Description

My first build is finally finished and it works like a breeze. I develop and program and I need the CPU and RAM for VMs and compiling. I hardly game at all and when I do, it's RL which works on the IGPU. I researched for months and months and I got all the parts from Microcenter. I'll go through each part and explain.

CPU - i5-6500 I'm not going to overclock and by saving money here, I can get an entirely new rig in 4 years. It's fast enough for me, and it zips through the compiles that I'm giving it.

Motherboard - HD3P It may seem strange to put a Z170 mobo with an unoverclockable CPU, but this was really the only thing Microcenter had and it actually fits pretty well with the color scheme and I've had no problems with it. It works.

RAM - 16GB RAM is RAM. I got this for $48 and its certainly enough for now.

Storage - 540s + 850 Evo It may be weird having two different brand SSDs, but the 850 Evo, with its faster speed is for Linux and I got the 540s on sale, which is for Windows. I use Linux the most, so I don't need much speed on Windows. They're speedy and they certainly speed things up

Case - S340 I absolutely love this case. The build quality is great, especially for the price and cable management was very easy. It looks gorgeous and I have had no issues with it.

PSU - CX650M It may not be the best PSU on the market, but it's semi modular which helped a lot and it works fine. I'm using so little power that the fan never comes on and it's been doing a great job.

Wifi - TP-Link Well, I need WiFi and my Internet is slower than 150 Mbps, so not really much thought here.

NZXT Hue+ This is the only thing that I'm still waiting on. I'm planning on building a Linux driver for it and it will certainly spruce up my build.

CPU Cooler - Stock I initially looked at getting an aftermarket cooler, but then I tried the stock one and it has kept the temperatures down and isn't too noisy. My keyboard is way more noisy than the fan. It works fine so I kept it.

And that's it. It was really fun to build and it's going to have a lot of use for a while.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points
Beautiful build.

+1 for Intel SSD

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I see the GNOME desktop, but what Linux distro is that?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using Arch

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. My main distro is Ubuntu GNOME, mainly so I can keep something that's going to work well and play nice with my games.

I've got Arch on a separate partition for media production because it's easier to set up ffmpeg with NVENC support, and OBS detects rather nicely whether you have that support installed, so that I don't have to go rebuilding that as well. I also have it so that I can play around with different bits of software that aren't accessible under Ubuntu, such as linux-ck (which is awesome btw).

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

what about the intel ssd?? iam planing to buy one for my laptop.