This PC is my second computer build, and both could not have been done without PCPP. This PC is made to primarily for watching netflix and DVD's, and occasionally light gaming and to play music. After my father heard about my first build, he asked me to build his next one. He wanted it to be compact and mostly unnoticeable so that it hide under his TV. The PC is hooked up to a surround sound system for what he calls "a top of the line cinematic experience".
For the parts I knew he would want to go somewhat inexpensive. My CPU was meant to be a CPU with decent power. I knew we wouldn't be overclocking this one so I stuck with the i5-6500. On my last build, I used the CRYORIG H7 as my CPU cooler, so I stuck with the brand I know and got a C7 so that it would fit the small compact case. For my MOBO I was simply looking for a board with simple BIOS and plenty of USB's for all of his wireless peripherals. One of the most important aspects of the build was that it should be able to load quickly, so I bought a 250GB SSD along with a 1TB HDD for extra space. The copy of Windows 10 was put on the SSD along with Google Chrome, MPC-HC (For playing media), and antivirus. For the video card he needed an DVI to go from the PC to the TV and a HDMI for connecting to the receiver that controls the surround sound. The card also needed to be low profile and I chose to go with the 750 ti. The case we chose was quite long, but that didn't matter so we chose one that was a very small 4" high, so that it was not very noticeable below the TV.
My only regret would have to be the GPU. Although the 750 ti is a prime choice and will work great for all his needs, for a little bit more money I could have bought a 1050 ti low profile, and gotten more for my money.
Excellent CPU for the price, and if you don't plan on overclocking this is the way to go
Super quiet and keeps my CPU cool. CRYORIG wins again. If you can afford it and your case has room though, I would also recommend the CRYORIG H7 for 10$ more
BIOS easy to navigate, plenty of ports
INCREDIBLY USEFUL. My first venture into the world of SSDs and I see what all the hype is about. OS loads instantly and all the apps stored on it load incredibly fast as well.
Great low profile card if you have a small case
Very nice case over all, however cable management is quite tough and the PSU cables occasionally got in the way. A few cable ties (they come with the case) are quite helpful in solving this, but there still isn't a whole lot of space to work with. However if you are looking for a relatively nice case that is small and inconspicuous, this is a great choice.