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Well this is my first real build. And no I didn't actually use my student loan to pay for this, but it was about the cost of a semester to me. I've only been running for a few days but I will give my best insight on all of the components to help others make a great choice. I plan to give more in-depth reviews on the part's actual pages, but here are my thoughts.

CPU: Well, its intel. It's a great processor. I went with the 1151 chipset to compliment the new DDR4 RAM and (hopefully) keep myself updated as long as possible. This thing starts off at 3.5GHz base clock but easily is overclockable to 4.6GHz with no issues. Good bang for buck.

Cooling: The Corsair H60 had great reviews all around, and for $49.99 you really can't go wrong with it. On a budget and still want impressive liquid cooling? Get this!

Motherboard: I ended up getting the Z170-AR, which actually just has no display ports which aren't really necessary to me! Well, this thing was nothing but a headache to get installed. It was very awkward and the IO shield can be very annoying to some. It is pretty rough to get going for a first time builder. There are currently a lot of problems with the BIOS and RAM. It took me a lot of swapping out and forum hopping to finally get my RAM in the right spots and able to be read correctly. Try one stick of RAM with this thing, update to the 1101 BIOS and then turn it off. Install your new RAM and everything should be working correctly. I know, it's a pain.. but once this thing got running it was a beast. The BIOS is very friendly. It is a great motherboard once it is installed correctly!

RAM: Crucial has never been able to upset me. I went a little over the base clock rate of the DDR4 RAM and went with the Ballistix for a bit of an edge.

SSD: This is the best SSD you can pick up right now. The price is very fair and it is a great product. Not much to say about it.

HDD: Simple, 1TB hard drive. $50 and you're set on all the storage you need for basic gaming.

Graphics card: This thing is a BEAST. Literally. It is a foot long so be sure you have enough room in your case. I went with the G1 because of the higher ratings and better cooling. A lot of people say they have had coil whine or noise with this but I have ran several games on high settings and my PC has been totally quiet.

Case: Best budget case ever. It is everything you need in a case for an amazing price. Want a little bigger case? Grab the H440. A $60 case with a good amount of space and a side window so you can see your sexy build.

Power supply: This one explains itself as well. EVGA has great power supplies and you really can't go wrong with them.

EXTRAS:

Keyboard: I've had this thing for over 2 years now and it is an amazing starter, or even advanced gaming keyboard. It has so much customization and macro-ability that you can do anything you want. Great keyboard for its price.

Mouse: Don't like Razer products? Look no further, this mouse is almost a replica of the Razer Naga, but to me, has a bit of a nicer feel to it. It has many different features such as programmable buttons and the most important factor, programmable LED's!

Headset: Tired of clunky old plastic headsets? Steelseries. I was so fed up with cheap plastic headsets breaking within a year of light usage and just not living up to the expectations. This thing has worked great for me. The mic is not the best quality, but it is a gaming headset mic, just like any other. The sound quality is awesome, and the surround sound switch is a great add-on.

GAMES:

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt: This build was made to handle games like this with ease, and it does just that. Runs high end without a problem.

Dayz: 60 fps. No lag whatsoever. Looks amazing with the newer UI!

League of Legends: Easy game to play on any build. Really not too much to demand, so with this build, it is overkill!

DOTA 2: This game really isn't too demanding. Played it fine on a $350 build. Never have any problems.

CS:GO: Again, I could play this game fine on a $350 build. It runs superb on this build and never drops a frame.

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build, and clever title! How is that CPU cooler? :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, thank you! The cooler is cool... literally and figuratively. Really friendly and easy to install. My brother's been running it on a similar build and it has worked great, so I saw no need to go more expensive.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting! I'm planning on getting an H100i, but also considering a cheaper cooler. What can you clock too?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you planning on clocking to? I was able to get well over 4.0GHz without any problems, but I'm still waiting to do a full test when I get the time.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on 4.2GHz - 4.5 GHz

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You could hit the 4.2GHz with an H60 easily. Going more towards the 4.5 and up I would recommend the better coolers!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The h100i is old and easily beaten in cooling abilities. The h100i GTX is better than it alone.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Meant to say the H100i GTX, my bad.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Obligatory "should have gotten a 390" comment. Nice build!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

They're everywhere! I was tired of Radeon, that's just me. Thank you!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

i have very sim, parts in my build to yours

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice :) have you built it yet?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

yup planning on posting it soon ill keep you posted

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps please?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, once I run the tests I'll post the results!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The s340 has a special hole right below the graphics card if you wanted to run your graphics power cables through there. It would clean up the look a little bit.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't even notice! Thanks for the tip, definitely gonna reroute that.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and nice write up! Good work.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I would of went for a AMD build since you could of swithched the I5 to an AMD FX 8350 at 4.0 ghz 8 core

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely thought about it, Intel was my go to though!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Added a picture of the 4.3GHz overclock it automatically gave me with the bios settings.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 5 points

Never cut corners on the power supply!

What would you have suggested as an alternative?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

their power supply is from evga though...

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Its better than buying a cheap one that will catch on fire if you try and overclock anything

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You can never spend too much on a power supply, because the power supply is the most important part of the system.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Eh, I'd consider it too much if they bought an AX1500i without any major upgrade plans.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I can see where it'd be too much, but I have plans to upgrade somewhere down the road and the extra security in a good PSU doesn't hurt. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

True.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

so true but so many people cheap on on PSUs that will explode

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, thank you.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, this is exactly what I was thinking!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I would've loved a 980, but I was already over my original budget by a lot. I actually ended up getting the headset on a promotional sale anyway a long time ago, I just added it for anyone who was interested.