This is my first ever Gaming PC build. I've always used crappy laptops in the past and now I decided to build a PC because of how much cheaper it was, and all of the customization that you can do. I needed a PC that could run games that are not too demanding like Rocket League, GTA 5, CS:GO, and other similar games, so I went with this CPU/GPU combo. It was a very cool and honestly easy experience, I might even be interested in taking up a career in computer hardware. It took me about 3 hours to build. It took me about 45 minutes to get the stupid heat sink installed, but eventually I was able to get it. The heat sink sort of swivels if you grab it and rotate it a bit. Not sure if that's a problem, but it keeps the CPU nice and cool (I used the thermal paste that came with the hyper 212 evo). I tried turning the PC on when I was finished but nothing happened. So, I made sure everything was plugged in correctly and tried again but still nothing. No lights, sound, nothing. Then, I realized the power cord wasn't plugged into the power supply all the way :P It took some force to push it in more but I was able to get it, and after that I powered it on and it went straight to the "Reboot and select proper boot device, or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" screen. I was so excited :P I benchmarked a few games, and here are some results:
Grand Theft Auto V (1080p, MSAA off, very high/ultra settings): 75.4 Minecraft (Fancy Graphics, Maximum Smooth lighting, 32 render distance): 145.23 Rocket League (Max Settings, 1080p MSAA x8): 112.6 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Max Settings, 1080p MSAA x8): 203.6
EDIT 1/01/18: The PC itself was around $850. I'm for sure going to upgrade the graphics card in the future to possibly a 1070 or something. I recently put in an NZXT Hue+ 5 months after building it, and it's beautiful! A couple days before I installed it I got a K70 LUX and an MM300 Extended mousepad so now my setup looks even better. Someday I'll get a second monitor but I think I'm going to get the 1070 first. Glad I bought 16GB of RAM when it was $115 hahaha. Oh and I was also to push my 1050 Ti to 1800MHz running nicely at 65 degrees.
Really good CPU for the price. It's fast and good for editing and snappy web browsing.
Keeps my CPU at 46 degrees under load. (NO OC) Pretty quiet too. I had some problems at first because it was idling at 1800 RPM and extremely loud but I was able to fix that in the bios. It's as quiet as a mouse now.
User-friendly BIOS and lots of expansion room. There's an LED strip on the side which is kind of random. No on-board WiFi or Bluetooth, so I used a wireless USB network adapter that I got for $20 on Amazon :P I switched to ethernet a few months later though. Went from 45 mbps download to 70.
Plenty of clearance for the Hyper 212 Evo, and I can easily multi-task with 16GB.
I put windows 10 on this and it starts in 15 seconds! Very quick SSD.
Plenty of room for photos/videos, and now that I have an SSD and I can put all of my videos without having to delete a single file.
A nice little card for the price. Runs games smoothly with no problem.
Tempered glass side panel looks amazing. Super easy cable management with all of the cutouts and the super useful cable clips. The matte finish looks beautiful. Definitely worth the $100!
Pretty basic PSU, non-modular. I chose a non-modular because of the PSU shroud where you can just shove all of the excess cables :P For example, as of right now I don't need any PCI-E connectors because the GTX 1050 Ti pulls all the power it needs straight from the motherboard so all you have to do is just snap it in. 450W is plenty enough for what I need.
Fantastic! Not hard to install, very easy to move strips around because they're magnetic, very bright lighting, and so much customization. The CAM software has gotten better, it used to absolutely suck. Worth the $50! (Also comes with extension cables for easier cable management, it was tricky to hide the cable for the strip on top of the case)
Nice 1080p display and buttery-smooth 144hz refresh rate. 1ms response time is great too. Perfect size for me and allows DP, DVI, and HDMI connectivity. I can adjust the angle to my needs. It also has AMD FreeSync but I have a GTX 1050 Ti so that's not important for me.
Got this for a really nice deal. It has great lighting and lots of nice features like USB passthrough (finally!), windows key lock, and more. I got it with Cherry MX Brown switches, they sound amazing! Definitely an improvement over my $12 Insignia keyboard :P The browns are quite light with an actuation force of 45g, so I make some typos here and there. I increased my top speed from 104 WPM to 110 with this keyboard :P
I've had this for about a year now with my laptop and it's nice. The lighting is nice but the software is ehh. Can be quite loud sometimes however. I love the rubberized texture on it.
Once again, got a nice deal on these. I had logitech G930's before and those are pretty bad. Yeah they're wireless but that was the only nice thing. The right side started glitching out after only a few months of use. But these are amazing. I haven't tested out the microphone since I don't need it because I have a Blue Yeti, but the sound quality is great, and they are quite comfortable. They don't block that much noise out though, but that's not too much of a problem for me.
I've had this for a year and it sounds nice. I'm still not sure a condenser microphone was the best choice for me since I'm not in a totally quiet place but it's still good. There's 4 different settings and you can control the gain right on the back of the microphone. I'm sure you've heard this before, but the stock stand that it comes with is absolute garbage because it picks up every single vibration from the desk, whether you're typing or just using the mouse. So I got a cheap boom arm and shock mount and that seemed to fix it. I also use "Voicemeeter" with it to make it sound even better.
The PERFECT size. I used a medium MM200 before this and this is very nice. The sides on the MM200 started to fray a bit so I got this. The design is nice too.
I mean it's decent but really my only other option was the Rode PSA1 for $100 which I did not want to spend that much on. It works fine though.
It's a pop filter. What can I say?
Does its job. Not the most sturdy thing in the world but it gets the job done.
Once again, it's a headphone stand. It holds my headphones :P