Since i built my first PC "Kerstie" around 2 months ago my friend asked me to build him one too. The cool thing was that he had a 1200 CHF (around 1200 $) budget. Like two days after I made a provisional part list with a i5 7600k and a 1070 i saw a GTX 1080 on sale. I called him and he decided to go for a 1800 $ budget and so he bought the 1080. So now i had to make a completely new part list. I was thinking about ryzen but then the motherboard and CPU were on sale as a bundle so it made the desicion easier. We saved 110 bucks on the CPU and mobo combo. The Memory is also pretty standard 3000Mhz Ram. I originally wanted to go for a bigger SSD but then I remembered that i forgott his birthday (oops ;)) and I got him the 120 GB (I don't have THAT much money) for the SSD. The HDD is pretty standard i guess. As i really like Western Digital i wanted to get him a WD black HDD but those are a bit more expensive. I tried to convince him to get a 1440p Monitor but it would have blown his budget. So we settled for the 144 Hz one. As a PSU I picked the Seasonic G-750. It may not be fully modular but since my buddy doesnt really care about the looks of the PC it wasn't a big deal. I really like Seasonic. The case was on sale too and it had everything he needed. I am also really happy with the CPU cooler! I've heard nothing but good from the German brand Alpenföhn. I'm not a 100% sure about the temperatures because i forgot to write them down. I'll have to do a stress test. We also got Windows 10 for free from our University which is nice.
The build went really smooth and we had no real issues and the PC booted up on the first try (yaaaay :D). It was also a great experience to work with such high-end parts because i can't really afford them right now. He isn't going to overclock the CPU (or GPU) at the moment. I wanted to give him the opportunity with the Z270 and 7700k though if he ever want to overclock the CPU. He also plans to use this system for a long time and with those parts I'm sure he will.
The Cinebench scores are: CPU-test: 984 Open GL: 166.7
He really likes Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and on ultra settings at 1080p the game runs really smoothly at around 140 FPS. We haven't checked out other games for now but he plans to play Witcher 3 and Fallout 4.
We bought a lot of parts on sale and we saved a lot 55$ on the CPU, 55$ on the mobo, 90$ on the video card, 40$ on the monitor, 20$ on the case, 10$ on the case fans.
So we saved 270 $ in total! PLEASE NOTE THAT THOSE ARE SWISS PRICES! EVERYTHING IS WAAAAY MORE EXPENSIVE OVER HERE! So please don't comment that we payed too much on the parts. We got them as cheap as we could.
Update september 2017: we added a M.2 960 Evo 250GB for game storage.
it does stuff
Keeps the CPU nice and cool.. And thermal paste came with it :D
Price was right. Love Seasonic PSUs