First of all, I messed up. Years ago I bought a fully furnished "gaming computer" online for way more than I would like to admit. But thanks to the glorious website you are reading this on, I got over myself and was able to build a glorious computer for a lot less than I could have ever found. Being in college at the time I am making this build, I am going to talk about it like I am writing an essay. If you want to ignore the loving care I put into this build, skip the next paragraph. Either way, thanks for taking the time to read this. I put a lot of effort into this build and would like to think that I could provide some insight for someone in the future.
Anyone who has ever gone to college, understands that there is not a lot of extra funds laying around. That is why I wanted to build my new computer piece by piece, instead of forking out way more than I should have. Being on a budget, I knew I couldn't afford the best-of-the-best components, but I certainly didn't want to be skimpy either. That is what lead me to chose the processor that I did. I had thought about a build with a small profile, but I decided to go with something with room that could be upgraded later as needed. Being a gaming rig, I wanted it to be fast, but couldn't afford a whole lot just yet. I had the storage covered from the old computer, but it's hard to stay away from Steam sales even if I won't play the game ever again. The one area I decided to splurge on was my graphics card, but decided against the top of the line and go with something that performed as good as its price point. My old computer had a thing with cooling, albeit a lack of it, and I decided to go with something that allowed for easy modification later on down the road. At first I used the old power supply, but quickly switched to something more modular so I didn't have all the excess cables sprawled throughout the case. The case came with a couple fans, but I decided it needed more now that I had the capacity for it.
TL:DR (you can go more budget friendly with less expensive brands, but I didn't want to sell myself short) Processor: i5 instead of i7 because even under a budget it still performs outstandingly well Motherboard: I wanted room for growth and future-proof my build Memory: I felt 16gb was plenty to start off with, anything more would have been overkill at this point Storage: Currently have enough storage, but could always use more; if you don't have a SSD, get one Video Card: FTW edition because better specs; The 1080 just didn't have the overwhelming specs for the price Case: MOBO lays flat, plenty of room inside for cables (or fat fingers); top panel options for mesh and 200mm fan mount or windowed panel to show off (either/or additional panel can be purchased through Cooler Masters part store) Case Fan: case comes with two front, installed another in the back, might add one on the top, has room for two more near the internal drive bays
Final Thoughts - Thanks again for reading any/everything. I am not open for suggestions on what I should have chosen but feel free to ask any other questions about why I chose what or what you should do in your own builds!
Great processor, came with a small fan, little slow handling major tasks or high res games; overall gets the job done
Plenty of room for all of my components, only wish it came with more than one USB 3.0 header
Love 'em, plenty of RAM for what I have now and the black goes with everything; planning on getting a second pair, but later down the road
Great reviews, perfect for the OS and plenty of room for all your basic applications
Had one in my old comp, plan on adding another and stripping them together
Great budget OS drive if you don't have the money for an SSD right off the bat, just wish it had more storage
Love it! Best bang for your buck in my opinion, very long card so make sure you have the length for it. Has LED controls to add character to your rig without surplus lighting kits
Couldn't be happier, so much room for everything! The panels are held on by a couple thumb screws as well as the MOBO tray making it very easy to work on and maneuver cables around
Plenty of power for enthusiast gaming rigs, don't sell out for a fully-modular PSU because this one only comes with a 24pin and 8pin cables attached which everyone needs anyway
This moves so much air! Quiet for how much it moves, perfect for getting that extra cooling across the entire motherboard and graphics card
Stout little fan, really pushes air around for its size. Relatively quiet even at full speed