I wanted to upgrade to something more beefier, something I can use VR with in the future, and to finally do some overclocking.
My old specs: CPU: I5 4690 3.5Ghz Locked GPU: EVGA GTX Geforce 960 SSC 2.0 Mobo: MSI Z97 PC Mate PSU(reused): EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Memory: Crucial Ballistic Sport 8gb DDR31600 Wireless adapter: Panda Dongle 2.4 Ghz only OS: Win 8.1 OEM Case: NZXT PHANTOM ATX Full Tower Case Hard Drive: Same Monitor: Only had the Acer 1080p with the old build
CPU: I decided to upgrade to an unlocked i7, I just diddn't want to be limited and I liked the new Skylake platform. I have heard so many good things about this CPU that I think it was a solid choice compared to the more expensive options like a 6 core or 8 core CPU that I would have needed to spend additional $200 on a new mobo. the 6700k has been great so far and I can feel a major difference compared to my last CPU. I managed to get about 4.625Ghz on the overclock, using Asus Dual Intelligent Processors 5, 5 way optimization. All automated and went smooth and I have a lot of confidence my CPU is safe.
GPU: Looking at price to performance, reliability, and MSI's speed I new the GTX Geforce 970 4GB was the way to go and at the refurbished on Amazon $289 price point, with a 90 day full warranty no tax and free 1 day shipping, I couldn't pass that up! Came to me in mint condition, with the paperwork, original box, and the SLI bridge for possible future upgrades, I definitely feel I made the right decision. On the 1440p IPS monitor running a few games on ultra, have not dipped below 45 fps, max I have gotten was around 95fps with not a whole lot going on.
Mobo: I have always wanted an Asus mobo, and for the entry level 1151 layout, the price to performance, with 3.1 USB ready, I thought this was my best bet. It also has on the board TPU overclock from base 4.0, mild OC 4.2, to max OC 4.6, turned out great. I sure loved this mobo, the BIOS is very nice to navigate and it shows everything to me in a nicely laid out configuration. Looks great with my white and black GPU and Ram.
PSU: I had this in my first build and this was definitely overkill then, still might be now, but I got a good deal on it 2 years ago and I know I can probably another GTX970 and still be okay. Great, easy, modular ATX PSU and I cannot complain at all!
Memory: DDR4 ram is coming down in price a lot, I basically wanted 2400 and white, this was my best option when buying for price to performance, I knew the 6700k wouldn't read the speed of my first choice which was Dominatior DDR4 3200. 16gb seems to be great, as I will not be doing crazy editing, so I know I have plenty for the time being, no need to go up to 32gb.
Wireless Card: I have a TP-Link router and I love it, so I decided to go with the same brand card, using the 5Ghz frequency I am getting way closer to my speeds I am paying for from Comast I'm paying for 150 Mb/s I am getting about 117 Mb/s. Before with the stupid dongle usb adapter on 2.4 I was getting about 26 Mb/s. It recognized the wireless card instantly when the OS was installed.
OS: I decided to upgrade to Windows 10 Home 64-Bit. i love it and idk why people are having issues with it. I read people hate it because microsoft is accessing like all your information all the time, but I chose custom install and declined all the options I could, so I think I should be good.
Case: I decided to go lighter, smaller, and just more compact. I loved my last case, but the NZXT full tower by itself weighed over 15 pounds more than the Corsair does. I miss the fan controller built directly into the case. I bought a fan controller on for the new build and its way better than before. I can carry it into my living room or bedroom or to someone's house with ease just in case. The new Corsair case has a lot room in it, comes with 1 120mm fan in the front, has a big window I didn't have before, which I love. The only issue I have with it is the back panel, I barely can get the panel back on when I'm working on it, very narrow for cable management. Also had an issue with a CPU cooler, I had to rip off a piece of support on the back to get at 2 out of the 4 brackets to secure a CPU cooler, which was a pain, but the case is still rock solid. Great case overall.
Hard Drive: I have the 120GB ssd for my OS only. I have the 1TB SSD for mass storage of things I use frequently. I have the 3TB HDD 7200rpm for backing everything up with the first partition the 2nd partition on this drive is for mass storage of things I don't use that often, or won't be accessing for long periods at a time.
Monitor: I chose to upgrade to an Acer 1440p IPS bigger monitor because there was a good deal on it and it really makes my gaming experience much more enjoyable. However it does have some descent bleeding, but when playing games, movies, or shows, you really don't notice. For pictures and browsing the web, I prefer using my Acer 1080p, details look clearer for some reason especially for reading and pictures.
That's pretty much it. I had a good time working on this build and I think it was very worth it! The upgrade in total set me back around $1400, used my taxes to pay for it all and I think it was totally worth it!
If you have any quesitons at all please don't hesitate to ask! Thank you!