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This is my very first gaming PC build. And I can safely say I am satisfied with this build. Not only is this a budget build, but it can run present games at 60+ FPS on average.

It took me weeks to decide whether to build a Skylake or a Haswell system. But after reading tons of reviews online, building a Skylake from the ground up is the way to go. Skylake components are getting cheaper and cheaper too. Performance wise, it is comparable to Haswell but the only advantage that I see is the use of next-gen components (like DDR4). And it's also more energy efficient than Haswell, as far as I know.

After a couple of months saving up, I finally bought all the parts from our local dealer. I need to drive a total of 6 hours just to get all these parts from one store (in our country, that is). I was really paranoid getting it back safely home because I didn't know fragile these components may be.

So how did my build turn up?

Well I encountered problems. That's for sure. And building a PC rig was really an adventure that I took for granted. One problem that I got, besides spending hours figuring out which wire goes where and asking a friend of mine for help, was after plugging in all parts and cables then pushing the power button just to know that my PC was showing no display. I tried securing all the connections again but nothing's happening. It was turning on, all fans and LED lights are also working. Then I tried removing the graphics card, and it finally booted. I knew something's wrong, but I was not sure where. Faulty GPU? Incompatible motherboard? or faulty PCI lane maybe?

I was really devastated. I was up until midnight until I finally decided to call it a day. The following day, my friend went to our house to diagnose the problem.

And the culprit? My motherboard can't seem to recognize the graphics card. It was really frustrating but at the same time relieving knowing that nothing's wrong with my parts! And it was just an issue on the bios settings of the motherboard.

Getting it to run and install games was the best part. I was able to finally bask in the glory of my very first build! :D This build is seemingly quiet even after running games on very high settings and GPU at 100% usage. Not bad for a first build though. My enthusiasm for building gaming rigs is just starting! :)

If you have any thoughts on which component to upgrade next, just let me know!

PS: Sorry for the very long post and potato quality photos. :D I hope you enjoyed reading, or learned something I guess? Thanks for reading!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Research is a PC builder's best friend! I did my research for MONTHS before actually putting it together. I was so elated when that bios screen booted. Planning my third build now since my birthday is this month!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It most certainly is! Haha. I spent 3 months reading articles and watching videos about build reviews, tweaks, pro and cons, etc. The only thing that I missed out was familiarizing with the system itself, specially the bios settings.

Nice! That would be the best birthday gift! :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Sucks that you had to drive so far to get all the parts. What country did you purchase in?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it really is. Not to mention the traffic I had to endure on the way home. I live in the Philippines btw. There are many stores here that offer some of the components I needed, although they are a bit OP. So I had to drive all the way to the store that has the availability of all my parts (for warranty issues).

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points
Welcome to the PC Master Race! Of course, sorry to hear about the GPU not being recognized at first, I'm glad you had a friend around to help so they are awesome! Looks good and great choice of parts! +1

If you have any thoughts on which component to upgrade next, just let me know!

You could snatch an i5-6500 3.2GHz (Turbo Boosts @3.6GHz) or better the i5-6600 3.3GHz (Turbo Boosts @3.9GHz), in the future that is. Aftermarket cooler is not really required but if one is ever worried about temps, I can think of Cooler Master's TX3 or their EVO 212. There is also CRYORIG's M9i or their H7, another good aftermarket option. Again, not a must need unless you ever come across some CPU cooling issues.
Then could upgrade to an R9 390 in the future as well when you saved enough for an i5: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cQx6vK
  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow thank you for the great suggestions Eltech! This was exactly what I plan on getting! :) I think I'll go with the 6500, being it's the best bang for the buck.. And yes, I was also researching about which aftermarket coolers are nice to go along the CPU upgrade. I'll be reading reviews about the items you suggested. Thanks sir! :)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Build looks great, good choice on the card. I'm a fan of the i3 6100 myself.+1

The one thing I would've opted for differently would've been a -Z- board. With a Z board you would've had the option to overclock at any moment you desired. With the new skylakes they don't have to be unlocked. Just need early driver on bios.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Swapping the mobo with a Z series board also ran into my mind, I just haven't thought of overclocking my components just yet. I think I like my system better on a more stable running environment. But for the other benefits of having a Z board, like more DIMMs, higher RAM frequency, etc. I'll surely be getting one in the future. Thanks for the advice!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

For sure man, good luck and most of all enjoy your build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

What are the firestrike benchmarks?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, sorry I do not have that application. Thanks for viewing!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks solid

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 great choices since it doesn't limit you from upgrading. An i5 6500 or i7 6700 in the future, another 8gb ram, a 2tb hdd maybe(why not), 2-3 years from now maybe a new GPU. Just make sure when upgrading the gpu that the total watts will be less than 520W or you should upgrade the PSU. Over all everything's great

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll keep that in mind sir! I think my upgrade would be, HDD first (currently I only have 640GB of HDD storage) -> CPU -> RAM -> GPU (along with PSU if needed).

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

great, it's nice to have a plan of upgrades. best of luck!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the CPU stay cool with the stock CPU Cooler? If so what games are you playing?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the stock cooler does job. CPU temp. maxes at 60-65° under load. I'm currently playing GTA V, Shadows of Mordor, Dota 2 all at very high/ultra settings. Not to mention that I live in a country with average temp. of 33°.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Also how is that case any scratches on the window? or any damage? I have heard that case easily damages

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you looked at the FX 8300?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll just reply to this for your comments..

First off, regarding the case. You are right, the case gets scratched easily. I tried cleaning it once using the softest fabric I could find but it was still scratched nonetheless.. Even a soft duster would scratch it. But the scratches are barely visible unless you look closely..

Now, regarding the AMD proc. The answer is Yes. It took a while before I decided to go for the Intel proc. One main reason is the difference between performance/benchmark scores of the two, Intel performs better esp. with R9 380 running alongside it. But that's just based on my research..

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks disturbingly like the PC I am about to build, except I getting an RX 470 and a Be Quiet as a PSU. It was a great read by the way, and the build really looks neat. Since I am getting the same mobo as yours, do you mind telling me the tweak that your friend did in order to get your GPU working? Thanks!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This really cheered me up! :) Thank you for the motivation, Geek! I still have a long way though so wish me luck!

Yes, it really was depressing. But I learned a LOT from it so I think it's a good thing. Thanks!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it's a budget build considering that it can run high settings on 60+ fps on a low price.

You can also save more money if you go with a cheaper case, psu and use an old HDD instead of buying an SSD, which I only used as a boot drive.

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