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Upgraded my brother's PC from 7 year old parts to brand new. His GTX 760 runs everything he plays now fine but if he wants to upgrade, he can with his new job! He does a little bit of everything game wise so an all around machine that will last another 7 years is what I was aiming for. Lets break this thing down by parts:

Intel i5-6600K is the best CPU for gaming in the price per dollar process. It has tremendous overclocking ability and doesn't hurt the wallet at $209 from microcenter + tax (that's why it is at $250 on my list, included total tax of the HDD, CPU, and MOBO). This thing runs very cool on idle and load and very well for gaming. i7 is just overpriced for gaming. i5 is where it is at.

The Cryorig H7 I was a little concerned about but after having it in my hands and feeling the quality of it, it's amazing! This definitely beats the CM 212 EVO on cooling per dollar. Did I mention that it's near silent? Amazing CPU cooler for $35. Super impressed with it. Highly recommend.

Gigabyte left a bad taste in my mouth after a horrible experience with a GTX 970 GPU and their customer support. I was hesitant to try a MOBO from them since my rule of thumb is if I wouldn't put it in my build, I'm not putting it in someone else's build. Bottom line, I'm impressed with everything about this motherboard. I can't believe for $115 this board has top of the line parts and accessories that I required. USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB type C, and much more! Their website is very easy to get drivers and software from, something ASROCK could learn from (good boards, ****** site). It has cool red LEDs which is meh but overall this board is rock solid. I highly recommend it for anyone. No issues at all.

G.Skill is great memory. Nothing to say here other than the common misconception that you need high frequency RAM. 2400MHz is all he needs because he isn't using the integrated graphics and sharing the RAM for GPU Memory. For $55 to get 16GB, that's a steal.

Used his 1 year old 850 EVO 250GB SSD. Everyone knows Samsungs are cheap, fast, and reliable. Always recommend them.

He didn't have a data drive and had his 250GB SSD nearly full so I picked up a 1TB WD Black for just $5 more than the 1TB WD Blue at Microcenter. Just a data drive to get his photos, docs, videos, and games he plays on and off randomly to store on.

GTX 760 is an older card but it gets the job done still. My brother will upgrade to something better later but he's content with the 760. I didn't have the cash to get him a 970 but why would I when the 1070 is just around the corner. Still, this card has been strong for him for the past 3 years. Highly recommend ASUS brand for GPUs.

Thermaltake Core V21 case is just amazing. Yes, it's a big box but it's really cool and the airflow is spectacular! It looks cool and gets the job done. I recommend this for your smaller builds or when you have to move around a lot like my brother will be doing. It's a little wider than the Corsair 240 but still worked out well.

EVGA SuperNova G2 650W Gold is amazing. The modular cables make awesome management possible by only plugging in what you need. EVGA is known for it's top notch parts and warranties. Highly recommend this product.

Windows 10, just do it. I have been on it since the preview and you are stupid if you don't go with it. Tons of performance increases and DX12 support. If you are worried about the big dark figure watching you, just turn the **** off inside windows. The stuff you can't turn off, I hate to tell you but they have other ways to track and see you everywhere like your phone, browser, internet provider, any camera everywhere now, etc. Windows 10 is great, just do it. :P

Part Reviews

CPU

Intel i5-6600K is the best CPU for gaming in the price per dollar process. It has tremendous overclocking ability and doesn't hurt the wallet at $209 from microcenter + tax. This thing runs very cool on idle and load and very well for gaming. i7 is just overpriced for gaming. i5 is where it is at.

CPU Cooler

The Cryorig H7 I was a little concerned about but after having it in my hands and feeling the quality of it, it's amazing! This definitely beats the CM 212 EVO on cooling per dollar. Did I mention that it's near silent? Amazing CPU cooler for $35. Super impressed with it. Highly recommend.

Motherboard

Gigabyte left a bad taste in my mouth after a horrible experience with a GTX 970 GPU and their customer support. I was hesitant to try a MOBO from them since my rule of thumb is if I wouldn't put it in my build, I'm not putting it in someone else's build. Bottom line, I'm impressed with everything about this motherboard. I can't believe for $115 this board has top of the line parts and accessories that I required. USB 3.0, USB 3.1, USB type C, and much more! Their website is very easy to get drivers and software from, something ASROCK could learn from (good boards, ** site). It has cool red LEDs which is meh but overall this board is rock solid. I highly recommend it for anyone. No issues at all.

Memory

G.Skill is great memory. Nothing to say here other than the common misconception that you need high frequency RAM. 2400MHz is all he needs because he isn't using the integrated graphics and sharing the RAM for GPU Memory. For $55 to get 16GB, that's a steal.

Storage

Used his 1 year old 850 EVO 250GB SSD. Everyone knows Samsungs are cheap, fast, and reliable. Always recommend them.

Storage

1TB WD Black for just $5 more than the 1TB WD Blue at Microcenter. Just a data drive to get his photos, docs, videos, and games he plays on and off randomly to store on.

Video Card

GTX 760 is an older card but it gets the job done still. My brother will upgrade to something better later but he's content with the 760. I didn't have the cash to get him a 970 but why would I when the 1070 is just around the corner. Still, this card has been strong for him for the past 3 years. Highly recommend ASUS brand for GPUs.

Case

Thermaltake Core V21 case is just amazing. Yes, it's a big box but it's really cool and the airflow is spectacular! It looks cool and gets the job done. I recommend this for your smaller builds or when you have to move around a lot like my brother will be doing. It's a little wider than the Corsair 240 but still worked out well.

Power Supply

EVGA SuperNova G2 650W Gold is amazing. The modular cables make awesome management possible by only plugging in what you need. EVGA is known for it's top notch parts and warranties. Highly recommend this product.

Operating System

Windows 10, just do it. I have been on it since the preview and you are stupid if you don't go with it. Tons of performance increases and DX12 support. If you are worried about the big dark figure watching you, just turn the **** off inside windows. The stuff you can't turn off, I hate to tell you but they have other ways to track and see you everywhere like your phone, browser, internet provider, any camera everywhere now, etc. Windows 10 is great, just do it. :P

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for being the best brother ever

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. I'm the very techy brother and we all play video games so they know my weakness is just to start mentioning outdated stuff and I'm already surfing the net to buy them the new without even thinking about my financial situation... jerks. :P

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the awesome build!

The i5-6600k is pretty much the best gaming CPU, period. I would argue that the 6500 is better in terms of price/performance, but only in absence of Microcenter. Either way, the build is pretty sweet.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

It has cool red LEDs which is meh

You can always turn it off in bios.

Upgraded my brother's PC from 7 year old parts to brand new.

Let me know if you are in need of a new brother. :)

Nice build +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea, we found the setting and honestly for me, it's cool but my brother doesn't really care how his PC looks, just that it plays games without issues. I only say meh because if people don't really care about the on board LEDs then it's just an extra. Again, I think they are pretty cool :P

I have 2 brothers and they bleed me dry with new tech stuff! I couldn't handle 3 and neither could my wallet!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I couldn't handle 3 and neither could my wallet!

At least i tried.. :)

Yea, we found the setting and honestly for me, it's cool

My gigabyte board has it and i just found it so bright.. I ended turning it off.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 For being waaayyyy cooler than my brother.

I think everyone wants you as a brother now.

Anyway I love the case and CPU choice. IMO if he wants a cheap upgrade for miles better performance he could get the RX 480. GTX 970/980 performance for $200, or so I'm told.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I'm waiting to see the AMD breakthroughs with GPUs. He most likely won't get it until his birfday in the fall so by then we will know what's better, new AMD chips or the GTX 1070.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for being an awesome bro lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

hey its me ur brother

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Gonna get your build and change it into i7 4790k or 6700k and a gpu of MSI GEFORCE GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G. Do i need to change psu and add some fan? Help me guys just a newbee here. +1 for being the best brother hahaha

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm almost positive that the 650w will be enough. You might want to add some more fans but that's up to you. Right now his 6600k runs pretty quiet just because of all the vented panels on the case and the airflow from the front 200m and also sitting right next to the rear exhaust. The GPU sitting upright helps a lot too because it just goes up and out the top. Let me know if you need more help.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/newbee_in_pc/saved/#view=YMD3CJ this is the rig im about to make. sadly i didn't get like yours. Cause the case in my country (Philippines) not available or should i say hard to find/get is there anything problem? Thank you

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, why get the 6600k when you are pairing it with a B150 chipset? I could be wrong but you can't overclock the 6600k on a B chipset. Your choices here are to drop down (if don't don't plan to OC anyways) to a 6600 or the 6500 and keep the B150 chipset OR keep the 6600k and look for a similar priced and featured motherboard with a Z170 chipset. :D