Description

This build serves a number of purposes:

  1. I needed new computer (duh). It is powerful enough to suit my needs, hopefully for 5+ years.

  2. To learn about computers. What better way to learn than to build my own.

  3. To save money/get stronger computing power for the same price

Parts: This is the final parts list of five iterations of the list before I finally made my purchases. I found some items cheaper than listed at Micro Center (like my processor...).

Problems along the way:

  1. Wouldn't turn on

      Solution: Plug it in (which I forgot to do).
    
  2. No POST

      Solution: Connect monitor to graphics card, not motherboard. This took me a while to figure out, and I was freaking out the whole time.
    

I paid close attention to:

  1. Being neat with my cords. This looks nice and improves airflow, thus increasing longevity.

  2. Understanding exactly what I was doing and why before I did each step. Hence the learning.

In the future I would:

  1. Get another fan or two for even better air flow.

  2. Get a smaller case. While extra space is good for airflow, it would have been nice to have about half as much empty space as I do for a more compact computer.

Oh, and also:

[hashtag]ilooklikeanengineer ... although I'm not an electrical or computer engineer

ilooklikeanengineer

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 11 points

Let me preface with the fact that I have no idea for what purpose you built this computer, so anything I have against it might be unknowingly unjustified.

Things I have a problem with:

  1. K-sku i7 + H-series mobo
  2. GTX 750 Ti (not a bad card, but I'll explain why in a second)
  3. B-series PSU (again, not particularly bad, just bear with me)

The K-sku processors have the ability/are meant to overclock, and the H-series motherboards are essentially non-overclockable Z-series boards (good features, but without the overclocking capability). That being said, the 6700K does have a higher clock than the 6700, so it might make sense to get the K-sku if you REALLY need the extra GHz (but at that point, you might as well have gotten a Z-series motherboard to overclock). Nonetheless, the motherboard you chose is a really good one (Gigabyte makes really good motherboards).

The GTX 750 Ti is a great card for what it is, but only if you get it for a good price. If you spent $120 on that card, I would feel really bad because you could spend a little bit more money to get a GTX 950 which would outperform the GTX 750 Ti by quite a lot (considering the price). I don't know what resolution/quality settings you're gaming on (if you're gaming at all), so the GTX 750 Ti could be perfectly fine for you.

Your build does not draw a whole lot of power, so my issue with your PSU isn't really a big one. The 500B isn't that great in terms of quality, and considering the fact that you're not pulling that much power, you could've gone with a lower wattage PSU that is made with higher quality components for about the same price (like the SeaSonic S12II 430W).

I feel like you did not take enough time to make sure that the parts that you bought were worth getting together (like I said, not bad parts, but they don't make sense when put in the same build).

I'm sorry if this comes off as abrasive, that's certainly not what I'm shooting for. I just want to make sure that first time builders like yourself are making educated decisions when it comes to choosing parts. I don't know what your budget was, so there are parts that might make more sense given a certain budget.

If you got this far, then I thank you.

Cheers, CRS10114

P.S. really awesome cable management (+1 just for that)

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

^ this guy writes really honest and true feedback.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I try.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. Well said. Nice eloquence!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I try to has out my thoughts as best as possible.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I checked /u/onegemtwogem 's profile, and noticed that she posted a forum topic for this build. Apparently this build is meant for engineering applications.

If you see this post, /u/onegemtwogem, I would like to point out to you that the two builds that were recommended by /u/jimlandiaman and /u/Matthewtina2015 were much better (not only cheaper) options than this build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Lol, i7 with a 750ti. Good build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Problems along the way:

  1. Wouldn't turn on

Solution: Plug it in (which I forgot to do).

  1. No POST

Solution: Connect monitor to graphics card, not motherboard. This took me a while to figure out, and I was freaking out the whole time.

I'm dying BAHAHAHAH

+1!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Congrats on your first build!

However the person who suggested these parts to you needs to be educated. You spent $315 on a "K-series" CPU and you have a H170 motherboard. That is a total waste of money i'm sorry. SSDs are fine no doubt but you only have 250GB of storage which is not enough room. There are so many wonderful resources on the internet for build that would destroy this build for the same price, if not less.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on your first build. It appears you learned some of the many common issues that first time builders experience with the same type of nervous/ scared response. Happy to hear you figured them out.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Why the overpowered cpu and underpowered gpu? Your best bet was an i5 and gtx 960-970.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably not for high end gaming, I would assume mostly a work build and the 750Ti for simple games like CS:GO or flash games

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

750ti with 6700K +1 for build tho :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

As everyone else is saying, probably the wrong choice of processor. You've got the best processor available that is built for an amazing overclocking experience in a motherboard that overclocks about as well as a stale potato. If you would have gone with the i5 6400 or 6500 you could have put all that money saved into a much better graphics card. Likely doubling your frames per second in most games...

You said you wanted to learn about computers by building one which is great, but when you're spending hundreds of dollars it's always a good Idea to do a little research to make sure you're getting the absolute most out of your money you can. After all, that is why people like us build our own computers rather than pay extra for others to do it for us :D

I say all this assuming you don't plan to focus mainly on heavy video rendering or things of that nature with this build. If you do, all that would be good to change would be the motherboard so you can take advantage of that beefy i7 6700k you spent so much of your budget on, any overclockable skylake cpu has gotta be put on a z170 chipset or you're just doing that "k" an injustice

While there might be things that could be changed, you still did a great job choosing to build your own computer rather than buying an overpriced pre-built :D. So remember that lol. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you post the purpose of this build so people dont have a go at you for a weird CPU/GPU combo

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the first build. Recently built a rig myself, it feels damn good. On a side note... Your cpu cooler. Something isn't right...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

next goal is too get a more powerful graphics card

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Three words explain this build... and that is wtf

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually it's 3 letters, but that's none of my business. I'd imagine it's for working and such, and not gaming as a main focus (although the 750ti still packs a surprising punch for the money)