- 52 months ago
Hello everyone, first post here, although I've spent a lot of time reading build posts. This is my first build, and I'm still learning differences in components, so be easy on me! Bottom line is, I'm looking for the most bang for my buck using quality components and something that will be upgradable several years down the road.
Approximate Purchase Date: I will begin buying components within the next week or two. I have a discount code on jet.com, so will probably start with ordering CPU there.
Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping: $500, approximately and preferably under if possible, , with or without rebates, with or without shipping (pretty flexible, however I am looking to stay around $500)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily will be a general use home PC - currently only using a laptop. Office, managing media library, perhaps some light video editing etc. Inevitably will end up doing some gaming on this. I have not been into PC games for several years, currently have been playing on PS4, but I anticipate getting back into playing CS and other steam titles I've missed out on, and have been checking out trailers of upcoming games.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes - I will be purchasing Windows 10 and Office, and am not counting these in my build price.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever is cheapest! I am open to recommendation here. There is a microcenter close to me, however I will shop wherever I can get the most bang for my buck including rebates and shipping cost vs tax, etc.
Location: Cincinnati, OH area
Parts Preferences: I would prefer to go Intel, and accept this alone means paying a bit more. I have strongly been considering an i5-6500 and Z170 based mobo. I want a good balance of currently being middle of the road with good upgradability potential down the road.
Overclocking: Maybe, although this would only happen down the road to squeak a little more life out of my cpu before upgrading. I don't have the money to risk burning up anything.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe eventually, but probably not.
Your Monitor Resolution: To be honest I have no idea :pt1cable:
Additional Comments: Case wise, I'm not opposed to a full ATX, but have leaning towards a mid tower. I really only need one external bay, as I anticipate only putting in a DVD RW drive. (although I was eyeballing the fancy digital information displays). For storage I plan on a primary SSD for the OS etc and a WD blue (or black, whatever is best for the money) 1TB HDD. I will also be using an external hard drive for back up, however I am not counting that against my build price.
Thank you in advance for any advice and insight!