Description

Just wanted to put this here for anyone who wants a good budget skylake build as their first pc. In total all this costed around $568 including taxes ($522 originally) cuz I bought it all on amazon would a costed way less if I bought it from different sites. This build is budget friendly but at the same time a beast. Not only that but it's also future proof, meaning you can upgrade this build with the latest intel chips and the latest graphics card if you wanted. I would stongly recommend this build for new pc builders who want to build their first pc.

PS; before I made my decision to go with intel, I was going to get the FX 6300, glad I went with the Intel i3 6100 though.

Constructive criticism and advice would be greatly appreciated. My first time building a pc and I know my cable management wasn't the best.

Part Reviews

CPU

Really good processor. Handles every game i threw at it, including battlefield 1 at ultra 60 fps. Got it for $117

Motherboard

Decent Mobo. Got this for $57.

Memory

Does its job. Got it for $30.

Storage

noisey affffff but good. Got it for $49

Video Card

Great GPU for mid-high end gaming., get it on sale. got mines for $170.

Case

Love this case. Budget friendly and looks amazing! supports water cooling and all that good stuff. Got it for $49.

Power Supply

Great PSU. For the price, its amazing. got it for $37.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, but has no storage. i3 is plenty for gaming on a 960. Prefer the OP's choice of case, as well.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I already have a 2TB seagate SSHD

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

You should include the hard drive in the build so people who want to get all parts will know how much it costs. But good build, I wanted to get the i5 but I didn't have enough money to do all that. I can always upgrade though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I kinda make these builds just for me, but I see what you're saying and I'll tell you how the 6500 performs when I get it. I got the total build down to 495 USD too. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/WNZJf8

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

i feel you. So far the i3 6100 is fast, snappy and quick. was surprised at how fast it was. Make sure you can the taxes and shipping fees after you sum up the overall. If you buy all the parts from amazon, you get free shipping but taxes are gonna be like 40-50 bucks overall.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Why pick the GTX 960 over a RX 470

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It's more expensive

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gotten 2x4GB RAM sticks instead of 1x8GB RAM stick, may have been a very small amount more but worth it

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

im planning on upgrading so i went with 1 8gb so i could get another 8 gb in the future. but youre right.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

i prefer nvidia over amd.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

team green?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

could this run AAA games old and new (Fallout 4, Call of Duty, Battlefield, GTA, CSGO, No Mans Sky) at 720 to 1080p on high settings?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. look up the specs on youtube. just search "i3 6100 GTX 960". fallout runs on ultra at 40-50 fps. GTA runs at ultra settings at 60 fps average. CSGO runs are 300 fps, been playing alot of CS. Havent tried no mans sky.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

thats awesome, im new to pc gaming so i dont know to much ygm

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

same, reddit and youtube are good.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

but isnt the 2gb video card a little underwhelming

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

2gb compared to the 4gb version is an extra 5 - 10 FPS. There are benchmarks comparing the 2 on youtube. To me thats not worth the extra money

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Umar.Russel, First great job on this build, I really admire the case! lately I've been trying to come up with most affordable build for 400$ or so as the price changes. I have came up with this. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/9Jnb2R What do you think of it for my first build? I'd like to change my case to something that has a clear window on the side with easy installation/good cable management for under 50$, what case would you recommend for this build that might match something similar? OR is this case good enough for me as beginner as i often get carried away with looks.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build going on there! First off, the case you have picked out looks great. But if you want something under 50 dollars that has a side window, you can get these options; NZXT Source 210, Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01, Corsair Carbide Series 100R. All these are under 50 dollars and look great! Also if i were you, i wouldnt get an optical drive, id take the 20 dollars from the optical drive and add it to the case budget. Optical drives really arent that necessary anymore since you can do anything an optical drive can do via USB. Goodluck on your build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the motherboard?