This was my first build and was initially made around Christmas time 2014 however its gone through a few upgrades (GPU, MOBO & PSU) but I've arrived at a configuration I'm more than satisfied with. I've over ridden prices for a few items, they're likely to be a bit higher now here in Canada now that our currency sucks.
I wanted a build that could play any game at 1080p maxed out with at least 60fps now and in the near future. A 970 probably would have sufficed and been better value but games nowadays can be quite demanding so I spent the extra money on it. I got it on sale right when the 980 TI was announced.
The 980 G1 fits in the Air 240 case with no problems despite exceeding the maximum length on paper. Height-wise it does come close to the glass panel but it closes fine without any tension. I prefer to leave my panel off but that's just my preference.
The CPU at the time of purchase was $266 bucks and more than enough for gaming. It does lack hyper-threading so its not ideal for video editing and that's where a i7 would shine but for purely gaming this CPU is a beast and I'd definitely recommend it. Currently running at 4.2GHz with max temps under stress testing only reaching 58 Celsius!
My previous motherboard was a ASUS H97M-plus. Made the noob mistake of not purchasing a Z97 however it does offer overclocking. My problem was that it had no adaptive mode for the core voltage so I switched to the MSI. Doesn't match the black and blue theme however is a great motherboard with excellent build quality.
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Excellent gaming performance, great temps and over-clocks extremely well.
Very quiet, cools extremely well and allows for great overclocking potential.
Reduced my CPU idle temp by 3-5 degrees vs preapplied paste.
Excellent dark black finish on the PCB and great build quality. Great packaging and quality all around. Nice padded I/O shield and accessories in box. Pretty good software however ASUS offers a easier to navigate, cleaner layout.
Excellent ram, nice aesthetics and cooling design. Perfect for gaming.
Very fast SSD, great for installing OS and software on. Speeds up boot/load times significantly
Fast and reliable mass storage. No issues yet and pretty quiet as well.
Stays very cool, pretty good build quality and nice backplate. Tends to flex a tiny bit as it is a long GPU but never had any issues with it. Overclocks better than most. A monster at 1080p and comfortable at higher resolutions as well though I haven't tested this personally yet.
Great price for any 750W 80+ Gold certified PSU. Great packaging, includes a nice pouch for your cables and extras. Cables are decent quality. Fully modular. Quiet although a tiny bit louder than Corsairs offerings.
Excellent value if you can find it. Got it for $120 on boxing day. Great viewing angles and colors. Cons: Limited adjustability, touch buttons can be very unresponsive
Bought for 50% off at staples. Mostly wanted an illuminated keyboard and didn't care much for a mechanical one as I use a controller to game mostly. Lighting could be brighter but functionality is perfect. Software is very good. An excellent option in this price range.
Amazing mouse with tons of customization and an excellent sensor. Good for smaller to medium size hands. Adjustable weight, great thumb rest. Best mouse at this price. Look for sales on it at around $60 these days.
Powerful and crisp sound. Frequently on sale at staples for around 30-40 bucks. Amazing sound for the price.