I wanted a solid gaming rig that could handle 1080p but would not break the bank. I have found this system to be a very well-balanced and powerful build, especially at this price. This is the exact, total cost of the complete PC, including tax and shipping.
Being a player of primarily FPS shooters, I knew this build could easily handle the games I was "aiming" to play and much more (pun intended). I have yet to do much bench marking with this rig, but I plan to download many more games and experience new genres.
I originally thought of building a gaming PC around a year ago. The only thing I was interested in were the peripherals. My first piece of equipment was ironically my gaming mouse (A Logitech Proteus Core G502) that I picked up from Best Buy on Black Friday. As I started to research the hardware and how to build a new Gaming PC, I thought the research and build process looked too hard and intimidating.
A year later, I decided to stay determined and build my first rig. I decided to wait until Black Friday to pick up as many deals as I could and save some money. Leading up to Black Friday, I spent around 3-4 months researching the parts, what their tasks were, and picking the hardware that best-suited my needs. My hardest decision, by far, was whether to go with the GTX 1060 or the RX 480. I decided to go with AMD, as it was cheaper at the time (and the price is still steadily dropping). I am very happy with my decision as AMD has been increasing their GPU performance with the optimization of new drivers. Another tough decision was the CPU. My build originally cost around $600 with an i5-6500. Just before I made my final decision, I decided to go with the i5-6600k and the Hyper 212 EVO so I can do future overclocking. I was worried that I should have waited for the release of Kabylake, but seeing the performance difference of 2%, I am very happy with my decision. All-in-all, finding good deals on almost all of my components, I saved myself around $350-$400 (BTW all of the components are new).
My budget had always been around $650, but when I first started, not knowing much about computers or hardware, I originally thought I could only fit an Intel Pentium or i3 and a GTX 950. I soon realized how much more I could fit into my budget.
I am very happy with the research I have done and the parts I have picked out. The actual build took me around 5-6 hours (Yes, I know, WAY more time than it should have). I ran into a couple of hiccups during the build process and wanted to be very careful with my hardware as not to break it (Yes, maybe a little TOO careful). As for upgrading, I plan to have this build for at least 3 years. The only thing I plan on upgrading soon is too add another 8G of RAM (Too bad the prices for DDR4 are spiking). All in all, I am extremely happy with how the build has turned out, both performance wise and aesthetically.
A very good CPU that is great for overclocking. Definitely worth the money.
A great go-to cooler. Obviously wont have the same performance of a water cooler, but its also $60 cheaper. All-in-all, a great budget CPU Cooler.
A great budget-friendly Z170 motherboard. I picked this up when it was on sale for $68. A great deal. Only complaint is that its not a standard ATX size, so its missing the far right row of screws so be careful not to bend it when installing RAM or plugging in the 24-pin power connector.
A nice looking, low profile set of DDR4 RAM. No complaints.
A fairly cheap but speedy SSD. A great purchase worth the money.
A great go-to HHD with 1TB of storage. Very reliable.
An OUTSTANDING card for 1080p, especially at the price.
A very spacious case that is great for first-time builders. Has a lot of room for cable management, a PSU shroud, 3 silent fans, sound dampening side panels, a fan controller, water cooler support, and a large window to show off your hardware. Great bang-for-the-buck case.
A very reliable 500W PSU. It has no problem powering a single GPU setup.