So I’ve been considering building a PC since a year or two when I got back into PC gaming. The main purpose of the build is gaming, while video editing and streaming is also important for the build.
Here I will explain the parts and why I chose them:
CPU I had a hard time choosing the CPU. I wanted to have the possibility to overclock since I’d like to get experience with it. The choice was either the i5 6600K or the i7 6700K, since more expensive options are outside of my budget. I chose the i7 since it would be beneficial for video editing work.
Motherboard Honestly I had a hard time choosing a motherboard. A collegue of mine recommended the Gigabyte brand since I was intrigued into possibly turining this machine into a hackintosh. He has been Hackintoshing for a while and knew how difficult it can be without the right compatible hardware. He recommended this brand for motherboards since they have the best out of the box compatibility.
RAM 16GB is minimal for a build these days I thought, especially for more intensive tasks as gaming and video editing
Storage Why did I choose a m.2 SSD over a SATA6 SSD? I noticed that SATA SSD’s were being bottlenecked by the port, and I wanted fast boot times for my OS and applications.
Edit: I added a 850 EVO SSD for dual boot purposes. This SSD boots into Mac OS, turning this PC into a dual boot Hackintosh / gaming pc!
Graphics card This one was the bottleneck for my build. I wanted to spend max 600 on a graphics card so a 1080 is out of the question. Yes I could have afforded the 1080 when I would have went for a cheaper SSD and cheaper fans/default fans, but I disagree. For my needs the 1070 is a much better option price/performance wise. The FTW gives enough overclocking headroom to increase its perfomance but I will need to upgrade my monitor before that becomes an issue.
Case Professinally I am a designer. Therefore I like visually appealing cases over the boring black boxes. When I first saw the S340 it simplicity appealed to me, as wel as the big window and the neat cable managment. Price wise it isn’t that expensive.
Fans Since I’d had gaming and overclocking in mind, I wanted enough air throughput, while maintaining a relatively silent build. Some might say I went overkill, considering the case is only 60 bucks.
All in all I need to do benchmarks and temp tests soon, which I will add to this post.