Finally, after 5 years of the PC building bug, I have a rig/setup I'm proud of. After my recent Coffee Lake and case upgrade.
Note: I tried my best to make all of the prices as accurate as I could. Keep in mind this stuff has been accumulated over quite a few years so some stuff was bought used, some were gifts, some I just forgot the price of and had to estimate.
I use it for gaming/streaming and music production, mostly. And just my daily driver for basic tasks. I have an HDMI cable running through the ceiling to a TV in the couch area as well. With the Steam Controller handy, it works great as an HTPC. I will be it using for school as well. I'm going for Network Engineering or System Administration, so I'll most likely be working with VMs when I start in the fall.
But yeah, I feel like it's FINALLY done. I went from an A8-3870K to an FX-8320, an i7-3770 for a while, and then finally bit the bullet and got myself a top-of-the-line 8700k. In that time, I went from integrated graphics, a GTX 650, 960, and then my 1070 that I luckily grabbed right before this mining craze.
It's not an INSANE build, but it's mine, and although it no longer has a single component from when I first started, it still feels like the same computer. I've only built it up from scratch once. (the first time) Everything else was just an upgrade.
I have a feeling someone's gonna ask about my... interesting monitor setup. I work at a computer recycling/resale shop and I got really good deals on my monitors. Definitely looking to upgrade my main monitor soon to 144hz + G-SYNC to take full advantage of my rig, but for now it's working just fine.
I'll talk about my parts in more detail in the reviews down below. Feel free to ask any questions, and if you'd like, check out some of my other builds!
Monster CPU. I'm planning to ride this beast out for quite a few years before I upgrade again. Up to a stable 4.5GHz on my 212 EVO. Haven't felt the need to push it any further.
Floated around through countless upgrade to my PC. Always does a great job of keeping temps down.
Solid motherboard for the price. Didn't need anything fancier.
Good clock speed, got them for a good deal.
Very reasonably priced. No issues.
No backplate, which is kind of a bummer, but after a modest overclock, very satisfied with temps and performance.
Best case I've ever owned. Very decent amount of airflow after swapping both included fans to the front and installing an extra in the back for push-pull. Works nicely with my blower-style GPU.
I also really like the classy look of it. Keeps things quiet. I had a really hard time between choosing the windowed version vs this one, but the top panel works kinda as a window when you remove the modu-vent and replace it with the included dust filter.
Hasn't failed me yet. Reliable brand.
I got this fan when I was obsessed with Razer and before RGB was a thing. It moves air, and it reminds me of my past, haha.
Very nice, plain and simple 1080p monitor. Nice colors and viewing angles. Excellent adjustment options.
This bad boy has been running for nearly 6 years now. Nothing special, but it sure has gotten the job done.
Awesome audio quality and sound isolation. No frills.