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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.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

i3 is a pretty good cpu. it freaking pulls anything i throw at it. maybe not the best but would run games like league of legends over 60fps without a gpu. if your interested.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments, might give that game a try and see what happens. When you say it will run 60fps, is that without overclocking. I don't want to get into overclocking until I get a better cooler than stock.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No overclocking at all. i3 should run the game fine. I play on a i3 and no gpu. No problems yet.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I'll check it out

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

First off, great build. Like you said, when you do get a GPU, do get a new PSU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that is plan. I was already looking at some GPU's and looking at the power consumption of some of them...... yea I would def need a new PSU

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, I think you achieved your goal pretty well, let me just point out a couple of things you might find useful. First, if you are willing to wait for the graphics card (it doesn't seem you're in a rush), either check for a good used deal or wait until the beginning of june, when it is almost sure that both AMD and nVidia will show their new cards, that will probably will available shortly afterwards. That psu is not the most recommended of all times, but for a low power pc is ok, and as I said above, there will be newer video cards, most probably with lower power consumption than the current gen ones, and that means you may not need to change it, depending on your game target. Second thing, while it's true that the Z170 chipset is the best one for the 1151 platform, remember not all motherboards have the full features. In particular, the one you bought doesn't support SLI configurations, I doubt you were thinking about that but I wanted to clarify it, since you spoke about getting a full ATX mobo for scalability.

In any case, good build, if the bios on this board is old enough, you can probably also overclock that processor, grab a good cooler and have fun (but seriously, grab a decent cooler anyway, your ears will probably thank you).

Edit: I forgot to say I like a lot the color coordination in the last picture! But maybe I'm just biased because I like blue a lot.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments. I am willing to wait on the GPU, but will take a deal if it comes up. As far as the board, you are correct, that wasn't lost on me. The price is really what sold me, I believe this board is definitely scalable enough for my needs though. As far as the bios, to be honest I didn't even check it, everything is working well so haven't messed with it. Were there significant updates that I should check into that? I do know that currently I can overclock the CPU.

Thanks for the color comment as well, was definitely going for that, I love the way it looks and it is very quiet.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I do know that currently I can overclock the CPU.

If that's the case, I think you are good to go, just don't update the bios unless it's really necessary and/or you upgrade to an unlocked processor in the future.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice i3 build!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, and great choice of the parts for what you had in mind. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the GPU I would recommend unless you are willing to wait a little for the newer GPU's to be released. So here it is EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestions, I will look into them!

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