Cheap build for gaming. Yes, I know there's a lot I could have done differently, but it suits my needs for now and I plan to upgrade it later on once I make some more money.
CPU: Dual-core processor with hyperthreading that can actually be overclocked with this motherboard. I will most likely upgrade to a Kaby Lake i5 once they come out.
Motherboard: Z170, ATX form factor (slightly smaller, didn't use the rightmost standoffs so it scared the living hell out of me when I was trying to plug in the 24 pin plug) and it has Sky OC, which is something I was clueless about when I bought it.
RAM: 8 gigs. 'Nuff said.
Storage: 1 Terabyte of storage right now, I'm going to order a Samsung SSD on Thursday.
GPU: Yes, the 960 isn't the best value at this price point, but it serves me well until I need something more powerful. The only problem I've had is on ArmA, where I get 50ish fps on high settings, but it doesn't matter to me at all.
Case: I can fully recommend this case for people on a budget. No, its not the quietest case ever, but I don't care, it was $40. I can't complain about it for the price it was. My next case is going to be the Fractal Design Define R5 for sure.
PSU: Non-modular PSUs are garbage. It was a living hell trying to contain the cable mess, especially the chain of Molex connectors we all know I'll never use. I'm getting a fully modular PSU after I get my SSD.
Monitor: Decent for $75. Has a chip in the screen, but it only bothers me when the screen is black or white.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my build, and please leave any questions in the comments section.
One of those parts that people laugh at and say it's for extremely low end PCs. This little beast really surprised me, and continues to surprise me. It stays cool even with the stock cooler. Overall, it's a great dual-core processor with hyperthreading that can actually be overclocked with my motherboard. I will most likely upgrade to a Kaby Lake i5 once they come out.