PCPartPicker

  • Log In
  • Register

Build

Straight from Newegg.

by uneasyrhetoric

5
7 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 18, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.177 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

This was my first ground-up system build. I'd tinkered before, replaced hard drives, PSUs, graphics cards, etc. in other systems, but never built one for myself.

I chose this one because pcpartpicker featured it, had a how-to video (not always helpful, by the way), and had a deal with Newegg that let me get everything at once, from one place, and inexpensively. It won't play the very latest and greatest games, but I don't have time for that anyway.

I love the Fractal Design case but it has its quirks. First, the standoffs are not pre-installed. Second, the screws don't always fit right. I have one standoff that didn't hold its screw well, despite my trying to reset it a few times--fortunately, the case came with extras. The thumbscrews holding the panels on also didn't fit well, so unless I set one of my side panels just right, it stays a little loose. Also, the front panel connectors, both audio and USB are tight--not a little tight, a lot tight. On the flip side, this is a very quiet case. I usually have a fan running in my office anyway for background noise, and with that fan on, I can't hear the computer at all. It was also very easy for meaty-handed me to work in and there's lots of room for expansion.

The Zotac video card is what came in the bundle. May have not been my first choice, but it does the job, and if I'd gone with anything more powerful, I suspect my CPU would have been a bottleneck. Eight gigs is plenty of RAM, though I may add another 8 because I play with virtual machines some.

Comments Sorted by:

westlee 1 point 36 months ago

Hey my brothers been wanting to buy the same thing but one part says its like $600 does that mean its the whole bundle? and the gfz card is out of stock so if he buys it will he still get the gfx card since its combo?

sirnicko1 1 point 36 months ago

If you could link the page that is giving the prices, it would help a little more. But 600 for anything on this list is just crazy

uneasyrhetoric submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

$600 is the bundle price without the gfx card since it's out of stock.

m52nickerson 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build. You should have no problems playing the latest and greatest with that i5 and GTX 960.

thebildo9000 1 point 36 months ago

Should've looked around on a price for your OS. $125 just seems like a lot.

uneasyrhetoric submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah, I know. For a variety of reasons I needed W10 pro and it's a little harder to get deep discounts on pro than on home. At some point I just have to pull the trigger.

shimik12 1 point 20 months ago

No cpu cooling or fans Also, 3 articles don't have a price attached to them.