Started PC gaming about 3-4 years ago playing on an Asus M32BF pre-built from BestBuy. As time went on a became more curious of what made that machine tweak and began doing little upgrades (adding fans and putting in a new GPU instead of the on-board graphics. So after a lot of research and Youtube videos, I started planning out my first build.
CPU: i7-8700K- This was a pretty easy decision in my opinion as I wanted to build a pc that wasn't going to have obsolete parts in the next couple of years only after just building it. With this CPU, it should give me plenty of years of use, running the newest of games on high settings in the years to come... I hope... But for right now, it's sitting at 5GHz at around 65-70C under load. But I might keep pushing up as time goes on or upgrade to a i7-9700k or i9-9900k in the future.
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken x72- Ran into a little issue with the double elbow hose coming from the pump head interfering with the ram slots on the motherboard. With a little tinkering, I carefully took apart the pump head and flipped the NZXT infinity mirror logo so the hoses would come off the left side.
Motherboard: Asus Maximus X Hero AC WIFI- Great motherboard overall, kinda wished I waited a couple more months to get the Maximus XI Hero, but not really that big of a difference anyways. Expansion was great, lots of options to plug in accessories, although my only gripe with it is that some of the ports feel crammed on the board namely the ram slots feel oddly placed a little too close to the CPU.
RAM: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 32GB- I know some may be thinking, "Man, 32GB of RAM? That's a little a little overkill for pretty much just gaming, don't ya think?" And yes, I agree. As satisfying as is filling up all four DIMM slots, I do wish I went with the dual channel version of the 32gb for faster and more stable timings. But nonetheless, doesn't hurt to splurge sometimes.
SSD: Samsung 500GB M.2- Can honestly say this was among the most stress inducing parts of the build, but not for the installation, rather for actually getting the drive to get recognized. I'm not a BIOS wiz so it took a little time and a lot of research to figure out what everything mean't, but after a couple of days of tinkering, I manged to get the drive to get recognized and set up as my primary boot drive.
HDD: Seagate Barracuda Pro 4TB 7200RPM- Was using my Toshiba DT01ACA200 hard drive off of my old prebuilt pc as it had all my important files. It started dying out on me so I picked up a new Barracuda that I'm going to transfer all my files over and use the Barracuda in tandem with an Intel Optane 32GB to get better performance out of it.
GPU: ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super 8GB- Upgraded from a Zotac 1060, so it was a breathe of fresh air going from 1080p @60hz around 100FPS to 1440p@144hz and 150+fps. The horsepower on this thing is no joke, and should last until I decide to start a new build.
Case: Cougar Panzer Evo- This was one of the biggest reasons that made me want to build a PC... well the RGB version that is. Unfortunately there were no Cougar Panzer Evo RGB's that I could get a hold of at the time. So I had to settle for the regular Evo and just buy the Cougar Vortex RGB fans which costed a little more than I wanted to spend.
PSU: EVGA Supernova P2 850W- Not to much to say here, wanted a little head room for future expansions or upgrades, so it was kind of a toss up between the EVGA 850 Platinum or the Corsair AX860 Platinum. Decided with EVGA.