Hello PC builders! You may not know me and I am may not know you, but I am pretty sure we will get along just fine. Now, before I ramble on why I went for these parts, and how they treated me so far, I think I will tell a little story to how I built my first PC.
Before, I used a HP Envy 14, which in all honestly treated me so well that I stuck to it like glue, and it was my college laptop that I used when I had homework assignments or projects to finish up on. Despite having low-tech hardware, it still ran games that I loved just fine. However, I wanted something more. Something more deserving for what I will use it for. I was thinking of upgrading my laptop to better hardware (and keep in ind this was before I knew anything about computers, so bear with me), so I though I should get a GPU upgrade for it. Yet, despite looking around, I was highly skeptical about the whole thing because it was either complicated or I don't think I had the knowledge to really try it out nor the hardware. So, I only thought it reasonable to buy another laptop. Resolute on the idea, I started looking around for a laptop for my needs, but I couldn't anything that suited me, nor did I know which was best for me since I didn't know what was a good CPU or GPU or any other part for that matter. That was when I met someone who told me about this wonderful site: PCPartPicker. Thus, my journey began. Sure, I did have some doubts starting because I thought that building a PC wouldn't be so modular and it would be so big, but I was surprised to find that there were others like me that thought the same thing, and the solution? ITX builds. Small computers that could house powerful hardware. I started researching first, though. As a rule of thumb, I always study what I am getting into and what I had to do. I researched as much as I can and try to imagine how it would work out. Soon enough I was ready to build my own. As I tried to acquire the money, I was busy trying different builds that would be the starting point for my own PC. After about two or more years (at this time my laptop died, so I did really need a new computer), I got the money and the perfect build I would really like. After getting parts from different marketplaces, I started building.
I wanted a PC that would be used for gaming and maybe for other big projects in the future (and watching anime). And I still want to upgrade it to better parts, so I will keep this build updated with each upgrade as well as how it fared for a set time.
CPU: I am so glad I waited. Although a R5 1600 will do just fine for a build that requires gaming and multitasking, I wanted something better. That was when I heard about the announcement of the new Ryzen CPU, and I waited for the reviews and what they would say. Fortunately, these chips were very great, and allowed for a higher memory frequency than the last gen models. All in all, this is a very good chip for the price.
Motherboard: Between the other brands I had to choose, Asus was the one I went for. Then again, it wasn't like I had any other choice but to get that one since the others didn't look like it was for my tastes, and it didn't have the M.2. slot on the front of the board instead of the back. So I chose Asus and it has served so well so far.
RAM: RAM is RAM, but compatible RAM for a good price was hard to find. After searching and looking up what would be the best RAM for my system it would definitely be the Corsair Vengeance LPX. It was just the RAM I was looking for and for a great price to boot.
Boot Drive: Kingston A400 was the only option when it came to a cheap, good performing boot drive. I will, however, upgrade to a Samsung SSD, though.
Hard Drive: I needed a Terabyte of storage for games and whatnot, so I went with this hard drive that would just do the job.
GPU: I wanted a GTX 1070 instead of a 1060, but I couldn't due to prices being too high at the time, so I settled with this one instead. However, not all is lost. I found this for a good price on Ebay, and I weighed in the cons and pros and decided to stop being a *** and choose the damn card. So far, I am proud of what this card can achieve and even surprised when it breaks my expectations. In all honesty, I can see myself keeping this card for while.
Case; A case is like a builder's portrait when it came to PC building. You have to make sure your PC screams "masterpiece" (or masterrace). I spent the longest time choosing between cases. I was going to choose a RAIJINTEK case, but decided against it when I would be too risky when it came to thermals, so I ultimately chose the Thermaltake Core VI for its price and how well it worked with thermals if you knew how to cable manage. (Thank you BitWit for that sweet cable management.)
PSU: I wanted a EVGA SuperNova G3 650 PSU, but I was a little tight on expenses and went with a Corsair CXM 550w instead. Luckily, it was a good price for what I'm getting and had enough good reviews for me to even consider buying it. Unfortunately, though, it didn't wasn't completely modular, which did hinder me when it came to building inside the ThermalTake Core VI. Yet, it is a good PSU for the price and I would recommend it if you want a budget build.
Case Fans: I needed basic case fans to cool down my system of course, but these weren't PWM fans that I ordered online, but I didn't want to waste $20 worth of fans that had it. Instead, I thought it was best to save up and get Noctua fans. So far, these fans are good enough for the price. As for the Thermaltake fan that came with the case, I'm not sure what the specs are for that, but it is performing well, but I will still replace it with Noctua fans because these fans can get loud, even with headphones.
Monitor: I wanted a better monitor, but I couldn't find one that wasn't over $150. So I settled on this until I have more money to spend.
HUO JI Z-77 Keyboard: Now, I needed a keyboard that used Outemu blues and that was TKL. However, I could only find this keyboard that fit that criteria, so I chose it. Yes, this keyboard does make clicky sounds that can wake up anyone in a one-mile radius, so I recommend it if you like clicky sounds and glowing LEDs (not RGB) that only shine one color on each key set. So, I don't recommend this if you're a RGB aficionado.
Fan Controller: Although this is a small part with little significance for those using a ATX Mobo, I highly recommend this if you're using a ITX Mobo like me. You can connect up to 10 fans, either with pwm or not, and it just needs a SATA cable for power and somewhere to connect your for PWM control. It's very useful and is sure to give you enough fan hubs if you think about doing watercooling.
Final Thoughts: I really like my first build and can't wait to build more in the future.
-A GTX 1070 or a 2000 series card (reviews needed to make up my mind, though.)
-1440p G-sync monitor
-Better Power Supply
-Better CPU cooler
P.S. I will add benchmarks and better pictures soon, so wait for those.