First I'd like to say that this Build is Dedicated to my cousin Rajiv, whom is no longer with us. Growing up, I was never into video games. I mean I was fortunate to have an older brother who was, he brought home the first Nintendo gaming console and Mario Brothers. A few years later I got the Super Nintendo and Super Mario Brothers. Again, was not really into it. A few more years later, my father's friend's daughter introduced me to Mortal Kombat and Ridge Racer on Sega. I was then hooked on video games.

Fast forward a couple of years, my cousin introduced me to PC gaming with Doom. Then it progressed into strategic games and first person shooters. My cousin who was a gamer was a friendly giant. Very humble, yet very smart. I built this machine with him in mind, and know he would like the specs, but it was built mainly for gaming and video editing. I did not know at the time November of 2016 that prices fluctuate for parts. Anyways, some parts I paid way more than I should have and some I got great deals on.

I want to give a shout out to PCPP. I don't know if this would have been possible without this site. Thanks. Any feed back greatly appreciated!

Part Reviews


Picked one up for under $300 at MicroCenter. I always knew I was going to have an i5. With the release of KabyLake, prices went down in Skylake CPUs, so I had to have one given the not so worthy upgrade of KabyLake. Might as well spend more money than the i5 and get this and still save money from when the 6th gen i7 was $350.

CPU Cooler

Does what its supposed to. It pumps the liquid, and lights up. Looks cool too.


Farbon Ciber? or Carbon Fiber? Either way looks cool and is the appropriate chipset.


I knew 8gb was not going to cut it for editing tasks and some games. Got this kit on amazon for cheaper than what it is now.


SSD to run the OS. Windows 10 64bit Home.


Cheap, and surprisingly fast, for some games and edited photos.

Video Card

Boss! For under $500. How you ask? BestBuy listed it for $549, My gf had discounts and coupons. That's how. I am stunned at the difference in graphic level from PS4 Pro and Xb1S to this. Just wow.


Should have looked at the case in detail when I first got it after Black Friday 2016. I could have returned it. One standoff was In a weird postion so the motherboard wouldn't fit. So I did some tinkering and everything works now. Its a decent chassis. Wish I had a PSU cover, might make a custom one.

Power Supply

Does what its supposed to. I wish I bought a full modular gold certified unit instead. I want red cables but no room for extensions.

Operating System

It works. Snappy, installed on 240GB SSD from PNY.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, looks great. Wondering what kind of temps are you getting with that cooler I am thinking about going with that cooler myself.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I will do a number of tests soon. I haven't had time recently. But, sure enough it will be done. Sorry, if I cant upload sooner than you can buy the cooler.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

whats that led

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow a gtx 1080 for under 500 dollars. Dang what a steal!!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for late reply. But I know it sounds absurd but this was before the crypto mining craze. And with Bestbuy store coupons. Unbelievable now but true.