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Photo editing build for aunt

by pizzaguy312


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Date Published

Nov. 26, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 26, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

902 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C


About a month ago I was contacted by one of my aunts who was looking at starting a light photography business and needed a computer and heard that I have some experience building and repairing them. She contacted me and eventually we settled on a $685 budget (yes, I ate the $35). The parts were shipped to a friend's house in Utah (I'm staying there for thanksgiving) and put together thanksgiving day. The 6th gen i5 was actually the exact same price as a i5-4460 if you factor in the cheaper motherboard and more expensive ram, so I went with that as sites had been saying the performance was better and Skylake brings some new features like this "reverse hyper-threading" thing I've been hearing about (can someone confirm this?) Anyway, she requested specifically a $60-70 budget for the graphics card with an HDMI output so EVGA's GT 730 it was. Plus the 2gb of VRAM and overall performance shouldn't give her too much trouble with a 1080p monitor trying some light gaming. I wonder though if the intel integrated graphics that comes with the i5 might be better - especially with higher speed DDR4. I'll be testing that - I suspect she won't have enough RAM. Which is another thing. Since she was very specific about the budget I assumed she wouldn't be able to or willing to upgrade for a while, so I stuck with dual channel (2x4gb) ram for the higher performance but at the cost of a $100 upgrade to 2x8gb later.

Part Reviews


This CPU was the right price to performance for this build. Four cores clocked reasonably high and extremely low temps with the MX-4, it works well for anyone looking at decent multi-core performance. Performed correctly out of box - only issue was the mass of cables in the mini-itx system stopped the cpu fan the first couple of boots causing some overheating problems, a situation I soon remedied.

Thermal Compound

Amazing thermal compound. Bought it to upgrade my other system, used some more on this one. My i5-6500 sits at 25C idle and when I applied it to my 4790k temps dropped 5-7C from even the "performance" compound that comes with the 212-evo in my other build.


Solid board. BIOS is easy to use, and updates well. No features I didn't need and none that I'm missing, except maybe wifi. There actually is a wifi model I actually just bought the wrong one. Oh well, I had a spare wifi usb card lying around somewhere that will work.


Average ram. As fast as the motherboard is rated, and only 8gb so an upgrade to 16 might be warranted a little later. Works fine


I have no idea what kind of quality this is, I bought it because it was the cheapest SSD for the OS I could buy. Nothing important is going onto it and the shot of CrystalDiskMark will be included in the pics if it's not already. Works fine so far... hoping my luck will hold out


Cheap yet reliable mass storage. From what I've seen WD has great reliability and customer service. Usable storage of course was around 1870GB but that's normal.

Video Card

Not a AAA gaming card by any means but it should speed up rendering and acceleration times. Worked reliably so far


Great case, just enough room for everything! Don't know if I'd be able to fit a more capable cooler in there, but it has space for a 3.5" and 2.5" drives, fans, mini-itx, full power supply, and more. Anyway I'm docking a star because it only included 3 motherboard standoffs and I didn't have another lying around. So the mobo is only in with three screws. Hopefully that'll be fine. Anyway, it's quality construction and all.

Power Supply

So far so good! The fans don't like to spin down for 30 seconds to a minute after the computer does, so that's weird. But it has a 20+4 power connector and 4+4 for CPU as well as 6+2 and 8 pin, and molex and sata power. All of what I'd expect.

Operating System

This was a donation to this build on the part of my dad. Still love Windows 10 more than any other OS though!


Got it insanely cheap so it's a great monitor for the price. Weirdness in that it defaults to DVI and if you don't have it connected it goes into standby so fast there's no time to change it to VGA. Thankfully I was using DVI.


Cheap cheap cheap. She didn't say anything about mouse/keyboard so this is what she gets. It works well, though for being $15.

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IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

If that GT 730 really does have GDDR5, then it should be better than most of the GPUs at that price, and even Skylake's Integrated Graphics, GDDR5 is better than DDR4 in a GPU but if that GPU is running off of DDR3 like most of them, then you should just not use it, because DDR4 is better than DDR3. Also, that PSU has more than enough wattage to power that computer. My computer (I won't be posting it until after Christmas) has a 430W EVGA PSU and I've got a decent OC on the CPU. 500W is definitely overkill, even 430W is (especially considering that I have a power hungry CPU). +1

pizzaguy312 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Can confirm that it does have GDDR5. I'll keep it in - it should accelerate editing regardless. And yeah, the 500W power supply is a little much but as you can see with my other build that's a theme with me and the price difference isn't that much. Anyway, when I was first looking at that one it was on sale for really cheap but it went back up before I bought it.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

It is not GDDR5. The box clearly says DDR3 and that does not lie. There IS a GDDR5 version but you do not have it.

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Ahhhh... I didnt know that. I'm just trying to be helpful, but most of the time I'm just stupid. XD

g7hsro 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

That's odd, the box says 2 GB GDDR3. How did you check that it was GDDR5? and neat build

Edit: Just looked on the web and saw GDDR5

tiny_voices 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

His is DDR3. The box says so. There IS a GDDR5 version, but his is not.

Growliff1234 1 point 41 months ago

It literally says straight on the box in huge letters 2GB DDR3

pizzaguy312 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

So it does. Well the site I ordered from does say GDDR5 so they lied to me. Oh well, she needs the connectivity for the second monitor shes looking to buy at home anyway.

BillK 1 point 41 months ago

Were you able to load up Windows 10 adequately on the 32gb SSD?

pizzaguy312 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Yup! Works fine. The only concern is she won't know how to install her new apps to the HDD :)

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HaloLegend98 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

That case is TIGHT. It looks like a snake is coming out of the top in the one photo with the braided cable lol. That PSU looks so big in there, but I like the size overall. Even the stock cooler on the CPU looks huge.

How is the monitor? I'm thinking about picking it up, because it has the vertical height change. However, the TN panel and lack of HDMI/Displayport are holding me back. I'm surprised that you bought this TN instead of an IPS if your aunt is doing content editing. IPS tend to have better quality colors and viewing angles.

Nice of you to put this thing together for your aunt.

Nerux 1 point 39 months ago

Hey! I am thinking of buying the same motherboard as you used in this build. But how many case fans can i use with it and how many can i use for my radiator?

pizzaguy312 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I honestly have no idea. It's been out of my hands for several months now and I have no way to check. Sorry! Check the manufacturers' page or the manual

Fatdude70 1 point 34 months ago

Is the i5 6500 worth the performance? how well does it perform in video/photo editing?

ugapeyton 1 point 17 months ago

Looks like a great build however, I would not have gone with that psu for 2 reasons. 1 it’s crazy over kill for that PC. 2 air flow would be key in this PC with it being so small. I would have gone with a slightly lower wattage and at least a semi modular design. That may just be me though.

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