Description

Had a gaming laptop for the last three years and felt it was time to upgrade. Attempting to beat dark souls 3 without 60 fps and high resolution was extremely difficult. Only issue I had was with installing the fan controller but ended up figuring out a solution for that. If anyone wants to see my wire management just leave a comment and I will upload it. I am just too lazy to take off my panel right now.

Update: Thanks for the love and constructive criticism. I did not actually expect people to comment due to the build being pretty average. I set a budget of 1500 and pretty much hit the nail on the head. I am switching out my pny 1080 for the gigabyte windforce just due to the better cooling. I feel my case fits better with an aftermarket style GPU compared to a blower style. For gaming, as stated before I wanted to actually enjoy the beauty of dark souls while being able to actually beat it. My main game is Smite, but I a have been playing a lot of CS, just beat Arkham Knight, and just started my first Witcher 3 playthrough. So far build runs flawlessly.

I went for an interesting mix of cheap good parts such as the i5 and the cpu cooler but while also looking cool aka the LED's and Fan Controller. I did some pretty decent wire management I feel for my first time (phanteks case helps alot). Once again any feedback is welcomed and thanks for liking or disliking my build :P. To get my fan controller to stay in place I had to bend a metal part of my case since I could not place screws. Probably not what I was suppose to do, but this allowed me to connect all my fan headers in the top left making all the wiring easy.

Update (7/3/18): Added Kraken x62 AIO water cooler. Plan on switching motherboard, upgrading CPU, and SLI 1080s before the end of the year but we shall see how that goes.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

Cable management please!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

For your viewing pleasure :P

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

When Dark Souls kicks your *** so hard you build a PC to beat it lol.

Nice build.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and yeah I beat it now though so time to move onto witcher.

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

The title "First Build and Hopefully the Last" made me laugh.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope I never have to install another CPU cooler lol that was difficult for me for some reason.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build but you could rather get R5 1600. Much better value than i5 currently :/ still +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I just went with what seemed to be the normal CPU that builds were running. But thanks for the info if I need to switch it out for any reason I will keep that in mind :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

You nailed the primary goal of playing DS3 (and whatever else) at high FPS and didn't break the bank like many builders do. All of the components are capable without being extravagant. I mean, the 1080, big window case, LEDs, and NZXT Sentry may be "fancy" but not extravagant like the apparently wealthy or overzealous. This looks like a great example of a ~1600-1800 gaming PC. I assume that's range you're in with the unlisted parts added to PCPP's total.

Great build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! Its a tough life wanting flair but not wanting to break the bank. 1500 was my goal which in my original build I was under which was good but now I have added parts over time so probably about 1600.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. pretty much perfect for what you need. I don't know what other people are talking about, this wont struggle with anything, and will last for years. The r5 1600 may have been a slightly better option, but its not the end of the world +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks my man. I really did not look into Radeon I just defaulted to Intel just because I was familiar. Ill keep that in mind for next time, thanks again.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeh it wouldnt be a bad idea. The 1600 is about $200 and you can overclock on cheap motherboards. You get them to 3.9ghz pretty easily and they have 6 phyical cores/ 12 threads which are pretty much on par with intels cores now. So as you can imagine these have a lot of room for the future, and are slightly lower clocked on each core so less heat, power consumption.

Also tbh the amd chips are making the intel prices drop. When intel releases a cheaper 6 core chip 7700ks will drop in price dramatically. You wont need to change platform, just pick up one of those for cheap.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I love Linkin Park

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I was gonna buy tickets today for their concert in two weeks.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

lit

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Having what I see as a pretty high end build using the GTX 1080 GFX card, is there any particular reason you did not go with the I7 7700k CPU? And are you running you PC in 4k?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I researched the I5 I chose is more than capable of handling gaming and gaming for time to come. Id rather go big on the Gpu than the CPU. I do not plan on going to 4k the most I will probably go is to a Gsync 2k monitor but right now I am rocking a 2k 60 hz monitor until I obtain more income.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Understood, was just wondering being you have such a powerful system. Great system build regardless of the CPU.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

You probably could have went with better memory thought that's just my opinion. And maybe Intel i7 would have been the better CPU.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

There is something called money

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the RAM looked cool and was cheapest that fit at the time. It does its job. I agree it would of been but I was pretty budgeted in buying this, I could of probably afforded it but I do not think it is necessary for quality gaming.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Also I modeled my build off of https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/hsgXsY/excellent-gaming-build. Seemed like a good way to make my first build was off the websites build guides :). Shout out to Manirelli!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not saying it's a bad build, it has almost identical specs to mine (case and all). Cable management though. He enthoo pro m has so many cable routing holes that you just failed to make use of. Not necessarily a bad thing, but would really improve the overall aesthetic. You could take a look at mine and see where I've routed my some of my cables if you'd like. Great first build though!