Well I've been a console peasant for quite some time now, but my cousin had a LAN party as his bachelor party last fall. All I could to bring was my crappy laptop, which did well enough in some games, and of course made most games horribly unplayable. This didn't phase me too much though, because I was pretty true to my Xbox One. Well, as he had a few more LAN parties, I began to realize that consoles don't even compare to an entry level gaming PC in terms of performance (duh). Needless to say I wanted in. I decided to use part of my refund from college to build my first ever gaming PC. I set my budget, and my cousin and I began to talk frequently about which parts I should get. We spent a few weeks deciding on what to go with and this is the final product! Also, don't grill me on the cable management on my desk please, its a built in desk that came with my apartment so I cant run anything behind it :/. Also, I do plan on getting a cable sleeve off of Amazon to make it look at least a bit better, so go easy on me about it.
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I debated for ages whether to go with the 1060 3gb or the 6gb. I did extensive research and decided that the 3gb was the way to go for me. $50 less, amazing performance, and I don't think I'll need the extra 3gb of vram within the next year. I'm a senior in college, so I might upgrade my system next year when I graduate anyways. So far I've played Prey, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta, Skyrim Special Edition, Alien: Isolation, and Overwatch all at max presets at or above 60fps. Seems like I made the right choice :).
I was originally going to get a Ryzen 5 1600, but if I did so, I could only really afford a gtx 1050ti, which I was originally going to do. However, doing more research led me to believe that upgrading my GPU and downgrading my CPU would be more beneficial in most games that I planned to play. Honestly I haven't even overclocked my R3 1200 and its doing absolutely fine in every game I've thrown at it (granted the GPU really helps). I get no lag or stutter in the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta on ultra settings in 1080p!
Not really much to say here, it pretty much just fit my color scheme quite well and was compatible with my CPU so it's what I went with. No complaints!
I was originally going to get 16gb of RAM, but once again, rearranging my budget around didn't exactly leave me with much extra money and I haven't had an issue with my 2x4gb sticks anyway! I went with this particular brand because it was blue! it matched my color scheme.
Looking back, I probably should have gotten a bigger SSD but I didn't really know that at the time. I don't have many complaints about it as this is my first ever PC, so I don't exactly have much to compare it to. To me, there's no issues here! I just stuck the OS and LoL on it and called it a day.
Pretty standard, no complains here.
Oh boy, here we go. This case is beautiful, make no mistake about it. But this being my first build I didn't understand what a pain a MicroATX can be. My dad has been building computers for a while now (don't think he has had too much experience with small cases though) and even he was getting frustrated at times. When we first put the build together, my family was over at my apartment as we had just celebrated my birthday that day. It took my dad and I about 8 hours total to put it all together since we had a few complications at the end. Anyways, we didn't end up making it to where the front of the case lit up, but this past weekend he came up and helped me with some cable management and we got it done and now it looks so much better! The airflow is pretty questionable as well, but my 3 corsair fans plus the wraith stealth cooler on the Ryzen CPU still do a fantastic job keeping my system cool.
For $35, you cant go wrong! They sound very crisp!
This keyboard is something I mildly regret. This is not because its a bad keyboard, it's actually fantastic! I know on the picture in the parts list it looks RGB, but its actually just either blue, red, or purple depending on which you have it set to. Well, I wanted a nice looking keyboard that had a solid blue backlighting because originally I was going to have a white/silver themed setup with my monitor, case, mouse, and keyboard. That idea was more or less scrapped due to the way I got my monitor. I still love the keyboard, but I will definitely be upgrading to a black RGB mechanical keyboard in the future.
My cousin linked me this mouse, and for the price I don't think I could have done any better. The subtle RGB lines make it stunningly beautiful in person and it fits very well in the hand, no complaints!
I was originally going to get an AOC monitor that was silver and looked very modern. However, one of my friends said that he could get me an Acer for very cheap (he would buy it for me). I tried to protest, but he wouldn't let me. He said his dad knows a guy at Acer and he didn't tell me how much he got it for. I'm not going to complain, its 27" and thinner than my phone. The picture is beautiful and I was able to get it to 74hz!