This is my second build on here. A friend of mine has been stuck in the sad laptop realm, and he's been unable to play any decent games. I put together a part list for him a while back, and he seemed relatively pleased with the idea of making a computer. It was time to upgrade.
He mostly wanted to play light games like League of Legends, Minecraft, and miscellaneous Steam games. The 1060 6gb seems like a perfect fit for his needs as it will hold up a LONG time (pretty much the life of the computer), and he doesn't play any high resolution games. We've also got the computer hooked up to a 720p tv for regular media consumption.
The build process itself went over real well. Parts go in, manage cables, hook everything up, manage cables, step back for a second, manage cables some more. This case doesn't have the best cable management capabilities, but it all worked out in the end. The semi-modular psu is great to reduce clutter, and I'm a neat freak like that. When it came time to put the side panel back on I practically had to sit on it to fit it all in there (I didn't actually), but everything turned out real well. The case fans came with molex power adapters, so I found a little home for those right next to the 5.25" drive bay. Perfect. Fans were okay but the front fan sounds like a turbine. I unplugged it for now, but it will be replaced eventually.
This computer is lightning fast for what we've been throwing at it, and it breaks no sweats at all. If we encounter issues with drive space we will add a hard drive, but I don't see that happening for a long time. Temperatures have been great even for the stock Intel cooler.
Also... pardon the images. I'm no fancy photographer, and I forgot that taking portrait photos is trashy.
I like this processor. It's fast, cool, and it's a decent price. It'll last a long time for this computer, and I'm surprised at how well the intel stock cooler does for it. Nice and cool.
Nice motherboard does what we need it to do. Only one system fan header but no problem because our case came with molex adapters. Also the RAM slots are very close to the top expansion slot. Makes it difficult to get video cards out.
I like this RAM. Decent price at the time and a good amount of storage for now. If we encounter any issues with capacity we will add another, but for now we're all good.
This thing just needs a lighting bolt on it. Wicked fast and a massive improvement over the poor wheezy hard drive in the laptop it replaced. Samsung Magician software is quite nice too. Monitor performance data of the drive itself.
Good solid card. With how my friend's using it I think it will last the life of the computer, and it runs nice and cool. It'll be in a somewhat dusty environment, so I figured having the extra cooling capability would allow us to go longer in between cleanings. We shall see.
Friend picked this out for his build. Overall a decent case. Roomy to build in and lots of expandability for the mATX form factor. Biggest Issue I had was with cable management. It's a nightmare getting that panel back on, but that's part of the fun. Our front fan was also somewhat defective and roared like a lion. Unplugged that.
I must say I'm a fan of this PSU. I used it in previous builds, and I will likely continue to use it. Semi-modular and well made cables. Yay.
We didn't have the option for a wired connection, so we needed a wireless connection. not a bad card. Nice and low profile. Been having some moderate issues with wifi dropping. Update: I removed this part from the system because it was causing too much issue. It turns out one of the antenna ports came detached at the board itself. It looks like a press fit, so I've forced it back in and have yet to test it.
We picked this display up last second at Office Depot, and we're quite impressed with it. IPS, 1080p, good response time, and tilt function. Nice screen for what we want out of it. Only HDMI and VGA and it didn't even come with HDMI cable though :/