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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.