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First of all, I messed up. Years ago I bought a fully furnished "gaming computer" online for way more than I would like to admit. But thanks to the glorious website you are reading this on, I got over myself and was able to build a glorious computer for a lot less than I could have ever found. Being in college at the time I am making this build, I am going to talk about it like I am writing an essay. If you want to ignore the loving care I put into this build, skip the next paragraph. Either way, thanks for taking the time to read this. I put a lot of effort into this build and would like to think that I could provide some insight for someone in the future.

Anyone who has ever gone to college, understands that there is not a lot of extra funds laying around. That is why I wanted to build my new computer piece by piece, instead of forking out way more than I should have. Being on a budget, I knew I couldn't afford the best-of-the-best components, but I certainly didn't want to be skimpy either. That is what lead me to chose the processor that I did. I had thought about a build with a small profile, but I decided to go with something with room that could be upgraded later as needed. Being a gaming rig, I wanted it to be fast, but couldn't afford a whole lot just yet. I had the storage covered from the old computer, but it's hard to stay away from Steam sales even if I won't play the game ever again. The one area I decided to splurge on was my graphics card, but decided against the top of the line and go with something that performed as good as its price point. My old computer had a thing with cooling, albeit a lack of it, and I decided to go with something that allowed for easy modification later on down the road. At first I used the old power supply, but quickly switched to something more modular so I didn't have all the excess cables sprawled throughout the case. The case came with a couple fans, but I decided it needed more now that I had the capacity for it.

TL:DR (you can go more budget friendly with less expensive brands, but I didn't want to sell myself short) Processor: i5 instead of i7 because even under a budget it still performs outstandingly well Motherboard: I wanted room for growth and future-proof my build Memory: I felt 16gb was plenty to start off with, anything more would have been overkill at this point Storage: Currently have enough storage, but could always use more; if you don't have a SSD, get one Video Card: FTW edition because better specs; The 1080 just didn't have the overwhelming specs for the price Case: MOBO lays flat, plenty of room inside for cables (or fat fingers); top panel options for mesh and 200mm fan mount or windowed panel to show off (either/or additional panel can be purchased through Cooler Masters part store) Case Fan: case comes with two front, installed another in the back, might add one on the top, has room for two more near the internal drive bays

Final Thoughts - Thanks again for reading any/everything. I am not open for suggestions on what I should have chosen but feel free to ask any other questions about why I chose what or what you should do in your own builds!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor, came with a small fan, little slow handling major tasks or high res games; overall gets the job done

Motherboard

Plenty of room for all of my components, only wish it came with more than one USB 3.0 header

Memory

Love 'em, plenty of RAM for what I have now and the black goes with everything; planning on getting a second pair, but later down the road

Storage

Great reviews, perfect for the OS and plenty of room for all your basic applications

Storage

Had one in my old comp, plan on adding another and stripping them together

Storage

Great budget OS drive if you don't have the money for an SSD right off the bat, just wish it had more storage

Video Card

Love it! Best bang for your buck in my opinion, very long card so make sure you have the length for it. Has LED controls to add character to your rig without surplus lighting kits

Case

Couldn't be happier, so much room for everything! The panels are held on by a couple thumb screws as well as the MOBO tray making it very easy to work on and maneuver cables around

Power Supply

Plenty of power for enthusiast gaming rigs, don't sell out for a fully-modular PSU because this one only comes with a 24pin and 8pin cables attached which everyone needs anyway

Case Fan

This moves so much air! Quiet for how much it moves, perfect for getting that extra cooling across the entire motherboard and graphics card

Case Fan

Stout little fan, really pushes air around for its size. Relatively quiet even at full speed

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Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

why did you get a Z170 board if you got a non overclockable CPU? also how did you like that case? I was thinking of getting it myself.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably so he can upgrade eventually, also could be that he just likes the quality of it

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Like I mentioned, I still had a budget so I do plan on upgrading eventually... just couldn't fork out another $100 on an i7, and yes the board is very pretty

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

The 6500 can overclock, along with all non K skylark chips. It does require a Z board and sometimes a prior bios.

non K overclocking

6500 could probably hit 4.4ghz - 4.5ghz without much effort on something other than a stock cooler.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the Title

Hehe it does sound like a children's book.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Little hint, get an after market air cooler. You will get better thermals when it comes to gaming and it basically eliminates all thermal throttling that the cpu may undergo.

Also +1 for the title.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! The only thing that i'm wondering is do you really need 32 gb of RAM? In my opinion 16 is more than enough for a first build and also do you really need that much storage? Other than that, nice build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

Oh and I recommend to get a different cpu cooler like a Cryorig H7 or Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO because you don't want your processor to overheat.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I only have 16 right now, plan on 32 later down the road if I do some editing... and like I said, I spent more of my budget on the GPU and plan to upgrade the CPU and add a better cooler after I get everything else settled

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  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

o just realized now thanks

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

this is more of a YA book, you know the type with the misleading title that murdurs everyone in the first 5 minutes with its awesome frame rates. ( anyone know a book like that? mabye a really high powered kindle book i suppose)

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

do you really need anything more for a non overlclockable cpu?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

its so loud though!

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

RIP

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Budget bro, budget... with saving later comes a better processor and better coolers, though it is pretty cold as is