A blast from the past...coming from an old gen PC to an all around performer Skylake on a budget. Hunting for used parts on the internetz to lower the cost, Black Friday Deals and using old components.It will mostly be used for Photo editing and Gaming (not an elitist so happy with MED-High settings on 1080)
People! Let me show you... (insert Zoolander reference here) DERELICTE !
-MOBO: AsRock z170 PRO4s ATX ($129.99 CAD)
I wanted to upgrade to the 1151 socket and I was trying to find the best/cheapest option in the market. Nothing fancy but its a z170 chipset. I will take it. I was going for mATX but having a big case felt weird so I got the ATX size. Get the size that suits you with a z170 for "future-proof upgrades" to a better CPU in time.
-CPU: Intel Skylake i3 6100 ($164.99 CAD)
Cheapest Skylake available. Heard good stories about this little fellow and I went for it. Intel prices usually don't change that much so feel free to get it now or later. It doesn't matter. CPU is not fully battle tested yet but it seems fast and snappy. Value for the money coming from a Q6700 totally worth it, maybe from a newest CPU not so much?? Bottom Line, it performs amazingly. (Playing BF4, Fallout 4 and Rocket League like a boss)
-RAM: 8GB DDR4 G-Skill Ripjaws V 2800mhz (CAS 15-16-16-35) ($80 CAD)
Originally planned to get 16GB of RAM at 2400mhz (Both have the same CAS). I found a deal of 8GB at 2800mhz and I went for it. Trying to put together something snappy but cheap and save some $$$. Good Memory!
-GPU: ASUS GTX 660ti (purchased used for $80 CAD) I love this GTX, it is old and needs a little bit of juice with two PCIE. Running Games like BF4 and Fallout 4 no problem on High at great FPS.
-Windows 10: (FREE) Had a license for 7 and I got the free upgrade (You can now enter your OLD Windows 7 Key during Win 10 installation (finally!)
-Case: (Free,Thank you Neighbor!) ANTEC Sonata III 500, good case for the money...lol. Use your old case or hunt for a used one on the internetz. If you need a case get one with good reviews here on PCPP and spend as much as you need. Or again, recycle/hunt for one used to save some money.
-Storage: (FREE) Previously owned old classy HDD. Recycle yours and use it. I cheaply use velcro on mine to the 3.5 bay. If you feel like having an SSD the price is getting better these days. For $110 CAD you can get a Crucial BX100 250gb. Again I was aiming to save as much as possible, so I will upgrade later (or maybe wait for M2....hmmm)
-PSU: Free as well. Came with the case. my PSU is the old one EA500. ANTEC made something very interesting here, it is and OLD psu that have everything that I needed. 2 PCIE 6 pin for the GPU, the new 8pin Connector for the CPU and other stuff. Looks old school but it gives the build a reminiscence from the past and performs great.
At the time of purchase in Canadia (December 2015)
Total $374.97 CAD With Taxes (13%) $423.71 CAD
OPTIONAL (UPDATED PURCHASES)
-SSD Crucial MX300 275gb for $109 CAD (tax included)
-New Monitor HP 27xw $180 (tax included)
-New PSU EVGA 550w $98
Cheapest Skylake available. Heard good stories about this little fellow and I went for it. CPU is not fully battle tested yet but it seems fast and snappy. Value for the money coming from a Q6700 totally worth it, maybe from a newest CPU not so much?? Bottom Line, it performs amazingly. (Playing BF4, Fallout 4 and Rocket League like a boss)
Nothing fancy but it is a cheap LGA1151 Mobo with z170 architecture. I had no problems adding Ram profiles and installing OS. If I have to complain about something it will be the Color scheme.
Very decent DDR4. I found a good deal on 8GB at 2800mhz and I went for it. Trying to put together something snappy but cheap and save some $$$. Good Memory!
I love this GTX. Yes, it is old and needs a little bit of juice with two PCIE. It runs games like BF4 and Fallout 4 no problem on High at good FPS