I wanted more LEDs, and that's exactly what I got... Upgraded from this poop
I decided to upgrade my CPU so that I could render videos faster, and bought this one secondhand. I didn't really trust my old fan with it in case I wanted to overclock, so I went for an H100i GTX to be worry-free.
I had planned to install a second GTX 770 when it's time came around (which is the reason for my 1000w PSU), but seeing as how expensive they are compared to new cards, I think I'll just wait til another day and buy a better GPU itself.
I really wish I'd picked a different motherboard because of the CPU power pin location (the cable can't reach unless it runs across the front), but this one really has no flaws besides that - so I'm probably leaving it as it is...
The prices of storage have drastically dropped, as you can see with the Samsung 840 EVO. It makes me feel dumb for buying it at such a high price but that's how things are with technology, I suppose :P I kind of want to get a newer SSD but the speed difference is marginal and I'd rather wait til this one bites the dust.
This case is ENORMOUS. I bought it to impress, and that's exactly what it does. Everyone I met is in awe when they see it, so I guess that makes it worth it to me. So easy to work in, too.
My monitor used to be a VN247H. 60Hz felt like a limit, and I don't care about high resolution honestly. I kind of like seeing pixels on lower resolutions (maybe a nostalgia thing). So I bought the VG248 for it's glorious 144 refresh rate and similarity to my old monitor so that it wouldn't throw off my gaming. Unfortunately the 0.4" difference caused it to not fit in the compartment of my desk and I had to change it out... Honestly I wish I hadn't upgraded this. The difference going up to 144Hz was minuscule, but going back down to 60 is a dread and gives me headaches now :(
The G502 is super comfortable and the customization is constantly enjoyable. I hate using other people's mice, even the fancy Razer ones feel inferior. I might have just gotten used to the adjustable DPIs and weight but I can't stand other mice now. The G13 is most likely the BEST decision I've made in peripherals. Every time I see it I'm happy I bought it, no regrets. Any game's ridiculous control scheme can be fixed and I can play on other people's computers without needing to share their keyboard. Sounds silly but playing on a normal keyboard is nothing compared to gamepads. Speaking of keyboards I only bought the K70 RGB for it's beauty and clicky sounds. I stream SpeedRunners and my webcam shows my hands while I play. The keyboard is a nice accent people enjoy seeing. It has it's uses but I think a lot of keyboards, especially Logitech's, are much more practical.
My headset is an oldie I used back on Xbox 360. Switching between my 360 and PS3 was super simple, I can play music or talk on the phone separately from the game's audio, it sounded crisp and clean, and the controller was amazing! I could add modifiers to my chat AND game - yeah, THERE'S SPLIT CHANNELS. Especially on PC this thing is a godsend. A channel for game audio is separated from the chatting channel, god I could go on forever about this divine piece. The only downside is that it gives me a headache to wear for too long.
Me and my roommate decided to parody Kingdom Hearts II (it turned out awful...), so I decided to buy a capture card. I liked the idea of making my rig capable of almost anything, so this was something I've wanted integrated for a long time. Unfortunately PCIe capcards seem unpopular. StarTech looks shady to me but they were the best deal I could find. The software it comes with is horrid but I haven't found out how to connect the device to common recording softwares. Along with the capcard, I bought the Blue Nessie to record voice-overs with. Anything tiered higher seemed too expensive for very few advantages. Everyone I talk to says my voice sounds dead-on with this mic, and it clears out background noise very well. It doesn't pick up voice too well unless you're a reasonable distance from it, to be expected.
So that's about it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask :]