prices are from my personal receipts / invoices from ordering the parts and from upgrades over time, most of the entire build's parts were purchased using price-matching or were on sale or as a combo special
Built this rig back in March 2014 (on my kitchen table, kinda tipsy on a few beers even) using a few different parts, there have been some upgrades but not enough to call it a full overhaul. Asus motherboard survived the great window air-conditioner vs. Corsair RM650 war of summer 2014, kept on rolling like a tank.
CPU clocked to 5Ghz so she's snappy a little, depending on what I'm doing with it. I built this for gaming / game server / productivity work, so it has a little bit of power here and there for each job. I also built this rig on a budget and only spent about $1200 total at the end of the day, after mail-in rebates and tax and shipping were all accounted for. Upgraded cooler to Corsair h100I for only $80 at a Best Buy (price-matched using PCpartpicker) and got a snappy 850 evo drive for a boot / game drive. Snatched up a quick 1TB blue for storage and game / mods backups. Upgraded memory to 16GB kit of Gskill Ripjaws. Upgraded to a CX750M power supply for peace of mind and in preparation for the new line of GPUs coming out.
All in all, she isn't super powerful, but she has enough of what I need in the right spots, where it counts. I can play heavily modded Skyrim with an ENB and high resolution (2K) textures at around 50-60 fps, mod the crap out of Fallout 4 without running out of ram or vram (I run around 150 mods on both games, see pics). She can run a small private game server like a champ. She's very responsive and snappy with productivity work or even just browsing / watching Youtube and Twitch. I'm happy with it for now and I love my 29 inch LG ultrawide 2560x1080 21:9 monitor that I got from Best Buy on sale for only $229.
I added a few things in summer and fall of 2016 to the build -- 2 TB WD Black drive, Roccat Tyon Black laser mouse, Steel Series Siberia V2 headset, Corsair K95 RGB wired gaming keyboard, and a Corsair M65 Pro RGB FPS wired optical mouse, all from the help of a couple amazing and awesome friends! ( You know who you are :P ) Swapped out the 270x and sent to a friend (he needed it more than I do), and popped in a trusty EVGA GTX 580 3GB oc'd, barely, running at 805mhz gpu clock, 2005 mem clock. I got by with that until I picked up the 1050 Ti in March, 2018.
I would love to replace the board and CPU with a i7 8700K and overclock it a tiny bit using a new AIO, get 32 GB of 2800+ memory, and get a 1TB Samsung 850 Evo SSD or maybe a PCIE drive. I'd love to pick up a EVGA 1080 FTW Hybrid, and I may put a 1080p monitor on each side of my ultrawide, not sure what to do there yet, might save up for an Acer Predator x34 100hz ultrawide. I may have to make a desk setup in the spare bedroom just to do that. I'd also like to repurpose the leftover AMD parts to make a rendering / livestreaming box, or maybe make a game server out of it, maybe put a few black or even a couple red drives in there... I don't know yet... I might not even get that far if the wife finds out about all of this... wish me luck! o/
My choice, the AMD FX flagship.
Got it on sale, price matched. Great cooler but fans are a little loud, Swap them for better, quieter fans.
My choice, always.
1 word. Tank.
Great memory kit on a budget, solid timings.
Best SSD for under $100, great for a secondary or games drive, but pretty solid as an OS drive as well.
Best HDD for under $50, tried and true, solid, great for backups.
Great and dependable drive, it's known for it too.
She's strong, good cooling even under full load. Not a huge card at all, very small and would fit many many small cases. Love the fact that you don't need power connectors, all the power is through the PCB. She's a heck of a tank for its size and I think it'll make a fine starter GPU when I hand it down to the kids when I upgrade. Only con is the high price tag due to the inflated prices in early 2018.
TONS of space and cable management options, you should probably get the dust filter kit from demcifilter, and yes, you're welcome.
Solid PSU for the cash, great 12v rail.
I use optical sometimes, sue me. This all you need for that. Cheap, dependable, still works after 3 years.
Win7, because I tell my computer what to do, not the other way around :P
Ultrawide on a budget, great color reproduction, the blacks and greys are good out of the box. I enabled gaming mode and that is all, no calibration needed. Sure it is not the best option for fps games or competitive games of course, but it is awesome for certain games like driving / racing, the flight sims and space games I play, and a few other random games. It makes a huge difference when you really compare it to a regular 16:9, and I just love it. I got it on sale so it was really worth it for me. Great for productivity and i use it in portrait mode sometimes, it's great for some things if you get creative with it.
Got this as a gift basically from a really cool friend, and I love it, I use it every day. Best keyboard I've ever owned in my lifetime and I couldn't thank him enough for it.
Great mouse for any type or genre of game, but mostly i'd say FPS games (if you can handle how large the top buttons are). It's a great mouse and has some pretty awesome software, all the bells and whistles are there. Got it from a friend as a gift and it's probably the best mouse I've ever owned. I love it.
I use this Logitech G600 knockoff that is super solid and rugged. Going on 3 years now and it still works just fine. Macros are a bit wonky but do work with some finesse in the software setting them up. All around great mouse for any type of game, I use all the weights for a heavier feel and stability. Best mouse I have ever owned for less than $50, I got it on sale for $30.
Yes, all the buttons still work :P
It's pretty good, got it for free from a friend, it wigs out sometimes, might just be the software being borky with win7, i dunno :P
pretty good for a usb headset, for what it's worth, i'm into studio level gear like oh, some 600 ohms cans and a DAC, but this gets it done and easy, simple software, easy to use, and has 5 band EQ so it's not shabby... all in all it works fine, but the mic is kinda crappy.