Description

Again, so dubbed by the client herself.

The basic goal for this rig was to be capable of playing videos/the latest games in 1080p while simultaneously rendering footage, and to do it well at that. I believe it will accomplish that goal, but if the client contacts me in the future with concerns about its capability, I'll ramp up the OC on the 380 and look into overclocking the processor.

No real budget on this one but there was an unspoken soft-cap at around $1000. I ended up getting such good deals I didn't really feel the need to go all the way up there. Plus this leaves the client some wiggle room for adding on new monitors later (she's using a slightly damaged 1680x1050 ~23" Dell monitor right now).

Did my best to step up my cable management game. Still not easy with these non-modular PSU's, but you get what you pay for.

Once again, as this is only my second build, any comments, constructive criticism, pointers, or tips will be greatly appreciated!

Part Reviews

CPU

Seems to be a great relatively budget of a beast. It can be overclocked despite being non-K (If you have the right BIOS), but I haven't looked to much into that as of yet. The stock cooler really does do a great job here, idle temps at 28 degrees and load temps at or under 60. Will come back to report on my results when I inevitably attempt to overclock one of these.

Motherboard

Awesome pickup at $80. BIOS menu seems pretty intuitive, the OC genie function is very specific as to which processor you must have for it to work automatically, but MSI has released plenty of alternate BIOS updates that change the OC settings for different processors, even Skylake's non-K series.

The majority of the SATA connectors are at a 90 degree angle to the motherboard, which may or may not make cable management more difficult for you. It certainly makes adding new drives without removing the motherboard a hassle, as you can't see what you're doing at all when you're trying to plug the cables in.

It isn't the best Z170 board you can find but you get what you pay for, and I paid significantly less for this one.

Memory

Picked these up as part of a combo. Not the fastest but it's really not going to be noticeable, and like most of G.Skill's RAM, it's very appealing to the eye.

Storage

Great entry-level SSD. Windows 10 boots in about 7 seconds.

Storage

At $85 this seemed like a pretty good pickup. Certainly an affordable option for storage for an up-and-coming YouTuber who needs a lot of space for art and footage. The transfer speeds aren't incredible but they're good enough.

Video Card

I really didn't get a chance to push this thing to its limits but man is it a beast. Got it for a good deal with an MIR on top. This thing pushed an absolutely constant 60fps with no drops whatsoever in Bioshock Infinite completely maxed out, and stayed under 50 degrees while doing it. I'm just sad I didn't get to overclock it more and test out other games really.

Case

An affordable case that has a decent amount of features and comes with LED fans that certainly added a wow factor in the eyes of my client.

Tool-less hard drive and optical drive bays make it easy to add or switch drives out.

Cable management was decent, you may struggle when building in this with a lower-end non-modular PSU and the great bundle of cables that comes with. It can be a little difficult to fit the back panel back on in that scenario.

The cables and connectors for the front IO panel completely prevent use of the top optical drive slot and make you do some funky cable bending to be able to use the two lower ones.

The front fan is mounted in the middle, seems to be no option of moving it up/down to influence airflow (but maybe I'm just missing something), but the hard drive cages aren't removable anyways, so it'll be pretty obstructed no matter what.

The LED fans are a bit of a red herring in that the front panel's power and disk activity LEDs are much, much brighter, and will basically illuminate whatever is above it like a flashlight, even if that something is the ceiling 10 feet above. If this PC is in the bedroom you're probably gonna have to turn it off if you want any sleep.

Power Supply

A basic PSU for a basic price. I never envision this PSU in my builds but I keep coming back to it because it's so damn cheap. Some day I'll decide I'm done dealing with non-modular PSU's. Some day.

Optical Drive

Optical drive, does the job. Just happened to be cheaper than the other options at the time.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go for the 6500 and not the 6600k?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess my primary reason would be that I wasn't looking to overclock the processor unless the speed didn't live up to expected results, and in that case, I should be able to overclock the 6500 anyways (with the right BIOS). I didn't feel that having a feature that I may not use be more accessible warranted the $50 price bump.

Also, having personal knowledge of my client, I felt that the proposed goal scenario of simultaneous video rendering and FHD gaming would account for so little of the machine's day to day use that the client really would notice the difference if I were to go with the 6600K.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I am also trying to upgrade to a Skywell but I am not entirely sure which one to get. After this I'm leaning towards 6500 due to price and the fact I have no idea how to overclock! :P

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case I would base my CPU purchase on the motherboard.

For instance, the motherboard listed in this build comes with a feature called "OC Genie", which, if you have the right type of processor, or the right BIOS, literally gives you a one-click, stable OC with a decent performance increase. You don't need to know anything about overclocking. This particular motherboard out-of-the-box supports one-click overclocking for the i7-6700k and the i5-6600k.

So whichever motherboard you have, check if it has a similar feature, or if you do not have the mobo already, take such features into account when making your purchase.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

when i came across this build, and saw the Deepcool case i got so happy to see someone buy the case. i had trouble deciding whether or not to buy the case because of its cheap price. and now i feel like i should really get it for my build. worth it or nah?

BTW loving your build!! +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks!

The case is satisfactory overall, it's definitely not the sturdiest in terms of the plastic/metal mesh finish on the front panel, but it looks nice when you're not touching it. The metal framing is as sturdy as any other case, though.

The airflow is actually pretty good, even with the sole front fan being obstructed by all the drive cages. And there's room for a 240mm radiator on the topside if you wanted to go with liquid cooling for your CPU or whatever. The fact that the side window is vented is also a plus for me.

Basically if you're looking for a side window and LED's but don't want to break the bank or buy/setup those parts manually, this is a pretty decent case to go for. Worth the pickup under $50.

Just be wary of the power/disk activity indicators. They will light up the room more than the fans' LEDs.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, good build, just wanted to know how many USB ports are on your case altogether. Surely there is more then 2 right???

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The case's front panel has 2. The rest will be on your motherboard.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for being a bit dumb but how do you access those USB motherboard ports if theres no other cut outs in the case ?????? Also can i plug my keyboard and mouse into the Motherboards USB ports

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah you can plug mouse and keyboard on the motherboard and the front panel is good if you need to use for example Usb flash drive.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The part list is well off and is very capable.


-Try to route some cables through the back of the case, primarily the front panel connectors need to be.


Good job.

+1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw your review for the case, I'm a first time builder and this case is interesting for me.

Do you think my part list ( http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B3HPMp ) is good for this case?

Thanks in advance :D

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there! Your part list should be fine, if anything you may want to go with a full size ATX motherboard if you can get one you like at a similar or lower price. Just to have more room to work with. But yeah, the only parts you'd have to be concerned with fitting in this case are maybe liquid cooling parts or aftermarket CPU coolers, but even then this is an ATX mid tower so it should be fairly accommodating.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks a bunch! Was debating to get this case or not, looking at the reviews some weren't as serious and detailed as yours haha. +1 on your build by the way :P

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and any more suggestions for the build? Plan on buying it pretty soon and trying to get the best with my budget of 600

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're trying to go for maximum budget performance then you most likely should not go with Skylake unless you value the upgrade path that much. I'd look into maybe finding a quad core at a similar price point on LGA-1150 if you can, as there'll still be TONS of used i7's and stuff on the market when you want to upgrade (assuming you REALLY don't want to just swap mobos when that time comes).