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Hey guys! Just wanted to share what was my first ever build (and hopefully the first of many). Many of the choices I made will seem weird at first, so I will explain my situation a bit. I live in Uruguay, that teeny thing in between Argentina and Brazil. Gaming here is VERY HARD. The prices of gaming stuff are massively high, sometimes the difference between the price of a part in Amazon and in a retailer here can reach 100%. So you say, why don't you buy your stuff from Amazon? That brings another problem, due to government limitations to avoid literally everybody doing just that, each person is entitled to FOUR shipments per year, which can't be valued more than USD200. After you use those four shipments, all Amazon or similar purchases over the internet are taxed with 60% of their value, plus additional charges around 50-100 bucks. It sucks, but with effort and patience it can be achieved! Here's my list:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 One of my Amazon purchases, as it happened to go under 200 bucks and is essentially a toned down 4670. The 4690k was 350 bucks here so I grabbed it as I'm not interested in OCing.

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX970 4G I know, I know, the 1070. Fact is, I can't buy neither this nor the upcoming 1070 on Amazon. When the 970 was released, it took 9 months for it to arrive on local retailers, and was priced at USD600. This 970 set me back USD550 and wasn't even the most expensive here. There is absolutely no sign things will be different with the 1070, so I went with the safe bet.

MoBo: MSI Z97 Gaming 5 A rare case, was on sale here at almost the same price as in Amazon, so I grabbed it while I could. Very nice quality though it could use some more fan headers. The temperature indicator is extremely valuable. Plus the dragon emblem is SICK!

RAM: Kingston HyperX Savage 2x8gb DDR3-1600 Another Amazon purchase, can't go wrong for 70 bucks and they look even cooler than the Fury. Again, no interest in OCing so I got the 1600 version with CL9.

PSU: EVGA 600W 80 Plus Nothing special, pumps out more than enough juice for the system. Cables are braided, which helps a lot with management.

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo Do I need to explain the choice? :) I won't OC but in the summer my room gets extremely hot sometimes, plus it's waaaay more silent than the stock cooler, as we all know.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB More than enough for my stuff, awesome quality drive for the price. Will probably install a SSD for OS and select games.

Optical drive: Samsung WriteMaster DVD recorder I like to keep DVDs around, for backups and movies.

Case: Deepcool Dukase An astonishingly beautiful and ridiculously cheap case. It has massive room inside, lots of places to hide the cables away, neat shelf-looking holders for the HDDs and trays for the SSDs. Plus there is the big side window, and plenty of space for fans and/or watercooling. All that for 70 bucks. A steal. Only con, it is a nightmare for first timers like me. Instructions are useless and the front panel was terrifyingly difficult to remove. Thankfully it all went okay.

Case fans: Corsair AF140 x1, Corsair AF120 x2 and Deepcool xFan 120 x1 I wanted to maximise airflow, not only to keep the system cool but also to avoid dust settling in. These fans do the job beautifully, plus they're silent and have very bright LEDs. The Deepcool fan was included in the case but will be replaced by a third Corsair AF120.

Any recommendations for future upgrades are welcome! Thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't really recommend any upgrades for your build, apart from your hdd for when it runs out of space, but that's a different story, I understand you struggle with parts in Uruguay, but if I could suggest any pat it would probably be like a 980/980ti or better, but that's entirely up to you, anyways, this is a great build! Good luck with future builds.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say a 1070 when that comes out. Even if it's specs aren't out yet it should still be extremely good for its price.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the front panel that swings open. How often does one use the optical drive? nice one +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I use it a lot actually as I feel safer having stuff saved in discs I can access even without connection. Every few years I buy a bunch of them and back the old ones up to avoid them getting scratched.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I was only implying when the drive is not in use, it's nicely hidden with the front panel. :D