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First build, looking for advice and input, budget of around $500

ZEBuckeye81
  • 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!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

This should be fine for you, but you cant over-clock that cpu, so an H170 will be fine. I put an i3 6100 in the Second build option so you could have a graphics card if you want to do some gaming. The first has an i5 that you could use for general use fine but in the future you should get a graphics card and it will be a more capable system.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus H170M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $103.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $33.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $43.26 @ Mac Mall
Power Supply Silverstone Strider Plus 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.36 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $497.47
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-12 09:00 EST-0500

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $124.69 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $79.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $33.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R7 370 2GB Core Edition Video Card $127.99 @ NCIX US
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $43.26 @ Mac Mall
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $43.57 @ Mac Mall
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $500.38
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-12 09:04 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestions! I may actually bump up to a i5-6600k and Z170 motherboard. I'm not sure if I will over clock but might as well leave myself room for future considerations. Does the 6600k have integrated graphics? If so, I'd probably hold of initially on a gpu just to save cash, and then watch for a good price on a decent card.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now I can get the i5-6500 and GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 for $305 after rebate. Figure a $50 case, microcenter has deals on decent psu for about 50, $50 for ram, and then get an entry level gpu or use on board graphics until I find a deal on a decent gpu. Thoughts??

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