Description

Hey guys of PcPartPicker! This is my first build completed build I've ever done. This is a PC made for my friend which i helped to build. (basically did all of it lmao)


Requirements

Looks good

Performs good

Everything under a $1250ish budget


Why i chose everything?

CPU: i5 6500

Very good skylake quad core, he is just going to be gaming, nothing else. This is totally fine for what he wants to do


Motherboard, or motherboards?

Okay, In my parts list, I've shown the MSI h110i pro. This is by far the worse motherboard made. period. The looks of it were okay, nothing special, but expected at this price point. The RAM was extremely hard to put in and the manual guide was extremely unhelpful with the cables etc. The camel that broke the straws back was this though, while the build was finished and booted, we heard a ratting noise (I'll explain later). We figured that the gpu fan was hitting the psu cover for the manta. wtf? So we took out the clip on the motherboard and GENTLY wiggled out the motherboard. Guess what came out with it? if you guess correctly, good. The PCI-E slot came out with it..... The pins were bent and the slot was un-usable.

This resulted in us going to the nearest store to buy another motherboard, an Asus z170. Scream all you want, yes, I know I don't have a 'K' CPU, but this was the only one available and my friend didn't want to wait for a cheaper one to ship.

The other asus mobo is a beast, looks good, and no cheapy quality.


RAM

Just your basic 2x4 kit, nothing much to say here. 8GB is plenty for games today


Storage

SSD: You have no excuse to not get an SSD in a build these days, with prices dropping, it is definitely one of the best things that speed up a computer. I actually recommended another one but he picked this up instead, not a problem actually, atleast it isn't a bad one.

HDD: Your standard seagate 1TB model you see in basically every build.


GPU

I know, I know, pascal was so close to being released, and I tried very hard (yeah right) to persuade my friend not to buy a GPU now. Instead, he bought it anyways, at least I convinced him that it was better than the 970. The R9 390 is a beast of a card at 1080P and this MSI cooler will keep it nice and cool. Looks epic too.


Nzxt Manta

This case, is pretty cool, I'll be quite happy if they made an ATX version, I'll pick it up straight away.

The two reasons I'm quite angry is

When we got it, it was scratched...

The installation of the HDD Is abit funny. You must install all cables to the HDD then plug it in, otherwise you will not be able to put in the SATA power cable.

Very good case though. The window is very reflective


PSU

Very solid power supply, gold rated and fully modular. The cables provided don't look like mustard and ketchup too.


Monitor

Pretty good, It's a good cheap 144 HZ 1ms monitor. He wanted to do competitive CS:GO (Lmao in his dreams, he is like Silver 1). So I showed him a couple of monitors and he decided on this one.


Conclusion

So i've learnt my lesson this build, never cheap out on a motherboard. I was extremely disappointed about how the PCI-E slot came out... Overall, this build was pretty successful, and my friend is quite happy :)!

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Horrible. Hard to put in RAM and my PCI-E slot came out

Case

Weird HDD placement, front got scratched (pic 38)

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG!!!! I feel bad for you, but that motherboard story is hilarious! XD MSI WHY!?!?!?!?!?!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That is no whale in your profile picture. are you trying to have a B A D T I M E?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry, that joke sucked.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, I love undertale so much i had to change my profile picture, this was my old one: http://imgur.com/3Ldwy79

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I know it is, I laughed at my friend so hard when it came out.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

nice friend lol, if it was my motherboard, since im literally broke for months at a time I would probably punch myself in the face.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Amen to that title

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build even though your friend didn't do anything (I know him irl) Maybe show some pics showcasing the full set up and maybe a black desk with red LEDS (buy me rocket league) +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Lmao :P

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I love msi. You have to understand though that that board was made for really low budgets.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't expect it to be that low quality

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

dont know if you know this, but because you have a z170 u can still overclock your cpu slightly look up on yt

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hasn't it been blocked though?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

um im not sure sorry

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

no it has not. a lot of motherboards are still compatible but you just need to downgrade its bios check out this list http://overclocking.guide/intel-skylake-non-k-overclocking-bios-list/

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

it shows the list of non-k overclocking boards. it also has the bios download. you can get more info on youtube. that website also has videos on how to overclock non-k mobos with each brand. (recommends gigabyte for overclocking non-k cpus). :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The camel that broke the straw's back

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

:(

Grammar nazi!!

jk :p

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

That's a pretty funny MOBO story lmao. Gotta say though, it should be half-expected that an MSI board has a problem with it. Asus, Asus, Asus! The only motherboard brand that I trust.

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

gigabyte is reputable as well, but I don't really trust MSI motherboards, let's take their godlike gaming series, before MSI decided to lump all their reviews together to make it seem like one motherboard had higher ratings than they actually did, it had three stars. Of those reviews, four out of twelve, or approximately 33% were about the board having arrived arrived dead on arrival, dying shortly after the arrival, or, in the case of one poor soul, having to RMA the board three times. I mean really, it is a $540 motherboard, a third of the reviews should not be about dead on arrival equipment

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

Ikr, I'm definitely not recommending an MSI mobo next time

  • 30 months ago
  • 0 points

why intel u can get an amd thats cheaper and faster