Backstory: My last PC was actually a custom made one that I bought over 5 years ago. It was the first so-called gaming PC I had. Bought it to play Starcraft and to this day, it still handles it perfectly fine. However, during the last year or so I decided to buy more PC games like GTA V, Witcher 3, Just Cause 3 and realised the HD 7850 & FX-6100 were not enough. After a few months of research and saving up, I thought it's finally time. It perfectly aligned with the introduction of the Polaris & Pascal GPU's.
Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor I've never done any overclocking before but I was interested so I grabbed the 6600k The i7-6700k is only marginally better when it comes to gaming and I did not need the hyper-threading. For what I wanted, the 6600k was perfect.
CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler Deciding on a cooler took longer than I thought. I had a budget in mind and didn't want to do any major overclocking so I decided to go with an air cooler rather than an AIO liquid cooler. Rather than get the cheaper EVO 212, a lot of people recommended the Cryorig H7. The cooler has great cooling performance and was very easy to install.
MSI Z170A SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Originally I decided to buy the Z170 Asus Pro Gaming but after reading about the issue with the company's QC I decided to go with MSI. The SLI PLUS was the only one that was all black, I didn't really like the red & black theme they have on most of their boards.
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive One of the fastest SSDs on the market and comes with a 5 year warranty. Getting the 500GB instead of the 250 GB pushed my budget up a bit but I think in the long run it would be better.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card After realising AMD won't release their high end cards first, I went with the Gigabyte G1 GTX 1070. I bought the card from Overclockers UK on the 17th July and it was delivered on the 20th. I think I was pretty lucky considering the shortage everywhere. At the time, the MSI was a bit more expensive for around the same performance so I settled with Gigabyte. The price of the card has risen to £455.99 as of today.
Asus PG279Q ROG Swift 27.0" 165Hz Monitor At first I was going to settle with the Dell U2715H but I saw someone selling the PG279Q for £500. It was only £100 more than the Dell. With the benefits of G-Sync and 144hz I thought it was worth it. The GTX 1070 will probably not push past 100 FPS in demanding games at 1440p but for games like Overwatch it's great.
NZXT S340 - Designed by Razer ATX Mid Tower Case Have been eyeing this case for a while now. I have the Razer Blackwidow 2014 Edition Keyboard along with Razer Abyssus 2014 Mouse. Looks great with all 3 together.
Putting the parts together: I actually felt quite confident going into this. I had watched loads of Youtube Build Tutorials from the pcpartpicker channel. I made a few notes on the steps and cracked on. The hardest part in putting together the build was figuring out where all the cables from the PSU plug into. The warning lights on the motherboard flashed red a few times because I had them connected the wrong way in sometimes. Also didn't realise the SSD needed power from the PSU (hehe).
After everything booted up nicely, I used my OEM Windows 7 key on my old build to upgrade to Windows 10 by creating a bootable media file. A lot of people seem to be under the impression you can't transfer your Window 7 key onto a new device and upgrade but I had no issues.
It took around 8 hours building the whole thing from scratch and installing Widows + drivers. I was exhausted but it was well worth the experience. Anyone looking to build their first rig shouldn't be put off. Do your research. The sense of accomplishment is overwhelming! The next step for me is learning how to overclock. At the moment I'm enjoying ROTTR which I bought during the Steam sale :)