Building a new custom gaming PC. In Part 1 and Part 2, I was hashing out my build with input from fellow Oppocomps. Part 3 is where I take a deep breath and hit “Order Now”. Gulp.

So here she is. Haven’t yet given her a name - like cars, computers deserve a name - but I have a tradition, since 2004, of naming my rigs after bosses in World of Warcraft. Note that this is a Micro-ATX build (my first).

System

CPU - Intel Core i5 6600K, 3.9 GHz, OC to 4.6

CPU Cooler - Corsair H100i GT

Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-Z170MX Gaming 5

RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2x8) DDR4 2666

GPU - GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 “Windforce” 4GB VRAM

SSD - Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB M.2

HDD - Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB (in RAID 1 w. existing HDD)

Optical - ASUS DRW-24B1ST super multi

PSU - Corsair RM 550W Gold 80+

Case - Corsair Obsidian 350D

OS - Windows 10 Home

Peripherals

Keyboard - Logitech K800 wireless chicklet

Speakers - Creative Labs Gigaworks T40 II 2.0

Monitor - ASUS VG248QE 144 MHz 1ms 24”

UPS - APC BE650G1-CN

Total $3,091*

* In Canuckistan dollars (0.75 USD), includes sales taxes (13%). Ordered from NCIX. They have a retail location not far away and so I can save $60 by picking it up.

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This may seem steep for a computer - I can see the Tavarish headline now, “Why Buy a $3000 PC When You Can Buy This Rusted 240Z Instead?” but I spent an equivalent amount on my current PC back in 2009, and it’s not only given my six years solid service without any problems, it kept up with the latest games almost to the end.

Games I’m Looking Forward to Playing

Fallout 4

GTA V

Rome TW: Atilla at Ultra

Mass Effect 4

Half Life 3