Description

I've been a long time avid console gamer. Grew up playing PlayStation and used to think PC gaming was beneath me. Could never get into it and I also never had a PC capable of playing AAA games at the time. Back in 2012, I moved and sold my PlayStation. Took my laptop with me and having wanted to play games in my spare time. I began downloading and playing games that didn't demand a powerful PC (CS:GO, RUST, TF2). The laptop wasn't too bad, it did have a AMD A8 Quad-Core processor in it, which ran CS:GO at a modest frame rate. I played on it for a couple years. During those years, I developed a new passion for PC gaming. It was far more competitive and the graphics were also far better. I moved again and decided to sell the laptop as it was no longer performing well enough to game on it. At the time I wasn't in financial position to build the PC I wanted. So I opted for another console, except this time, it was an Xbox One. Definitely prefer PS over Xbox but wanted something new. It wasn't until I started playing on console again, when I realized how significant the difference was. I often found myself extremely frustrated, being the competitive gamer that I am, with the disadvantage I felt like I was at on console. You lack the range of motion and the precise accuracy you can achieve on PC. And I know there are console gamers who can dominate PC gamers, but lets be honest, at the highest level of competition, PC gamers will always come out on top (In my opinion, of course).

Now, with all that being said, I recently embarked on a journey to finally build a PC! Being in a much better financial position, I budgeted the cost of a PC I wanted..... and ended up exceeding that budget by.... A LOT. My original budget was going to be a low-end PC build for about $800~$900. But when I started researching builds and components, I couldn't help but build a PC that could do a lot more than CS:GO. I have to say, building a PC is a ton of fun and extremely rewarding. Seeing the set up I worked hard for and put together is a very satisfying feeling that won't go away fro a long time.

And finally, my build:

Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor This was a last minute decision. I originally planned on getting the i5-8600K since the start of the build, figuring it would be adequate for current AAA games even ordered through Amazon at a really good price ($224) but it was "temporarily out of stock" for well over a week since ordering and is actually STILL "temporarily out of stock" as of writing this. It was within that time frame I was able to do some more research and ultimately made the switch for the i7. Granted, one of the biggest decisions was not wanting to wait or overpay for an i5. So I canceled my i5 order and purchased the i7 at a pretty good price. Overall, I think I'll be much happier with this purchase in the long run.

Deepcool - GAMMAXX GT 29.5 CFM CPU Cooler Spent a good bit of time deciding between a AIO Liquid Cooling system or a Air CPU cooler. I'm very pleased with this CPU Air cooler. It's RGB lights are very nice and bright, doesn't look cheap like I expected and it keeps the CPU very cool. When I decide it's time to OC, I'll post temps but haven't seen the CPU really go over 45 Celsius after very long gaming sessions.

Asus - TUF Z370 Pro Gaming ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Well, I don't know really anything about Mobo's but again, another decision that took a long time. I almost purchased the Asus Prime mobo but decided the Asus Tuf Gaming mobo was a better option for what I wanted. It was also 10% off with a $10 mail-in-rebate, so I couldn't go wrong with this mobo. I love the RGB effects on the side of the board. I do wish they turned off with the PC, bot oh well. Great Mobo so far!

Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory Boy, oh Boy... Ram. I had a very hard time deciding on RAM (If you haven't been able to tell by now, I am a very indecisive person). I think the biggest problem with my decision on RAM was that current prices have been terrible. I wanted some good, reliable RAM. Ended up buying this Corsair - Vengeance 16GB. Seems to be doing the job well.

Samsung - 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Fast boot speeds. Will be upgrading to a NVMe SSD in the near future but this is good enough for now.

Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Got this HDD because it seemed like a quality hard drive for a good price.

EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SSC GAMING Video Card Ughhh, this was also a very hard decision. I think I spent most of my time, while looking for parts, deciding between a better CPU or GPU. Now, I know it's usually a good rule of thumb to get a better GPU but I decided on a better CPU because the GTX 1060 will serve its purpose until the current prices drop with the release of the new RTX video cards. At least I hope. In any case, I am very happy with the performance of the 1060. Am averaging almost 200+ frames in a lot of games.

EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 GAMING This card is an absolute beast. Not only does it look good but the build quality of this card is unreal. It's incredibly sturdy and feels extremely solid. You can rest assured holding this card that it will last a long time. I originally purchased the 1060 but it just wasn't performing the way I had hoped. So this seemed like the best option without getting a 1080. Based on reviews and comparisons, and even my own experience, this 1070 Ti is on par with some 1080's and it's a good bit cheaper. It's quiet, but does produce a "coil whine" which seems to come and go under certain loads but doesn't bother me. Overall, this is a wonderful buy for the cost and performance!!

Phanteks - ECLIPSE P400 TEMPERED GLASS ATX Mid Tower Case This was a pretty easy decision. Found this case on sale and I have got to say, IT IS AMAZING! Especially for first time builders as it offers a ton of room. Comes with an RGB strip and has some ambient lighting. However, I highly recommend cable sleeves as cable management can be a daunting task with how little room is provided in the back. Also, I do not like the Velcro straps used to "hold" the wires to the case. Would be better if they were clips. Great case nonetheless.

EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Another good buy at a good price. Was on sale and seems like a great PSU.

Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit It's Windows 10. The updates take forever lol

Acer - GN246HL 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor Didn't want to spend a ton on a monitor but definitely wanted a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate. The monitor itself is very nice and was easy to set-up. Very sleek and stylish design, images are very nice. Great monitor for the price!

Logitech - G502 Proteus Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse Chose this mouse because I've always used Logitech mouses and have never been let down. This is the first gaming mouse I've ever owned and it makes a world of difference. This one is fully programmable and has a very nice RGB logo. Great weight and feel!

Logitech - G PRO Headset Pretty good headphones. Haven't had any issues with Logitech headsets either.

Logitech G​240 CLOTH ​GAMING MOU​SE PAD Almost bought a massive mouse pad to cover both my keyboard and mouse but decided on this one as it seemed more practical. I am very pleased with this mouse pad. Its light, thin and extremely responsive to the mouse.

UPDATE #1 After a couple days with the 1060, I have decided to upgrade to a GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 and I've got to say.... what an upgrade. Definitely a noticeable upgrade. Can max a lot of setting and still get great FPS. Crushed a few benchmarks compared to the 1060 (obviously). And looks a lot better in the build! I also purchased some cable extensions, so the build has a lot cleaner look to it!

Part Reviews

CPU

Get's the job done and then some. Wonderful processor, can't go wrong with Intel.

CPU Cooler

Really love the RGB on this CPU fan. I am not overclocking my i7 yet, so this keeps my CPU very cool for the time being and looks really cool doing it! Would definitely recommend this CPU cooler.

Will update long term.

Thermal Compound

Seem's like really good, quality thermal paste.

Motherboard

I don't know a lot about motherboards. BIOS is very easy to understand and the RGB lighting on this mobo is subtle but still visible. Overall seems like a great mobo so far. Didn't have any issues with the build.

Memory

Can't go wrong with Corsair. That's what I've heard at least, so I purchased this RAM. Works great. Wish it was a more stylish but won't dock any stars for that. Overall a great product!

Storage

Super fast boot times.

Storage

Its a HDD and it stores stuff. Does a great job at it.

Video Card

This card is an absolute beast. Not only does it look good but the build quality of this card is unreal. It's incredibly sturdy and feels extremely solid. You can rest assured holding this card that it will last a long time. I originally purchased the 1060 but it just wasn't performing the way I had hoped. So this seemed like the best option without getting a 1080. Based on reviews and comparisons, and even my own experience, this 1070 Ti is on par with some 1080's and it's a good bit cheaper. It's quiet, but does produce a "coil whine" which seems to come and go under certain loads but doesn't bother me. Overall, this is a wonderful buy for the cost and performance!!

Case

I really enjoyed building in this case. Comes with an RGB strip and has some ambient lighting. Also has a ton of space however, I highly recommend you purchase some cable sleeves as the other side of the case has very little space for cable management. Still a very nice case to build in.

Power Supply

Pretty good PSU. Got it on sale and is more then enough for what I need.

Operating System

Good ol' Windows 10! ....updates take forever though.

Monitor

One of the cheaper 1080p 144Hz monitors on the market. Really nice design to it and the picture is very crisp. Would definitely recommend.

Keyboard

I really love this keyboard. The RGB lights are bright but not too bright, you can also quickly adjust the brightness. The Corsair iCUE is pretty intuitive and offers a range of customization for the keyboard. 10/10!

Mouse

Awesome mouse. The extra buttons certainly help in game and the option to quickly switch between different mouse settings and DPI is extremely useful! It has an RGB Logitech logo, which is nice.

Headphones

Great headset. Would definitely recommend.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

used to think PC gaming was beneath me

U wot m8?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... Sad times... Hard to believe honestly lol

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

have you tried overclocking this board yet? I heard it had some vrm issues.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not. This is my first build. I don't know a lot about OC but I look forward to learning and when I do OC, I'll certainly update.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the keyboard? There’s a sale and it’s one I’m considering.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Buy It! I absolutely love this keyboard. The keys are very nice and the gaming keys they give you are a nice touch. It's a very good keyboard, even better if it's on sale! 10/10

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I’m currently using a Razer ornata and I think I would like to switch to Mx reds. Since the mk.2 is out, it’s currently selling for 89.99 on amazon, and so is the k68, so I’m trying to see which would be more for me, say I decide to upgrade.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! The Cherry MX reds are soo nice to type on. Very responsive and not too loud. If you liked your Razor keyboard, you're going to love the Corsair Strafe keyboard. I personally think the Strafe looks better than the k68, but that me. Overall a fantastic keyboard!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I really like the extra logo thing on the left, and USB Passthrough with the nice braided cable would be cool. I just need to decide between that and water resistance. Id probably do the strafe because it’s the same price but the list price is higher :P

Anyways, really like the build, I hope you enjoy it!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't go wrong either way! And thanks, have definitely been enjoying it!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you made a bad decision with going with a 1060. It gives you some flexibility to get the powerhouse card you want at a later date. Let's just say you unload the card at a later date for $150. You didn't take that big of a hit. I think it would be better than the opposite where you dropped $500-600 on a 1070TI or 1080 and then find out about the RTX series release.

I am sure you can somehow repurpose the 1060 and be happy with the decision. Maybe build a small form factor LAN computer or... gift it to family/SO or something.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. And I plan on doing exactly that at a later date. I am very pleased with the current performance I am getting from the 1060.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build! I really like the way that you put together the information on your build. The details are really helpful to those who are looking to build a system. It is good to see people sharing what works and doesn't work.

I think you have a solid build. I just pieced together my system about a month ago and a lot of building your own system is the journey. It's the trial and error. It's the building process. It's the trying to make everything fit. Etc.

I think the weak point is the GTX1060, but to be perfectly honest, it's fine. It's probably plenty functional. You might not be able to drive crazy details or higher resolutions, but... it's plenty fine for average folks. I had a GTX 960 before my current 1070 and that was more than enough for my needs at the time. Worst case scenario is that if you need more GPU power, you can always swap this out. I think this way is better than the other. You could totally get a GTX 1080Ti and never take full advantage of it.

I think when it comes to choosing parts, most of us have some type of budget. I think it is fine to cut corners in some places while splurging in others as long as we are realistic about our expectations.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I wanted to be specific and thorough in my description. Since it's my first build ever and I enjoyed every bit of the process. I hope that other people can learn a thing or two from my own build!

As for the 1060, I do agree. It's certainly the "low-point" of the build. I almost opted for the 1070 but figured long term the i7-8700K would be better and in the very near future, I can upgrade to a 1070 or even the 1080Ti. I have been pleased with this GPU so far but honestly can't wait for the upgrade!

I couldn't agree more, choosing parts really comes down to what fits your needs and budget. I knew the i5-8600K would have been enough for me but was thinking long term. And even though it's not a 1070, I don't feel like I compromised on this decision. Very happy with the build! It's even more then I expected lol

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!

i7-8700K is going to last you for awhile. At least I think so. For gaming, the CPU doesn't really make that huge of an impact. It's really the graphic card. Also... You really have to be using a high-resolution (like 2K or 4K display) to really start taxing most modern cards. No point in needing a high performance card if your monitor can't output that hight.

If you are doing content creation like Photoshop or video editing, the CPU does make a huge difference.

I figure for most of us average folks, we are on a budget and we really stretch the dollar. For me, I try to get the best bang by buying open box, or taking advantage of sales, even if you have to be without something for a little while.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the idea behind getting the better CPU over the GPU. I am more of a gamer but figured upgrading the graphics card would be easier then upgrading the CPU. And like you said, most of us really try to stretch that dollar lol. I also couldn't agree more in regards to the monitor, which is another reason why I opted for the GTX 1060. It really does everything you need it to do very efficiently and the price for what it offers is the best part! Would definitely buy again.