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This is my first computer build ever. Did the building myself and I did purchase a static discharge bracelet on amazon for like $6. Wise investment for expensive equipment in my opinion for $6. Anyway, For somebody without building experience this turned out to be a huge success! No problems except for when I went to turn on computer and it did nothing... only to find out I had stupidly forgot to turn on the power supply! 1 month later and I am having a great experience with much thanks to PCPartPicker and community! As well as Linustechtips and Jayztwocents on YouTube along with some others, but thanks to research collected from these 3 I could not have made this setup or at least have learned so much about computers.

This computer build could not have suited my needs more effectively as my title describes. It has been 1 month since I built this computer and it runs like a champ. Runs quiet as a mouse and plays blizzard games easily at ultra settings (with the exception of WoW, which runs at ultra, but not EASILY I suppose.) The build makes for fast boot times and enough room for the games I play, along with transferring all files from my previously under performing laptop with nice speeds. I have TONS of room for storage. If 2 TB is not enough, then I don't quite know what to tell you... Stop being so needy and stop downloading so much PRN!

The hybrid drive is effective for all those wondering. My file transfer rates are FAST compared to a Hard Drive from which I switched from. The boot times are faster, although not lightning speeds, but fast enough to notice a HUGE difference.

The graphics card I chose was based upon my monitor choice. The monitor is 1440p, 144Hz capable, 4ms response time, IPS panel type, and has Free-sync (AMD) which is only used between 35-90 fps (or Hz). With that said I went with the MSI Radeon R9 380. This card is sufficient for my needs at this time and I couldn't be happier with a $200 card.

Even though the new 1070 and 1080 video cards were on their debut, I stood strong and went with the 380. I exclusively play Blizzard Games as seen in my title. Playing World of Warcraft I can play at ultra settings and get 90fps. Although, I DO have to turn off the blizzard launcher for some reason to get the last spike in FPS, but nonetheless I get 90fps. I would recommend this card still as it meets my needs very well. The graphics are a huge improvement from my previous 15-30 fps on my laptop I was getting with a Dual-core processor.

(I know you're wondering why 90 FPS is ok with me on a 144 Hz monitor, but my answer is simple. I bought the monitor for free-sync and through my research I found that the Free-sync only works between 35-90 FPS. Plenty of FPS for me going from 15-30... plus the monitor is awesome and it's 1440p from a reputable company. The monitor was just perfect. No problems either.)

Speaking of processors... I did NOT go with the Skylake series of i5, but I do not see the need as of now to switch or need more power. I'm able to achieve everything I need. Multi-tasking is not an issue for the processor AT ALL!! The only thing effected by multitasking might be the graphics card, but ONLY for things that might be graphics intensive. For instance, iTunes while playing a game WILL NOT effect graphics card capabilities, but blizzard launcher (due to the videos and pictures and such WILL. Stick to gaming while you game with this setup. Nobody needs to do other things while playing MMORPG's anyway.

I think the understanding is clear on this being great for blizzard games. If you want to know a GREAT site for information on what you need.... http://www.logicalincrements.com/games/wow

^This site is great for that.

The tower I have is AWESOME btw. Stock fans is all I bought and all you should need with this setup. It is a heavy metal, full tower case with tons of space, handles made to endure for their purpose.

Peripherals are great as well. My mouse and keyboard look to be part of a set when looking at the monitor and tower.

Feel free to ask me more. Otherwise, I'll keep rambling...

P.S. I know the wireless network adapter is not pictured, but it has no bearing on performance and works as it should with great Wifi and Bluetooth range, although the adapter has a wire and just sits on top of my tower. No problems as long as you're not too OCD. It is magnetic though which turned out to be quite nice with my metal tower case.

P.P.S. Also, other monitor was something given to me a long time ago, so no price and it's specs are pretty terrible especially resolution, but it works alongside a 1440 monitor, but looks terrible in comparison even though it gets the job of dual monitors done for my needs (no gaming on this one, I hope that was obvious):

Samsung syncmaster 943swx - 18.5 inch, LCD, Samsung, Connector type: VGA/DVI, Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, Native Resolution: 1360 x 768

Thanks all!

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build man! GAME ON!! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I spent a lot of time on this build... GAME ON!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 For the build -1 for the clutter on your desk

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed....

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol you're just using the bottom corner of your mouse pad in the one pic +1 nice toe

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

it was a rough week. I waited for a long time for those parts to come in 1 by 1. My pictures were a little premature and most of the things on the desk were originally on the table I built the computer on and I just took a picture. As you can tell I was too excited to put socks on at the time as well... Gimme a break :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm just joking around lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice toes +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks... I work them out daily!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Never skip toe day.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Kind of nice to see this build as I'm basically building mine for the same purpose +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe in the future if you feel like your cpu power is lacking a bit, you could overclock it. You have cpu cooler and z170.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm confused, you said you didn't go for Skylake but you have a 6400? Otherwise nice build! Glad it works well for you.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess my understanding was that the K* series was skylake? Maybe I am mistaken... but yes it's great!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

K just means unlocked (can be overclocked). Skylake is any 6th generation Intel CPU. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I see! Thanks for the clarification. I just recently started learning hardware. Kind of a new hobby i'm diving into as you can tell.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem! We've all been there.

Further info if you want :) - The architecture names are by generation, e.g. 4th gen is Haswell. All Haswell CPUs are 4, such as 4690, 4790K, etc.; Broadwell is 5; and Skylake is 6___. The letter after the chip just denotes a special function or purpose of the chip. K means unlocked (overclocking), and M means mobile (laptops), U means low power (generally laptops as well), etc. These suffixes can be put after any generation of CPU chip - the only part that matters for determining the architecture is really the first number (4, 5, 6, etc.).

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a great breakdown and explains a LOT of what I didn't understand, thanks again!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't forget T (low power usage), S (very low power usage), P (lower-end iGPU), C (Iris Pro iGPU), Q (quad-core) and H (hyperthreaded).

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Not true for the -E series. Sandy Bridge-E was 3000, Ivy-E 4000, and Haswell-E 5000. Not sure why Intel does this.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler seems a liiiiiitle over kill for a processor like that. What are temps like? lol

Also, awesome job on your first build, it looks great!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

upgradeability is my goal... but about 80 degrees F

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You notice you could have saved like 85$ If you go to Kingiun.com you can get windows 10 for 35$ Canadian.