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BUILD UPDATE(29 OCT 2018):
Moved into my new house awhile ago and although much hasn't changed with the battlestation I did happen to snag a 1TB Samsung 860 Evo for nothing($150ish) as an upgrade to the 250GB 850 Evo that I originally bought for the build. PC still runs as good as new and I'm contemplating mounting a TV on the wall above me as another additional display. It never ends, lol.
BUILD UPDATE(21 DEC 2017):
Ok this took me way longer to complete than I would have liked but it is what it is. Since originally building the PC I added a secondary monitor, dual monitor stand, and powered speakers to round out the battlestation completely. I updated the part listing as well to reflect the added hardware. After finally taking the time to clean up the mess of cabling around the back/underneath the desk she looks as good as ever. Still running like a champ without any issues as well so I couldn't be happier with how things turned out. A rather expensive investment but worth every penny.
Been a console gamer my whole life. A close friend who's a lifetime PC player has always pushed me to make the jump and honestly Destiny 2 on PC was the catalyst. I was fortunate enough to attend E3 2017 and after seeing the game in person I was sold. I've always been aware of the benefits of a high powered gaming PC but I just couldn't deny how much more awesome the game looked on the PC platform.
I originally wanted to maintain a conservative budget but I've always believed you get what you pay for and I didn't want to half *** it so the overall cost ballooned quite a bit. As it's my first ever PC I needed to acquire EVERYTHING...including the desk, chair, and all peripherals. This upped the cost quite a bit but was expected so not a huge problem. This will mainly be for high end gaming at 1440p/144hz but also whatever else I decide to throw at it, lol.
CPU Debated for quite a while between Ryzen and an i7. Ultimately decided the 1700 would better suit my needs even if it takes a hit against the i7 in regards to high FPS gaming. Went with the base 1700 as it's a better value than the "X" versions and can overclock no problem.
CASE Another point of contention early on. Had planned on the NZXT S340 Elite initially but after doing the research the P400S allowed me to run push/pull with the radiator as well as having space for another exhaust fan on top. Plus added extras like the included LED RGB functionality were a nice touch. Both cases are great in their own regard. This was a tough decision but I'm satisfied.
RAM After lots of digging into compatibility issues with Ryzen I eventually settled on the red G.Skill 16GB 3200mhz kit. It's fast, compatible with the mobo, and matches the color palette. Pretty straightforward choice. I would love to opt for the fancier RGB RAM but compatibility issues and overall cost made me skip it.
STORAGE The 850 EVO is a mainstay for SSDs and the WD Blue was a recommendation from a friend. I actually planned on getting a bigger SSD but when I ordered it I accidentally clicked on the 250GB, lol. No big deal though. Storage is easy to upgrade and drops in price all the time.
MOTHERBOARD Picked the Tomahawk for starters, then was thinking of upgrading to an x370 board. After toiling around online checking features, compatibility lists, overclocking comparisons, etc. I decided this board would suit me just fine. Plus it's red and black themed which works for the build.
PSU Almost every recommendation I've seen online for countless mid-tower builds points to the EVGA 650w G3. This was a no brainer. Being fully modular is really nice as well.
CPU COOLER This is definitely one of the splurge items that I probably didn't/don't need but once I seen it I had to have it. I was planning on using a standard air cooler and was initially skeptical of running any kind of liquid cooling in my case but the Kraken just looks way to badass to pass up. Most reviews had positive things to say about it as well plus it now ships with the AM4 bracket so I just said screw it.
CASE FANS There's so many options now that I had a hard time picking which fans I thought would both look and perform best. They are spendy but I'm more than satisfied with the ML LED series. The LED's accents look great but aren't overbearing and the fans run whisper silent as long as you don't have them all at max RPM. I have one 120mm exhaust out the back, two 140mm exhaust out the top, and 2 140mm on the back of the radiator(in conjunction with the stock NZXT fans)setup for push/pull. They're all running as PWM and integrate perfectly into the MOBO and the Kraken for full control.
MONITOR(S) Much like the PSU choice the Dell S2716DG monitor is one of the most widely recommended 1440p/144hz/G-sync units out there. Not perfect straight out of the box and requires some user configuration to achieve the best picture/colors but otherwise fantastic. Goes on sale all the time too so you can generally score a pretty good deal on one if you need it.
GPU The centerpiece of the build. This was definitely another need vs. want scenario and as I luckily had quite a bit of flexibility with my budget I decided to go all out. The 1080 TI is an absolute powerhouse that crushes everything you throw at it. I stuck with a lot of MSI products so thankfully the Gaming X's look/color scheme matches everything else well.
The entire build was fairly smooth and I only had one run in with any major issues which was that the PC wouldn't POST after turning on. Not a huge problem but was dissapointing after everything else went so well. I ended up having to reset the CMOS in order to get the machine to boot. I went ahead and bought the CableMod red/black E-series PSU kit to keep everything looking as clean as possible and I'm very happy with how the whole rig looks. Pardon the crap HP mouse...I haven't received my Mionix mouse quite yet, lol. I have MUCH cable management to do both inside and outside the PC but I wanted to get this up so people could see how easy it is for a console noob like myself to take the plunge and build their own EPIC gaming PC!
Thanks for checking it out! Apologies for the **** photos...thank my iPhone, lol.
8 Cores, 16 threads, overclock capable and a decent price? Worth it. Comes with a decent stock cooler too.
Ultra sexy and combined with some quality after-market fans runs whisper silent. Provides great cooling. Little pricey but looks like this don't come cheap.
Nice black and red accents, easy to use BIOS, overclock capable, and everything else you need from a value B350 board.
Runs fast and looks much better in person than online(more of a "metallic" red color).
Fast, reliable, and looks clean(although it's probably going to be hidden anyway, lol).
Quality HDD from a reputable brand. No complaints.
Total monster. Looks incredible with black/red styled setups. Outlandishly expensive but slays any game you want to play.
Tempered glass is all the rage and this case is one of the reasons why. Looks fantastic and has tons of room to make building a breeze. Super easy cable management and the added integrated LED RGB strip(s) and fan controller are a nice touch. Easily one of the best mid-towers.
Reliable, clean power. Nothing much else needs to be said.
Spendy but beautiful AND quiet. Everything you want in one neat little package.
Spendy but beautiful AND quiet. Everything you want in one neat little package.
1440p, 144hz, G-sync, low response time. Not an IPS panel but with minor tweaks still looks amazing. Very clean looking monitor overall.
Cherry MX switches feel great. The red LED's complement my red/black build nicely. Solid keyboard at a solid price.
Elegant and ergonomic. Holds your whole hand and feels incredible.
Connects your case RGB to your compatible mobo header for software control(MSI Mystic Light, Asus Aura, etc.). Cheap and useful.
Clean look, feels nice, and is absolutely gigantic. Needs a big desk space. Some people say it smells like death, lol. Mine doesn't seem to have any odor(thankfully).