Yes ! I know ! , the 1050 ti is a better choice, but the fact is that this build was made a month before the 1000 series was out, and at the time, I didn't know, I should've wait.
Feros is my first PC build ever, I have gathered alot of experience by now, but back in late 2015 / early 2016 , I didn't. My next gen PC build is coming for late Winter.
First of all, the CPU, once again, I should've wait for the skylake platform, but at the time I didn't know. (I built this PC at a very bad time) Still, this processor packs quite a punch. It's fast and runs at 32°C on idle with the be quiet! PURE ROCK. The max temp i've reached with 3 hours of Overwatch was something around 63°C while remaining dead silent.
For some reason, PCpartpicker says that the be quiet! PURE ROCK is not compatible with the Corsair 100R case. But I can confirm that it fits perfectly no problems.
For the graphics card, I picked the GTX 950 XTREME 2GB GDDR5. It's a pretty good graphics card, especially for what I use it for. I mostly play games that aren't extremly demanding. So far, i've played alot of games and never had a problem with it, Except Doom, which I can run at highest graphics but that's where the 2GB of VRAM shows. There's major lags and frame freeze in certain locations, other than that, I run it pretty much 60FPS and +. Only need to lower some setting a bit to make an end to the Freezing nightmare.
PROS: -Pleasing look / black plate and WINDFORCE LED -Stunning performances, for a GTX 950 -Stays cool and silent even under alot of stress, never heard the slightest noise. -Good overclocking potential.
CONS: -Gigabyte OC GURU II is asbolutely horrible. -Only has 2 GB of GDDR5 which is enough for most games, but shows in RAM hungry modern titles. - Still stupidly expensive for Canadian customers even after the release of the 1000 series ( 233$ CAD / 140$ USD )
For the case, I picked the Corsair 100R
PROS: -Looks classy and has a nice side window -Lots of case fans can be placed inside -Not expensive -Side window doesn't scratch if you take good care unlike the NZXT S340 -Easy slide and lock Drive bay
CONS: -Feels cheap -Near no cable management unless you have a Semi / Fully modular PSU with flat cables. -Finger print magnet -Front panel is an absolute pain to remove -No filters for the front, only for the PSU -Side panels are also a pain to put back on when the Drive bay is used or when cables are in the back -Better alternatives for cheaper.
I did not include an SSD for the only reason that back then, SSD's were really expensive ( they still are to a certain point ) but if I had to build it again, I would've put a 120gb SSD boot drive.
Overall this is a good PC, it still delivers very good performance at 1080p while staying quiet and cool. Run most games like a charm on medium to high settings even on Ultra for certain titles like Skyrim, while staying over 60FPS (for example, Overwatch on high settings runs at 120-140 FPS).
If you live in the US and are looking for a great budget PC, this is a good PC, not the greatest of course, but far from the worst !
But for my fellow Canadians, i'd stay away from this Build, you can have much better components for a lower price. Some parts are still really overpriced.
PROS: -an absolute beast of a processor -comes with the copper+aluminium heatsink stock cooler which offer better temps than the skylake and kabylake stock coolers.
CONS: -Not overclockable -Older Generation -DDR3 only
This thing is an absolute beast of a cooler !
I stay in the low 30's on idle and the highest i've been was something like the high 40's to low 50's after hours of gameplay. And that's with the included pre-applied thermal paste !
My hard drive is louder than this cooler... that says something.
PROS: -As quiet as a bee fart -Very sturdy and high quality -Keeps my temps nice and frosty even under load -Comes with pre-applied thermal paste
CONS: -Instructions were lacking a bit -Was a pain to install but it's worth every struggles
it's RAM, it does what it's supposed to do and it does it well
PROS: -Pleasing look / black plate and WINDFORCE LED -Stunning performances even for a GTX 950 -Stays cool and silent even under alot of stress. -Good overclocking potential
CONS: -Gigabyte OC GURU II is asbolutely horrible -Only has 2 GB of GDDR5 - Still stupidly expensive for Canadian customers even after the release of the 1000 series ( 233$ CAD / 140$ USD ) -Don't know if it's only for me, but the white LED of the windforces looks very greenish/blueish
PROS: -Looks classy and has a nice side window -Lots of case fans can be placed inside -Not expensive -Side window doesn't scratch if you take good care unlike the NZXT S340 -Easy and satisfying slide and lock Drive bay
CONS: -Feels cheap -Near no cable management unless you have a Semi / Fully modular PSU with flat cables. -Finger print magnet -Front panel is an absolute pain to remove -No filters for the front, only for the PSU -Side panels are also a pain to put back on when the Drive bay is used or when cables are in the back
I wish I could recommend this case but, seeing how many cases are cheaper and better than the Corsair 100R, I cannot see myself recommending it to anyone. Altough, if you can pick one up for cheap like on ebay for a budget build, go right ahead.
Silent and reliable, it does the job, but if I had to recommend a power supply to anyone, especially if you have a side window, pick a semi or fully modular PSU.
PROS: -Great build quality from Corsair, as always. -80+ Bronze -The best alternative to a cheap fire hazardous power supply -Quiet
CONS: -Condiment colored cables -A mess for cable management
The LED's are nice and the fan moves alot of air, but is a bit too loud for me.
Would recommend but only with a fan controller