Talked about building my desktop for years, finally went through with it after much research. This computer will be used for regular day to day use as well as my programming and work computer. I haven't dipped into computer gaming but intend on doing it in the future, currently a PS4 gamer.
Because I want to eventually try some computer games, and my job being in the IT industry, I wanted a PC that would be quick while keeping the ability to upgrade to a great gaming rig. I believe I achieved exactly what I set out for, especially at a great budget.
Lets talk parts.
Processor: Intel Core i3-6100 SkyLake- This was the biggest battle for me. In the past year while planning this I really thought that being on budget, I was going to get an AMD. I actually was a day away from ordering parts still with the AMD APU 7870K. Then I was pointed to the Skylakes by a fellow worker. I am not here to battle AMD over Intel or vice versa but the bench test were shocking with this i3. This processor nearly doubles the performance of the newest AMD APU 7870k for 20 dollars cheaper. To add on to the previous point I eventually plan on get an i5 in this rig, so the 1151 socket was a big selling point. This goes into the above point, easily up-gradable.
MOBO: Sale and chipset were the biggest point on this board. I wanted a full ATX for the scalability and did much research on the chipsets. The Z170 is the top chipset for the SkyLakes allowing OC ability on virtually everything and for the price, couldn't beat it.
RAM: DDR4 2133, need I really say more.... eventually will add 2 more sticks.
Storage: SSD for the OS and HDD for everything else.
Case: All about storage needed and looks here, and it didn't disappoint and surprisingly is very quiet.
Power Supply: Because of how efficient these chips are and not having a video card, this is all that I needed at this time. I will be upgrading the power supply as soon as the I get the video card, of course.
Wireless adapter: Because of the location in the house, I needed WiFi, and needed the 802.11 ac for my ac asus router. This adapter works great, great signal and speed!
Monitor and Keyboard were graduation presents for myself, so not added here, but will be pursuing dual monitor. Eventually want a 27 inch monitor.
The computer is up and running and works great!! Boots in a bout 5-6 seconds and everything runs smooth and quick. Already wrote a couple programs on this PC.
Now for your comments........ I am using the integrated graphics right now and they work perfectly fine (before i get called out on that lol) but I know they won't for gaming and just better all around performance I will need a graphics card and a new power supply. I haven't even gamed on the PC yet so definitely not a hardcore gamer, and with 3 children probably wont ever be a "hardcore gamer". That being said I love speed and quality and want to play some games on the PC without issue. What are your suggestions for a Video Card and any other suggestions for upgrades.