I would like to introduce the latest member of my gaming family, my first-ever custom pc build, the STORMTROOPER. With a little informational help from YouTube, and some component shopping from Ebay and Newegg, I removed a few parts from my pre-built Cybertron Hellion 1213 desktop (RAM, HDD, CPU) and put it all together in a big ol’ bundle of computing sexiness.

As a relatively tech-savvy person and veteran Lego builder, I knew it couldn’t be THAT difficult to build a computer. But what I did not anticipate is how fun the process would be. I mean, I got really into it – making epic comparative charts to figure out which components I was going to get, color coordinating my LEDS, and a growing emphasis on both form and function; making sure it looks as good as it runs.

Check out the specs below:

Chassis: Cooler Master Storm Stryker ATX Full Tower Case
Processor/CPU: AMD FX 6300 Overclocked (4.3Ghz)
Motherboard: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
Heatsink: Corsair Hydro Series H110 280mm High Performance Liquid Cooler
Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked
Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 850W 80+ Gold
Storage: 1TB HDD, 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry 3 Touch Screen Fan Controller
Optical Drive: DVD/CD Writer
Case Fans: Front (Corsair Air Series AF120 Blue LED x2), Bottom (Corsair Air Series AF120 Blue LED x2), Rear (Corsair Air Series AF140 Blue LED x1), Top/Radiator (Corsair Air Series SP140 Blue LED x2)

eTopxizu Computer RGB LED Light Strip with Remote control
iMBAPrice 12″ Cold Cathode Case Lights (Blue)

Keyboard: Perixx PX-1100
Mouse: Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Monitor: 2x Acer G257HU smidpx 25-Inch 2560×1440 (Overcloked 85Ghz)
Speakers: Creative T12 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System
Webcam: Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

Other Accessories

  • Syba Steel Computer Stand for ATX Case


Future Upgrades

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 LGA1151Motherboard
Processor/CPU: Intel Core I7-6700K 4.00 GHz Processor
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3000
Storage: WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive
Other: EVGA White G2/P2/T2 Power Supply Cable Set, Kingston Cooling Fan for HyperX PC Memory

My original mentality when deciding to build a gaming computer was number one, to see if I could, and number two, to enhance my gaming experience far beyond what a console could offer. Done and done.

I must say, I feel like a proud mama but I have a feeling that this pc-building adventure is far from over. Let’s just say I’m getting my wallet ready for the GeForce 1000 series. If you haven’t seen my entire workstation setup, check it out!

UPDATE: I have some upgrades on the way: my new motherboard, processor and RAM! Expect some new pictures as soon as I get everything installed 🙂

Taylor Stein

Gamer. Sushi-fanatic. Cartoon enthusiast. Overall big kid. Welcome to my journey throughout the world of video games and all around geekery.

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