Description

I have built a computer before, but this is both my first personal build, and my first gaming build. I did have problems installing drivers at first and i had to install an optical drive because the motherboard required driver updates in order to install an OS from an USB port. Luckily, I had an optical drive laying around that i could use and eventually had windows installed and drivers updated. This PC was built almost 2 weeks ago If you have any questions ask them and i'll be sure to answer.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor, I haven't pushed it very far because i like the fact that it doesn't run very hot

CPU Cooler

This cooler has great cooling capacity! I have it running on my i7 6700k, and it runs great. I have the stock fan plus a qf120 performance fan on the other side, and the cpu idles around 35 and while gaming is around 65 degrees.

Motherboard

When picking the motherboard i had around $200 left for my build and needed both a motherboard and a case, this motherboard looks nice and has everything I need. Plus, it is made by Asus and has been reliable so far.

Memory

I used this RAM because I had it available. It may not make sense to have 16GB in a build of this price, but I already had it and put it in the computer. This part also had a problem with the motherboard not allowing it to run at over 2400 MHz. However, now it is running at 3200 MHz very well.

Storage

I wanted an SSD as a boot drive and wanted something at least 240GB. This SSD had a good price and performs very well. My boot time is currently around 20 seconds. I also must mention I have a 320GB Samsung HDD as a storage right now. I plan to upgrade to a 1TB hybrid drive in the future and keep the SSD. I also may or may not choose to use my M.2 slot available on my motherboard.

Video Card

Pretty good graphics card, I payed $60 and got it used, upgraded from a gigabyte gtx 650 ti and it is a very good improvement. Can play most games at around high settings @ 1080p with decent frame rates. I have it pushed +50 on core clock and +50 on memory clock currently.

Case

This case is very good for the price. The fan that came in it is very quiet and there is enough room for cable management. The only problem I have had is the fan mounting in the front. It was difficult to get it mounted in and made a loud noise from pressure at first. The problem was an easy fix though and probably my error.

Power Supply

EVGA power supplies are very good, especially in this price range. It has way more power than I currently need, leaving plenty of room to upgrade and has an 80+ bronze rating.

Case Fan

I bought these after the computer was built and they provide pretty good cooling. the XF140 is very quit and both are decent fans.

Case Fan

The QF120 does make a lot of noise, but pushes a lot of air.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 5 points
That Cryorig M9i's CPU fan should be pushing air through the back of the case or the top of the case to exhaust heat efficiently. May explain why you have such a high temperature when it's under load, keep in mind it is not a deadly temperature. Just reinstall it to where the fan is facing away from the back of the case or you can have it face towards the GPU if you want the heat to exhaust upward, top of the case.
Nice work with some leftover parts though my brain hurts a tad for seeing an i3 and a Z170 MOBO together. As you mentioned in description, you will upgrade to an i5 or i7 so no worries. Enjoy.
  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the help. I did flip the fan around before I mounted it that way, but I may try the other way

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems as if your CPU cooler is facing the wrong way? Otherwise, cool build!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Most likely, your cpu cooler fan is facing the wrong direction. You probably just installed the cooler facing the wrong way to begin with. Nice little build, though

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait for pascal!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the plan, even if I don't want to pay for Pascal, current GPUs should become cheaper

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points
Nice solid build. +1
  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh. I'm glad I saw this post. I plan on getting the same mobo and didn't know you couldn't install the OS from USB. That's dumb! Guess I need to get the disc version and a cheap dvd drive.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM issues may be due to CPU. I bet the i3 only supports 2400 speed while i5 and i7 chips can go higher. Also, you may need to enable XMP in the bios to get it to run faster. Nice build as well! glad to see you didn't jump on the corsair cx series power supply bandwagon.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the **** would you spend $154 dollars in a MOBO when you can get an i5 6500 and a $60 MOBO.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Because now I have an i7 6700k and the better motherboard. Plus I already had the i3 at the time

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think of the XF140mm fans?