- 52 months ago
I have never built a PC before so I am new to this and have some general questions. I am on a budget of around $750 (price is inclusive with a monitor). My initial thought is that the most important things I want to spend money on are a good processor and good motherboard. I am looking at the i5-6500 skylake processor and the Asus Sabertooth Z170 S mobo. I just want something that I can always add on to later if needed. I will initially be using the onboard graphics with the intent of upgrading to a video card later down the road. Is this thinking correct or should I go for a cheaper mobo around $100 and get the graphics card now? I am mainly going to be using the computer to learn programming on and to do general tasks (web, spreadsheets, e-mail etc). Which is why I am looking at the skylake being that it supports DDR4. I am also toying with the idea of getting a "better" case. Was looking at the NZXT Phantom 240 but was thinking maybe the NZXT 530 might be better although much more costly (almost double the price). But I am wondering if the 530 is really that much better than the 240 to justify the cost.