This build was for my little brother, who aspires to become a YouTuber. He saved up for a couple of years and this was the result. The aim was a PC that could record semi-intensive games at 60fps 1080p and had all the peripherals he needed. As you may have guessed, his favourite colours are black and red and the build was kept to that scheme. The budget was $1.4k AUD, though I had a GPU to contribute.
Been a couple of years, and he's now started playing Project Cars, Kerbal Space Program and Rocket League. Also uses it a bunch for watching and making videos, as well as programming on Scratch. Really glad we went all out!
The i5-6500 was appealing because of it's quad-core processor, upgrade path and price. I didn't plan on overclocking it to ensure the PC ran as long as possible, even if I left home. I can't say much about it, but it certainly did its job.
The B150A from MSI had the chipset we needed but more appealingly had the black and red colours we wanted, with red LED's around the board. It did everything I wanted it to, although the lights on the board were dimmer than expected. It was fairly easy to use and has room for upgrades in the future.
The HyperX Fury RAM fits our colour scheme, looked nice and was great for the price considering the other options. The DDR4 sticks are standard and should allow him to easily upgrade to 32gb later on.
For our storage, we opted for the 250GB 850 EVO. Although it's not much space, I doubt he will download too many games overall and it's enough to hold the OS and 20-30 games. It was fast, surprisingly sleek and good for the price.
The XFX power supply gives room to upgrade in future, rates highly in terms of safety and has a hybrid option on the back to keep the fan always on or only when it gets hot. This worked great and keeps the quiet PC quit while it idles so he can upload videos overnight without being even audible from the next room over.
The GPU was a 270x from my previous crossfire setup, which I was going to remove anyways when I get my hands on one of the new AMD cards this year. If I didn't give it to him I may have chosen something else, but the 270X performs well and has a beefy cooler in it.
Holding it all together was the budget S340 black case. The cable management options were fair, it looked nice and had more than enough room to manage everything. Unfortunately, one of the USB 3.0 ports on the front panel was busted, but I only found that out once everything was done. I also had a hard time mounting the SSD, as the SATA power cable's junction points straight down and the case doesn't allow for it. Overall, it was a solid choice but it was a little less than I expected.
The peripherals were kept to a low price. The keyboard and mouse shine red and are coated black and was also the cheapest option available. It did what it needed to do and it all works fine. The mouse has two side buttons that he can use to start and stop recording. I was surprised to find that there was no drivers. The DPI switch is inconveniently placed for his hands, but we worked around it.
Similarly, the AOC IPS monitor was at a reasonable size and cost. It has a HDMI output but annoyingly lacked a DVI port. It also doesn't have any inbuilt speakers, but that was fine since we had an old set to plug in. It still looks nice and has great colour. The drivers provided were also difficult to install and has to be done manually if not using the disk.
The HyperX Cloud Pro again met our colours and was a simple headset option with a decent mic and sound. It did its job fairly well and I can't ask for much more considering the price. UPDATE: Broke in two years, probably from pulling on the cable too much. Switched to a wireless alternative.
Finally, the Deepcool LED strip was great. It was a simple install, has great colours and can be fairly easily re-positioned. The adapter is big, but we were able to hide it in the HDD tray area behind the case out of view.
Does everything but overclock, great overall.
LED's are a little dim but is a solid board overall. Has handy 'ez debug' LED's which helped me to figure out that I seated the RAM incorrectly.
Looks nice, good for the price and works well.
Performs well, good for the price and looks surprisingly good.
Had a hard time plugging in the SATA power cables to the SSD as the connector pointed down and the case didn't accommodate for it. One of the front USB 3.0 ports came busted.
Works well, has plenty of cables and the hybrid fan mode works well.
Slim, cheap and has good colour. Do be wary that there is no onboard audio or DVI port.
Feels decent and works well for the price. A good budget option.
Good mic & sound for the price, adaptable and works well overall.