After picking up a 144hz monitor last Black Friday, the rest of my 2500k system started to finally show it's age. PC building can be a slippery slope, and before I knew it I went from piecemeal upgrades to being knee-deep in a brand new full build.
My last rig lasted me over a decade, so I wanted to shoot for a bit of overkill to handle my gaming needs now and hopefully for years to come. With the crazy component prices in the PC building world right now, I couldn't have picked a worse time to get the upgrade itch, but I meticulously waited for deals from a variety of different sources (at least that's what I tell myself to feel better).
The new rig knocks out everything I ask it to. The 8600k overclocked to a rock-steady stock-voltage 4.8 GHz takes care of my CPU intensive games, while the modestly overclocked 980ti handles just about anything with a steady 120 FPS. the 750GB worth of Samsung EVO SDD storage takes care of my system and most-used games with lightning fast load speeds, while the 3TB of HDD storage covers most of my Steam library as well as my video replay recording needs. Everything is cooled down by the Corsair h115i as a front intake and 3 Phanteks 140mm PWM fans for the top and rear exhausts. Everything is held together by the stunning mean:IT 5PM case, which is a little bit of a pain to work with but makes up for it by being absolutely gorgeous with it's 3 tinted tempered-glass panels. And although I prefer the clean understated look, my hardware came equipped with a decent amount of RGB eyecandy.