Description

So this is my first build that I created last year, but never bothered to take any pictures of until now.

Choice of Parts:

Prices are in Australian rupees dollars, by the way.

CPU: Core i5-6400: I really didn't had a need to overclocking, nor do I feel the small gain of performance from a 6500 was worth it. Have had no problems with anything.

Mobo: Gigabyte H170-HD3 Good, solid mobo for the price. Was going to get the AsRock Fatal1ty H170, but the guy at the shop explained that everyone was having issues with it and they won't sell it. Actually doesn't look half-bad for a cheap mobo, and does everything you'd expect it to.

RAM:HyperX Fury 8GB It's RAM, it looks good, it works.

Storage: Samsung 850EVO and WD Blue The SSD is used as a boot drive and storage for whatever I feel like doesn't need to go on the HDD. Hard drive is for games because God damn they are getting massive.

GPU: Asus Radeon R9 380 Debated over this or the 960. Picked this. Runs all the games I wanted it to (Just Cause 3, Xcom 2, and stuff like Tf2 and Csgo) with no problem. Also is completely silent when not gaming or playing less intensive games. Managed to OC using Afterburner to 1100 core/1500 mem, stable.

Case: FD Arc Midi R2 Really don't know why I picked this case. It looks good and is easy to build in, so I guess it's fine. The intergrated fan controller and three included fans are nice.

PSU: Corsair CS550M Semi Modular and 80+Gold. Cables are nice, but aren't sleeved all the way.

Monitor: Asus VX228H Monitor is fine, but mine came with a dead pixel and I wasn't bothered to send it back or anything - I didn't even notice at first, and it doesn't bother me at all really. Viewing angles are a bit iffy, but that's expected from a TN panel.

All in all, I'm happy with this as my first build. Any feedback would be nice.

PS Sorry for potato quality pictures

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn, I wish my parts came with that many case stickers. Manufacturers need to step up their sticker game.

Solid looking part list, how is that 6400 holding up without overclocking? No bottlenecks? How's it hold up for CPU-intensive games?

Good looking cable management for a first build, but maybe the potato camera is preventing me from seeing everything in that regard. (Your camera's not actually bad, it's just dark.)

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see any problem with the 6400 as of yet. I did some tests and didn't see any bottlenecks. As for CPU intensive games, I've yet to test something like ARMA 3, but Just Cause 3 runs a completely playable 40-50 fps, and I think it's the GPU that is holding back performance.

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. I have a 6400 in the mail right now, and I'm hoping that I can get the right BIOS to have a crack at that BCLK for overclocking, but it's good to know that my performance won't be too adversely affected if that ends up being impossible.

Best of luck going forward with your build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Iirc, unfortunately Intel decided they don't want people BLCK overclocking and are forcing mobo manufacturers to disable it.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Running it at 4.5 GHz right now ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That's massive. Nice.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Good choice on the 380 strix.

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