Description

Hey guys, this was my first build! I was on a budget, and this is the result.

Part Reviews

CPU

Ok so at first I thought that the i7 might be overkill, but Im probably going to be using this computer for the next 5 years at least and with the i7 I won't have to upgrade for a long time. Also, and I had the extra money laying around so I decided to go all in and get in my opinion one of the best CPUs on the market

CPU Cooler

I heard this cooling system is trusted and had great reviews, so I went for it. Will probably get a custom water cooling loop later on down the road, but for now this does the job nicely

Motherboard

The only thing I would add is that its a little small as seen in the pics. But thats not the products fault, as I choose it. But other than that it does its job with no issues.

Memory

Good quality and Value Ram.

Storage

120GB Is fine for now, but I will probably upgrade to a Samsung 250 in the future, as I plan to keep upgrading this PC. Overall happy with this SSD.

Storage

Great value, as I need the 1 TB

Video Card

Ok, so for the GPU I went with the R9 380 because of its 4k capabilities and price. I will for sure be upgrading when the Pascal series Nvidia cards come out. for now as most of my other parts, this will work fine as I was on a budget.

Case

Awesome case! Kind of expensive, but the build quality is excellent and I love the two compartment system!

Power Supply

Good reviews, and good price so I picked it up

Optical Drive

Your average Optical Drive lol

Operating System

I regret going with the home, as I should of chosen Pro, but its fine

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

Should've gone with an i5 6600K and a Z170 MOBO.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

the h170 would have been the best value imo. specifically the Asrock h170 performance/hyper for $99.99. it has usb c, 3.1, 3.0 and almost all the capabilities that the higher priced ones. plus it looks badass. for the cpu the i7-6700 would have been my choice. check out some of my builds. every last one of them is value oriented with the best possible price to performance. the fine line between budget and pro grade.

specifically check out Project Tempest i am constantly working on this build keeping updated with new releases and price drops. it is made to also look pretty cool in the precess maintaining features expected of multi-thousand dollar builds and a black with red accent theme.

Happy building!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

that doesn't matter, Z170 allows for OC, H170 doesn't.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

i know, but the price difference is also a consideration you have to take. as a first time builder i do not have the skills necessary to over clock. but maybe buying a z170 with a 6700 then later on down the road if you feel you have the skills required go for the 6700K or newer supported cpu. i do see what you are saying. ;) i think as a first time builder the overclock is not necessary. ;-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

interesting build. I'm curious to some of the part selections. can you explain what the thought process was with grabbing an expensive 6700K and then a B-series board that can't OC the K series CPU? As well as the individual sticks of RAM instead of dual channel which is cheaper? And the R9 380? just some thoughts.

I also think your Hyper 212 is facing the wrong way. If I'm seeing that correctly, it's blowing hot exhaust air down onto the GPU. I would definitely re-position that to exhausting out of your case instead of back into.

but yea I agree with Caminon, definitely could have got the 6600K, better Z170 MB and then a 380X or even a 970/390 in your budget.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

what do you think I should do? I can always sell parts and pick up new ones.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Change the cpu cooler so its widest is pointed towards the back fan and put the cpu cooler fan opposite of it, so you blow through the coils and pulled by the rear case fan. If its possible just upgrade the motherboard to a z170, the memory works fine, you could even just get a z170 motherboard and the new gpu(whenever they come out) otherwise im sure stock clock on the i7 is plenty for what you want to do. Looks Great!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, so I'm probably going to get the z170, when I replace the motherboard do I have to reinstall the OS?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately windows will need a new product key if you get a new mobo.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

got it. thanks

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty much what Jayjay said. the only real concern for me is the hyper 212. I was only asking some more details on the parts as it wasn't really described in the "Description" section :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

what desk do you have?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The price to performance ratio on the 390 is amazing. capable of running high settings on most games. the MSI version utilizes their twin Frozr V technology which is actually pretty cool (see what I did there)

i agree with you on the cpu at least get an H170 for its features. but defiantly consider a z170. for god's sake don't spend more that $150.00 on a freaking motherboard. check out the Asrock Fatal1ty H170 performance/hyper. looks sic at a sic price with sic features. its sic.

either get a 6700 or a new motherboard.

by the way... why exactly do you regret getting the Windows 10 home edition vs the pro?

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What the hell is the Xbox 1 doing in there..... :/

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. i have a few questions though:

Why do you regret the Home version of Windows vs the pro edition? what made you want to get the 540 over some other value oriented options and is it worth it? (i am considering this case myself.) does the air 540 have a lot of room to work? only 1 TB? why not 2 or even 3 for not much more? For the cpu cooler i would recommend the cooler master vortex cpu cooler as it is low profile for about the same cost. what peripherals did you choose? (#LogitechIsLife)

i honestly think it is a great build that has a ton of potential. just a few tweaks and you have a gaming masterpiece

check out my http://pcpartpicker.com/p/WfwcCy.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I appreciate it

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

And I highly recommend the air 540. There's plenty of room for exspantion and it hides all of the messy cables. In time, I'll be getting more storage and s better GPU

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

One problem... Price. Not willing to spend more than $100 on a case. I'm going s340 because of the price and aesthetics. I'm going with the popular red and black theme. I like it even though it is overused.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

can you post the alternative you chose that will fit this build?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude you should have gotten an i7 6700. The only thing that the 6700k has that the 6700 doesn't is overclocking, which isn't even supported by b150 motherboards. Apart from that, it's good

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

I hope you know the xbox one isn't supposed to be stood vertically like the xbox 360. Can **** up your disks.

https://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/console/position-console