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This is my first PC I've ever built! I started watching PC games on twitch and decided I had to have one and built this machine solely for H1Z1 but will hopefully find time to play some other games on it as well haha

I wanted a black and red theme on the interior and think I did a good job of that, but I am still missing some red (or white) lighting on the inside so that you can actually see what's in there through the glass. Everything went together great and I still have a ton of room for additions later on (already looking at new GPU's and water cooling set-ups).

CPU - from what I gathered from research this CPU will be great for what I am trying to achieve, all I want to do is game on 1080p and 1440p in the future and won't be streaming or photo editing/rendering with it.

Mobo - I love the look of this motherboard. Everything plugged in nicely and haven't had any problems with it yet. The Bios is nice and easy to maneuver.

Memory - This memory has a lower profile heatsink than most other popular memory sticks (G skill, etc.) and that is the sole reason I picked it. It is a great red and looks nice and sleek with my mobo.

Storage - Samsung 850 Evo is probably the most popular SSD on the market and I can tell why. It was priced just right and can normally be found on sale. It is very fast (loads windows in under 10 seconds easily) and comes with a 5 year warranty!

Video Card - This took the longest to decide on....but I finally bought one and said that's it. It is super quiet and runs everything so far at good frame rates on 1080p. (CS:GO 300fps, H1Z1 200 fps, Wolfenstein 60fps) I haven't had much time to really test it out yet, but it is perfect for my first PC and I got it for a good price. The first upgrade I will do to my computer will be the GPU as I hope to get a 390 for the cheap this year.

Case - This case looks GREAT!!! I love the minimalist style case as most cases I found looked like they were made for children. It is unbelievably quiet! I honestly thought the fans were broken when I first started it up because I couldn't hear anything. I bought two more fans just like the ones that came with the case and even at 100% I barely notice them. There is enough room in this case for just about anything I can think of haha The only issue I had was that it was unbelievably difficult to plug the USB 3.0 into the slot on the mobo because of the positioning of the cable holes, but after about 15 minutes of jiggling I finally got it in there.

Power supply - don't know much about these but from what I understand this is a great PSU and I got it at a great price. I don't hear it all when in use, but I figure that's the case for most power supplies. It was packaged very nicely and has a great matte look to it.

Extras

Monitor - I have a 23" monitor that I use for my Xbox one and was just going to share with my new PC, but that didn't quite work out and I felt like my PC needed it's own new monitor. This monitor is amazing. The IPS panel looks great and it has a super thin bezel! The second upgrade I make for my PC will be a 1440p monitor because I just felt like the GPU I have right now wouldn't be able to give me what I am looking for on 1440p.

Keyboard - keyboard is amazing. Logitech does a very good job on their mechanical keyboards! Great for gaming and typing, not too loud but also not quiet, and very responsive. Backlighting is very good and can set the directional keys brighter than the rest so they are easy to locate.

Mouse - This mouse had great reviews and seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. You can easily change the settings on this mouse to whatever you want them to be with the software provided.

I am very happy with my first PC and can't wait to start upgrading it!

Edit: Forgot to give a shoutout to pcpartpicker.com this site was super helpful with getting this all together. From the compatability feature to the community forums, I probably couldn't have gotten it together this quick and easily without this site.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

I'm saying this on a lot of builds right now with 150-250 dollar GPUs and people planning to upgrade.

I think it might be worth waiting till later this year (maybe summer or fall) because Nvidias Pascal cards come out this year and are supposedly much faster than current gen maxwell cards or the AMD 200 and 300 series cards.

I jut ordered my parts a few days ago and personally will be using a GTX 950 until the 1000 series cards are out.

Just sayin'! You built a really nice computer for $1000 including peripherals +1 man!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD should have their new 14nm Finfet Polaris coming out this year too ...

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah very cool. I just recently heard about Pascal and was wondering if AMD was doing something too. Dang I'm gettin excited....

Edit: Isnt Pascal 16 nm?

Also I just read an article on Polaris... Seems like they're making more smaller cards like the fury or maybe laptop sized cards?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

it is very exciting new being on the Red Team..I just hope it does get released mid-2016 as promised. There's going to be a battle for the best this year pascal V polaris.... oohhh dramaaa!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I've just read that article too! It's amazing that they compared a laptop grade card with a desktop one (albeit a mid tier like the 950) and I'm surprised at the power draw vs the performance it had. We can only hope that wasn't the highest tier of the new mobile cards coming out.

About the 16nm vs 14nm: in my understanding, there's a difference in how the productive process is being calculated. TSMC and Global Foundries use a different method to check the length of the transistors, and it appears that actually the 14nm FinFet are similar to the 16nm. I might be wrong though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I saw them testing one of the new cards and was surprised to see it was at about 85w in Battlefront at1080p medium.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! My plan is to wait until black Friday and see what kind of deals I can get on a new GPU and Monitor! Plus I really want to see how the pascal cards turn out.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah the CPU he used in his build was... What? Also what kind of 13 year old has that kind of money to low? I had like $30 cash on a good day when I was that age.

I actually love modest builds. Well maybe not "modest", but stuff under $1000 ish. In that range you see a lot of creativity. Whether it's the trade-offs people make or small corners they cut to save $20. Stuff like dropping money on a nice motherboard and PSU to allow for bigger upgrades in the future. High end builds aren't too interesting to me unless there's an awesome watercooling loop or cool modding.

OP here did a great job on his first build, especially looking at his savings. 190 for a 4690k! and that mobo for 110!? That's something to celebrate

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

$1000 on a cpu alone is just (For average consumer)....

If you do special work or something go ahed!!!

But like really?A 13 year old with a 5960X? C'mon

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm 14 and I'm buying a 5820K soon. I worked for that man.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

My biggest accomplishment so far has been getting a $50 psu for $20...

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It took a while to get all my parts figured out, but In the end I wanted something that could get me started in the PC gaming world, not hold me back from much, and be able to upgrade in the future. I think I met all that criteria.

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

I absolutely love that video card, if I didn't already have an HD 7950 I'd get one of these for my pc.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It's doing great so far! Looks good and performs just how I anticipated.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

nice!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the idea

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

My build is nearly identical, except it's wrapped up in an NZXT S340 package. Awesome job, dude!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

love this build and love that Nitro 380 even more , job well done man ! +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice one here! +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

CABLE MANAGEMENT Overall it's a lovely build.