet and cool, with the ability to overclock and get more performance out of each part. The Evo blue koolant and the cables just dress it up to match his last point about looks.
Overall the customer loved the build from the looks to the performance and has come back to our store about 4 times since talking about new games hes purchased and how much better PC gaming is! (Master race got him!)
Thanks for taking the time to read this, the PCPP community is amazing.
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