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Good price-performance non-gaming Skylake

by bluebanzai

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15 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 31, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

Description

I built this for a coworker's wife for her to use while stationary in the kitchen. Something with staying power and could take a little abuse from their son.

The build was super smooth. Since there was a window I tried to make it a little nicer but cable management wasn't a problem. It's a good case, even without a $20 rebate I got. Everything else was on deeper than normal discount--no tax and free shoprunner + premier shipping from Newegg got it to $504 total. Could have saved maybe $100 going with a G3258 platform but he wanted bleeding edge new.

Chose the G4500 for the Intel 530 over the 510 for double the EU if they do light gaming. They don't keep photos or movies on the PC so the 120GB was enough but I left space with the bracket for future HDD without having to add the built-in bracket for 2 x 3.5" HDD but ended leaving it in there anyways to tuck in the non-modular PS ends. Also, their son is about 12 so he may tinker with it at some point so I made sure to get him a decent case that looks good and could do some basic watercooling.

They seem happy and good buys all around. Had fun.

Part Reviews

CPU

Price is a little high still but the best bet to get the EU from the Intel 530 over the 510 on the entry Pentium. Good for basic desktop PC anything else seems to be overkill unless you're gaming or constantly editing video.

Motherboard

Best entry DDR4 board. Better monitor connections options comparatively. Easy BIOS. Worked out nice.

Case

Good case, nice clean build. Seems very flexible for AIO water cooling if that was useful in the future. Strange placement of SSD drives-can mount them visible or on the cable management side tucked out of the way but works good both ways. HDD bays cage is removable to make for lots of space. Corsair logo on the front is just small enough to cover with an Intel processor case badge for an extremely generic but sharp look. I'd use it again.

Monitor

Super wobbly stand, might buy again but make sure your desk is solid otherwise this thing is wobbling over.

Comments Sorted by:

ABundleOfBunnies 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Really nice build. I like the fact that you got a skylake pentium :0

bluebanzai submitter 8 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! Worth a shot; the Intel HD graphics on this thing is really a substantial upgrade from IGPs of the past. Unless 3D games are on the plate, I really don't think there's a need for anything bigger thatn this G4500. Even the i7-6700k's IGP has the same number of EU and pretty much the same clock rate. Dual core is all anyone ever needs for desktop use anymore...I'm pleased. Hopefully the prices go down soon to the $75 MSRP from the $95 I had to spend on it.

ABundleOfBunnies 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

yeah. pentiums should be around 65-75.

swapnanildhol 2 points 30 months ago

Really nice build. Really liked the way the cables have been tucked away. I had doubts wether to use this case but now I'm confident enough ! Thank you.

Liam81 1 point 32 months ago

How can you argue with their happiness. Seeing as you are using the iGPU I might have gone with faster ram but you did get a great price on what you bought.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

I might have gone with faster ram

Anything faster than 2133 will be downclocked with an H110 motherboard so i don't see the point.

Liam81 1 point 32 months ago

fair enough...... I had Z170 on my mind.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

man, that ram is pretty fast... I mean, 2133 Mhz!

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

That is the slowest DDR4 ram available (2133). But anything higher than that will be downclocked with an H110 motherboard so its useless to buy anything faster.

ABundleOfBunnies 1 Build 0 points 32 months ago

DDR4 standard is around 2400 so 2133 is underclocked. 2133 is relatively high for DDR3.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Ok, but it's high for being underclocked.

RichiBarri 1 point 26 months ago

How many fan headers mobo has? thanks

bluebanzai submitter 8 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Very few. It has the CPU fan header, obviously but only one case fan header. You'll need to get a splitter or separate fan controller if you want more case fans. This is generally OK since you aren't going to need very specific fan controls due to lack of overclocking on this mobo.

quanbanta 1 point 13 months ago

why is there no GPU?

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

More pictures, please. I would like to see the front more, as I am thinking of getting this case (gonna do the same with the Intel Inside sticker).