Wish Build 01

Wish Build Number 01

Those who know me know that I’m an avid gamer. I’m a Sony fan and I’ve owned every generation of the PlayStation console from the PSX to PS4. Gaming is life, gaming is love.

First, while I am a Sony fan I do not take part in the usual console fights and hate that in on the internet. I do not hate the XBox, nor do I believe all that PC master race bs(Which is ironic considering what’s below).

Recently Civilization VI was released and its a game I really want to play. But it’s only on PC and my laptop cannot run it… properly. My only options are to either get a new laptop or to do something I last did back when I was in university, build a gaming rig.

Finding the right rig

I was kinda shocked when I looked online to see what the current build landscape looked like. Things have changed drastically. Up till now, my worry was, do I get my PlayStation on release date or wait a month or two for them to fix stuff. Standardization, in my view, is the beauty of console gaming. I do not have to worry about whether it will run a game I want to play in the future. Any PS4 game will run on any PS4. I like that simplicity.

Back on topic, I spent a few hours browsing online, looking at the case, motherboards, CPUs, Graphics Cards etc. And while it’s a butt load of information, it was strangely fun. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a site or app that can filter out stuff that incompatible etc… Then I googled and found a million and a half such sites. Sweet.

Below is my first wish build. I just picked stuff I wanted or that I thought would be cool. I didn’t put too much thought into the color schemes because I’m color challenged and I can not color coordinate to save my life. Weird for someone who did web development at one point and time but that’s the sad truth.

While I like the potential build below, I doubt I’ll build it for a few reasons.

  1. I’m currently homeless, that’s another story I’ll write about another time.
  2. I’m sure this isn’t the best I can do. I want to do more research to find the perfect “me” build
  3. It’s not water cooled. I do not know whether air cooling in inferior to water cooling, I just think water cooling looks kick ass!

So without more stupid chatter, here is wish build number 1.

The Build

The Phantom 530
The Phantom 530

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $119.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $77.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card $379.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom 530 (White) ATX Full Tower Case $89.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $46.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ My Choice Software
Monitor Asus VG248QE 24.0″ 144Hz Monitor $249.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Logitech G105 Wired Gaming Keyboard $29.99 @ Newegg
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $43.44 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1686.11
Mail-in rebates -$90.00
Total $1596.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-24 04:57 EST-0500

I’m pretty sure I can play Civ VI on this… while playing Skyrim. I enjoyed looking up this build and will definitely do this again, so watch out for more build in the near future. Here’s hoping I’ll get better at this as I go on.

Image Credits: phantom-530-wallpaper-1280×1024-31 by NZXT used under .



About Michael

Michael 'phoexer' Musangeya is a Python Software Engineer who has a creepy fascination with photography, video games, and books.

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