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by JrJohnson65


I have always wanted to build a PC from scratch and now I have.

i5 6500 - Best budget to performance CPU out there. Although I wish I would have went with the 6600k just for overclocking.

Hyper 212 - Great cooler for price had a hard time following instructions and was very frustrating install on an lga1151 motherboard (since directions did not specify for 1151). I ended up playing with it and eventually figured it out. Another con is that is isn't that aesthetically pleasing. If I would have gotten a 6600k I would have went with a Corsair H115i.

GA-Z170XP-SLI - I know I can't overclock with the 6500 but I do eventually want to get a overclockable CPU and do want to go SLI eventually.

Hyper X Fury DDR4 2133 - Best RAM for the money looks great and makes DDR3 obsolete (in my opinion).

PNY CS1311 120gb SSD - Great SSD and amazingly cheap. Windows 10 boots faster than my monitor (around 10-15 seconds is my rough estimate). Although being 120gb is quite small and I will have to upgrade in the future.

WD 1TB - Having big problems with this HDD. When I tried to install Windows 10 Home 64 bit it would to detect this HDD. Tried to load drivers that wouldn't work either. So far this one part is making my rig an expensive paper weight. If you have any tips please help!!!

Edit: Formatted the Hard Drive and now works great for mass storage.

GTX 960 4gb - Great GPU and looks great. With all of the new games coming out using a bunch of VRAM I had to get the 4gb edition and it was only $10 more when I bought it. Want to eventually upgrade to 1070 or 1060 depending of finacial situation.

NZXT S340 - Love this case and it looks great. One thing I need to do is get the NZXT Hue Plus so I can see all of the cool parts. Other wise that Windows is really not much of help because it is too dark anyways.

EVGA Supernova 650 - Great PSU love the modularity would not get a non modular power supply especially with the S340 does not have much room to shove extra cables.

Windows 10 Home 64 bit - As I mentioned before I can't get this installed due to it not detecting HDD. Very frustrating and I can't write much of a review for it as of now.

GN246hl - Great monitor! Cheap and 144hz with a 1ms delay best bang for your buck.

CM Storm Devestator - Great if your on a budget. However, the included mouse is really weird. The mouse bumps out where your thumb sits. Also, the space bar is really bad I don't really have a better word than mushy. It is really uncomfortable when you push down on it. Although, despite all of the cons, I can't really conplane for the price.

That concludes my build. I doubt any read this far

Part Reviews


Great quad core CPU can't go wrong with it.

CPU Cooler

Works amazingly but looks really ugly.


It has an ugly brown PCB when u take pictures with the flash on. It's a good motherboard but there are better options out there.


The one thing I don't regret in my build! Great RAM I would reccomend this for anyone who is building a gaming rig.


I would go with the 240gb model it is only $15 more depending on the pricing at the moment.

Video Card

If you can find this card for $120 it is worth it but since the new GPUs came out it has a hard time pulling its weight in the price to performance category.


I scratched the window and side panels. I scratched the window using a regular cloth that I use to clean the windows in my house. I thought it would be fine and now my window looks horrible. The side panels got scratched from laying them down on the carpet. I didn't even slide them. I love how the case holds all my parts but I basically ruined it by trying to clean it. I will never recommend this case ever again.

Power Supply

It works. I wish it didn't have the braided cover over the cables I like to just see the cables it looks a lot cleaner but I won't let that bring the review down.


Great starting monitor. The stand is incredibly wobbly and has ugly orange sparkly accents.


The only gripe I have is with the space bar. It is incredibly loud and mushy.

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Antcoumbe 1 point 32 months ago

Had same issue with the same HDD recently when on my first build. Was a simple thing that caused my issue where I needed to format the hard drive before Windows picked it up. I had an SSD in mine though so was able to install Windows on that and boot it that way first.

Andzx02 7 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I had the same Issue as well recently, turns out you have to run power to the HDD :).

minionslayer23 1 point 32 months ago
JrJohnson65 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I don't have another PC to install it into all I have in my household is a new Mac and a laptop two of which I am not taking apart. What should I do just buy an SSD?

minionslayer23 1 point 32 months ago

If you have the extra cash i say go for it, you will probably benefit from an ssd in the long run anyway. You could just get something cheap like this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/qf98TW/a-data-internal-hard-drive-asp550ss3120gmc , which is the same one i got.

thewakotaco 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

were you able to fix your hdd issue?

JrJohnson65 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Probably going into bestbuy and getting SSD. I don't have another PC to format.

thewakotaco 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

did you have a new option?

Dreamalittle 1 point 32 months ago

cool name here: THE BEAST


maxmeleonbegasos 1 point 32 months ago

Don't you think you should have waited for the Rx 480 ?

JrJohnson65 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I built this before the RX 480 was announced I just haven't gotten around to posting. I do wish that I would have gotten an RX 480 instead of the 960. But also I do want to see what Nvidia does with the 1060. The 1080 destroys everything and the 1070 is amazing at 1440p. I feel that the 1060 will be great at 1080p.

maxmeleonbegasos 2 points 32 months ago

I'm so excited for the 1060 and 1050....



someguy2929 1 point 32 months ago

Why didn't you chose the 970? Otherwise great build!

JrJohnson65 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Couldn't afford it at the time.

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JrJohnson65 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I have Astro a50 Gen 2 that I use with my Xbox One.