Hey guys, before you read this, I just want you to know that this is my FIRST build and I was on a budget. I also had some great help from a friend and you can check out his build here http://pcpartpicker.com/b/WGFdnQ So lets get started! The colors that I was aiming for in this build are Black/Blue. It is mainly a mid-range gaming and what I use on a daily basis for work :)
CPU: A great processor, can handle anything that I throw at it and more. And it's Intel so... It'll last me a while.
Motherboard: This motherboard was a pleasure to work with. Very stylish, matches my colour scheme, BIOS was easy to set up, and haven't run into any problems whatsoever.
Memory: Very well performing RAM. Matches my colour scheme while being amazing.
Storage: I originally started out with just a 120gb SSD and a 1TB HDD, but later purchased a 500gb SSD that I just haven't gotten around to install yet bu I plan to within the month.
Video Card: This was also something that I was advised to purchase by my friend. He said that a 960 was just not good enough. I thought he was crazy for wanting me to drop like 400 bucks on a graphics card, but I went along with it. This graphics card is insane. I absolutely love it. It looks great, but performs even better. I am yet to find a game that I can't run in 1440 at 60 frames yet.
Case: Since this is my first build, I was hoping to find a nice black/blue case with good fans and easy wiring. I know, it's a bit to ask for, but hey, I was determined. And I found what I was looking for. Easy to work in, and nice airflow. At first it seemed kind of bland-looking, but over time its simplicity grew on me.
PSU: I mean, a 650 watt Gold Fully Modular power supply for $100, Can't really go wrong.
Optical Drive: I just found this one by chance on Amazon.
OS: Now, I just want to make this clear. I HATE Microsoft. It makes me want to swallow my own vomit. I'm a Mac guy, what can I say? But for gaming, there is no other alternative. It sucks, but I guess I just have to bite the bullet this time around. I'm planning to multi-boot Linux or something...
Keyboard and Mouse: Both the mice and keyboard perform well. What more is there to say?
Monitor: So I was using a 48" Roku TV that I had used for a PlayStation. It was wall mounted and looked nice, and I though, "Why not use it for the PC?" And it worked great. But, It was not aligned in any way with my desk, and I had something under it that I could not move, so I was forced to crane my neck every time I wanted to use the computer. I was not liking it. So I pooled up some cash and found the ASUS VX279Q 1080p monitor and the ACER K272HULbmiidp 1440p. Both 60hz, both 27 inches. They work magnificently, except for the fact that the speakers on both are GARBAGE, They're really bad. But I normally just use headphones, so no worries.
I hope that you guys enjoy this build as much as I do. Thanks so much for reading! Any comments or suggestions leave below :D
*Pictures taken with a SONY ALPHA 5000