After my first attempt (big drawn out failure)
My goal was to build a small, quiet PC that had a strong upgrade path. Also I wanted it to be very responsive for general use (hence my choice is SSD, high single core clockspeed CPU and wired internet)
My last build was about a year ago (October 2015/ you can check my other completed build) where I built my first gaming PC. I just went for it and hoped it worked.
I made several mistakes/ bad luck which just made the PC very unpleasant to use:
- Used operating system from an ssd that was in my old living room PC
- Changed motherboard without reinstalling OS
- Motherboard BIOS corrupted a few weeks after updating my motherboard to Haswell refresh
- New motherboard (MSI z97 ITX AC) horrible driver issues, driver instal disk was terrible
- Windows authentication issues
- Finally tried to reinstall windows. Did not help, so far gone I just hated that PC
- Non stop bugs, crashes, sound issues, wifi issues, just a horrible messy waste of time
I sold the thing for parts (except the case and PSU), and didn't think I'd try again. I kept following PC videos on youtube as a hobby, and I became much more hardware 'savy'. I got a graduate job and thought yolo. I tried building again, and this time went absolutely flawlessly. Seriously no mistakes runs like a dream :)
Thanks for reading!
Very solid CPU! Although it is great I've tried to leave a strong upgrade path, which is reflected in my choice of motherboard (see below). I have the freedom to upgrade to a 6600k/6700k. Or I can update my bios and go straight to a 7600k/7700k.
But tbh, I really do think this chip is a solid performer, and when coupled with an SSD and a wired ethernet connection, it really flies :D
After owning an MSI Z97 board all I can say is. THANK GOD.
Asus "Pro Gaming' series mobo's just exude quality, everything about them is top tier. I know this board is overkill, but its jammed full of features (which is useful in an itx build as I have no space for expansion cards)
The wifi, bluetooth, sound chip and m.2 slot make it a great backbone to my build, with the freedom to just drop a better CPU in and OC it straight away!
Most highly recommended part of the build!
Got this off ebay because ram is so expensive at the moment.
This leaves the easy upgrade path for another 8bg stick (16GB total), as I only have 2 dims and didnt want to go for 2 X 4gbs
Great boot-drive. In my opinion I would never recommend a 2017 build without an SSD, no matter how cheap.
Makes the whole experience much nicer. I do think an NVME drive is OTT for most
I also have a really old HDD in my build (500gb). Could die at any moment hahah >.<
Good card. Silent, cheap, low power draw and is a great companion to the i3 6100.
May upgrade down the line, (I know the rx 470 might have been a better option, but I didnt want to spend too much atm).
Great case, fits everything, windowed, logical lay out.
(although pretty damn big)
P.s. I love the PSU shroud, especially with my cheap power supply with all its ugly cables
I wish I could complain about this cheap PSU, but its done very well. Both quiet and reliable.
If i did upgrade to say a 1070, I would also upgrade this
I bought this because its media controls and its very low price.
I may get a better keyboard in the future, but this is such a good buy for a tenner