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So after researching a good part of 4 months about which parts to buy and where to buy from i finally decided i would build a PC within 700 to 800 USD budget range including the monitor. I started scouting for prices online and checking out the local Micro center 50 miles away ( thank god for Micro center !!!) and decided Micro Center offered way better deals on CPU and GPU's. I am not a regular gamer but would like to try some new games like CS go, GTA 5 and FIFA 17 to start with. The prices here are more or less close to what i got.

i3 6100 - 109.99 AS Rock Z170m Pro4 Motherboard for 79.99 ( bundling the CPU reduced 30$ and will take off another 20 when i mail in the rebate) Zotac Gtx 1060 Mini 6gb for 239.99 ( cant beat these prices and its 6GB !!!) Crucial Ballistix Sport 2 x 8gb for 64.99 Crucial Mx300 275gb SSD for 64.99 EVGA 500B powersupply ( non modular ) for 62.99 ( 15 usd rebate to be maild yet. Newegg has bettter prices might go to micro center to see if they can match the pricing ) Thermal take Versa H22 case for 37.99 ( was the cheapest ATX mid tower i could get . Thermaltake v3 was on sale for 22.99 including the rebate but the case itself was very bad and didn't have USB3.0 and I didn't like it ) ACER S230HL ABD 23 inch 1080p monitor was on sale for 79.99 ( sweet!!!)

total price - approx 785 USD 750 ish USD after rebates.

very happy with the build.

Might exchange the I3 for an i5 6500 for 70 bucks extra ( let me know guys am not sure if it s a good investment !!!) The case came with only 3 mounting screws for the motherboard . i don't know if it is standard but my motherboard has close to 9 screw holes. also there were only 3 fan headers and my case had 4 fans so have to shop for fan splitter

Part Reviews

Case

I bought this case for my budget build.

Pros -

Really good case for the price. Decent enough space for cable management. USB 3.0 and 2.0 port at the front 4 case fans included !!!

Cons -

User Manual was useless and had wrong info in some places. Had to figure out a lot on my own.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

There definitely should have been more mounting screws in there. Also, I'd say you won't really need to upgrade from that i3 for a while. Maybe one you get a new GPU, a CPU upgrade would be in order. Otherwise, you got good parts for your price. Nice work for a first build!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope there wasn't :( only 3 . I ll be visiting the store soon and may be i ll ask them . Thanks anyways :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Not bad for your first build, but it needs some cable management, mostly that CPU power lead draped across the entire board. The case has a cutout in the upper left section meant specifically for that.

Also I'd keep the 6100, lower power, higher base clock speeds and same number of threads. I'll probably catch crap for that but to me, an i3 Dual Core w/ HyperThreading does just fine compared to an i5 QuadCore w/out HT, especially in regular day to day activities. Highly CPU bound functions (very select few games and some production applications) will benefit but regular gaming at 1080p with a 1060, i3 6100 will do just fine.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that cutout was blocked by the fans ( this case came with 4). I am not sure if i need 4 for this setup . if not i ll take that out and route the 8 pin CPU from the top like you said . Thank you for your comments :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job for a first build, just clean up that cable management a little bit and you'll have a good looking rig there. Also, just curious, is the SSD your only storage or do you have a HDD in there as well? I'm assuming you do if you are gaming, but just in case you don't you can get a WD Blue 1tb for around $40

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 2.5 inch 750GB WD on a laptop that i hardly ever use. WIll be using that soon as a secondary storage. Cable management was a pain . most of the PSU cables are routed from the back and tied down but the CPU 8 pin was right the top corner of the MB so had no choice than to route directly from the PSU's . the fan cables as well were short to route from the back . if you have any suggestions i can try them out . thank you for your comments :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely a solid first gaming build. I'm rocking an i3-4160 and a 750ti and it does fine at 1080p med settings, so your build will kill at high settings! +1

And as for upgrading to a i5 6500, of course if you have the money do it as it will allow you to upgrade to a better gpu without having to also upgrade the cpu later on. Personally though, as long as you are getting the frames you want I would stick with what you have.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I think i will stick with the i3 for now. I am not a heavy gamer and definitely wont be doing CPU heavy tasks like video editing. So i3 it is !!!! thanks for your comments :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea you should be happy with your build, and even if you ever do video editing, the i3 will be able to do it, slowly, but it will do it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Very good build for a first time builder.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good build, focusing your money for a better GPU and saving on the CPU was definitely the right choice and this build should perform admirably on any game 1080p however I would recommend prioritizing a CPU upgrade for next time you do decide to upgrade because newer games are starting to become more CPU intensive with the release of DX12.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats what has been bugging me. I was undecided until the last moment of i should stretch the budget for an i5 or go easy with an i3. Hopefully an upgrade next year to i5 . Thanks for your comments.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Update -- Apparently i was confusing between stand off screws and mounting screws. My case doesnt actually need mobo standoffs except for one or two screw holes. so took it apart and sat the motherboard directly on the raised screw holes in the case.