An option that I have used before is to take a piece of fishing line and run it through one of the crevices in the cooler on the GPU, then loop the other end of the fishing line through a hole near the top of the case. The fishing line is nearly invisible to the naked eye and will hold the card in place.
One possible solution to the sag that I have seen done before is to take a piece of fishing wire and run it through one of the holes on the backplate near the back of the card and tie it to the top of the case (one of the holes that the side panel locks into is an option). It will help support the GPU and is nearly invisible to the naked eye.
If his budget was $1500, don't blame the man for spending that much money. One place where I think the builder spent unnecessarily was the power supply, 650W platinum efficiency is not necessary with this build.. Could of saved about 40 bucks if you went with a 500W gold efficiency fully modular power supply.
Nice build. I have the same CPU and graphics card in my build. I'm waiting for another year or two to upgrade my cpu as well. I haven't seen any bottle necks gaming at 1080, but upgrading to a newer gen I5 or I7 will be necessary in the coming years.
This things looks awesome and truly unique!!!! Do you know kung fu now?
-You can get a 1060 6GB for about 250 right now, but is the small performance increase worth $250 to you? It also matters what type of games that you play. The amount of VRAM you need depends on the games that you play. You have enough VRAM until you don't. Games like Skyrim and the Witcher 3 will gobble up VRAM, but e sport type games like CSGO, Overwatch, League utilize less VRAM. If you play games that don't utilize the extra VRAM of the 6GB, then you won't see any tangible performance upgrade. It also depends on what resolution you game at, if you have a 1440P monitor, then the 1070 is a excellent choice. If you are gaming at 1080P, there is really no need to go above the 1060.
-The SSD upgrade will provide the most tangible upgrade in terms of load time and overall snappiness of the build.
-When it comes to CPU upgrade, I agree with the other posters, the I5-7500 is the sweet spot at your price point. If you're only focusing on gaming performance, the 7500 will be a perfect.
Thanks for the compliment. That's a really small form factor PC. I've been thinking about an ITX form factor for my next build.
Core count and clock rate are not the only measurement tool that are important when evaluating CPUs. All PC builders should be happy with the competition that Ryzen has brought to the market, but AMD's older platform just do not perform (from a gaming standpoint) to the same level as Intel CPUS. That was the biggest reason I choose the i5-4590 when I originally parted out this build. It was well within my budget at the time I bought it ($180 at microcenter 2 years ago, and I got a $20 dollar discount on my MOBO cause I bundled).
Micro center recently had a sale with the i5-7600K for 200 bucks. I was close to buying it, but I feel I can wait another year or two before I upgrade the CPU/Mobo