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Forum Topic "I need to upgrade."

jimlandiaman 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

Got it.

If you were to upgrade CPU/mobo/ram with the intention of building the PC you linked, I wouldn't go for an upgrade unless it was to those specific components. That looks like it will be around $600 without a CPU cooler, so I would wait.

Forum Topic "I need to upgrade."

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

What are you using the build for?

Forum Topic "Is this a good build for the money?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $228.66 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus PRIME Z270-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $82.98 @ PCM
Storage PNY CS1111 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $87.49 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Blue 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $66.45 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB ARMOR OCV1 Video Card $189.99 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $89.98 @ NCIX US
Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Wired Gaming Keyboard $59.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Razer DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse $49.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1190.39
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-03 12:59 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Revise this part list for my friend :-/"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $234.89 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler Purchased For $0.00
Motherboard MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $139.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $123.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 960 Evo 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $129.99 @ B&H
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card $254.99 @ Amazon
Case Deepcool DUKASE V2 ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $67.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $92.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1099.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-03 17:31 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Revise this part list for my friend :-/"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

What is your friend going to use this computer for?

Forum Topic "Full $2k setup"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

What are you using the build for?

The only thing that sticks out to me is the storage - 120gb on a boot drive can be in my experience a little bit constricting, and you can afford a little more if you cut the extra fans (the case you selected should come with more than enough fans).

Forum Topic "Need help"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

All of the components are compatible. The power supply you selected or the one in my build are good.

I would recommend using a motherboard with a B150 or H170 chipset.

Forum Topic "Need help"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago
  • What are you using the build for? If you're just gaming, than 32gb of ram isn't useful over 16gb (and much more expensive).

  • The power supply you selected isn't showing a price for me (using the AU filter).

  • I would recommend a better motherboard if you can afford it. H110 is from my experience pretty limited, and only good for very low-end builds.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $267.00 @ Shopping Express
Motherboard ASRock H170M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $132.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $119.00 @ Scorptec
Storage Kingston SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $98.00 @ Shopping Express
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.00 @ Shopping Express
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Dual Video Card $288.00 @ Shopping Express
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $64.90 @ Skycomp Technology
Power Supply Corsair RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $156.20 @ Skycomp Technology
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1189.10
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-21 23:55 AEDT+1100

Forum Topic "Cheap 1080p Streaming PC for Gaming"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor £101.14 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard Asus H110M-K Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £47.99 @ Amazon UK
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory £42.46 @ Ebuyer
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £42.98 @ Ebuyer
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB Video Card £90.89 @ CCL Computers
Case Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £28.96 @ Ebuyer
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £48.90 @ Amazon UK
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit -
Monitor Samsung S22D300HY 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor £81.98 @ Ebuyer
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £485.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-19 16:49 GMT+0000

The OS didn't have a listed price (I'm in US), so I left £65 or so for your OS. (OEM copies appear to be £60 on amazon).

Forum Topic "Need opinions and suggestions for £300 PC build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

What are you using the computer for?

Forum Topic "Best list for a gaming rig"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $191.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $75.28 @ Jet
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.78 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 470 4GB ARMOR OC Video Card $169.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $42.25 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $53.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $90.72 @ B&H
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $33.63 @ Amazon
Monitor AOC i2267Fw 22.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $99.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $47.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $946.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-05 08:28 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Please— is this a good build ?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I would go with just one 2x8 stick of RAM, but other than that it looks good.

Forum Topic "Please— is this a good build ?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

What do you mean?

Forum Topic "Please— is this a good build ?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Everything looks good except for the power supply. The original NEX series is OK, but outdated. An EVGA G2 costs only a few dollars extra and is a much better unit.

G2 on PCPP

G1 review

G2 review

Forum Topic "Entry level gaming and video editing"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI H110M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.88 @ OutletPC
Memory ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $43.99 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Mini Video Card $109.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $53.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $56.97 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $488.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-01 11:30 EST-0500

The 470 isn't necessary for a build like this. For 1080p gaming, the 1050 should be more than enough. Since a good CPU is especially important for video editing, I would rather spend the extra money on the i3-6100. Video editing also takes more storage, so if you can't afford an SSD/HDD combo, I would go for a hard drive over an SSD.

Forum Topic "Pls help, newbie budget build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI H110M PRO-VD PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $54.89 @ Jet
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $68.88 @ Jet
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 2GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card $105.98 @ Directron
Case Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $56.97 @ Newegg
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N10 PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $19.77 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $501.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-01 11:20 EST-0500
  • I'm assuming you want to play on a 1080p monitor given your parts choices. At 1080p, more than 2gb of vRAM isn't really needed, so you can save a little with a 2gb version of the rx 460. the GTX 1050 (non-ti) would work as well.

  • The power supply and case you chose aren't awful, but not the best either. The CXM in this build is higher quality than the EVGA in your build. The case isn't as big of a difference, so feel free to use the Rosewill you selected.

Forum Topic "Gaming PC-$800"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Maybe something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $191.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $75.28 @ Jet
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $38.49 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $139.99 @ B&H
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $56.97 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $85.68 @ My Choice Software
Monitor Asus VX238H 23.0" 1920x1080 Monitor $139.00 @ Amazon
Keyboard Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard $26.31 @ Amazon
Mouse Redragon Centrophorus M601 Wired Optical Mouse $13.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $937.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-01 08:33 EST-0500

With an AMD GPU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $191.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $75.28 @ Jet
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $38.49 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 470 4GB Video Card $182.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $56.97 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $85.68 @ My Choice Software
Monitor Asus VX238H 23.0" 1920x1080 Monitor $139.00 @ Amazon
Keyboard Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard $26.31 @ Amazon
Mouse Redragon Centrophorus M601 Wired Optical Mouse $13.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $980.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-01 08:35 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Need parts list around $800-$900"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I misread about the RAM and forgot to re-add the power supply. Thanks for the corrections.

Here's a corrected build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $191.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $75.28 @ Jet
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $38.49 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Armor 2X Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $85.68 @ My Choice Software
Monitor Acer G257HU smidpx 25.0" 2560x1440 60Hz Monitor $233.99 @ Jet
Keyboard Cooler Master Devastator II Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $29.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $895.17
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-01 08:30 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Need parts list around $800-$900"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $191.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $106.95 @ Jet
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $26.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $63.00 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Armor 2X Video Card Purchased For $0.00
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $85.68 @ My Choice Software
Monitor Acer G257HU smidpx 25.0" 2560x1440 60Hz Monitor $233.99 @ Jet
Keyboard Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $47.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $885.26
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-01 08:01 EST-0500

Forum Topic "Advice for first editing/gaming build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

He's in Australia, so the USD prices aren't meaningful.

Forum Topic "Advice for first editing/gaming build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Since the i7-6700 and H110 motherboard can't overclock, there's no need to get an aftermarket CPU cooler.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $418.00 @ Shopping Express
Motherboard MSI B150M BAZOOKA PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $119.00 @ PCCaseGear
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $115.00 @ Scorptec
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $88.00 @ Shopping Express
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.00 @ Shopping Express
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card $399.00 @ Mwave Australia
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $49.00 @ Scorptec
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $81.40 @ Skycomp Technology
Optical Drive LG GH24NSD1 DVD/CD Writer $18.00 @ Mwave Australia
Keyboard Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $14.00 @ IJK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1366.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-23 00:11 AEDT+1100

Forum Topic "ITX Build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

H170 is the best chipset of the three for sure. I personally would avoid H110, but B150 is okay.

Forum Topic "ITX Build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Based on your usage (light gaming, etc.) I doubt that you'll need the power of the i5-6600k. You could save ~$50 by going with the i5-6500 and no CPU cooler instead (not to mention a cheaper motherboard as well). Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $191.91 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock H170M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $97.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $49.99 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $449.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-10 13:43 EST-0500

Your current build is fine, of course. You might just not need to spend that much.

Forum Topic "Budget Gaming Build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago
  • The i3-6100 will come with a CPU cooler that is more than adequate for a build of this sort. I would use that over the C7 in order to save money.

  • The motherboard you selected is pretty expensive. I would get a cheaper motherboard and a USB wifi card to save money.

  • There's no reason to have a 750 ti when you can get a 1050 for the same price.

  • The power you selected isn't very good. I would recommend something a little bit higher quality (low-end power supplies can fry your other components pretty quickly).

Here's what I came up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock B150M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $71.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $49.99 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $37.00 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Video Card $109.99 @ B&H
Case Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case $38.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $53.98 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN822N USB 2.0 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter $17.31 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $490.13
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-10 13:13 EST-0500

Forum Topic "First build, need a expert help on a problem."

jimlandiaman 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Using an M.2 card will prevent you from using one of the SATA express ports. However, your hard drive will use a regular SATA 6gbs connection, so there will be no issue.

Do you want additional build advise as well?

Forum Topic "About to order any problems?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I am fully aware of the benchmarks. The Extreme Pro is intended for users who frequently write and read from their storage. This would be users looking to render 4k video footage or w/e from an SSD instead of a HDD. Skimping out on your SSD in a setting like that would drastically lower performance.

The intended use of an SSD in this build is to boot the OS and maybe a few games. Neither of these tasks will benefit from a high-end drive like the extreme pro, so budget drives like the SSD plus will be much more appropriate given the budget.

Forum Topic "About to order any problems?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

All of the drives in question are good choices, but not necessarily for this build. The intel 750 or Sandisk Extreme Pro are too expensive for a gaming build like this, and wouldn't have significant benefits over the SSD plus when used as a boot drive.

Forum Topic "About to order any problems?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Yeah, a single rx 480 should be good for 1080p.

I would use the A-data sp550 or the Sandisk SSD plus. The Extreme pro/intel that Lemon recommended are good drives, but the extra price isn't worth it for a gaming build like this.

Forum Topic "About to order any problems?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago
  • You don't need to buy that case fan. The S340 comes with more than enough fans for this build.

  • A 750w PSU is overkill for an rx480/i5-6600k. I would save your money and go for a 550w G2.

  • I would strongly recommend getting a 240gb SSD for this build. With the money you save on the PSU/fan, you might be able to squeeze one in.

The rest of the build looks good to me.

Forum Topic "Cheapest i5 6600"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £167.87 @ More Computers
Motherboard ASRock B150M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £58.23 @ Amazon UK
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory £28.68 @ Amazon UK
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £29.99 @ Ebuyer
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £37.96 @ BT Shop
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £47.70 @ More Computers
Power Supply XFX TS 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £34.19 @ CCL Computers
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit £55.00 @ Amazon UK
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter £12.98 @ Novatech
Other Rx 480 £140.00
Other Keyboard and mouse £17.99
Other BenQ £79.99
Other BenQ £79.99
Other Elgato £89.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £880.56
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-25 20:35 BST+0100
  • The i5-6600 doesn't have any real advantage over the i5-6500, and the 6500 is slightly cheaper.

  • This B150 motherboard has all of the functionality you need (the CPU you selected can't overclock) and is cheaper.

  • What are you using the build for? If you're just gaming, then you don't need more than 8gb of memory. For tasks like video editing, 16gb is worth it, however.

  • Unless you have specific use for it besides installing your OS, I wouldn't bother with an optical drive.

  • The XFX TS 550w unit is pretty popular and well-respected, but I don't know much about the 430w model. You might consider the CX430 as a comparable alternative (or the cx450 if it's available in the UK).

Quick edit: What do you need the external game capture for? Free software like OBS is more than adequate for game capture.

Forum Topic "what motherboard is as good as the one I have?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $204.98 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock H170A-X1/3.1 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $79.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ Amazon
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $584.41
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-22 21:37 EDT-0400

-with the i5-6500, you can't overclock, so the aftermarket CPU cooler and Z170 motherboard won't be of much use. By going for an H170 board and stock cooler, you save a good deal of money.

  • With the money you saved, you can afford a 240gb SSD. This will give you some breathing room for putting more games/whatever onto your SSD.

  • This Phanteks case will be a little better quality than the S340. Both cases are good options, however.

I hope this helped. Good luck with your build!

Forum Topic "what motherboard is as good as the one I have?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Do you need SLI on your motherboard?

I would recommend this SSD over the one you selected. It should preform at least as well as Toshiba, for a fair amount cheaper.

Forum Topic "Thoughts on my first build, components as well as overall advice"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I would recommend the Cryorig H7 over the 212 evo. It outperforms the cooler master by a good deal, and is only $5 more (The PCPP listing is incorrect).

The rest of the build looks good. I think the 500gb SSD will be fine, but in terms of in-game performance you won't notice the difference between that and an SSD/HDD combo (which would get you much more capacity for the same price).

Forum Topic "Build Ideas and Opinions"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

The rx 480 is supposed to be released June 29. The 1060 should be around sometime this fall.

Forum Topic "Build Ideas and Opinions"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I would recommend not listing Windows in your parts lists, as that Windows key is explicitly against the rules (with good reason):

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • Manirelli, one of the PCPP staff

I would build something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $76.49 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $34.69 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380X 4GB PCS+ Myst. Edition Video Card $189.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $62.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor AOC i2267Fw 22.0" 60Hz Monitor $99.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cougar 200K Wired Gaming Keyboard $34.98 @ Newegg
Other TP-LINK TG-3269 $8.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $728.47
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-20 21:42 EDT-0400
  • i3-6100 outperforms the FX-6300 in most games. The motherboard is cheaper and has access to better technology.

  • The r9 380x will outperform the GTX 960. I would recommend waiting for the rx 480, as it will perform at least on-par with a GTX 980 for around $200.

  • The case in this build is higher quality, as is the power supply.

  • If you can, I would add an SSD to this build. That depends on how much over-budget you can afford, however.

Forum Topic "Opinions on Gaming build?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I don't know what the prices are like, but I would strongly recommend a GTX 1070 for this build if you can afford it.

Forum Topic "First time building a PC. Here are all my parts, is there anything to be changed?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Most ATX-sized motherboards have more fan headers. This one should have at least three (I've used the Z170 variant with no issues).

The i3 is plenty for CS:GO, and should be adequate for your other games.

Forum Topic "First time building a PC. Here are all my parts, is there anything to be changed?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

What are you planning on using the build for?

  • The i3-6100's stock heatsink will perform adequately. The 212 evo is a waste of money in a build like this.

  • I don't know your workload, but most tasks that make use of low-end hardware like the i3 and GTX 950 won't need 16gb of memory. I would recommend getting a 2x8 kit.

  • I would spend the money you save from the two points above to get a 240gb SSD. 120gb is usable, but can get annoying after a little while.

  • Unless I'm mistaken, that motherboard only has two fan headers. This means you cannot use your CPU fan, front fan, and exhaust fan (the SPEC-02 comes with two fans) all at the same time without additional hardware. I would recommend getting a SPEC-M2 as building in an ATX system with an mATX motherboard can sometimes be a hassle.

  • Keep in mind that you will only save that money from mail-in rebates several weeks after you purchase your parts. I tend to make parts lists without using rebates.

I would build something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $76.49 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $34.49 @ Amazon
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $139.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $54.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $65.99 @ SuperBiiz
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $29.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor AOC i2267Fw 22.0" 60Hz Monitor $99.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Razer DeathStalker Essential Wired Gaming Keyboard $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $765.39
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-20 18:02 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "DDR4- ? what does it all mean"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

16gb of memory isn't needed for games, and isn't hard to add later if you do need it.

Forum Topic "DDR4- ? what does it all mean"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Any Z-series motherboard supports overclocking, but only with a K-series CPU. Z-series motherboards also allow you to run memory faster than 2133mhz (on an h170 board all memory will downclock to 2133).

DDR4-2666 and 3000 can make a slight (few FPS) increase in games. I would recommend 8gb of memory at one of those speeds for a gaming build.

Forum Topic "$250 home use build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $45.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $26.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $42.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $259.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-17 22:34 EDT-0400
  • A comporable but slightly cheaper SSD

  • A slightly cheaper case (that doesn't need a mail-in rebate)

  • A somewhat better power supply. The EVGA 430w is pretty much the minimum of quality, but I wouldn't recommend it if you can help it.

Forum Topic "Lowering Price While Keeping Performance"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

The release price of most aftermarket 1070s is supposed to be $380, but they're currently going for much much more (almost as much as a 1080 for some). I would wait until one drops below the founders edition's price.

Forum Topic "see any problems or changes needed? game vr build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago
  • The 212x doesn't seem like a very good value. I would recommend the cryorig H7 or cryorig m9i, both of which should perform on-par or better than the 212x (as well as being much easier to install).

  • The New CX series hasn't gotten reviewed yet, so it's not certain that it's good quality. For a build with a GTX 1080, I would use a better PSU even if the CX got good reviews. An EVGA GQ or G2 would be good options, as well as the Corsair RMx series.

  • Why the wired network adapter?

Forum Topic "Lowering Price While Keeping Performance"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago
  • The P2 is pretty expensive. The EVGA G2 550w would be just as suitable for this build for $25 less.

  • For gaming, you don't need 16gb of memory. I would recommend an 8gb kit with 2666 or 3000 speed, as the higher speed can result in a mild performance gain.

  • The GTX 1070 will outperform the GTX 980 by a good margin. I would wait for an aftermarket 1070 instead. Alternately, you can probably find a good used GTX 980 for a much lower price.

  • You could save ~$20 by getting a slightly slower SSD like a 240gb SP550 or Sandisk SSD Plus.

I hope this helped. Good luck building!

Forum Topic "Too much?"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Well.

  • I'm assuming you already have storage, since you didn't include a hard drive. At this budget, I would recommend purchasing an SSD if you don't have one already.

  • The i7 isn't necessary for gaming. An i5-6600k or even an i5-6500 would do just as well for less.

  • Similarly, 16gb of memory isn't needed for gaming.

  • The 212 plus should not be that expensive. I would recommend a Cryorig M9i instead (or no cooler if you go for a non-k CPU).

  • The new CXM series has yet to be reviewed. In any case I would go with a higher quality PSU considering the rest of your build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $197.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $98.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $41.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $449.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $57.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $84.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1006.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-17 21:20 EDT-0400

Forum Topic "Opinions About my Build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

For just gaming, you'll get the same performance with an i5-6600k. You might consider going for the i5 and saving your money.

Forum Topic "Opinions About my Build"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

What are you using the build for?

The only part I would strongly recommend changing would be the PSU. As Coop points out, the G2 has much higher build quality than the NEX. A 550w G2 would be ideal, since it's about the same price and still gives you enough headroom for overclocking your CPU.

Forum Topic "First Gaming Pc"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

The i5-6500 comes with a cpu cooler. No need to get an aftermarket one unless you plan on overclocking (which the 6500 can't anyway).

Forum Topic "RX 480 budget build ideas"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

It's fine in that case.

Forum Topic "RX 480 budget build ideas"

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

For a Z170 build, I would recommend DDR4-2666 or 3000 memory, as it will give you marginal performance gain for very little extra money.

Are you planning on running multiple GPUs? You don't need a 750w PSU except for SLI/Xfire configurations. I would recommend getting a 550w G2 and saving your money.

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