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To first start off, all of this was purchased from Microcenter. I put all the prices I paid in store for, and I must say I got some sweet deals, even with having to pay sales tax. This is also my first PC build, I built this with my tech wizard of an uncle. Great experience, wanted to expand from PC gaming off of my Macbook :P So lets get into the parts I picked.

Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Wanted to grab a Intel Processor and thought why not grab a new Skylake i5. I did not overclock, but I figured why not get the extra 0.2GHz and have the option available if I needed it for the extra 20 bucks. Very power efficient and works very well.

Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid Got this as an early X-Mas gift from my uncle that helped me build the rig, keeps the CPU very cool. Will be able to support any overclocking of the CPU if I decide to use it also. Looks cool and setup a push/pull system with fans to accompany it.

Asus Z170-AR ATX LGA1151 Fantastic Motherboard with some cool bells and whistles at a lower price point. Had no issues with anything on it and very simple to understand. BIOS is beautiful and will make doing anything on it very easy.

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Have had no issues with them. Saved me some money, work as fine as Corsair Vengeance with a lower price tag. Probably will update to 16gigs soon.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Cheap. Holds a good amount of storage. It does what it does.

Zotac GeForce GTX 960 4GB Got it for $50 under the $250 price tag that was listed. Same price as an EVGA GTX 960 2GB. My uncle really likes Sapphires AMD cards and since Zotac is Sapphire for Nvidia I went for it.

NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Sick economical case. Looks great with a good price tag. Easy to work with and makes cable management easy to do and to get the best airflow.

Corsair 600W ATX12V Had no issues with it. No biggy about it being Semi-Modular to Modular, because your gonna use the cables that are not modular anyway. Why pay more when it does not matter?

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit) Uncle had some spare keys, got to use them on windows 8.1 and upgraded to 10

Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm x2 Nice cheap fans we picked up. Makes my build quiet . No complaints and installed fine.

I will add more pictures and update details later. Let me know what you guys think :D Thanks.

Part Reviews

CPU

Really great CPU. Not the most economical but is fast at the base clock of 3.5GHz and you can always overclock.

CPU Cooler

Have no complaints, no need to maintain and you just really install. Keeps CPU (Intel Core i5 6600k) really cool. When gaming and streaming at the same time it keeps the CPU well under 60C.

Motherboard

Great motherboard at low price with a few nice features. BIOS is beautiful and easy to use. Manuals make everything a breeze and made building go faster. No complaints here.

Memory

DDR4 for my Skylake build, see no huge difference between this and Corsair Vengeance. If you need to save a couple bucks go with these.

Storage

It spins, it holds stuff. It works. I guess we can say it does what I ask and does what its supposed to do.

Video Card

Cools itself great. Benchmarks high games @ 1080p with over 60fps. Would recommend.

Case

Beautiful Simple Case. No DVD drive bay made windows install a pain (Dont ask how we did it, you do not want to ever do it how we did it) but overall looks great and is basically a dumbed down version of the H440.

Power Supply

Semi-Modularity is no biggy, as you use the non-modular cables anyway. It works. Thats really all I can say.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Cool build. +1

Why pay more when it does not matter?

Because ripple suppression , voltage regulation, and efficiency is still a thing.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Sorry not very savvy when it comes to the PSUs :P It didnt really matter for me so thats why I said that haha

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It didnt really matter for me so thats why I said that haha

The power supply is the heart and soul of your computer. Purchase a bad power supply, and your whole rig is in danger. If the ripple is too high, then your parts will be damaged overtime.

The Corsair CX600 may seem good on the outside, with its sleeved cables, 80+ bronze rating, and the Corsair name, but underneath it is a pretty mediocre power supply. It's fine for your uses though.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Should of picked up a 970 or r9 390. So you can play current games on max settings.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not have the budget for either of those and the 960 is all I need for what I do.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Good mid gamer.

Assuming you had a budget (GTX 970 or R9 390 prices out of scope) I would have gone with an R9 380 4GB, or at a stretch a R9 380x, both better than the 960, plus you only get 3GB at max on your card, the 4th GB runs slow.

Also, that PSU, though ok with this build as you are probably around 50% usage. But if you were planning future O.Cing or a new GPU I would have gone with a EVGA B2 750 semi.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

$890 was my firm budget, and to get any of the Skylake i5s I had to go with a GTX 960. It meets my needs and I didnt feel that I needed a 970 for what I do. When I do upgrade anything other than RAM or possibly adding an SSD I will get a new PSU to accompany whatever that is. I had to go with this PSU because of my budget, and it worked with some extra wiggle room.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoa my apologies apparently I didnt read. I wanted to go with a Nvidia because I love the GeForce Experience and didnt want to give that up for a little more performance. Sorry and Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. As I said nice build and you'll be fine with that psu even with a small o.c. Not far off something I was considering for a friend. Though you guessed it I am a sucker for Radeon cards and trying to tie him to a r9 380x.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You already had a 6600k, but i would have gone with a gtx 970. It may be a litrle more money, but your build was already so cheap. The gtx 970 has much more performance thab the 960

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

My build might have been "So cheap" but when it comes to the budget I had I already went $40 so there was nothing I could do from there.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by, "i already went $40"?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

My apologies, some things slip by me when typing. I meant to say I already went $40 over budget, sorry and thanks :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!! What GPU temperatures are you getting with the zotac?

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldve gotten and i5-4690k or a FX-8350 to put a lot more money towards the GPU, which is why I said its not the most economical. But I am very happy with my decision. No SSD because of my budget, but it is on top of my upgrades list.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

As for your Concern, Im currently monitoring everything closely and will continue to do so for a while. After then ill stay alert just in case. The only issue I see with the PSU is upgrading anything but the RAM or an SSD which will come in later. When it comes time to Overclock the CPU, Upgrade the CPU, or Upgrade the GPU a new PSU will accompany it. Thanks!

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