I was originally on PS3, but got fed up with the available games and graphics/performance. So I decided to build my own gaming PC. PCPartPicker was like a god send, the compatibility feature is literally the best thing ever. But of course I had to do a veritable ****-ton of research in my spare time. By the end of my first build I had researched and bought all my components over the course of 3 months. Considering how much time I put into research, putting it together and having it start right up was definitely the easiest and most rewarding part.

Current System:

  • CPU: Intel i5-4690 (3.9 GHz)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
  • Video Card: MSI 100ME 4GB GTX 970
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
  • MoBo: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150
  • Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 / Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
  • PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Modular ATX
  • Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower
  • Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) Upgraded to Windows 10

Build completed: October 2015 - Price: $1,595 CAD Update: August 2018 - PC is still going strong and blowing cool as the day I put it together. Currently doing research into building a high end 4k gaming platform for around $2500 CAD or less. And later on I want to make a custom concept build around my old GTX 970 & i5-4690, not sure what yet, so I'll keep looking around for ideas.