Building two systems at once was fun. They were meant to be identical, but I must not have played enough "Where's Wally?" growing up, because I missed an important difference... Can you spot it?
It was fixed, and the two ended up being proper twinsies for their new owners. Aside from that, the process was smooth.
The Versa H17 case is a lovely budget unit, easy to work in, with well-placed cable cutouts. Cooling is merely adequate, and hotter-running components would benefit from some extra fans, but for this build with a locked i5 and a GTX 1060 it did admirably, and looked nice too, having enough little stylistic touches to avoid being just a plain black box.
The i5-7600 was requested for the build, and the 1060 3GB version was chosen for a couple of reasons: firstly, because the systems were for 1080p gaming and the doubled VRAM on the 6GB version makes the biggest differences at higher resolutions, and secondly, because at time of purchase the 6GB version was about 30% more expensive for nothing remotely approaching that much more performance.
RAM was 8GB of basic stuff, in single-stick form to leave space on the mobo for another 8GB later. Single- vs-dual channel matters not a whit in this use case.
As for storage, maybe it's un-diagnosed OCD but I really liked being able to have the same brand of HDD and SSD in the system :D
The power supply was one of the new Cooler Master range of budget-oriented units. These cut costs where (imho) they should be cut if they're going to be: the cables are non-modular, the casing is plain, the packaging is minimal... but the unit is rated up to 40C, it has the distribution of power across rails that you'd want (plenty on the 12V), along with the usual electrical protections and even OTP (which is a nice inclusion at this price-point), and finally, an 80+ certification (fwiw). The system will never see any overclocking, so a basic unit that can support a GPU upgrade or two is plenty for the job here.
Well, did you spot the difference yet? Can't believe I missed it!
Cheers, from Sensible Systems.