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This would be my 4th build, 2nd one submitted to PCPartPicker.

I wanted to put together something that could easily handle any game out presently at 1080p, preferably 60+FPS. I also wanted the build to have the ability to handle 1440p in most situations, as well as having VR capability.

I learned from a few small errors in my last build. Firstly, I picked a much better PSU. This is especially important as the GPU uses a lot of power, with a TDP of 275W. Thankfully, because the Skylake CPU and MB have a fantastically low power consumption, the overall estimated draw for the unit is around 400W, well within the 550W PSU chosen. It would have been a better choice to pick the 650W or 750W options, but at the time I wasn't 100% set on the GPU I wanted.

I also went for a high-capacity SSD. This wasn't 100% necessary, but it means that I can install all the games and apps I want without much fear of managing separate drives. I use external drives to mass store videos and pictures, so I removed all other drive bays to clear as much room as possible in the case itself.

The i5-6500 was pretty much a no-brainer. I've no intention of seriously overclocking the CPU, so the 6600K wasn't worth it for me, and the 6600 offers very little for the price bump over the 6500. Stock cooler is still fine for me, and is quiet even under some stress from bench-marking software.

The RAM is pretty excessive, but given the fact that 2133/2400 RAM is laughably cheap, it didn't exactly hurt to go over the 8GB most builds recommend.

The GPU was the toughest choice. I did wait for the 480 to release, but after seeing some heating and power draw issues, I decided to look towards the last generation of cards for good offers. the 390X offers similar capabilities to the 480, some better and some worse. The XFX model went for a nice price following the release of the 480, so I snapped it up and oh boy, is it something. I will attach the FireStrike results, but even in Witcher 3 the card managed to maintain 60FPS at ultra settings (No Hairworks). Considering my last card (750Ti) could barely manage 30FPS at lowered settings, this is an insane improvement. My only complaint is fan noise; it doesn't need much from the fans at stock speeds and stays reasonably quiet but if you intend to overclock the unit and boost the fan speed it can get LOUD.

And we have the case to end on. It's orange, very orange. It's also roomy and has an SSD bracket built into the side of the case, which helped to free up a lot of room. It's easy to open up the case and install new fans / components and has good airflow. I paired it up with an orange-glowing motherboard too!

Overall, pretty awesome build for 1080p gaming, and great for 1440p and VR. Would recommend everything here to anyone interested!

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

That is one monster! (Not the PC, the one in pic 2)

Lol, Jk, Great build! Not to many orange builds on here. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta love the good ol' prodigy

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

me luv name +1 :]

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I love mini builds...+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you turn off the orange LEDs of the B150N board?