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This is my 2nd build and I'm very happy with it.There's a long story behind it , so if you're not into stories then just read my TL;DR at the bottom.

The Story - How I became a PC builder

My interest in PC building started 4 years ago , while I was visiting a friend's house. I went to his room and he showed me his custom built PC. As I gazed upon that PC, I became more interested in building PC's. So as soon as I went home I started researching and had almost decided, after many days of budgeting and video-watching, on a build with an AMD Athlon. But due to me having other things do worry about, I forgot about it.

Fast Forward 3 years

I was just casually biking when I saw a man in his balcony(on the ground floor). He had a PC outside and was changing the GPU. I asked what he was doing and he responded. This reawakened my interest in PC building and somehow I got to Reddit's /r/buildapc, where I saw a link to PCPartPicker. I clicked the link and immediately became a member of this awesome site.

I started making parts lists and finally , after Skylake had released, I made this part list.

Original Part List

My original part list was made nearly a year ago. Funnily enough , I thought a Pentium G3220 would give me enough computing power. Boy , was I naive back then!

Here is that original Part list

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor -
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $36.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $99.99 @ Adorama
Case Antec ASK4000E-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case -
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $286.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-20 02:14 EDT-0400

Soon after I made that list , I acquired an old Pentium E2180 build from my grandfather. That became my first build and taught me about PC building , how everything works and so on. That build had two iterations and is still in service today.

Now to my build here. I will explain my Part Choices below

What I use this build for

This build is my daily driver. It is used for running VM's in virtualbox , some content creation(videos) and also for light gaming. It definitely satisfies all my aims on those fronts. I can run a vm , have 50 chrome tabs open, have a video in the background and still the machine wont break a sweat!

Part Choices - why I picked the parts I did.

CPU - Intel Core i5 6400 - This CPU is fast and will satisfy all my needs in VM and content creation . Originally , I had wanted a 6600K with a Z170 mobo, but due to budget constraints and overly inflated prices where I live , I chose this CPU. Also , they didn't have the 6500 in stock. Anyway , there isn't that much difference. Its very fast.

Motherboard - Asus H170-PRO - Asus makes good mobos and this one is no exception - it has a M.2 slot , 4 SATA ports, USB 3.0 front panel and even USB-C! Originally I had wanted the H170M-PLUS, but my store didn't have that in stock and so I chose this. It did cost more but it has 2 PCIe slots and supports CrossFire down the road. It looks pretty ordinary and doesn't have any fancy lighting, or gimmicky features, but I don't mind. It satisfies all my needs and is a great mid-range mobo. H170 as a chipset is almost the same as Z170 but with no OC, and so I chose this chipset. I'd highly recommend this mobo to anybody looking for good, solid features. The only problem was the damned I/O shield - I made many blood sacrifices and still it wouldn't fit, so I left it out. Also , it sometimes randomly reboots with Asus power surge warnings, but that hasn't happened in a long time so I'm assuming it's fixed.

RAM - Crucial 4GB - RAM is RAM , and I wanted something simple and cheap. I will be adding 8GB in the near future. This RAM is good, simple RAM with no gaudy heatsink.

SSD - Samsung 850 EVO - 120GB is enough for my needs and this SSD is plenty fast. Boots ubuntu 16.04 in 10seconds flat. I use the My Passport for mass storage of data.

GPU GTX 1060 - Just a placeholder , I don't really know which 1060 I will buy. However, the 1060 was the obvious choice because it edges out the RX 480 in benchmarks, and where I live, has a much lower MSRP than the RX. Please leave suggestions in the comments below.

Case - Corsair SPEC-02- I chose this case for its awesome looks and relative cheapness. It has USB 3.0 front and two case fans which are so quiet that even during prime95 you cant hear a thing. I know I am bad at cable management but this case has holes aplenty for cable management

PSU - Seasonic S12II Seasonic PSU's are the best. I should have chosen one with modularity but those costed nearly $200 and @200 is too much for a PSU. 620W will be enough for all my needs and upgrades down the road.

Monitor - Dell S2216H - Great monitor at 1080p. Simple and easy and very nice.

External HDD - I had this laying around , so I use it for mass storage of data , VDI files and large videos.

Building experience

This was a really rocky road. In the shop , I asked the tech to test it before he packed it up and he tested it. It was working. Just as he was putting the ram away I picked up the CPU but didn't do it properly , in the process I bent 2 pins on the mobo. He tested again , no dice , the PC did nothing. Sobbing, I packed it and came home. These parts, BTW were bought near my grandparents house which is far away from my house. We thought it was dead , so I left it there and went home.

A few months later , my dad and me went there. With a pin he unbent the pins and this time we took it home with us. At home we ordered the PSU, Case and SSD. When they arrived , we put together the build , and I pressed the power button. Nothing. So we took everything apart and tried. Nothing. My exams were coming up at this point so I put it away for awhile.

A few weeks later , with a magnifiying glass my dad fixed the pins and we rebuilt it. This time it worked. I was so happy when I saw that ASUS logo appear on screen. I pulled the SSD which had been languishing in my E2180 build and put it here. Then I put ubuntu 16.04 on it and it's been awesome since then.

I am using the stock fan which is NOT loud nor bad at cooling. At idle my PC is at 25C and at load(100% all cores in Prime95 blend test) 60C. Not bad at all!

TL;DR - I built a PC

Thanks for reading guys! PCPP is THE BEST online community. Have fun!

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 8 points

Why not wait until your card is actually in the system before posting....

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus power surge function is a bit too sensitive from what I've heard, maybe you can disable it if it's not really needed? And BTW what's all that thermal paste doing there at the 5th picture ? :p

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought you had to reapply the thermal paste every time you removed the cooler. The store tech kindly provided some CÉRAMIQUE 2 Paste free. Also, I think I went a bit overboard with the paste :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol indeed you have to replace it but it's just a bit overkill :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree, on 2 pcs its has warned me about powersurges, and both have good, tested psus (evga g2 and b2 are the psus, so both great psus)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, and nice story!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build bud. Be sure to post some pics when you get the 1060 installed. As for recommendation on the GPU, if you are looking to stay on a budget, you have the card you want. The GTX 1060 (I prefer the ASUS variants but its purely preference) is going to edge out the RX 480 in just about everything (still need to see a few more benches to be certain but so far its winning). If you are willing to go a little higher then the 1070 is fantastic. I personally went for the 1080 but I'm looking for high-end AAA gaming. This is a great build going of the parts list. Be sure to update with some more pictures down the road. Feel free to check mine out and let me know what you think. Any feed back is appreciated.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Your build is awesome , may try watercooling down the road. The 1060 will do, cause I am looking for something under $300 , current and OK for 1080p 60fps. I just selected the EVGA as a placeholder.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud. As I said, you've got a killer card for that price range. If you have the EVGA it won't fail you. My friend has a single RX 480 in his build and pushes 1080p between 55-65 fps. Yours should definitely handle 1080p gaming at 60 fps. I have 2 EVGA 1080s in mine now and I love them. I am only swapping them out for the ASUS models because I like ASUS. Lol. And if you want easy watercooling for your cpu then check out the Corsair H55 or H60 AIO coolers. I've used the H60 before and it was great. They start around $50 usd so they are actually quality water cooling parts for a good price IMO.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems like , from this Tom's Hardware Review that the RX 480 beats the 1060 in DX12 and the 1060 edges the 480 in 11

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Generally is seems that AMD is beating out NVidia in the DX12 race but even that only goes so far. Most of the games that I deal with are still DX11 so AMD doesn't really hold a value to me. I don't have a 1060 handy but I did test the RX 480 against a GTX 1070 FE and the 1070 totally destroyed the 480. If I pick up a 1060 then I'll definitely test it out but the gains that the RX 480 has in DX12 aren't enough for me to justify losing performance in DX11 since most games are using DX11

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. Just a quick added note. I just checked the benches on the EVGA GTX 1060 SC (pretty much the FE card but with a different cooler) vs an RX 480 and on Rise Of The Tomb Raider (DX12 game) the 1060 beat the RX 480 buy about 10 fps average. MSRP on it is supposed to be 259.99

A little more expensive then the RX 480 but definitely my choice in this battle.

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

I'd personally go with the RX 480. It is like $80 cheaper and performs very similarly.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Nah , for me RX is $400 equivalent. 1060 is only $300 equivalent. So , you can see why I chose the 1060

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

More Pics coming soon - what do you want to see?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a really old printer to me.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You're correct - that is a lexmark x series inkjet. Lexmark doesn't sell inkjet anymore!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1060 will let you do more than "light gaming" if you wanted to upgrade lel. Should definitely add in a 1TB hard drive in the future and naturally more RAM.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Have already ordered a wd 1TB and will soon be adding 4gb more ram. the 1060 will be good for any games i will play. Plus it mops the floor with the rx in linux ubuntu 16.04 (due to bad amd drivers.)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

thats awesome about bending back the pins, i would have chickened out i think.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

i too am waiting impatiently for the evga 1060s

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice story about your journey into PC building. Hope it serves you well and that your experiences are smoother further down the road.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Ey, not bad at all, and that story's a fun read. Cookies for Linux.