I have such an
addiction passion for computer building that it is infectious (well at-least i hope it is)
Sorry about the shaky photos, it was a relatively old (and average) camera and i don't have the steadiest hand.
This build started when i was at a Black friday sale and saw a good deal on the SSD, then i thought to myself "Hey Brandon (my little brother) needs a computer" so then the planning/buying started. First with a call to my little Bro asking if he was keen, then followed by a deal on the RAM at the same store shortly after hanging up the phone.
(Prices are in NZD as i live in New Zealand, and yes stuff is expensive here)
The primary use of this machine would be for playing League of Legends, and so that i could have the chance to build another computer. Although this time seeing as it was a present for my little brother i let him piece it together.
I knew that he had to be on the latest platform (Intel Skylake) so i went for some cheap DDR4 RAM, later invested time into laying out what parts were the best to get and resulted in picking up this beauty of a CPU, this thing is SPECTACULAR for the price and when paired with a mid range GPU (to come later) is a perfect little gaming machine.
I decided to go a little smaller on this build, and because i couldn't find any cheap (but still decent) ITX boards and a matching case i decided to go with mATX board and the Carbide 88r (which i fell in love with on first sight and just had to get)
The PSU i got for FREE from work and was in my grandads computer (i3, 8GB RAM..... i know 550Watts is overkill) but then i purchased the Corsair VS 350 to swap it out into this build for when we want to install a GPU down the road. (the price listed is for the VS350)
Also stole the Disk drive from my Grandads old build.
I am not sure of the exact model of screen we are using with this atm, but it is 1440x900 so i just selected a random one from PCPP
We managed to stay just under out $500 NZD budget (totalled around $489 excluding the case) so thats a major bonus :)
tl;dr I Got my little brother to build a computer and i enjoyed it more than him :D
This thing is cheap, and packed full of surprising amounts of grunt. The perfect entry level gaming CPU, and can be paired with fairly mid-high end GPU's and still hold its own.
Even without a dedicated GPU this thing can play games at reasonable frame rates on low graphics (and League maxed out at 80fps)
Was one of the cheapest B150 mATX boards i could get, still had everything i needed and was very easy to work with. The Bios is great and very user friendly, deducted a star for the issues with USB drivers when installing windows 7
Was cheap and works....
As fast as any SSD out there (well maybe not any but still), boot times are fast and loading times are just as fast. Also a very good price.
Surprisingly light, but looks darn good and was easy to work in. Has plenty of room for larger GPU's and has a nice viewing window (just be sure to get some LED's) deducted a star as it could be roomier in the back for cable management (but i made it work)
It is quiet and efficient, have used this for a few years now and swapped it into a couple of different computers and it is still chugging along.
Love the feel of this keyboard, prefer wired over wireless any day and this is one of the best cheap keyboards (that i have used)