As read in the title, this is my first PC build. 90% of the stuff from this PC was learned through YouTube, excluding some stuff my friend told me. I primarily use this computer for gaming and school related applications, although I do use it for some extremely light photo and video editing.
CPU- When I originally built this PC, the 8700k cost about $450, and the 8600k was about $305. Now, if I were to rebuild this PC, I would definitely go with the 8700k because I believe it is down to $350, but oh well. The i5 runs great, have it clocked at a stable 5.0 ghz. I could probably up it to 5.1, or even 5.2 but I would rather not have the computer sound like a damn jet engine.
Cooler- I built the computer with the CRYORIG H7, but decided later on that the NZXT X62 would look a bit better even though it was about $160. Whatever. BTW, the 8600k was running at 5.0 ghz even with the H7, so keep that in mind.
Motherboard- What can I say. It's a Z370. No built in Wi-Fi, lighting is OK, but there is one single red led that is super bright and cannot be turned off so I covered it up with some electrical tape. If I had to build this PC again, would probably spend the extra money and get the top of the line Asus board but oh well.
RAM- This RAM was extremely cheap when I built it, like $159. Runs at 3200 mhz, not RGB which is fine with me.
Storage- SSD is pretty fast, and Seagate is pretty girthy, so together they work good. It would probably been easier going with a single 500gb M.2, but it would have been a heck of a lot more expensive.
GPU- Oh god, where to begin. Originally built the PC with no graphics card to begin with because I wanted to wait until the next line of Nvidia graphics cards came out, but then for Christmas I ended up getting a GTX 1050, which held me over till about a week ago when I could hold it any longer and ordered a GTX 1070 Ti . Now I love this card I think it matches my build perfectly, and runs very cool. But the new RTX cards are rumored to be unveiled in the next couple days so I might return this card and get one of the new ones then. Will update this build if I do.
Case- I love the look of the S340 elite, but I wanted something that was different than the normal and found this baby. Looks amazing with plenty of room for everything. Cable management in the rear is alright. Only thing that bugged me was that there was no cut out for the GPU power connector in the bottom but the route I choose worked just fine. The case also comes with an RGB strip for the top or where ever that works nice.
PSU- On sale for $65 so I bought it. Fully modular, 80+ Gold certified. Good deal.
Fans- Good fans with 10 color options to spice things up. Plus they are only like $62 so that works for me.
Monitors- Had just the one Viotek monitor for the longest time but got another monitor along with the graphics card. The Viotek is a 27 in, 1440p, 144hz monitor that is actually pretty good considering I had never heard of the brand before. The HP is a 24 in, 1080p 60hz monitor that runs fine as well.
Keyboard- Yep, it's a keyboard.
Mouse- Fantastic mouse. It fits my hand well and is pretty light for the size of it.
Headphones- I own the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs, or closed back version. They sound great and are extremely comfy. They used to be my go-to headphones until I ordered the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee from Massdrop that sound even better. Those are open-back headphones that are based off of the original HD 580.
(BTW I don't actually have cable extensions, I just didn't remove them from the parts list.)
Great PC, love it, will keep you guys posted on any updates. More pictures to come later.
Update 2/22 PC is still running great. Occasionally it will crash for some reason that I am yet to figure out. Kept things looking classy with the Blue/Purple/White lighting now. My HP monitor got fried when my house was struck by lightning but luckily the PC was ok. Got a replacement HP, same one, and still works great. I keep it vertical because my desk isn't that large. Didn't ever upgrade my card to RTX because I didn't feel it was warranted. If I could do it again, I would have bough a 1tb M.2, but it's not a big deal. Love the build. <3