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All taken with an HTC One M8 no extra effects were added. Phone doesn't do well in low-light :(

Hey! My name is DJ and this is my long waited build.Before this build, I had an R9 270X with an FX-6120(back in 2014 which is now this build). Some parts were bought in 2014

The system was designed to:

  1. Game at very high settings on a variety of games. Open World Games will be played a lot.
  2. Light Video Editing/Rendering and and Light Photoshop
  3. Record games at 1080p60FPS

PARTS:

CPU: Bought in April 2016. The i5 6500 is a really popular choice now among gamers. I was deciding whether I should have gotten an i5 4460 and a decent motherboard for a bit lower price, but I decided to go Skylake because it was recommended by everyone.

COOLER: Bought In February 2016. It's one of the only really good air coolers that isn’t overly expensive, but still has great cooling ability. I used Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste. Temps are very nice with this cooler and it looks great when looking through the window.

MOBO: Bought in April 2016. The Gigabyte H110M-A is something I bought because of the price. The reviews were OK, had a flat black PCB(looks brown in some light) so I pulled the trigger, pretty happy with it. I wouldn't do any other builds with it though.

RAM: Bought in April 2016. This is my first time using Kingston RAM. The kit seemed great, reviews were nice. 8Gb was plenty for gaming. Black on Black on the motherboard looked nice

STORAGE: Bought in March 2016. This was my first SSD that replaced my slow 5400RPM WD HDD that I now use for extra storage. Paired with fast boot, this thing takes less than 12 seconds from power button to Windows.

GPU: Bought in February 2016. This thing is a beast. Handles whatever I throw at it, graphical wise. 8GB of GDDR5 so I can't go wrong with that, expecially with Skyrim and Fallout4 mods. I use it to record using AMD VCE but now since I have the 6500 that has changed, but I haven't tried it yet.

CASE: Bought in March 2014. Honestly, this case disappointed me because of build quality an functionality but I wont go into that. I was extremely hyped to by it so I could make it just like this video(not mine ofc) which is also why I got the NZXT Sentry 3 fan controller that I'm not proud of either. Overall, nice case but I wouldn't recommend it.

PSU: Bought in March 2014. Back then this was a decent buy, now it's hated by most pc builders because of quality. I got it for a bad price at the time as well, but I had it powering only my 270x and FX-6120 and didn't think about upgrading at the time so I thought it was great. No extensions because budget. I have tried overclocking my 390 with it, and HUGE regrets. DO NOT TRY IT WITH THIS PSU. After overclocking my Core Clock to 1170MHz it shut off on me. Luckily I was still able to boot up and get rid of it.


CONCLUSION:

The build is great. I couldn't be any happier. I'm sure some of you guys must be in Awe of the prices which I can say I'm proud of as well. It'd be great to hear what you guys think of it. Feel free to ask questions here or PM me!

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  • 45 months ago
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Where'd you get a 390 for $250?

  • 45 months ago
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Hehe. Jet.com

The folks over at r/buildapcsales showed me that site. Wouldn't recommend it over a site like Amazon though.

  • 45 months ago
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This looks like it should fit your needs for a very long time because of the 390

  • 45 months ago
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Price-Performance beast! Good stuff man, happy you are getting great performance!

  • 45 months ago
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Here is a beast under $500 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/g6xkvK

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yours is solid. But a few comments:

It has an AMD CPU. Any good PC builder would not recommend getting an AMD(Specifically AM3 Chip) right now. Too many details, but go to r/buildapc as they have a few answers for you.

It has the GTX 960. If you didn't already know, the R9 380 beats it in almost all benchmarks. Unless you're a die-hard NVIDIA fan who doesn't really know what he's getting/buying just because it's NVIDIA.

Save yourself $20 and get 8GB instead. Depending on what you do, 16GB over 8GB doesn't give you a noticable performance boost.

  • 45 months ago
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From what I saw I can not find a r9 for the same price and core clock. Second I'm a 8th grader and dose not have money for a expensive i5 or i7 I found that and is a good cheaper alternative....eventough no hyper threading I should be able to play mc and host a light mc server on it....thank you 4 it knollege

  • 45 months ago
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That why 16gb of ddr3-2400

  • 45 months ago
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For Minecraft just buy a fx6300 and put a 750ti in it with 8gb of ram and it'll be more than enough. Don't waste your money.

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  • 45 months ago
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Ok I put this yo Heather let me know about this one... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jTxNLk

  • 45 months ago
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I also realized that the r9 take like 80 more watts leaving me with less upgradibality...

  • 45 months ago
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Very great budget performance choices. The R9 390 for $250 is an insanely good deal, and alongside your i5 6500 for $170, it really packs a strong price/performance punch. The CS1311 is one of the best planar/2D NAND SSDs, but I would have also looked into AMD Radeon R3 SSDs to compare the two, as they are very comparable in terms of quality and pricing. Everything seems to be good, but potentially your motherboard could have a bit more functionality and may supply some longevity to your build. Additionally, I would also have looked into 1 x 8GB DDR4-2400 kit to add a bit more future proofing to your build, as well as improve user experience a bit more, although if you wanted the bandwidth of dual channel with a 2x4GB DDR4-2133 kit, that is a different story.

I would look into ASRock Sky-OC a little if you want to overclock your locked CPU for a bit better gaming performance. A motherboard like a ASRock Z170A-X1/3.1 LGA 1151 is about $90. Just make sure that you have the BIOS version that supports the Sky-OC function, and make sure not to upgrade to the version in which it is removed. The reason Intel had ASRock and all the other motherboard vendors remove this function was that locked CPUs were not meant to be overclocked, and when they were able to be, this essentially broke Intel's pricing strategy and forced Intel to threaten the MOBO manufacturers with making their products incompatible with their CPUs. It was a nasty fight, but the manufacturers yielded in the end, and released a BIOS version that removed the function, only if people upgraded to it. Here is a video from about 3 weeks ago on it if you need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiw2r-_AdGM .

Remember that overclocking a non-K CPU will most likely disable integrated graphics. Here are some user benchmarks: http://forum.hwbot.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=3594&stc=1&d=1449818851 .

All Non-K OC motherboards and BIOS are available here: http://overclocking.guide/downloads/skylake-non-k-oc-bios/ .

  • 45 months ago
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I havedefi itely read up on all the things you said. Thanks for the input.

For the RAM I was considering this but doing that would've added around $30 making the cost of the RAM be ~$62. Don't get me wrong, it is a great idea but I wanted to limit my budget as best as possible.

For the motherbard, I definitely considered doing that but once again, my budget constraints is a huge deal for me and maybe in the near future I could sell my old R9 27X for the motherboards that allow overclocking the non K series.

  • 45 months ago
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One thing, your case. Maybe opt for a 40$ one, as your budget was tight-as-is. Saving an extra 30-25$ can always be handy.

Anyways, good luck with your computer.

  • 45 months ago
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Yep. I wasn't particularly happy with the case either. Though, I've had it for two years and more to come, I'll change it in maybe two or three years or so because it already looks nice on the outside and I don't want to spend more money on what I don't really need.

Thanks for the input!

  • 45 months ago
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looks great man! I have the same build but a i5 6600k and r9 390x but I wouldnt recommended doing that as a upgrade, i only got it as I had a few dollars spare.

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