Description

I started with a budget of $1,000 to see what a could build. I wanted to build this with my 12-yr old son who will be using the computer for gaming. It was our first build. We were able to purchase all the parts for about $950. Jet.com was running a new customer special offering 15% off on first 3 orders.We were able to save about $100 taking advantage of that offer. The build went smoothly. I was short a sata cable, but that was easy enough to get.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's a really good basic chip.

CPU Cooler

I didn't really need it for this build, but its a nice cooler.

Motherboard

Very nice motherboard. I would have liked more fan capacity.

Memory

Basic, get's the job done and the price was right.

Storage

This is fast. I use this as my boot drive and it cranks!

Video Card

Nice GPU for the price.

Case

Easy to build in this tower. Cable management was a breeze.

Power Supply

The fully modular PSU is the way to go if you care about cable management.

Optical Drive

Its a cost effective solution if you want or need an optical drive.

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but you could have saved money in a lot of places.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't pay the prices listed. I wasn't sure how to put in what I paid versus what was shown. What would you have done differently?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

it must be sucks getting an i5 only few weeks to the release of r5 how the multithreaded performance wise i'm intrested in gaming yet i want a solide build for my VMware workloads

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

good build but why did you get a watercooler for an un-overclockable chip?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

People have found ways to overclock the 6500. That one santa dude overclocked his pretty well..

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Santa dude. Lol. You mean Jips?

How do you know? Any link/ source would be much appreciated

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/27TBD3#cx2314871

Scroll down a little he says

That doesn't necessarily mean you can't overclock it. I think that our friend DJ Dirty Dan knows this setup is not capable of overclocking the i5-6500 and referring to how he recommends aftermarket coolers for all builds ;-)

BTW... I have clocked my i5-6500 up to 4.65GHz on a Z170 >ASRock MoBo.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I got my i5-6500 on 4.52 GHz right now using BCLK overclock on a z170 Mobo. Goes pretty effortlessly these days. Just adjust base clock, adjust voltage and lower your ram speed to match factory spec again

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

wow, i never thought that was possible. thanks for the info bros

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's definitely not as elegant as just buying an unlocked chip from the start - you lose T readings, sleep modes and other little intel perks. But at the same time, you can get some extra performance out of your CPU if you needed it, and for a lower cost compared to a K version

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to see how a basic water cooler worked. I didn't really need it.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using a MSI z170 Mobo, and can easily overclock the 6500 with their latest firmware, while running a Corsair water cooler. If you wanted to explore that part of PC building..

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Struggling to come to a consensus on whether it makes much difference to use rear fan/top watercooler as intake and front fans as exhaust. vs front 3 as intake and watercooler/rear as exhaust. What are your thoughts?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go for the RX 480? $650 for a GPU that's 70% worse than a GTX 1070 TI for $200 more?