hey there pcpartpickers!
This is my first build, not my first custom computer, but the first time putting everything together by myself. I didn't really know all too much about computer parts until I found pcpartpicker, from here I found out about bitwit, jayztwocents, other youtubers, and most importantly (probably) r/hardwareswap. I'm pretty happy with myself with how it turned out, and also for finally finishing a project I started.
The computer prior to this was a i5-3550 with a gtx 660, it worked pretty decently for the most part, but it was starting to make noise and get hot. I did what I could to give it some minor upgrades, but I decided I would like to start gathering parts for a new computer.
Most parts were bought lightly used from r/hardwareswap, a lot of them were still sealed in the box. So, that saved me a few hundred dollars and everything seems to work very well. (ram, cooler, ssd, gpu, psu)
I bought the processor at microcenter during the holiday sales, the keyboard and mouse at best buy on sale. Everything else from either newegg or amazon.
CPU I ended up going with Ryzen, mostly due to the significantly lower price compared to intel. I did want coffee lake, but when I had a window to get a cpu they were sold out every where. I read that AMD plans to keep the am4 chipset for a few years, so I found that pretty appealing. I have the cpu overclocked to 3.9 ghz @ 1.35 volts with pretty decent temperatures. ~35 idle, 50-60 while gaming, ~70 when running stress tests.
RAM I chose this mostly because I saw someone selling a set for 140$ on reddit, but I also thought they looked pretty fresh. Unfortunately, I didn't quite do enough research on the RAM. I could only get it to run at 2666 mhz after playing around with the voltages. I tried to adjust the timings, but it wouldn't boot up. I plan on getting a pair of g.skill trident z later on. I noticed a lot of ryzen builds have had some success getting that ram to run at advertised speeds. Also, I think it would be aesthetically appealing in this build. The motherboard I have may also be affecting this ram problem issue, I may also look into replacing that with an x370. To be honest, though everything is perfectly exceptional for my needs as is.
CASE I really love this case. My previous case was the cooler master haf 912, not a pretty thing to see! The meshify c is so dang gorgeous, though. I wanted something around 70-100$ that allowed for easy cable management. This fulfills that and then some!
GPU 980ti, well it's another thing I conveniently found out reddit for a pretty low price. So far I can play most things on ultra settings without noticing any drops in FPS.
When I got the GPU, I had noticed it was running hot, shot up to 83c once. So, I ordered the thermal grizzly, cleaned the gpu and applied fresh paste. It seems to be working, it normally stays in the 50s or 60s with a high of 70. I'll probably look into overclocking now that I got the temp sorted out.
Monitor I researched the various 1080/1440p g-sync monitors, I felt this one was the best value. I found it on amazon for about 419. I heard that during Black Friday some places were selling it for 350, unfortunately I missed out on that.
I was wanted to get a 1080 and give the 980ti to my girlfriend, but I guess those don't exist currently. So, maybe I'll update to 2080 when that comes out.
Other miscellaneous issues? I have a 2nd 140 mm aer RGB fan that I can't use because I didn't take into consideration the height of the radiator when deciding on using 140 mm fans. I should have definitely bought the 3 pack of 120 mm fans for like 60$. It was a huge lesson of measure twice, cut once. I'll be switching those out eventually.
I'll mostly be using this to play The Witcher 3, Shadows of War, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, random mmorpgs, some newer titles. I'd also like to start streaming when I have time. Most importantly, to play Ultima Online.