Description

A simple Black/Red themed build. Great for playing current AAA titles at 1080p and can even hold its own at 1440p. More pictures on the way once i find some time. It's dusty in there i know. Fixing it soon :)

Note: the prices listed are not what i actually paid. Ill update them when i get time

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 - This mid range processor was perfect for my needs. An i7 was way out of my budget and was overkill for what i would be doing on this pc: purely gaming. The 6500 is a Skylake processor making future upgrades fairly easy.

Motherboard: MSI H170 M3 Gaming - Overclocking is not something i am keen on doing hence the locked processor, so I decided on this motherboard. Trusted company, well- built, and looks great.

Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury 2x8GB DDR4 - Ram is ram. Lots of people say 16GB is too much for gaming builds, but this was on sale at the time and it matched by build so what the hell. For those following this build, 8GB is sufficient unless you are doing more than just gaming or can find cheap 16gb sets

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD + Samsung 850 EVO SSD 250GB - A harddrive to hold files, music, movies and other stuff that shall not be named. A SSD that tons of people have recommended to me. It holds my OS and several games that have too many loading times for me to handle. (WD Blue 1TB HDD is also a good choice and is comparable to the Barracuda, but Barracuda has a better name)

Case + PSU: NZXT H440 + EVGA SuperNova 850 G2 - Lets start with the case. It matches my build so far and looks amazing. It is really well build and doesn't feel cheap at all. This case hides your PSU so it is not visible through the window and has great cable management. The cons : No optical drive (but who needs one anyways), no opening door, meaning the whole side panel needs to come off if you want adjust anything inside the case.

The powersupply is highly recommended by almost everyone whom I've talked to. Super reliable and not very loud. Just read this review! http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=377

Moniter: Asus VG248QE - Just a simple moniter that i bought on sale on boxing day. Out of the box, the screen is terrible calibrated and will need some manual adjustments. In the near future i will be getting a 1440p freesync moniter to go alongside this one

Keyboard: MSI GK-701 - Great keyboard that not many people use. Fit my MSI theme well.

Pros: Bright LED's, Cherry Browns feel amazing, feels really well built and not cheap.

Cons: No palmrest and from what i know so far, the LED's can only be red (no issue for me though), no dedicated media buttons

Mouse- MSI Interceptor DS B1 - I previously owned 2 Razer deathadder chromas and both developed a double clicking problem, so i decided to switch it up and go with MSI since it'll fit into my build nicely. This mouse is currently sold on newegg.com for 19.99USD, but could easily pass as an 60-80$ mouse

Pros: Well built, bright LED's, clickers feel nice, extremely cheap price tag

Cons: One LED color, only 2 extra macros (some prefer more, but 2 is enough for me), mouse may take some getting used to

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

You might need a liberal application of compressed air, but other than that, great build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Ill be grabbing some on the weekend.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice looking build!

Only see 1 missed opportunity: you could have grabbed a z170 board in that price range, an h7, and some faster ram. Once you track down the right bios, non k over locking is super easy. I have my 6500 running stable at 4.3GHz.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

All the listed prices are incorrect, ill be changing them once i find the receipts. I purchased the mobo for about 100 CAD. Ill probably do overclocking next build. This was my very first PC and wanted something simple.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair Enough. Either way, the 6500 is a great, cost-effective cpu.

Enjoy your new system. :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean and color oriented build, but that Intel cooler is an eye sore! Maybe peel off the sticker?

Otherwise great gaming build, maybe crossfire in the future! +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

All my temps seem to be fine, but im thinking of getting an aftermarket cooler just for looks haha

And when it comes to crossfiring, Ill probably just get a stronger GPU once AMD/Nvidia release theirs

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Your CPU temps are actually excellent, I'm really impressed by the stock cooler right now. What's the ambient temp where you live?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now not very hot. Temps hover around 15C

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job! A bit generic, but that doesn't detract from it at all. It's a functional build with no cut corners. It also looks nice. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Works good and looks great! Thats all i ask for :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I love the MSI theme.

I'm wanting to do similar buy in my country the GK701 isn't sold anywhere.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon.com sells the GK701, right now it has free shipping and I think that applies globally though I'm not 100% sure

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard-GK-701/dp/B015RP017Y

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very beautiful looking setup, well done! :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

MSI?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

?ISM

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Although the PSU is very reliable and yes very quiet, you probably could have gotten a cheaper one because your rig will not be power hungry. Maybe if you were using crossfire or overclocking then yeah this is a good PSU. I still love what you have built here!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

my local store was out of the 750 and 650 variants of the psu, plus they had this 850 unit open box (they opened it but never used it) so they gave me a decent discount. Future component upgrades wont require me to upgrade my PSU either. At least not for awhile

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not a better cpu cooler? Such a nice build with a stock cooler...

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't overclock whatsoever so buying an aftermarket cooler would be pointless other than for looks and my cpu temps are hovering at a good temp under heavy load. I've considered getting an aftermarket cooler for the looks, but decided to wait and get one for my next build which I will be overclocking with