So I decided I was sick of playing crossfire (I wonder how many even remembers that game) on my laptop and built my first rig around the RX 480.
The plan was to stay around $700 on the tower and around $150 on the monitor. I went with XFX's GTR RX 480 version since the reviews show decent cooling. Since I don't plan on overclocking, I went with Intel's skylake i5-6500. 1 TB HDD, 120 GB SSD and 8 gigs of ram was enough for my needs, and a cheap $30 case was exactly what I needed. Because I was worried of the heat, I bought a couple of fans and a PWM splitter so I could connect all 4 fans into the 3 fan headers. My original mobo came defective (shouldn't have bought it used) so instead went with the H170M-D3H. And to top it all off, a $170 Acer monitor with 144 HZ refresh rate, 1 ms response, and freesync.
So far the system runs great! Super fast boot times, not too loud, games look absolutely beautiful and in all, a huge upgrade from the HP laptop of 4 years. I might decide to up the ram to 16 gigs but so far the 8 gigs is the sweet spot for my daily use.
Does what I need it to do, doesn't get too hot thanks to skylake technology.
Smaller than the original MSI B150M Mortar that I ordered, which works to my advantage with more room to run cables through.
Cheap, 8 gigs, unattractive ram.
No issues with the SSD, with just Win 10 and a couple of programs installed on it. Boot time takes seconds, everything runs smooth.
Cheap 1 TB HDD, just to store movies and whatnot.
Nothing to complain about, while gaming it goes up to about 60 C with fans at 40%. Handles BF1 beautifully even without OC.
Cable management is a bit rough, but with enough playing around you can make the interior look pretty nice.
Gives me the watts I need, quiet, looks great in the tower.
The LEDs aren't very bright which may be a plus for some or a minus for others. Moves air pretty decently.
Same with the cooler master fan, moves air well enough to cool the RX 480 down.
BF1 looks just so stunning and smooth on this monitor. Also having 24 inches of screen helps out a lot with work. Comes out the box extremely bright, I had to put contrast and brightness down to about 20%.
The keys feel a bit soft, but for $13 it's pretty well made. The only issue I have with it is the sleep function key, FN + F1 but other than that it's fine