FYI: Buddy 1.0 is my car.
Main purpose of this PC:
Work (homework, projects) and Entertainment (Gaming, Movies, Music) Gaming with high-max settings at 1080p with 60 fps+
Games played on this rig: LoL, Stardew Valley, Ryse: Son of Rome, Overwatch, The Witcher 3
Games to be tested soon: Modded Skyrim, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Doom 2016, Need for Speed 2015, and some older games that I couldn't run before.
Date Build is not the original build date, its when I basically bought and installed the last part (LED strip) of this build
The original build date (did not have GPU then) was on July 9, 2016
This project pretty much started around the 3rd week of June 2016. I saw an ad on the LetGo app for a used 23 in 1080p Acer monitor that sells for $50. I went ahead and got it from an old lady who was moving out of, and to my surprise she also gave me an old custom desktop from 2010. After cleaning up both items (she was a cat lady..), I opened up the desktop and it had an AMD cpu (probably an Athlon dual core), a DYNEX 500W psu.., a multi card reader (she was quite proud of this and told me how good it was lol), and 2gb ddr2 ram. No HDD btw, because she was quite concerned about her data so she took the hard drives (both of which are broken) and told that she was just going to "smash" them with a hammer haha.
I was quite disappointed and so I just took out the useful parts that I found like the DVD drive that I used for this build and a 512mb ddr3 evga nvidia 8400 gs. Fast forward a few weeks, and I started saving up money from my summer job and started purchasing parts from my build. At first I wanted to settle with a skylake i3-6100 with a gtx 950, until I stumbled upon an i5-6500 for sale on ebay. Then news about the rx 480 and gtx 1060 came about, and the waiting game started. I ditched my plan on getting a gtx 950 and wanted an rx 480. But I got tired of waiting for aib rx 480s, and wanted a lower draw so I got an AIB gtx 1060 instead.
MONITOR: I have upgraded from a dell 19 in 1400x900 monitor. Although 1080p is old at this point, I still think it looks good and I got it for $50 can't go wrong with that. Only bad thing about this monitor are the view angles are quite bad, but you really have to try and look or move your head to the side in order to see this. But if your just sitting in front of it, ITS FINE.
CPU:I thought hyper threading was "good enough", but I knew a quad core would be a good purchase for the next few years and an intel i5 is a no-brainer compared to AMD's current quad cores. This i5-6500 was purchased from a bulk seller on ebay, it was $169 (+$7.99 shipping), and it didn't come with a cpu cooler. The worst part is it came in a box with a core 2 duo label on it!!!
CPU Cooler: I know it sounds ridiculous for buying a stock intel cpu cooler, but I don't plan and cannot overclock anyways and it was $8 for a cooler. Some people are bothered by the noise, but I don't mind that much. Funny thing is the heatsink that I got was designed for an i5-4590 (84W), it even had the box and the intel case sticker (didn't use the sticker, the haswell logo is so boring to look at). So i got a cooler with a copper base instead of the aluminum base that a retail i5-6500 would have.
GPU: THIS is what I consider the crown jewel of my build. I know the Zotac mini is not as flashy or has a massive cooler as the other 1060 cards. But this enabled me to play Overwatch on epic/ultra settings (but I still set it on all low with FXAA or the competitive overwatch settings) with 110+ fps. I've also played Ryse: Son of Rome on all high settings at 70+ fps. This card is an absolute beast for a 1080p gamer like me. I snagged this the day after the 1060 launched for $225 with a newegg paypal code. It only went up to $231.98 since I added Newegg's 3-day shipping. Mind you the last gpu we bought and used was a 512mb ddr3 9800gt green edition, back in 2009
Motherboard: Nothing special about this motherboard, I just wanted a basic skylake motherboard that has a pci-e 3.0 for the gpu and usb 3. I would have liked more fan headers and ram slots, but for the price this isn't too bad. PS: At the time of purchase I didn't want to wait for the cheapest skylake mobo (gigabyte h110m-a i think) to be on stock.
Memory: Glanced at a G-skill stick without a heatsink, and saw this crucial ram that had a gray heatsink for the same price. So I just took this one instead and it looks cool. I just got a single 8 gb ddr4 stick, since my mobo only had 2 slots for ram and it makes upgrading to 16 gb ram much easier in the future (or when i have money again).
SSD: This was probably my favorite impulse buy, I saw the sale on the buildapcsales subreddit for this 240 gb pny ssd FOR $42!!. The only reason it went up to $49 was due to store pickup (didn't wanna wait, I had all the other parts except the gpu in order to build a working pc). This is my OS drive and has some of my games and "important programs" like MS Office.
HDD: 500 GB WD Caviar Blue 7200 rpm, yanked from an old dell desktop that one of our neighbors wanted to throw away, but they gave it to us instead.
Case: I wanted to get an NZXT s340 at first, but I didn't like the price and it didn't have a spot for a DVD drive. So after browsing around newegg, I found the Deepcool Dukase V2, this relatively new product that had no reviews, but I loved the looks of it. It had a psu shroud and good cable management (my first build had an Antec 100 gaming case). The front panel is a PITA to remove though, but other than that I just love this case.
PSU: I know for a fact that this psu is not the best (tier 3 psu), but according to the Outervision PSU calculator, it is recommended I have about 350W and gave the evga 500w none bronze 80+ psu. At the time the Evga 500B was only $10 more so this was a no brainer. I wish the cables had better sleeving , but then again this is WAAAY better than the no-name psu brand (SilenX 600W?) that someone bought me a few years ago that cables that are as thick as a garden hose.
WLAN card: this tp-link wlan pci-e card had good reviews on amazon, so I just got it after deciding that my edimax usb N adapter was not cutting it for wifi (720p youtube struggles to load). So far it hasn't disconnected yet and it may have a good synergy with my router of the same brand (tp-link archer c7).
Case Fans: I was going to settle for some 120mm Be Quiet Pure Wings 2, which was on sale atm. But I thought $21 for just 3 fans was just too much when I can get 5 "decent" PWM fans for the same price. I daisy-chained two of these fans (my rear exhaust and rear top exhaust) on the sysfan header, while the other 3 fans (2 front intakes, and 1 front top exhaust) are plugged into the fan controller that my case came with. So far so good, the fans are quiet and just audible (not in an annoying way) when its on max speed. And even without LEDs, the white color just makes it look good to me.
LED strip: Logisys LDXRM12C RGB, this was probably an unnecessary buy, but for $20 I'm pretty sure its ok. It was quite annoying to set it up and cable manage the power box that it needs. It also has a remote that you can use to change the color, but do make sure to aim it at the IR sensor is wired to the power box.
Speakers: I'm using an old panasonic 5.1 surround system. This was from a family friend who wanted to throw it away but I took it instead (this happened a year ago). I only use two speakers along with a massive subwoofer that it came with. Its connected with a component to aux cable.
My GPU upgrade and ownership history
old video card, idk i was only 6 yo atm, it let me play C&C RA1 tho (circa 2000)
another old nvidia card that I don't know, was 10 yo atm, playing cs 1.3, Battle Realms, RA2 and good ole Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (circa 2004)
Nvidia 6200 or lower idk, all i know is its from Best Buy and it let me play C&C Generals, cs 1.6, and Warcraft 3 (circa 2007)
BFG Nvidia 8400 gs, temporary use only, returned it to Best Buy since it sucked (circa late 2008)
PNY Nvidia 9800 gt 512 mb ddr3 Green Edition, main driver for many years, still in use in the other desktop today (circa Jan 2009)
Intel HD Graphics Core i5-450m, I also gamed on an hp laptop...it ran minecraft 5-30 fps (circa Oct 2010)
Intel HD Graphics 4400 and Amd Radeon 8750m, these are my graphics on my current laptop and they are very capable of playing mainstream games such as LoL. (circa 2015)
This Build, Nvidia GTX 1060 6gb gddr5
I have been lurking around here and on the pc subreddits for a while. Special thanks to the people of
and pcpartpicker of course :D