Description

I put this build together to replace my Laptop Asus X550LB I had as my main computer for a few years. After, a pre-built PC's motherboard crapped out on me. The reason I didn't just buy a new motherboard was because the I7 940 I found out socket was really expensive for an old platform. So, this is actually my first build I attempted to put together which ended up coming out nicely for what I wanted to accomplish with it. The components I chose were to be budget oriented and not overspend on performance. For this reason, I did not start putting together parts with the idea of having a windowed case to show off a theme in the computer. I chose each part trying to buy the best performance with the new Skylake platform that just came out when I put it together back in October.

I game, video edit, picture edit, do some programming, Word, PowerPoint, stream, and pretty much everything you can think of on a computer. So, wanted a good overall build to last for 3-5 years and be open for a future single GPU upgrade in the next year or so.

  • Pascal GPUS are rumored around the corner for summer 2016

CPU :

Pros:

  • 4 cores
  • comes with heat sink ( stress tested does not go over 65 c) -Price ( spending 90 more on a 6600k to overlock to a probably stable 3.9 ghz will probably only be a performance increase of about 2 -10fps max)
  • cool cpu ( temperature)
  • Does not bottleneck any Games

Cons:

-not overclockable

Memory:

Pros:

-compatible with motherboard -DDR4 -Affordable -2400mhz is pretty fast - Dual Chanel

Cons:

none that I could think of

Solid State Drive:

Pros: - Boot times for OS - overall PC performance after booting up increasing tremendously

*I upgraded my laptop with a solid state drive and the difference was night and day

Cons:

  • costly price per gb a lot higher than hard drives

Hard drive:

Pros:

  • Price
  • Room for media and larger programs not installed on solid state drive

Cons:

  • it's a mechanical drive not as dependable than a solid state drive

Video Card:

Pros:

-Price for performance ( I purchased this on Jet.com as a new customer. So, I got 15% off making the card $280.00)

  • 10133 on 3D mark after everything was together.

  • 1080p gaming @ 60fps or more on most games at ultra setting

Cons:

  • The memory is 3.5gb not 4gb

PC case:

Pros:

  • sound dampening material ( I keep PC hooked up to my 50 inch 1080p TV)
  • Low profile
  • Quality product
  • Easy to work with as a new builder

Cons:

-Could use more cable management room

Power Supply:

Pros:

-semi modular ( makes cable management easier) - 80+ Bronze ( certifies the quality of the power of AC to DC distributed of the 750watts to your machine)

  • Note I got a Sentey semi-modular for $60.00 on Amazon not found in PC part picker.

Cons:

  • not the best looking power supply but with no window who cares
  • fully modular on my next build most definitely.
  • The motherboard selection and case I chose made it hard to reach CPU power.

  • I bought a new Power supply although I had a 550watt laying around due to limitations of Case and motherboard placement.

Drive:

  • I had this one from my pre-built PC laying around so I did not spend any extra.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Technically, you could now oc the cpu with a z170 board.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard about that but it's not an unlocked cpu and intel I believe was putting a driver in or something to block the hack on certain boards I believe the brand was asrock with the bios that could do that. But, if I do the hack with a z170 I have seen it be comparable to the 6600k.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an extremely similar build to this. Since the i5-6600k does not come with a stock heatsink, you have to buy an aftermarket cooler. I just went with a hyper 212 evo. Got it cheap for $30 at microcenter. With this cooler, i'm able to overclock my 6600k to almost 4.7GHz with no problems at all. Runs at a cool 59° under load. Although you are correct, is this really worth the extra money, you need to keep in mind that you can get z170a boards and the 6600k processor bundled. It saves bunches. That's what I did. But I might eventually make a build log of my computer. But overall, very nice build. Just thought i'd correct you on the performance of the 6600k. It's a very good processor for the things I can get out of it. Have a happy new year!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I agree the performance of the 6600k for the extra money can be worth it. But, I was speaking towards the 6500 being overclock able hack making 6500 overclockable although it is not unlocked and therefore not meant to be overclocked. The hack is available on a few motherboards and there is a youtube video out comparing the performance of an overlocked 6500 vs 6600k during game play (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrfTcXQlsbs) and it is minimal frame rate difference.

Side note* I am building another rig which will include the 6600k. I will be using similar components.

Happy new year!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

This is understandable. For your purposes; it is more than fine. Not justafyable to spend more money on an overclockable cpu. And with that bios hack, you'll get better performance. However that's a very ghetto way of doing it haha. Just be careful, and don't fry your cpu ;) Good luck!

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