First build ever, did a ton of research for approximately a year before pulling the trigger. I wanted something small since I might have to move the machine from time to time. I use it for college and gaming. So far I'm really pleased how it turned out with great performance and it is very quiet too. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Great CPU, I was planning to go for the 8400 at first, but since the 8600k had a sweet discount in Newegg for $245 I couldn't say no. I managed to overclock to 4.8ghz at 1.18-1.2V rock solid.
Very good cooler for the money. I initially started with a Cryorig H7 but it was too big for the ram (the mounting x bars were in the way, and RAM is too fat). To my surprise it cools the CPU around 10-20C cooler than the H7. I would have given it 5 starts, however, the stock fan that came with the cooler was super noisy and even produced rattling noises. Anyway, I full recommend this AIO over any budget air cooler for a good CPU since it is usually discounted to $44, only 10 bucks more than the H7. Plus, I think it looks way cooler and it is easier to work around in tight spaces.
I initially went with the non gaming version of this motherboard, but the sensors and VRMs were somewhat funky, so I decided to return and go with this one since I read in forums that it is the only good ITX board for coffee lake that has good VRMs and overclocking capacity. So far, very pleased with it.
I went with it since Newegg had a deal for $200. Very nice RGBs, but it is a little fat, so you might want to consider that if working in tight spaces.
I already had this SSD around, so I used it for this build. Planning on later adding a Samsung 850 or 860 EVO, or just going for an M.2 NVME.
Currently it is a terrible time to buy GPUs, but I was in need of one. So, I decided to go with this one directly from EVGA. Maybe I overpayed a little, but well at least I should have good customer support. I did a custom fan curve that does not let the fan go over 40% and it does not go over 77C during long gaming sessions at 99% load. What really helped me was fan configuration in the case and proper airflow. Worth mentioning that at 40% it is really quiet.
I was originally planning to go with the Fractal Design Nano S, however considering that the Nano S is a little old, and the looks didn't totally convince me I decided to spend a little more to get this beauty. Really good case, and has good airflow options, along with an included RGB led strip, a smart device (that does not have a very optimized software, but after a little tinkering it can be quite useful) that lets you plug up to three fans, a fan splitter that lets you connect up to three fans to one header, and finally two AER 120mm case fans that work very nicely and are pretty quiet.
Read a JohnnyGuru review that says it is one of the best PSUs currently, plus a $15 rebate from Newegg. No complaints here.
Very good static pressure fan that has white leds to match the color theme, however the only negative is that it is DC controlled. PWM fans should work better for the smart device and motherboard compatibility. Nevertheless, it brings good airflow for intake and it can be very quiet while at it too.
I bought this fan to replace the original fan that came with the H60 AIO (corsair fan was complete trash), and I have to say I am very pleased with the efficiency and noise from the fan. The fan is pretty quiet, to me inaudible until 70% or more power is used. And cools a few degrees better than the old Corsair fan. I think that this is one of the best static pressure fans (120mm) around.
Did plenty of research for a monitor for gaming and every day use. I ended up going for what it is said to be the best TN monitor on the market right now in many forums. Even the new version of this monitor (XG2402) is said to be not as good as the original XG2401. Response time is very good, zero ghosting issues for me, and almost has IPS colors. However, if you really want vivid colors and are used to an IPS panel, then this monitor might look a little washed out. I would fully recommend to anyone looking for a gaming monitor.
I found this on Amazon for 80 bucks, plus a $25 rebate. So, for a total of 65 bucks and White LEDs with plenty of customization, I am very pleased.
Really good mouse (basically the same as the G pro, but for $25 less). I found it on Amazon for $23. For this price point, I would fully recommend it.