So my younger brother wanted to upgrade his 7 year old setup when Monster Hunter: World for PC finally came on Steam and after some brainstorming session finally came up with a goal: to be able to game in 1440p and with a budget cap of $2K.
I know by budget he meant including an upgrade in monitor and peripherals as well but since it was not mentioned specifically or in writing... I digress. Long story short I finished that budget in just the PC but at least he seems happy with the finished build.
Right off the bat I suggested we start the build with Fractal Design's Meshify C. I've read many positive things about this case and price-performance wise it's hard to beat. The case sure did not disappoint in terms of quality and design. If there's one thing I was surprised at it was that it's much smaller than I had thought initially. With all the excess cable length and miniscule space left, the rear side of the case was much more messy than I would've liked it to be.
Next would be the heart of the build. For CPU i recommended either a four or six core processors (unlocked) with 16GB of RAM and nice motherboard that would allow him to overclock should he wishes to do so. To achieve the stated goal of gaming at 1440p a GTX 1070Ti seems like an obvious choice.
For storage I went with a 1TB SSD as his main boot drive and a 4TB conventional HD which should give him ample flexibility and legroom capacity wise while keeping the cost relatively reasonable. I had discussed the possibility of using M.2 as the main boot drive but decided for his intended use the gain is unnoticeable over a SATA SSD and we can save some coins to spend elsewhere (like RGBs which always add FPS to your games hahaha).
Had wanted to do an industrial look with white/dark blue/black color scheme for this build but decided in the end to have a bit of fun and play around with RGB fans and RAMs which I never got any chance to previously. Apologies if the photo had too much cotton candy technicolor since I did not get to configure the system at all since it'll be my brother's computer. I do admit that the fans and RAM's default color setting was too much bling for my taste but I'm sure with the right setting it'll be elegant and glorious. Also apologies for the crappy photos. I had to take them quickly on my mobile before my brother came by and pick his PC up.
Thanks for reading this and checking out this build.