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Hi all,

First of all I would like to extend my thanks to the great peeps on this site...it was a tremendous help going over the reviews and builds...

For the past 6 odd years, I was bound to a HP laptop due to working abroad and traveling a lot. However the time has come that Chrome got too much for it and I was being force to upgrade.

I started out thinking I would buy a gaming laptop for the sake of space savings and portability, but then the cost savings of going for a desktop far outweighed the space savings, at least for me, and ensured a better machine that's more up-gradable in the long run.

So I set out compiling a part list. This actually was a lot of fun, doing all the research into the parts and trying to figure out what I wanted.

The PC had to be quiet as it will be used mainly for studying purposes and proved capable of playing games for the next couple of years.

I made some sacrifices to my budget, by buying more reliable / expensive parts for the sake of dependability in the long run ( don't want to upgrade too soon ).

Fortunately for me, there were some decent promotions during the end of summer on Skylake processors, so I jumped in.

It took me about a month to source all the parts I wanted at a decent price. I do want to disclose that I'm based in Poland, so the prices are not 100% accurate...

Seeing as this was my first build, I was a bit nervous, especially when installing the cpu, but in the end it was actually pretty straight forward.

A few comments of the parts 1. Case ---> large enough for everything I need. A bit fiddly to change the door opening but fine. Extremely quiet...so much so that I don't heae it at all in my room...even when gaming I only once heard the back fan switch one, and that was mostly due to direct summer sunlight as well. It has a window so ... happy. 2. CPU cooler... the one one the list is not the one I got... I couldn't find it on pcpart. Actual model is: SilentiumPC FORTIS 3 HE1425. It's pretty big, but has a 140mm fan and it's very quiet. 3. Motherboard ---> offers everything I wanted plus a little bit more with the LED's. It's subdued, yet nice. And I got a decent combo discount with the CPU... 4. CPU ---> just great... 5. Memory ---> again got it at much better price than even HyperX 2133hz modules...so a no brainer. 6. SSD ---> according the pcpartpicker, it's considered a reliable choice. 7. Storage ---> one of the things I had an issue with...received a DOA disk...had to be sent back. Suspect it was damaged in transport. Got a full refund and replaced it with the same part..no issues thus far. 8. GPU --> Was going to buy the GTX970, but then read that the 1060 is coming out with performance almost at the same level as 980, plus when it released here, there was no price difference between 970 and 1060... 9. PSU ---> came recommended from a friend in the IT business for being imperceptibly quiet... and that is indeed the case... 10. DVD writer --> backing up photos... 11. WiFi card ---> PC is in the bedroom with no option to connect via cable. But, no difference in speed when comparing with cable...perhaps on some days the ping is slightly slower but not noticeable even when playing Rainbow Six Siege online. Love the magnetic base for the antenna's and the card colour went great with my other parts. 12. Monitor: 1ms response time, multiple screen modes...perfect for my needs for now. 13. Keyboard --> I wanted something affordable with back-lighting and media buttons and macro keys... Very happy with it, but not as quiet as wished for, considering it's a membrane keyboard.

The only thing I still need to buy is a new mouse...my Logitech RX1000 is nearing retirement age.

Suggestions would be appreciated... I am thinking of Steelseries Rival 100 or Corsair Harpoon.

All in all I am very happy with my rig and now I can't wait to play The Witcher 3 GoTY.

Please drop me some comments if you will...

Thanks...

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

If you want a good mouse then the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum is amazing.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey...I finally Bought a Logitech G403 Wireless. Uses the same sensor as the G900 but with a more conservative design which suits me better.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! How's the Wireless N Adapter treating you? is it fast?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Injected...

The Adapter is working a treat... I've got a 100mb/s connection and I'm getting almost full speed, depending on time of day. http://www.speedtest.net/result/5806071812.png

PC is about 10m away from router behind a wall.

I heard that people are moaning about coil whine but I have not picked up anything. Also, I've had no issues with driver support. Plug and play with Win 10 64bit.

I've got it connected on 5ghz AC...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I thank you enormously for this comment, I am considering going wireless ever since the router is positioned very far from my room and to do all the wiring I rather have repeaters all over the house and go wireless... Thank you! +1 4 you!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Injected. If your situation permits, I would suggest going with powerline rather than wireless. You can get up to gigabit speeds depending on which adapter you buy. It is also a lot more reliable than any wireless options available. There are a lot of good options on amazon, but I would suggest you do research on them before you buy.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same adapter - no whine I've heard. Had a problem with it generating a lot of event log warnings - reinstallled just the driver (and not utils) right from Asus site rather than included CD and that cleaned it up. Perf and stability is great.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build so perrrrty plus 1.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

If u want a good mouse mate, and don't want to spend a bunch of money on it, I would personally go with A4tech X7. I have one on my own and it's perfect. Rly recommend. They have pretty good software for customizing your keys as well... (https://www.amazon.com/V-Laser-Wired-USB-Gaming-Mouse-A4Tech/dp/B00DK06DR6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479413536&sr=8-1&keywords=A4tech+X7) But if u want a more professional gaming mouse, I can only recommend the Corsair Sabre (https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Gaming-Sabre-Weight-Optical/dp/B01APA8D2G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479413764&sr=8-1&keywords=corsair+sabre) or Corsair Scimitar (https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Gaming-SCIMITAR-Mechanical-Buttons/dp/B019OQJ9XE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479413813&sr=8-1&keywords=corsair+scimitar) I've tried both of these mice as well and they are awesome.

Also a 1+ for u. Nice build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi samkomatus! Thank for the links... I will definitely go have a look at them.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey...i finally got A Logitech G403 Wireless. Very comfortable for me. Haven't played with it yet though.