Description

Cheap build for gaming. Yes, I know there's a lot I could have done differently, but it suits my needs for now and I plan to upgrade it later on once I make some more money.

CPU: Dual-core processor with hyperthreading that can actually be overclocked with this motherboard. I will most likely upgrade to a Kaby Lake i5 once they come out.

Motherboard: Z170, ATX form factor (slightly smaller, didn't use the rightmost standoffs so it scared the living hell out of me when I was trying to plug in the 24 pin plug) and it has Sky OC, which is something I was clueless about when I bought it.

RAM: 8 gigs. 'Nuff said.

Storage: 1 Terabyte of storage right now, I'm going to order a Samsung SSD on Thursday.

GPU: Yes, the 960 isn't the best value at this price point, but it serves me well until I need something more powerful. The only problem I've had is on ArmA, where I get 50ish fps on high settings, but it doesn't matter to me at all.

Case: I can fully recommend this case for people on a budget. No, its not the quietest case ever, but I don't care, it was $40. I can't complain about it for the price it was. My next case is going to be the Fractal Design Define R5 for sure.

PSU: Non-modular PSUs are garbage. It was a living hell trying to contain the cable mess, especially the chain of Molex connectors we all know I'll never use. I'm getting a fully modular PSU after I get my SSD.

Monitor: Decent for $75. Has a chip in the screen, but it only bothers me when the screen is black or white.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my build, and please leave any questions in the comments section.

Part Reviews

CPU

One of those parts that people laugh at and say it's for extremely low end PCs. This little beast really surprised me, and continues to surprise me. It stays cool even with the stock cooler. Overall, it's a great dual-core processor with hyperthreading that can actually be overclocked with my motherboard. I will most likely upgrade to a Kaby Lake i5 once they come out.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Great setup for future plans/upgrade path. Great selection in parts! +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a great starting build. I think you did well for how much money you spent! +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, got your money's worth of parts and did well with the cable management for having a non-modular psu! +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably better than I could ever do! LOL

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

All the extra cables are just shoved behind the vertical drive mount

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Another member of the i3/GTX club. I love it. I have the same plan to upgrade my i3. Good first.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choices on the parts, the only thing I could see spending a bit more is the motherboard if you wanted a more quality one down the road without changing it, but it's fine as it is actually.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any problems with it, I really could have gone with one of those h110 motherboards and saved a lot of money

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

For the time being, with the i3 I can agree. But if you want to get an unlocked kaby lake i5 I would've suggested a motherboard with a better quality just for the sake of better overclocking and more features, but this will work fine too.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This may be stupid, but I'm new so please don't attack me with "you're dumb" Should/Can I add a SSD to this build?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

An SSD would help, but I can't complain about load times. If you're planning to do this build, definitely search r/hardwareswap on Reddit for a used 970 or 390, I really wish I would have.

Edit: you may also want to go for a solid semi modular PSU. Especially I f you've never built a PC before.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

what is the program that is on your desktop? that looks dope

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a rainmeter skin, it takes a bit of tinkering to get it exactly how you want it but it's worth the time it takes.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

can this run games like dayz? im really new to computers so im not too sure whats good or not and im building my first computer soon

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing really runs DayZ well, from what I understand. But this build is really good, especially if you're willing to sub out the 960 with a used 970 or 390.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

xD that is true dayz has terrible optifine but would you say this build is a good starting computer my limit is 716$ and thats including the keyboard and the headphones a friend is helping with some extra money so i can buy the keyboard that i want and this computer looks good for what i know about computers (i only really know what is a good processor and not even at that)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to realize that shipping costs a lot. If you make a list on PCpartpicker and the price comes out to $716, you're actually going to pay around $750 at least after shipping. Honestly, you'd be better off saving a little bit more and waiting a while longer so you can get a 1070 and possibly an i5 if you save enough.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job - I have the same setup

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you overclock this locked processor???

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a BLCK overclock. Some sky lake motherboards let you do it.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, does it make noise when you play? i want to make a similar build, but i dont know how to install windows how did you get it?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It does make some noise, like the hard drive is kinda loud. The GPU is actually pretty quiet and the stock cooler for the CPU is garbage. I got Windows for free from a computer repair class. I had the key and I looked for the iso online and found it on microsoft's website. They have a tool that makes it really easy. Also, the iso is the same for both regular Windows 10 and Pro.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

can your computer handle games like minecraft,csgo,league if legends and h1z1?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

it runs minesweeper at 2 fps so im pleased

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What's that interface called?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nvm, it's rainmeter.