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This build I made right when skylake was released. I use it to play stranded deep, Subnautica, and use unreal engine, blender, gimp, afterburner, Rica stistics tuner, sketch fab, and much more. Playing my games, stranded deep with all on high I get 40 fps average, and Subnautica with everything on high/medium I get 30-45 fps. I made this on a 400$ budget, and it was well worth it.
Let's go through the parts.
GREAT budget CPU. If you don't want to spend 250$ on a CPU, this is the one for you. It stays cool, it runs quickly and effeciantly. Trust me. I was on a haswell refresh i7 before, and the difforence in that CPU and this are noticeable, but barley. If you can spend the extra 5 minutes when backing up half a tb of files, than its great. Onboard graphics are fine for Intel, but you really need a video card if you are doing any kind of gaming. 900p, 720p, 1080p, then yeah you need a video card. 5 stars because you are not going to get a CPU this good, and a CPU socket that can be upgraded to a sixth gen i7 for this cheap. It's a wonder in a box. For 130$ it was a steal.
I wasn't expecting a mobo this good for under 100$. It has 4 ram slots, so later I will upgrade to 16gb ram. It has all good stuff. It has lots of USB ports, a pulsing internet light, a place to plug in a beeper (beeps on startup), and with Asus, they are a great reliable motherboard company, though for some of the better ones, a little overpriced. The Bios is very graphical, to me it's not a good thing, but to others maybe.
Computers are much cheaper than they were, and this is proof.
Ram is Ram, and I read that DDR3L (low voltage) ram was suggested for skylake, so, why not? It runs cool, and very very fast. A bit tight snapping them into the mobo slots, and they feel fragile, but for 30$ and 8 gigs, it's good ram.
Was in my old Apple laptop, so for free, it's great. Installed Windows on it, and I can boot into the OS in literally 9.2 seconds. It's very fast, I just wish it was bigger. If you've got it already, use it. If you really want an expensive SSD and have the money, there are probably better options.
I got this sucker for 20$ from a friend. They gave me the deal because it was used and I agreed to put some games for them on it. There are much better 1tb hard drives for cheaper, and this one feels like slug speed compared to my SSD.
Got it as a gift, and it's a good one. It's a tough case and it works. It has plenty of space inside and easy to manage cables with zip ties.
I got this PSU as a gift, and I wish all gifts were like this. It's quiet, good airflow, and obvious why it's a gold.
Compared to Windows 8, it's a god. It's cute and speedy, but it just isn't Windows 7. It looks all modern and stuff, but if you are looking for an all around best OS, do yourself a favor and use Linux.
Uber fast, bright, and you can hardly tell the difforence between this res and full HD, but you can tell the difference is frames per second. It's no high end screen but it was in the garage and so it works.