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Hi all!! I have built a few computers, but this is my first build i have posted here :). This build was for my brother, but my new build will be this weekend :D (http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Khas/saved/d4Qrxr)

Cut me some slack on the cable management... This case had a wonky 180 degree mobo flip. I think it will do very well for ventilating, but it made it so i couldn't really feed the cables through the back side (since the cables were about half an inch to an inch too short to reach their destinations)

Intel Core i5-6500 (3.2GHz) $193 MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (LGA1151) $120 G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series DDR4 2133 (2x4GB) $42 Samsung 120GB SSD $40 WD Red 4TB $150 EVGA GTX 960 4GB (ACX 2.0) $210 Azza GT1 ATX Full Tower Case $80 EVGA 500W bronze PSU $25 Windows 10 OEM (64 bit) $80

Zelotes 9200 DPI Gaming Mouse $13


Total Cost: $953

*** I am going to clean up the cables a bit, with zip ties and such, and i am also going to add a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU fan.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the PSU, Video Card and SSD choices. Personally I would have gone with a more affordable mid tower and bumped up to the 6600k for a little overclocking seeing as you sprung for the MSI Z170A. With a decent cooler (probably even stock) Skylake can hit 4.4Ghz right out of the box. That's over %25 percent CPU performance boost for about 50 bucks. Really the only change I would have made, but still quality parts and probably overkill for what your bro needs anyway! Good work :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about getting a better CPU, but he would have been fine with an i3 TBH, but i think i3's are way too dated to buy for a new computer setup.
So, I told myself that the next, higher end i5 that went on sale, id just buy/get for him. Guess which one went on sale? :P

The AZZA was on sale for $70, so really anything i would have bought, even a mid tower, would have been about that.

But yes, again, all of this will be Way overkill for my brother :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

slick case, looks huge. i bet it can hold a lot of fans

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, tons of fans.

Biggest case i have used.. Thing is Huge.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Finished my new computer :)

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/nM9WGX

Not gunna lie.. its pretty epic.

  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

Good build overall, just an r9 380 ($170) or r9 380x ($200) would have gotten you much more performance that actually appreciates due to DirectX 12, Vulkan API, and AMD Driver updates. Believe it or not, these cards have almost identical power consumption to the GTX 960.

The case is a bit of a strange choice, I would have gone with an Enthoo Pro or the to be released Phanteks Eclipse P400S.

As for storage, the 5900RPM WD Red is a bit expensive for it's performance. You should check the Toshiba X300 4TB that has 128mb buffer cache, 7200RPM, 250Mbps read/ 205Mbps write, 8-12ms access time, and much better performance overall. With the 850 Evo 120GB if you are using it to store games, you may find that you should have went with the 250GB variant for another $10.

You could have also saved money on Windows 10 if you had a person you knew in school, Microsoft provides free software to schools, colleges, hospitals, and other organizations.

It is very acceptable overall, and a Hyper 212 Evo is definitely enough for a non-overclocking Skylake CPU. Although my other concern is how long a 500W PSU will last you if you decide to upgrade some components later on.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The 960 will be Way overkill for what my brother will do for gaming. I also do not like to mix Intel with Radeon and AMD with Nvidia, etc.

The case was kind of a strange choice. It went on sale, and my brother said yes he wanted it so i got it. I also would have liked the Enthoo Pro better.

For the HDD, i have always like WD and had Zero issues with them, they do tend to be a bit more pricey. Toshiba seems to kinda be cheap, and i havnt risked testing it/them. But i may look into it, since the Toshibas seem to be a fair amount cheaper, and you recommend them :). The 120GB SSD is just for OS and odds and ends gaming. It will be more then enough space for him, and then any overhead he has will just go into the 4TB.

He is Actually in school.. i didnt know they could get it for free... i will ask him to inquire about it, cuz that would be awesome. Thank you very much for the tip :).

Yeah, the 212 EVO will be more than enough for his cpu. He would probably be fine with the stock cpu cooler but meh for 20-25 bucks you can get the 212 EVO and its definitely worth the peace of mind. The 500W PSU will be good for a few years, at the very least. But he has gone without a computer for years (or on a laptop cringe) and i dont see him needing to upgrade for quite some time. But in the future, i may just get him a 750W/760W and he will be good. I wont ever let a computer come even close to capping out the wattage, supplied by the PSU, dont you worry :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Phanteks Eclipse P400S. Looks Quite nice actually :D. Gunna go ahead and put that on my radar (as well as Phanteks in general)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, I am just suggesting and I mean no criticism, just offering my perspective whether it is needed or not. There is of course no problem with the GTX 960, it is great for 1080p, but my inner value-appreciating sense makes me lean a bit over towards AMD in terms of graphics, an a $200 r9 380x feels like an awesome price to me! AMD isn't like it used to be anymore, check this video out by the way, this was about 3 months ago and quite a few driver updates and optimizations have been made ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJpy9hlfIkA )

Toshiba is not bad by the way, the X300 4TB drive which I own, outperforms the WD Black 4TB, and has another 64mb more buffer cache. It works perfectly fine for a gaming HDD, even though loading times may be a bit slower than an HDD, it still provides just as good frame rates during game play as an SSD. By the way, you say your build is next weekend? Have you purchased the parts yet or soon? I hope that you will find a means to obtain Windows should it be available through school, it certainly saves a decent amount of money that can be used towards hardware.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

No offense was taken. I appreciate your comments and knowledge.

I am currently on an AMD build, but ive heard good things about Intel, so i wanted to give them a try. My new build is Intel and i also built intel for my brother, so we are both going to check it out.. but if its not .. epic, i will probably just stick with AMD. I havnt had a single issue with my AMD build and they tend to be cheaper.

I am looking into making an AMD build for my (other) brother, and possibly even an A10 APU build even.

If the Toshiba's even come close to the WD blacks in performance and reliability, and they are cheaper, then they will get my vote :). I will/am research them, and specifically that drive you have and go from there.

I have purchased all of my parts, yes.. I have everything except my freaking Case.. it should have been here monday, but there was some.. shipping errors and it ended up in the wrong spot... its been quite frustrating actually. But as long as i get it by Friday, it shouldnt be that big of a deal (ive even had to call the post office companies,, which ive not had to do for about 10 years...)

I Texted my brother about him inquiring about getting windows 10 for free, from his school. No response yet, but i will definitely keep on him about this. Saving 80-100 bucks is always a good thing :) (do you know who/how he would ask about this option though? )

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD processors are not bad and fare well in 1080p ultra with some overclocking, but if you want 1440p and 4k performance, Intel is definitely the choice at the moment. Maybe until Zen comes out? I'm not sure really, but I have tried out an FX-9590 and an i7 4770k when they were first released, and the 4770k was much better than the 9590 in all aspects except video editing really, except the bad part was that horrible 220 watt TDP of the 9590. Toshiba X300 certainly does come close or even exceeds the WD Black, I got my Toshiba X300 4TB for $120, or $30 a terabyte, while the WD Black is more than $50 a terabyte. Of course it has some audible sound, but nothing loud to the point of being annoying. It also comes with a 3 year warranty and data recovery services in the case of failure. I think if he goes to college or university, he can log into his student account and it can be found. It really varies from each college. That really sucks though on how your parts were mailed to the wrong address, I can't imagine having parts I payed hundreds of dollars for arriving somewhere remote and potentially losing them due to error!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a lot of interest in 1440p or 4K performance. its cool, but doing it now is Way expensive, and the games that we all play and things we use the computer(s) for are all basically the same. This is my other brothers Current build and it is still good for all of his gaming and computer needs: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Khas/saved/qRJJ7P

Intel does seem to be a better brand, but you pay for it. AMD will do very nicely for any of our computer needs and they are usually Quite a bit cheaper. I really think this will be my last Intel build.
And yeah, i saw the wattage use on the high end AMD 8 and 9 series processors and thought wow.. thats a LOT of wattage. (and everything i read about them said they were basically space heaters)

$30 a TB is Way good. The cheapest i can find is usually 25/TB, but paying 30/TB for a Black, or anything close to the same quality is very appealing to me:)

I have forwarded my brother all the information and when he has a moment im sure he will look into getting this done :) (for the OS)

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

i broke everything down, and listed what everything cost

It only uses about 285W of power sooo 500W is Plenty.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA is a reputable brand and they are good and reliable.. I had an overhead of (more than) 200 watts.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA is a reputable brand and they are good and reliable

Not all their stuff is great though.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=384

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... crap.

I normally go Corsair for PSU, but wanted to test out EVGA, since they are cheaper, and seem to be a good company (but that is mostly based off of GPU's imo). but yeah, that article is cause for concern.

I suppose i will just keep an eye on it and see how it does.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That is your opinion. Which i.... Appreciate.