Description

Another one of my builds with used parts found online and on craigslist/locally.

The NZXT Source is still a very nice case with a reasonable amount of room for cable management. it looks nice and clean.

The first CPU cooler I used was pulled from a pre-built ASUS system. It was basically a smaller, even cheaper version of Intel's stock cooler. The 6400 was nearing 80C under load, which was not good enough for me. took a chance on a cheaper Thermaltake cooler, and I'm very impressed. Temps are now down to 50-60C under load.

Also got a great deal on a sammy 120GB SSD. Works great.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Took a chance on this one, and not it's going to be my go-to budget cooler. Works much better than the stock Intel. Pretty quiet, too!

Motherboard

Wackiest motherboard I've ever used. POST time is a little long and the splash screens don't work very well with the Windows loading icon booting with UEFI (but that's just me being picky.)

Also the BIOS is just very clunky in general. took me forever to find anything.

The one thing I do like is the physical power and reset buttons on the motherboard. Not many boards in this price range have that.

Video Card

Fast card, great temps, nice backplate.

Case

Great budget case, especially if you find used.

Power Supply

Pretty simple budget oriented PSU with an impressive 8.4 rating on jonnyGURU.com

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

As for Intel CPUs they thermal throttle at 100c but for the life of the CPU 80c is considered the max safe temp. The difference from 80c to 50c on a CPU such as yours does not meant a whole lot. Though changing to another budget cooler really isn't a bad idea because I don't like the looks of intel stock coolers.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I like being on the safe side, but you are right about that.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build man. I also built mine with a i5-6400 as well. Just so you know, you can overclock that CPU even though it's a non-k processor. Mine is currently running at 4.6GHz. and since I got the Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 CPU cooler, the temps stay under 73 degrees Celsius. Just thought you should know since not many people know the non-k skylake processors can be overclocked.

Here's a quick tutorial on how to do it if you're interested... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfiGJCUANbA

Lemme know if you have any questions and again, fantastic budget build. Best price I've seen for that much performance.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I'm planning to sell this system locally, so system stability is higher on my priority list than pure performance.

If this was my own build, I would definitely mess with the BIOS to get as much performance as I can. But for this system, I want to make sure everything is functioning as intended for the smoothest end-user experience possible.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup good decision than and I'm sure whoever buys it will be very happy.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and if you're interested, check out my build... https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2Cr6Mp

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

i saw this one by ur comment about selling it, if i were u i would get a new case to make it look nice, if u know what i mean