Description

This is my first build, I intended it to be a gaming and video editing hybrid that could be upgraded easily without having to swap out many parts. Had a total budget of $2000CAD to work with.

THE GOALS:

1. Must be able to take on a heavy workload involving programs such as After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Davinci Resolve.

2. Must be able to play any modern game in 1080p at 60fps with a quality level of at least "high."

3. Must be easy to upgrade without swapping out too many parts.

With these goals in mind, I started my build.

THE BUILD:

Intel Core i7 6700 3.4 GHz Processor: This was a no brainer. It had to be a workhorse, so i7 it was. I didn't plan on overclocking, so the cheaper non k version suited me just fine. Skylake is beautiful.

Gigabyte G1 Sniper B7 Motherboard: I wanted my colors to be white, green, and black. This motherboard has beautiful green ambient LED's and a healthy amount of options for a $140 board. Up to 64GB of RAM allows me plenty of room for future upgrades. No overclocking capability, but like I said, I have no intention of overclocking. Did I mention this board is snazzy?

Kingston HyperX Fury Black 1X16GB Memory: One 16GB stick because it was cheap and I can buy three more later to upgrade up to 64GB if I want. Not that I'll need to in the near future. White and black to fit the theme.

NVIDIA GTX 980 Video Card: This may have been a mistake, but I love the look of the reference cards, and I don't need anything bigger at the present time. I got it for a steal price and couldn't pass it up. Looks great in this build, might upgrade in the future.

EVGA 600B PSU: Another mistake, but I couldn't beat the price. Got it for less than $50 and it has all the power and connections I need. Non-modular is a bummer but it works well.

Dell u2413 Monitor: Excellent monitor for the price. Great color accuracy, brightness, and contrast. Perfect for budget video editing and superb for gaming. Overwatch never looked so good.

Phanteks P400 ATX Case: I love everything about this case. It's sleek, good looking, well designed, and very clean inside and out. It may be a little limited when it comes to HDD space, but two 1TB drives and two SSD's are fine for me. Case might get a little hot without more fans in the case, will be buying more case fans later.

That's about it! Feel free to use this build for yourself, it's working great for me so far!

-Mark

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Usually not a fan of the green leds but that looks so clean in a white case. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really good, would love some more pics.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No ssd?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops! Forgot that. Running a 250GB Samsung Evo. My bad.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, okay

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