Let me start with the old stuff I'm keeping for this build. My Operating System is a free version of Windows 10, from Windows 8, and it's stored on my SSD, so I won't lose it when I replace the motherboard. I have an original Cooler Master Storm Trooper Gaming Full Tower Case, a SAMSUNG 850 EVO V1* (32-layer) 2.5" 500GB SSD, a Thermalright Macho Rev.A. CPU Cooler, a great discontinued CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W Power Supply, some cheapo LG DVD/CD Writer Optical Drive, an old 500GB Hitachi Hard Drive, 2 Red/Blue Enermax TB Vegas DUO Front Fans; with 11 switchable modes, and a AZiO GCRI31 3.5" All-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Multi-Card Reader/Writer.
Now the new stuff I bought, as of 5/30/16. I got the ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO Motherboard; was also considering the MAXIMUS VIII RANGER, it's cheaper, but the HERO is a little bit better. The HERO has extra SATA ports, a mPCIe port, extra overclocking software, better SupremeFx audio, a better power source for the microprocessor, and the logo lights up on the Southbridge! To add some accent, I went with 2 (Metallic Red) sticks of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200MHz 8GB Memory; I opted for 3200MHz because it was only 5 bucks more than the 3000MHz version, and I might do some light OCing with this rig. I also purchased a Intel Core i5-6600k Processor; was going to get the i7-6700k, but found out the i5 is a better value if your only using it for gaming. The i5's gaming benchmarks are nearly comparable to the i7's and the extra cores have been shown to barely improve the overall game performance when playing current DirectX 11 games. But, the i7 is more future proof because it has more cores and Hyper-Threading, which newer DirectX 12 games utilize. Even with that considered, you can still game just as well with the i5 as the i7. But, if I were to encode videos, do extreme video editing or run a high-end multimedia software package like 3Ds-Max, or Maya Autodesk, I would go with the i7. Because the i7 can run more resource intensive programs and the Hyper-Threading helps with multi-tasking applications. I don't do any video editing or design or run like a game server so I don't really utilize/need what the i7 has. The last new part I am getting; when it's available, is the ASUS ROG STRIX-GTX1070-8G-GAMING Graphics Card. It's an astounding card that can go toe to toe with the Titian X and the 980 ti in benchmarks, at a fraction of the cost. I'm going with the STRIX because it's a better performer than the founders edition, and looks better too. The 1070 blows the competition out of the water in price for performance and fits my build idea of using affordable, great value components.
As for the peripherals, I have two awesome Monitors, the newer Asus VE278Q 27.0" as my main Monitor and the older Samsung 2333HD 23.0" for bedtime use; as it can do TV. I have the one of a kind discontinued Steelseries Merc Stealth Keyboard, a (Grey) Steelseries Sensei Mouse, a Xbox One Wireless Controller + Cable for Windows, and I recently bought new headphones, the Audio Technica ATH-M50x's. I had the Audio Technica ATH-M30's for a long time, but I tripped over the cord and broke off the audio jack, and didn't care to replace the audio jack. I also have had for a long time the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 120W 2.1ch Speakers, which are beastly. Finally I have a Rosewill Wireless Adapter.
My current old build's core components that I am replacing; the motherboard, CPU, GPU, and RAM sticks, were all purchased around 2011. Back then the build was decent enough for gaming, but now it's used mostly for browsing the Internet, because my graphics card; the XFX ATI Radeon HD6870, is barely capable of handling modern games. I also only have 3 sticks of Crucial 2GB Memory, so I get like 5 fps, because it's maxed out at 95%; 5.7 out of 6GB, when playing HITMAN. I have an old i7-920 processor, and my motherboard is the dated ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366.
With the hardware upgrades in this build, I can look forward to playing new games like HITMAN, Mafia III, and Battlefield 1. I really don't plan on using this build for anything else besides gaming. But, if I go back to school in the future, I can use it for programs like CAD.
*Sorry for the poor image quality on some of the pictures, I used my Samsung Galaxy S6; it's not tremendous, and I don't have any other camera. Also I will be swapping out images as I build*
I got a refund from Amazon for the processor that USPS lost, and if it ever does show up at my house, I get to keep it for free! Amazon customer service was great, but the processor is $30 cheaper today on Newegg. I ordered it this morning and it's supposed to arrive by the 16th. I was also up most of the night/morning on the 10th looking for the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070, but I couldn't find it anywhere in America yet, also looked today and it's no where... I'll upload more photos when I get the processor and install the new motherboard in the case. There will be an entire system performance review when I get the new graphics card, and complete this build.
I tested HITMAN with my new motherboard, processor, and RAM, the only thing that's old is the GPU. it's getting a range of 5-10-17 fps, pretty much the same as my old rig, so it was/is the graphics card, and right now it's bottle-necking my new rig. Also an update on the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070, it seems to have fallen off the radar pushed aside by the 1080 Turbo, I can't find any details on when it will be available for purchase in the US, and is currently only being sold in Europe. I'll update when I get any info on the 1070.
Got some case lighting today, should be here the 27th or 28th. (Lemonbest 2m 6.5ft 120leds Resin Flexible Color Changing USB LED Strip Lights RGB 3528smd 5V Waterproof) Best deal out there for non-chase case lighting. I got this light strip because I don't have RGB headers on my motherboard; there only on the Hero Alpha, so I can't do coordinated case lighting.
GREAT NEWS!!! The ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 is available for pre-order through Amazon; it was first released for pre-order the 20th, I ordered it today, and it will ship the 28th of July apparently, so this build won't be complete until like early August. Next update when I install the new case lighting.
(Update 8/7/16) Got the new graphics card is runs great I'm able to play all the games I want on their highest settings, no more glitching or bad frame rate just working awesomely, new pics are up this build is done!
Very fast, improved my start up load time with my old set to just seconds.
Looks cool, functions fine, haven't noticed any problems, owned for 3 years now and using it for my new build. Plenty of room inside the case and great ventilation. Best case I have owned.
Pretty solid monitor, the colors aren't as great and rich as my other older monitor but the detail and clarity is.
What I like about this keyboard is the gaming key area, no one else sells a keyboard like this, its ergonomic button layout and shape of buttons are comfortable to use, comparatively to the regular keyboard buttons. What I don't like about this board is the under key lighting, it's not very bright on the regular part of the board however the gaming key area is; in darkness it is difficult to see what you are typing with glare from the monitor.
I like the ergonomics and weight of this mouse, it's like a better version of the old Microsoft Intellimouse; which is what I was looking for. The build quality isn't awesome, but it's still working great.
Pretty good level of clarity and detail with these, somewhat spacious sound, and great function and feel. They aren't as boomy with bass or deepness as I want, but overall a pretty decent headphone for the price.