I moved across the country and shipping was going to get too expensive since I was not using any moving services. I decided to sell my rig to fund this one. A temporarily budget-oriented gaming rig hiding in wait for the opportunity to blossom into its true form. In other words, I didn't have the budget for the rig I wanted and didn't want to skimp now with budget parts for my future upgrades.
Aesthetically I decided to keep it simple and stick to black, with future upgrades adding white accents and lighting. I plan to leave the lighting alone for now.
This CPU/GPU combination handles 1080p very well, but the stock cooler is holding the processor back.
I'm sure you're wondering why I only have a single 500gb drive in here. I don't have more than 3-5 games installed at a time so it's fine for now. As of right now I have 352GB free lol.
CPU - 9900k
GPU - ?
Monitor - 144+hz 1440p & 60hz 1440p
Aesthetics - fans, sleeved cables, custom gpu backplate
The goal is for this next upgrade to be the last for years. I have a habit of rebuilding nearly annually and it's time to stop.
My desk is the beech wood table top from IKEA along with a set of Alex drawers and table legs whose name I forgot lol.
I highly suggest using an aftermarket cooler to utilize the full potential of this bang for your buck CPU. I would argue this is one of the best values on the market at this time.
This board has every feature I could possibly need and then some. It helps that it looks good too. Asrock makes a solid product. Even better if you can catch this on sale like I did.
They look really good, just keep in mind the modules are quite tall!
For under $300, this GPU is actually a solid value right now given the strange GPU market with RTX and AMD lagging behind. If you don't care about ray tracing and you just want a great 1080p gaming experience this is a great option. AC Odyssey is a very demanding game, but in 1080p with a variance of high and very high settings the 1660ti handles its business, giving me 60-80+ fps. The card also remains quite cool, maxing out at 68c in the Unigine Heaven benchmark.
This is a triple slot card, so make sure your case and motherboard can handle that.
They replaced that horrible power button
Awesome features like the button to pop the top filter out and easily removable 3.5" and 2.5" drives
Mesh front panel
Long basement leaves plenty of room for cables
PWM fan hub in the back
Just looks really damn good honestly
- I do like that the side panels come off with a pressure click, but it's removing the panel afterward that you should be more careful with, I found it to be a little awkward. Could've just been me though.
For less than $200 I am happy with my purchase. The speakers on this thing can get very loud, so I tend to keep it on 20-25.