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
|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|
|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.
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!