Description

This is my first gaming PC build with hopes to also utilize it a CAD work station later on down the road. This build took me a while to gather the money but, I finally did it and I'm happy with the outcome of my build! With help from a loved one I was able to accomplish something that made me really happy and satisfied. :) And sorry for the dust, my room is very susceptible to it.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is my first build and I wanted a good performing CPU for the money that I had at the time. Although the games that I have been playing haven’t really taken full load of the CPU I’m very happy and satisfied with this processor. I am looking to in getting an i7 for CAD early next year for my engineering courses.

CPU Cooler

I opted for an AIO due to the fact that I knew that I was going to be upgrading pretty soon to a more powerful CPU. I knew that traditional air cooled fans would be a much cheaper route, I also wanted something that was going to be as close to silent as it could get in my room.

Motherboard

This motherboard doesn’t support the ability to overclock and at the time I didn’t know that I should’ve gotten a z97 version of this board. Other than that, this board is really amazing the bios is really simple to use. At first I didn’t know what was going on since it is my first build but, after a few minutes I was able to navigate through the bios in order to set up my boot priorities.

Memory

Eh, I mean what can I say, this ram gets the job done. It was cheap and it performs well. What else can you ask for?

Storage

This was the first time that I was able to experience the performance of a SSD. The EVO 850 is one of the best drives that I have ever owned. (External drives, Laptops HDDs, and my store bought PC when I was younger.) Windows 7 downloaded onto this drive in 5 minutes I believe? Then again, I downloaded Win7 off of a flash drive.

Storage

The WD Blue 1tb is already getting used up by the game captures that I save. Might be getting a 2tb Black editions for those.

Video Card

Now I build this PC in February of this year but, I’m only now posting my PC because, I didn’t have all the parts that I wanted and it didn’t look as nice as I wanted it to look since the CableMod Widebeams were out of stock for so long. I first started off with a Strix 960 4Gg card and I played MOBAs on ultra and some triple A titles on high. It went well and I enjoyed the card but, then my girlfriend at the time wanted to get me another one so we went for a 970 Strix. I would’ve gotten the 980 but I felt bad her spending money on my hobby. Finally, I preorder the Strix 1070 Oc edition off of B&H and I totally forgot that I did. So one day I saw this hefty charge on my debit card and realized I had just bought a new GPU. I had time to cancel the order but, I really wanted it. Didn’t need it though. Lol This GPU is a monster and has tackled all the games that I have thrown at it in amazing performances.

Case

This case has so much room for a mid-tower case. I couldn’t be happier with the amount of room I had for cable management. I even used the optical drive trays as a stand for the CableMod power supply.

Power Supply

Its overkill but, I knew that I was going to be upgrading and adding more peripherals/drives.

Monitor

Just a beautiful display!

Keyboard

The Deathstalker Chroma is probably the best keyboard that I have ever used. I never really liked mechanical keyboards but, I feel that I might change over pretty soon to a good mechanical keyboard.

Mouse

My Roccat Nyth is also a really good mouse, I used to have the ROG Gladius but the grips kept coming off so I opted for this baby and it was a gift as well.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you buy your components off of the companies as labeled in the part list or not? If yes, how was it to buy something from superbiiz and outletpc? Are they reliable companies to buy expensive parts from?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man, most of the parts were bought off of Amazon. Although I have bought small items such as cables from OutletPc. I'd only really trust major companies for expensive items.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your answer man appreciated. I do the same I wouldn't buy a $200 processer off of superbiiz :-)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

CHeers! enjoy the effort and sweat, welcome to PCmasterRace thumbsup

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a big difference in gameplay between a 144 hz and 60 hz? I'm legitimately just gonna get dual 60hz and one 144 hz if this is the case. Since I don't wanna waste money.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This 60hz is the first monitor I've used, but I do think there's some slight jitters playing on ultra for like tomb raider or other GPU demanding games. Either it's the monitor or I haven't optimized it fully.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean I wanna play ark survival and far cry so..

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean idk. I haven't played those games so..

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

there is a significant difference, here is a nice video explaining it if you don't understand, i wouldn't say 144hz in necessary for gaming at all, i would personally go with a 120hz to save money as the hap between 120hz and 144hz is not nearly as much as the gap between 60hz and 120hz which is massive. That's just my opinion and if you have the money there is no harm in getting that crispy smooth 144hz. hope this helps :P https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6igZbQm75s

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

what desk is that?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Its the ikea micke desk

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

One question , im also planning to get the same mobo as you , and yes btw you can oc your cpu with that board . but my question is . How many fan headers are there? i see you have more than 1 case fan so that mobo should have more than 1 header right? also , 10/10 setup! +1 for the cable management!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man thanks for the compliments! There are 2 pwm headers and one CPU fan header. There is one near the graphics card and that one is for the exhaust. The other pwm header is powering two intake fans by a splitter. Hopes this helps, and good luck on your build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

chill with the jameson man lmao nice build tho acer r240hy can make some really cool set ups