After some recent news about the PS4 Pro and Scorpio my brother came to me and said
"I've had enough! I've only ever played on consoles my whole life and I'm tired of the exclusives and slightly different versions of consoles I already own being released!".
Around this time, his laptop also mysteriously died so he came to me and asked if I can make him a PC. He looked to my build and said
"make me something like yours but smaller and better".
So he transferred me some money and I went to work. The original budget was $850-900 for parts but, after adding more demands to the list, that price was not possible. Taking taxes and shipping into account, I didn't go that over the budget....
Design wise he wanted something small with a black w/ red accent design. (adding LEDs later on)
The total $1208.42 price includes taxes (my state had stupid high taxes...) and shipping. It doesn't include any of the rebates or other savings since I don't have them in hand yet (so I don't count them).
NAME: Like a ship or a gun, a PC needs a name. My brother decided on Sigurd...I forgot his reasoning. Something to do with dragons...
CASE: My computer is inside a Define R4 so when he said "like that but smaller" I already knew what was going to house this build. The case looks like a much better, smaller and updated version of my case.
CPU: I originally was going to go with the 7600K but after some persuasive arguments and my brother adding that he might get into video making, I swapped the 7600K and z170 mobo for the 7700 and B250. The price difference at the time of ordering only came up to ~+$30.
CPU COOLER: The hyper 212 is tried and true so it was my immediate choice to stay in budget. Was tempted to get the new version (212x) but the temp difference didn't justify the $13 jump IMO.
MOTHERBOARD: Originally had the z170m Mortar in this build but, after the CPU swap, went with the B250m. It has a nice black board with matte black w/ red accent heat sinks giving it a stealthy look. When I did my own build I stupidly didn't pay attention to the board and ended up with a cooper/poop brown motherboard in mine...
MEMORY: Another part I had good experience with in the past. Plus it was on sale and in the color theme!
STORAGE: Not much to say here. I feel the WD HDD is in 85% of builds (including mine) and the PNY was in the price range I was looking for and had positive reviews.
POWER SUPPLY: When I built my computer I heard negative things about corsair PSUs. But apparently they fixed their stuff in time to get a decent priced PSU for this. The black cabling is a definite plus since most of the other PSUs I looked at in this range have mustard/ketchup ends. Only con is the amount of ports so he doesn't have much room to add on more.
GPU: At this point I was only ~$20-$50 over budget but this is where the original budget just got destroyed. Initially this build was going to have a 480 in it (first a XFX ref one, then the MSI Gaming X). But when my brother mentioned his needs (like he was planning to get a 1440p monitor) I looked into other things. After checking on some forums for suggestions, some people made strong enough arguments that I jumped $150 up to get a 1070.
Perfect clean and minimal design. The updates on this case took away all my cons for previous Fractal cases. The only thing that would make this better is a tempered glass side panel.
Okay for the price but the included cables are horrible. I'm glad they're not mustard/ketchup color but they're so rigid and hard to bend into place. All the included cables were like extension cables. The sata cable had 4 connectors which ruined my original plan for SSD and HDD placement. And the vga cable ruined the clean look (the rest of the cable connected too close to the front end so I can't hid in easily.)