It's funny how quickly you can go over budget on a build. This started out as a $1000 budget light gaming build and mostly cad and multitasking build. All I know is that I wanted to test out some games (haven't gamed in years) and wanted to try a m.2 and liquid cooling. You can see how not so close I came to my $1000 budget build. The main thought was I didn't want to have to upgrade my equipment for a minimal of 5 years. I only do 2d cad and just starting to dip into 3d cad (no rendering or complex stuff) and I think what I ended up with will suit me for years and years to come
Ryzen Why? Always been an AMD fan in the athlon days but then after that they fell short. Seeing all the hype about these I decided to give it a shot. Why not? It is now running at a cool 27C at idle and might peak around 40 during benchmark, but more testing on that later.
Fan vs Liquid I've always been interested in these setups and based on the price, it was an obvious choice
Ram 16gb is good for now but when prices drop I'll be going to 32gb for no other apparent reason other than I can. Would have liked something with LED but could not justify the price increase
PSU Overthinking the PSU idea and always having more power if needed and the PC being on 24/7 and with my background it was obvious for me to get a titanium PSU. Never heard of the seasonic before but after some quick searching I found them to be pretty highly rated.
Case I built PC for a little while 15 years ago and always remembered that you get what you pay for in these and it's a good idea not to go super cheap but you also don't need to go super expensive. At $109 I knew it would be perfect (and it's huge). I feel like I really hit the jackpot with it. It's really a nice case. Very heavy and sturdy. Cable management is a breeze and plenty of HDD mounting points
Storage Always wanted to try the m.2 and didn't need anything super crazy fast. I rather have more storage than speed here since the difference is minimal. The mechanical drives are just a backup since they were on sale why get two right!
video card So I started with the gigabyte 1050 ti and it was $170 shipped, worked great for what I need, but I had this thought that if I wanted to get into some 4k gaming or really wanted to try something different I needed more balls. I thought about the 1080 but the hype of the vega seemed good. I know I could of gotten the 1080 cheaper and it's "better" in most cases but the vega64 came with prey and wolfenstein which just happen to be 2 games I want to try. So rather than dropping $80-$100 on games and the video card I just got it all together. Did I pay more than I should have..ya probably. But it's nice to be on the bleeding edge of something to try it out. After all I'm not a gamer, I will probably game less than 1 hour a week but some headroom is nice to have
optical drive Not many people need them but for me most of my software I use is already on a disc so it was a must have and being only $18 how could I pass it up. Better than having a usb/dvd drive that I have to store some place and fumble around when I need it
OS: windows10 duh. Got the key from one of those key gen sites that some people love and some people love to hate. No issues
Wifi adapter: It's a gigabyte and has great reviews. Win Win. My pc did crash once with a wireless card error so be sure to get the latest driver from the website
Monitors: Started out with some 27" benq matte finish. It was hard to read text and I just didn't like them even though they had great reviews. I found these 28" samsung monitors in "open box" on ebay from a good seller that were a fair amount less expensive. Looks like they were never opened. They only had 3 of them so I jumped on 2. Bright and vivid screen, they are perfect
Mobo: I really wanted something that had built in wifi but couldn't find one for some reason (of course until after I bought this one). I love gigabyte and the led was a nice touch, at a price of $80 after rebate it had everything I needed.
And now you see how my $1000 build came out to nearly $2500. On top of it all I needed a place to put my new stuff so some counter tops and wall cabinets etc I'm another $600 into that.