Originally, back in 2007, I had a computer built for me for about $1,600. This computer, while everyone else was trying to run Crysis at low, could run the game on the highest setting with no issues. It was able to handle any game I through at it and was rather bulky with a blue LED glow. As such, I named it The Behemoth, after a bulky and powerful creature from Final Fantasy that also was a blue/purple color.
This time around, I am focusing on a White exterior with multiple colors on the interior. I know the MSI Bazookahas a white LED, so the interior will be well lit.. Due to the white theme, glowing interior and power for the budget I have, I have dubbed this PC the Guardian.
Due to the fact that I began recently living on my own (August 20th, 2016), I am having to buy the parts one or two at a time in order to save money. While this is not the wisest thing to do tech wise, I have faith it'll all work out. I began the build process in July of 2016, ordering first my Optical Drive and Wireless card.
After that came the Case, the amazing NZXT Phantom 410.
Soon after, I received a free copy of Windows 7 from a friend of mine that he received during his time at school that he never utilized.
I decided on the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti because of the price tag. Yes, other video cards are more powerful, yet more expensive. However, the most demanding game I plan on playing is Fallout 4, and I am certain this card can handle that game on Medium or High with little/no issues.
I managed to get the PSU for a HUGE discount. Used a promo code to know the $49.99 down to $45.99, then the MIR to know it down to an overall price of $25.99, less than half of it's normal price range.
I also ordered some Serial ATA cables in bulk. They are $1.69 each, but for $3.25, I was able to purchase 5 of them, so I thought eh....why not?
Thanks to a generous friend I met here on PCPartPicker, I managed to pick up a RazerBlackwidow for $40.00 and he even sent a complimentary mouse!
The RAM is...well....RAM. I managed to get 16GB of it with an i3-6100 as part of a "Configurator" deal on Newegg. That, plus the RAM, equaled about $170, which means I got the RAM at about $15-25 off what 16GB of DDR4 RAM normally costs.
On December 30, 2016, I ordered the last parts of my build, and received them, somehow, the next day from Newegg. I began working immediately, and couldn't be happier!
I have played the following, with all at a constant 60 FPS:
Fallout: New Vegas
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Oddworld: Strangers Wrath HD
Final Fantasy XIV
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
While the above games were all at max settings, I also did manage to try Fallout 4. I managed to get a nice and smooth 60FPS at High Settings. I have yet to attempt Max.
All of these games which chugged on my laptop are not being played on my new Desktop at Ultra Highest Settings with no chug, clipping or anything. I've not run any debugs, stress test or the Heaven/Valley Benchmarks, but from what I can see, I am very satisfied with how this turned out for what I am playing.
My Computer while Idling, is at around 28 degrees Celsius, which seems phenomenal.
Also, I want to apologize for my bad photos. I couldn't find my digital camera so I had to use my phone. I have more pictures, but they are on my tablet. I will upload those when I get home tonight.
This little CPU is a powerhouse. It may not be an i5 in terms of cores, but for what games I am playing, and even some ones I didn't expect, I am getting nothing but good results from this beauty of a processor. Fan is even nice and quiet.
The colors with this one went with my build so well. The IO shield was a bit of a pain, but not so much that I am knocking a star off. BIOS are very easy to navigate and I am very happy with this purchase.
It's RAM. It's quick to install, gave me no issues, and runs like a boss!
Initially, I was concerned because I couldn't get an SSD. My concerns faded though as soon as I started up this bad boy. Within 20 seconds from hitting the power button, I am typing in my password to log into Windows. It's a powerful little guy for sure!
This is the one component I obsessed about. I don't play many AAA titles, so I wasn't concerned about getting "zOMG, 235,000 FPS at 4K on Crysis 8," but I wanted consistency. I play mostly last "gen" games, like Fallout: New Vegas and Dragon's Age, and I also will soon be getting Fallout 4.
This card is wonderful! With a DVI-D to HDMI adapter, I as able to hook both of my monitors up to this badboy, who handles it wonderfully! I would highly recommend this card, as the games I am playing now are all at the Ultra highest setting with no chug or skipping whatsoever.
Gotta admit....this case is wonderful, but not amazing.
There is plenty of room for everything I have, but the rubber pieces used for Cable Management kept coming off the case, meaning I would have to pull it back down the cords, and fit it back onto the case. I think I had to do this a half-dozen times, and it got a little more irritating each time.
On the plus side, the case itself on the inside has posted where to put the standoffs depending on the form factor of the motherboard, so for a newbie like me, that was helpful.
It came with three pre-installed fans that are all linked through a cable that attaches to the PSU via a Molex Cable. The case has it's own fan controller up top, and even on the highest setting, the fans are quiet and keep the case nice and cool!
Found this on sale with a mail-in rebate, and could not pass it up! The SATA power cable feeds power to both my Hard Drive and my Disk Drive, so I am not complaining!