My first ever build here guys! I've been following PC building and hardware for about 3 years. I wanted to get the best performance possible for my dollar. Saw a pretty good deal on /r/Hardwareswap and decided to pick it up and here I am today. I got the Core i5, 212 EVO, 8 GB RAM, ASRock Motherboard, and PSU all in a used bundle for $210!! Picked up a new SSD, GTX 1060, and a Corsair 88R and put it all together. The 1 TB SSD was from my laptop, so I just put that into this build, and put in the new 240 GB SSD into my laptop. The CPU, while not the latest and greatest, can still hang with the best of them in terms of gaming. The whole process was TONS OF FUN, but much harder than I thought it was going to be! I guess watching PC build videos doesn't make you an expert XD. Building is kind of addicting really. I want to build another PC now after this. The whole build was pretty straightforward, but the cable management and getting the PC to look nice, although frustrating, was the most fun part about it.
As, you can see from my photos, this system crushes BF4 Ultra 1080p and plays modded Skyrim surprisingly well. I'm running Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospherics V2.0 ENB with the Noble Skyrim 2k Texture pack if anyone's interested.
NVIDIA GTX 1060 3 GB
I decided to jump on the 3GB 1060 because it was just too good of a deal. The games I play don't eat too much VRAM. Worse thing I've encountered is a bit of stuttering in modded Skyrim in certain areas. I can live with it. The VRAM is definitely a trade off, but I think I've chosen the right card for me. Got a decent overclock out of the thing too. From looking at others online, I've been able to overclock this thing to just a bit over the performance of the stock clocked 6 GB variant, which I'm pretty happy about. The card definitely runs hot though, but I think it'll run cooler once I get some intake fans in the front of my case because I have none as of right now.
This case looks good and has a window. Cable management is pretty terrible though. Definitely recommend getting a semi-modular PSU at the very least. I'll definitely be looking into getting a fully modular PSU in the future. If you couldn't tell from the pictures, all the PSU cables are literally squished in behind the back panel. Overall, it's a good case for the money.
So, how did I do guys?