Newest Build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/gCKBD3
December 2016: I mainly use this pc for gaming. This was my first build so I didn't go all out but I still wanted good performance. I have plans to upgrade later.
PC Specs (December 2016-Present)
- Intel i3 6100
- Asus H110M-A/M.2
- Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133
- WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM
- EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
- Corsair 100R
- EVGA 430W 80+
What can run on this? (As of December 2016)
- GTA 5- 60+ fps on high (normal texture quality)
- H1Z1- 60-80+ fps on medium
- CSGO- 100+ fps on very high
- Rocket League- 100+ fps on ultra
- Battlefield 1- 50-60 fps on ultra (same unless you go down to medium)
i3 6100 - The CPU for this build is the Intel i3-6100. The 6100 includes a stock cooler, so I will probably keep it for a bit.
Asus H110M-A/M.2 - This motherboard is cheap and has a lot of features. I found this motherboard for only $47, at this time the only other cheaper motherboard does not look as good as this one for the $5 difference.
Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) - I found these sticks for only $44, at first I wanted a single 1x8gb stick but the price was so good, I couldn't pass it. Looks very nice in my system.
Looking back on it, It would've been so worth it to get a 1x8gb stick because RAM prices are so expensive.
-WD Blue 1TB - I'm currently using my old 1TB WD Blue drive. Works fine after 2-3 years. -Seagate Barracuda 500GB - Another hard drive from an old computer.
GTX 1050 2GB - This will run modern games at 1080p quite well. The extra $20-30 dollars for the GTX 1050 Ti wasn't worth it for me. I really like the Zotac card.
Update: I now have an EVGA version of the 1050, works the same, does the same.
Corsair 100R (Window) - The Corsair 100R is an ATX case that can fit my components. It offers decent cable management and there's room to expand. It also has two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. There's a Silent version of the same case if you want the quieter version.
EVGA 430W 80+ - EVGA is a mainstream brand so even though it's not an 80+ Bronze - Platinum, it does what it is supposed to.
Late 2017: I still mainly use this pc for gaming, most games still do play good at 1080p. I am really looking to upgrade this Christmas. Games like PUBG really struggle on this computer. You need at least 12GBs of ram or buildings don't load half the time.
10/2/17 Update #1: I changed out my GPU for a different one. I changed it to a EVGA version of the 1050.
11/13/17 Update #2: I just got some new LED lights. They work fine.
9/1/18 Update #3: Newest part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/gCKBD3
2016 Review: At first I thought I would have to upgrade this to an i7 after 6 months. I was wrong, this CPU does everything I need it to do. I do wish it had 4 cores but it's fine for now. Still, an i5 is way better for the price.
Updated Review: It was good at the time. This processor is basically useless now. Now that the Ryzen 3's are out, they offer more perforce for the same price and have 2 extra cores.
Has most of everything I need. It makes my PC look good. Cheapest LGA 1151 motherboard out there. This motherboard is far from "low-end" it has a nice bios. The reason I gave this 4 stars is that of the number of ram slots and only one sys fan.
Pros: Price, the upgrade factor of an m.2 SSD, and the looks.
Cons: Only 2 ram slots, it's not a problem if you already went with 16gb or even a 1x8gb. I'm slowly finding that I'm going to need to upgrade to 16gb so I'll have to buy a new board or just a new set of ram. Only having one system fan is really annoying as I have to use molex for them.
Best looking ram out there for the price. I got it for only $45 dollars, a great deal. I'm thinking of buying a new motherboard for another set.
Old HDD, do not buy this as you can find 1TB or 2TB for even less used or refurbished. Plus SSD's are so cheap now.
It does what it needs to, as far as hard drives go. I've had it for 3 years, hasn't broke.
Great card, nice performance, nice looks.
Looks nice from the outside, cable management was okay. There is no hole for the 4+4 CPU cable. The side panel window is cheap and scratches very easily. There are better options out there for under $50. Other than that very good case. If I could give it a 2.5 I would. Buy a Phanteks case for $10 more, or a Cooler Master $10 less.
Looks very good for the price. I wish the cables were just black but you could just use cable extensions. Hasn't failed after ~1.5 years.
It’s a DVD drive.... not much else.
Pretty nice mouse but it does not compare to my new Zowie mouse. Great $40 mouse.
Great headset, sounds and looks good. You can use something like PC Equalizer to make it sound even better. Cable is pretty bad though, it gets tangled and I've even had to cut it before. The cable got so bad that I had to buy a replacement. The cable is not a standard 3.5mm cable because the part you actually plug into the headset extendeds a little bit. In the end, I had to spend $14.30 (shipping + $0.81 tax in Kentucky).
Great RGB kit. The colors are very bright, I really like the white color for my pc.
One con is the adhesive that comes with the strip is really bad, buy a magnetic one or strong tape.
I bought one from Amazon and another from Newegg, the one from Amazon feels more cheap for some reason. They are advertised the same but if you’re getting these, make sure you get it from Newegg.