This is a build for my aunt and her sons. Name comes from a game the oldest seems to like quite a lot.
She was originally going for a $1600 gaming laptop with a dual core i7 and a GTX 960m. My father told me about it and I intervened ; I suggested that they wouldn't be gaming on the go, and if they needed mobile computing, a netbook + desktop would suffice.
She saw what I meant and decided on a desktop. Primary goal : Homework. Secondary goal : Gaming.
Homework is easy, gaming, well here's why I chose these parts.
The max budget was $1,000. A little budget hunting and I made a pleasing $900 parts list.
I chose the i5 because they play a decent mix of indies and AAA games. i5 should suffice within this budget range, so I felt that was the best option.
Tom's Snobware recommends against MSI. I needed a motherboard to work and run 3 fans, this was the cheapest and the BIOS was pretty hot to boot. (haha, puns)
RAM is RAM, cheapest at the time was that. Someone's gonna call me out for not doing 1x8, I personally find that new 1x8 and old 1x8 don't always like eachother if we're thinking of upgrades. Personal experience.
At $200 it was 1060 3 GB or RX 480. Went AMD again for the extra VRAM and optimization in vulkan & DX12. Also because mine seems pretty kick@$$.
Got a good rebate on the case, pretty simple tower. Sides don't like coming off though. Would use again for the features, quietness, and price.
I had to go when I was ordering parts, so I asked my father to order a Corsair CX550M for me. Somehow it turned into a HIVE 550S. Welp.
Windows 10. Need I say more?
She needed a full new setup so I took that asus monitor. Puts my HP office bundle to shame, and that's all I cared about.
I used a devastator I on my build, those were out of stock, so I went with II. Same thing basically, just rebranded and red this time.
Apologies for the lack of photos, my lighting was far from optimal and they came out terribad.
Pretty baller CPU, totally underestimated i5's.
Multiple case fan headers, sexy BIOS, lots of storage potential, very good for the money.
A note for those new to intel : the retention lever feels like you need to force it. Don't be shy, as long as your processor's correctly lined up, no damages should occur.
Fastest windows 10 boot I have recorded. Period.