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Alright so first you might be wondering why GTX 660 in SLI? Well first of all I was on a tight budget and wanted a good performance so since I already had one of the 660's I decided to buy another :D. Now the 2nd GTX hasn't arrived but i am currently waiting for it and will update this with pics and benchmarks.

Anyways lets go to the parts:

i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core (Skylake Processor) - I bought this CPU because it had a good price for budget and has good performance, I also didn't plan to overclock so I went with this.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (CPU Cooler) - Keeps my CPU arctic cold :D

Asus Z170-A (Mobo) - I am very happy with this mobo has a lot of great features and works smoothly with all components

Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB DDR4-2400 (RAM) - Preforms very well

Kingstone SSDNow V300 Series 120GB (SSD) - Blazing fast speeds, as I am a first time SSD owner

Seagate Barracuda 1TB (HDD) - Nice speeds, lots of space

Asus GTX 660 2GB SLI - (GPU) - (Update #3 - Finally!) Alright so when I first booted these two guys up I had to install their drivers and overclocking programs for them to work together like I want them to. After I did that I ran so tests on a few games and was very impressed with the performance, it basically doubled the FPS I was getting in my games. Good performance for now but will upgrade later.

NZXT S340 White (Case) - Beautiful outside look and looks very clean inside amazing compact features and lightweight (at least for me) EDIT: Also I'm planning on adding case LED's to make it look better/lighter.

Corsair 750W (PSU) - Powers everything really well and has energy to spare

Well that's all, relatively my PC stays cool in temps and has good performance. The build went really well for a first time builder, PC started well on first try and was gaming the next day. Very good PC, would build again 10/10. (Will add part reviews soon)

Part Reviews

CPU

Very good i5, does everything I can ask for, stays nice and cool with plenty of speed for most gaming needs without the need of overclocking. 8/10

CPU Cooler

Does its job quite well considering the price, but it was a little nerve racking for a first time builder like myself to install it, considering the thermal paste. 8.5/10

Motherboard

This motherboard is amazing! As a first time builder, it was very easy to install and interact with. The manuals provided helped very much. Very neat motherboard, with nice looks. 9/10

Memory

Made a good choice with this RAM won't regret it. Has high speeds and 16GB is plenty. 4/5

Storage

Boots up at BLAZING fast speeds, opens programs in split-seconds! As a first time SSD owner this was a very good choice. 8.5/10

Storage

Good choice going with this HDD. It isn't exactly the fastest out there but is a, great bang for the buck! 3.5/5

Video Card

I will upgrade, but for now it is a really good graphics card. It plays all the games I throw at it with fairly high fps and minimal lag! 7.5/10

Case

Beautiful case, looks amazing. Very easy to work with/install. Gives you plenty of space for cable routing. Absolutely a breeze to work with. Although, you have to handle this case with care as it can get scratched fairly easily. 9.5/10

Power Supply

Amazing choice, can't hear a thing from the fan and it defiantly powers my PC well. Cables included and very sturdy and easy to work with. 4.5/5

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case and the build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You

  • 46 months ago
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EDIT #2: Just realized the pictures didn't have that good of quality, will be adding higher-res pictures next week.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

It's a nice build. Though, you got a z series motherboard with a cpu that isn't overclockable. It also would have been smarter to get two GTX 950s, two r9 380s, a GTX 960, or an r9 390. Also, unless you plan on having this as a workstation or you're preparing for VR, then you don't need more than 8 gigabytes of RAM.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

16gb is about to become the standard, more and more programs and games are using that as the recommendation, its better to have and not need it and need it and not have it. Why spend a bunch of money on two new gpu's when you can just get one more of the same, run them in sli, and get about the same performance? Also, he even explains that he doesn't plan to overclock.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You, but to explain, I do not plan to overclock that's why I got the 6500 and I just got the Z series mobo because I preferred an Asus motherboard. I also got 16 GB of ram to be future-proof and have better/faster performance. As for the GPU'(s) they preform the same/similar to the GTX 960/970 but i will upgrade them in the future to (most likely) a single card in the near future (End of 2016). But I think the only thing I will need to ever touch in this PC is the GPU after that it will last a long while :)

  • 46 months ago
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Okay. I understand most things now, but there is an asus h170 motherboard that you could have used.

  • 46 months ago
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Really? Hmm... Alright I guess I did not see that one while I was chosing my motherboard. The Z170-A was one of the best rated though.

  • 46 months ago
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Yeah, most of the time people will get the over clockable versions of a cpu and get the z series.