First ever PC build that's slightly overkill but pretty cheap! (Not cheap but great deals) Slightly long description, but I love this thing and it was a lot of fun building it. If you are curious how I got the deals I did, I go over most of them below.
DISCLAIMER: I am fairly new to all of this, so some of this may or may not make sense. I'd say I did a pretty good job for my first time and just learning about the pc life a month or two back.
BACKGROUND: I am a long time console gamer and Mac owner. I have played Xbox since its origin and owned a Mac all the way through college hating PC's hearing about how slow and vulnerable they are. It wasn't until recently that I was finally convinced to join the master race. Once I got my full time job after graduating in December, I began saving and researching parts and prices of everything I'd need for an entire build. This website and YouTube were my best friends during that time. I decided to go somewhat overkill because I had the money and wanted more up to date hardware.
PARTS: CPU: After doing a lot of research and thinking about what I'd be using the PC for, I went with the i5-7600K. It has great reviews and with the proper cooling, can be overclocked with decent results. I've been pretty happy with it so far.
GPU: This is why I mentioned "overkill" for a first build, lol. Countless friends told me I did not need a 1080 for any type of gaming I would be doing, but with the great deal Newegg had going on, I couldn't pass it up. I got the MSI DUKE for $444 brand new with mail in rebate. Not many reviews are out about it, but it has a high stock core clock and can be reasonably overclocked. Overall pretty satisfied with it so far.
CPU Cooler: I've heard a lot of bad reviews on the Kraken, mainly because it does not cool as well as it should for it's price, but once I saw the RGB Led rings and mirror display, I couldn't really pass it up. I absolutely love the look of this thing. Next build definitely want to try out custom water cooling. Looks like fun.
Headphones: Purchased them refurbished off ebay for $150 when they were going for $300 brand new.. couldn't complain. Xbox and PC compatible and fully wireless with 15 hr battery life. 10/10 recommend these. The sound is amazing for both platforms. Dolby 7.1 surround sound really helps in PUBG.
Memory: Girlfriend's dad heard I was interested in building my own PC and went ahead and bought me 16 GB of DDR4 3200 as a graduation present. Pretty awesome gift, I know lol.
Storage: Not the best out there for SSD's but they were all free since my mom works for a company that has hundreds of these things laying around in dust. Samsung is only Sata 2, so it is used for storage not booting. Intel one is Sata 3, so the boot times are great. She also found some TB of HDD's laying around too so I threw them in as well.
Case: I LOVE THIS CASE. Out of every case I saw out there. This one is the best I have seen. I wanted an aesthetically pleasing PC, obviously, and once I saw it was only $100 it was a done deal.
MOBO: Had all the ports and capabilities I needed. Mainly got it for the white shrouds to match the build. Decent MOBO from what I've witnessed. Easy BIOS and setup. Came pre-updated which was nice.
Monitor: I knew I wanted a big monitor, but actually came across this one on craigslist under a guy selling his fairly new PC. He bought the monitor a little over a year ago and never had the time to play. It's practically brand new. 27" 1440p 144hz with gsync for $400.. come on who could pass that up. Lived only 15 min from me and gave me tips on my build since I was only partially through building it.
BUILD: Overall, went very smooth. Watched dozens and dozens of build videos and it all went together quite seamlessly. Cable Management was definitely a challenge. Not the cases fault, plenty of room in there, but I zip-tied and stuffed wires out of order and didn't feel like going back since it fit behind the back panel.
Once it was finally put together and I tried powering on the first few times with the Asus ROG Swift and got no signal whatsoever. I panicked and eventually tried another monitor and what do you know, it worked and posted fine. I wasn't concerned about the monitor not working because the guy demoed it for me a day prior and it looked great. I figured my ports were bad or cable wasn't seated.
In the BIOS, I kept getting CPU FAN error's every time I tried booting, but they were all spinning. I tinkered around with how I had them set up and found the mistake of connecting my exhaust fans to the krakens intake fan cable. The Kraken fan cable splits into 4 female ports so I had both intakes and both exhausts hooked up into that and mounted wrong on the MOBO. I routed each exhaust to its own 4 pin on the MOBO and the AIO cable to the proper 3 pin on MOBO. Error went away and I got straight into the BIOS with everything working great. Formatted all SSDs and booted up Windows via USB. Flipped around the displayport cable that came with monitor and what do you know.. that was the problem.
FINAL OUTCOME: This thing is amazing! I've only played PUBG, CS:GO and Gang Beasts so far, so nothing that really makes the card shine bright yet but I plan on getting new games very soon for it. Really want to see the potential of my gpu and monitor. Might swap out all red cables with white so that it goes with any color LEDs.
FORGOTTEN PARTS: Hue+: $60 (amazon) CableMod Cables: $35 Matching Black/ Red Mouse Mat: $10 Glass Desk: $25 (craigslist is truly amazing)
UPDATE: Cleaned up the gpu cables a bit and retook the pictures. Will get cable combs soon.