I have always been a console gamer my whole life and thought PC gamers were weird guys who lived in basements with no life. I also thought you had to be really smart to build a PC. Well Obviously I was wrong and the past few months I have become obsessed with the idea of building my own machine. After spending hours and hours watching YouTubers like LevelCap and JackFrags just to name a few who mainly play Battlefield it seemed like everything cool was happening on PC.
So I'm just a casual gamer and my plans for the computer were to use it for 1080p gaming at good FPS and also light video editing from GoPro video.
I started with watching how to build your own PC videos on Youtube and learned a lot that way. I stumbled across Linus and Pauls Hardware, Awesome Sauce Network, Jayztwocents, the list goes on just soaking up as much information as possible. I really started with not knowing very much at all. Finally after many hours of research I decided for my needs and my budget I could spend around $600 USD. After reading reviews watching reviews and going to my local PC shop I was set on my exact parts list and how much I would spend down to the last penny. Then it all went out the window......
I brought dad into the equation. He is an electrical design engineer and I wanted his opinion on my build before I pulled the trigger. After talking to many friends at work he found out we could get Intel parts for %50 off and came back to me with a bundle option $700 for a I7-5930k processor 720 series 120GB SSD and a Gigabyte motherboard. Obviously I couldn't turn that down so I bought that right away throwing out all my hours of research and budget right out the window. What is DDR4 anyway? Something I asked myself very early on.
Since my budget was now thrown out the window I became a bargain shopper looking for good products at cheap prices. I found a 860X Power Supply refurbished for $99 ($62 savings) it was scary buying a referb but it works just fine. The monitor I got for $112 ($19 savings). Windows 8.1 I got for free (student download). So in total I spent about $1350 so a savings of about $950 not too bad.
I have some room for upgrading obviously this machine is nowhere near its "Redline" but what's great is I know in the future I have room to upgrade.
As Far as the build went it was very straight forward just like the videos. No problems other then the H100i screws being too long you can see my fix in the pictures. Also a ATX-E motherboard does fit into the R5 with no issues.
In conclusion I'm very happy with my build. Yes I know you can build a much cheaper machine to do 1080p gaming but who cares the opportunity came and I took it. With my old build that's all I could do but with this one I could go up to 4K with just a few new parts instead of having to do a whole new PC build. If you have any questions on why I went with certain parts or anything else please feel free to ask.