First off, I have to thank this awesome website and the community. Philip, you are a legend. The PC Part Picker community was so helpful. You guys always answered my questions, no matter how stupid they were. I joined this website exactly a year ago, on July 20th, 2015. At that time I didn't even know what a video card was. In the year I have been on this website, I finally decided to build a computer.
At the end of May, I began researching like crazy. Trying to figure out the nitty-gritty of building a PC. On June 18th, I discovered the AMD RX 480. At the time, I thought that graphics card would be the one I was going to use in my build. However, after more research, I considered the Nvidia GTX 1070. I thought I couldn't afford it, but I scraped up some more money and I decided to use it. ThoughtA's Great Gaming Build really influenced my part choices.
I live near a Microcenter, so I decided to buy all of my parts from them.
Explanation of part choices:
CPU: I thought it was a good sub $200 dollar processor for my needs. I don't plan on overclocking the cpu for a long time.
Motherboard: I was deciding between B150 and H170 motherboards, and I just decided to go with this motherboard because it was the best deal.
Memory: This memory kit was DDR4 and 16gb (it looked nice too). Lowest cost at Microcenter as well.
SSD: Needed a 50 dollar SSD, this one seemed good.
HDD: It was 5 dollars less than the Western Digital equivalent, so I went with this.
Video Card: I wanted a GTX 1070. I had to kill 3 people at Microcenter to get this 0_0 The fans stop running when it is idle, which is nice. The firestorm program that comes with it is nice, however I do not know if that is a good program to overclock it. (Should I use MSI Afterburner?)
Case: The case's design looked really good, and it was a decent size. The case came with more fans than advertised on the corsair website! It had two 140mm fans intake fans and a 120mm exhaust. The top 140mm fan blows cold air right onto my video card, which is great.
Power Supply: I didn't need something super efficient like the G2. This one was good.
Monitor: When I went to Microcenter, I had no idea if I wanted 2k or 144hz. The people there showed me a 2k 60hz monitor and this monitor (I wanted to keep costs down). After seeing 144hz for the first time, I loved it and decided to go with 1080p 144hz.
The build process
Damn, I spent the entire day building this machine. I watched the Newegg how to build a pc tutorial as a guide. I was keen on getting good airflow, so I tried my best on cable management. I did a out-of-box build first, and I was so happy when it booted up without any issues. Once I put the SSD in the drive cage, I installed windows. Getting the side panels on was very easy thanks to the thumbscrews. The computer was surprisingly light, and it fit perfectly inside the enclosure in my desk. Afterwards, I stuck on my 3D printed logo :) . I setup a surround sound system the day after.
Upgrades I will make
I'm going to upgrade to kaby lake sometime next year, probably go for 32gb of RAM to help with my 3D modeling. I will upgrade my video card and power supply in two years as well.
Again, I can't thank this community enough. There was no way I would have ever built my own PC without you guys. My PC really glows at night, and it just looks really cool. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the mess of wires under my desk though...
Edit: lol I realized I had spelled vulpecula wrong, fixed that XD
Its a perfect processor for those who don't want to overclock and stay under 200 dollars. I paired mine with a GTX 1070.
It truly is Ultra Durable! I dropped a screwdriver on mine and it didn't affect anything!
Looks beautiful, delivers great performance.
Has not caused any problems for me! Good budget SSD!
Its a great budget HDD.
Where do I start? This card was just awesome. Freeze feature is great when the GPU is at idle; fans stop spinning completely. RGB lighting is great for any themed build. I have not overclocked this card yet, but I expect it to be great!
Its beautiful. A decent amount of room for cable management, side window is big, and front fans blow cold air directly onto GPU. Very good mid tower case.
A very nice budget power supply, but the motherboard and CPU power connector wires were a bit bulky.
I love windows 10 :)
This is a great sub-$200 monitor. 144hz is much better than 2k in my opinion.
I've had this mouse for a year and no problems. Download the driver from the Anker website.