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
- 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
-compatible with motherboard -DDR4 -Affordable -2400mhz is pretty fast - Dual Chanel
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
- costly price per gb a lot higher than hard drives
- Room for media and larger programs not installed on solid state drive
- it's a mechanical drive not as dependable than a solid state drive
-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
- The memory is 3.5gb not 4gb
- 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
-Could use more cable management room
-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.
- 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.
- I had this one from my pre-built PC laying around so I did not spend any extra.