Description

This was my first PC build! I'm glad that I did it myself because it wasn't that hard and it was an enjoyable experience. I took my time with it and enjoyed the process. It took me about 11 hours to complete the build, and the only tools I used were a Phillips head screwdriver and a Swiss Army Knife.

I primarily built this computer because I want to game on PC, record gameplay, and make videos for YouTube. I was using a laptop and an Xbox One before, so this PC is a nice step up from both of those systems. Even though BF4 is the only game I've played and recorded so far, I'm very pleased with the results. (Over 100 FPS on Ultra graphics settings.) I enjoy using this PC for everything else, too. My laptop still has its uses, but I'm glad it's not my primary computer anymore.

I probably could have spent more time picking out my parts, but I don't regret a thing. I just wanted to make progress and not fuss over little things. I took the same approach when putting the PC together, too. I didn't want to overthink it and make it more complicated than it needed to be. I got stuck a few times, but with some experimenting and research, I overcame every obstacle within 20 minutes.

Now that I have my entire PC all set up with peripherals and everything, I will buy a new desk. (My current desk is cheap, old, and too small for the PC.)

EDIT: Kind people in the comments section have pointed out that I can't overclock my CPU because of my motherboard. I would have gladly spent more money on a motherboard if I had known that this was going to be an issue. I don't really have a need to overclock yet, so I'll swap out the motherboard at some point in the future probably. This is my only regret so far.

Edit 2, 9 months later: At this point, I'm not playing games at all. I love my whole PC setup, though. I still use my laptop often, especially since I put an SSD in it, but my main PC is better in every way. The sound quality, monitor, and speed are far superior than what my laptop offers. I love the desk, and I love the look of all the lights even though I made no attempt to make anything match.

One thing that I surprisingly love the most is the mouse. I'm sure there are plenty of mice better than the one I've got, but it's the best one I've ever used, and it makes me loathe the use of a trackpad. A big, good mouse, is something I will never go without again. Because of this, I bought a bluetooth mouse for my laptop.

Upgrade paths - Larger, higher resolution monitor and better chair.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build man +1 Just wondering why you went with a B150 motherboard with a unlock processor. Other than that everything's fine.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, thats a hard decision on that... ouch man, not very fun to switch Mobo after a decision like this.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess I made a mistake. I thought this motherboard was fine with the CPU. I'm guessing I'm not able to overclock the CPU with this motherboard or something? If that's the case, maybe I'll swap out the motherboard in the future if I find a real need to overclock. Any advice or tips from either of you guys is appreciated. I appreciate the comments. I had no idea there was an issue with my build. That's kind of a bummer because I've never heard anything about this until now. All I knew was that the CPU and motherboard were compatible on this website when I put the build together.

On the bright side, the PC does work fine now. By choosing this motherboard, have I basically made my 6600K just a plain 6600?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, unless you find an older BIOS, your 6600K is unable to be OC'd.. sadly.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang. At least it works for now. I'll fix it eventually. Thanks for your help.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

He doesn't really have to change anything(I'm sure everythings working fine) but if he went with a Z170 motherboard then he could squeeze more performance out of the Unlocked CPU. Hence this is why enthusiast buy unlocked CPUs(e.g i5 6600k, i7 6700k). Buying lock CPU(non K e.g i5 6400, 6500, 6600 or i7 6700) means you could save money on h110 or b150 motherboards.

PS. it looks great(red and black motherboard), should have gone with MSI Z170A Gaming M3/Pro carbon but i understand it's more expensive

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Having to switch MoBo is a harder time that switching CPU. Rerouting cables again, etc. Its more of a hassle to replace Mobo than a CPU in the long run. But at least he has the options of what to choose for what fits his needs for the MoBo.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know I made a mistake by choosing that motherboard. It doesn't support overclocking? I would have spent extra money for the right one if I had known... Overclocking is something I want to try down the road and that's why I got the 6600K. I will have to look into this. Thanks for the comment!

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

That is correct B150 motherboards doesn't allow you to overclock. No worries, glad I could help. PCPP is a great community

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice way of making use with that small desk.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

the pc is in the way of your legs ; your deck set up

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yeah. I'm definitely getting a better desk soon.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build

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