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...