It was really completed before Christmas, but finally after months of chipping away at the cost of putting it altogether my new PC is complete.
The parts purchased earlier were shown here: Halfway Point to a New PC
Here were the remaining components:
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 DIMMs ($339 AUD) – Typical DDR4 memory is rated at 2,400 MHz – this is rated at 3,200 MHz for a modest speed increase in which the motherboard chosen could support. My old desktop also had 16 GB of RAM with the older DDR3 variety that was used for several years, and really there hasn’t been much need to go further than that. I did look into 32 GB, though was hard to justify. The motherboard supports up to 64 GB, so there’s flexibility to add extra when prices come down.
Samsung 250 GB 960 EVO Series m.2 SSD ($175 AUD) – Similar to the RAM, I was aiming for a 500 GB SSD, though just to shave the cost a bit I decided to go for this 250 GB one instead. This was my first experience with an m.2 SSD which simply gets screwed onto the motherboard. It benefits from having less clutter inside the PC, and offers speeds greater than what you see from the 2.5″ sized SSDs that have been around for several years now. This particular model offers read and write speeds of up to 3,200 and 1,500 megabytes per second respectively.
Seasonic 760W XP-760 80-Plus Platinum Power Supply ($265 AUD) – I never like to take corners with power supplies, so decided once again to use a Seasonic. They have the reputation as being one of the best for producing quality power supplies and comes with a seven year warranty. Not having a SLI video setup, the 760 watts of juice is comfortably sufficient for powering this PC.
ASUS ROG Strix 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 OC ($489 AUD) – 6 GB cards to me seemed the current sweet spot between price and specifications. 4 GB cards are affordable though somewhat of an incremental upgrade from the 2 GB GTX 660 previously used. Otherwise 8 GB cards were easily adding another $300 to the price. This card comes from the same series as the motherboard, allowing the lighting effects to synchronise between the two. Currently the main game installed that’s taking advantage of all that memory would be Grand Theft Auto 5. Here I’ve essentially placed all the graphics settings as high as it’ll go and it runs beautifully. Admittedly I’m only using a Dell 1080p monitor for the time being.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard ($329 AUD) – I actually bought this keyboard for $200 AUD, thanks to a one day promotion of this keyboard from JB Hi-Fi. Simply put it’s been an awesome keyboard to use. Features include six programmable keys for in-game macros, customisable lighting effects, 8 MB of flash memory for macros, aircraft-grade anodized aluminium, and a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor. To power all this it requires two USB ports.
At a later date, a better mouse and 4K monitor will likely be the next upgrade purchases in the future.
Here’s a few photos putting it together: