added new pictures, got a new desk and cleaned up the cables
A little backstory before I start, this is actually the first time I built a computer and I actually surprised myself because I didn't even believe that I would build a computer. I actually have a Macbook Air 2013 which was originally intended for college only. I didn't want any distractions such as games so the Macbook was perfect for me. Fast forward a few years and I have graduated college and can't play that many games on my Macbook... I was half joking with my friends that I would build a pc and then somehow I caught myself looking at sales and ended buying some stuff and jumped down the rabbit hole and bought more and more... and here I am today.
I was only playing League of Legends for awhile since that was one of the few games that worked on a Mac. For League of Legends, you technically don't need high specs for that game so it was whatever. Then Rocket League was finally released for the Mac and boy was that horrible. I was playing at 30fps on the lowest setting for Rocket League. It was bad to the point that my friend said he won't play rocket league with me until I got a new computer. Hence this build.
Since I'm not a huge gamer and don't intend to play any high intensive games, I set my budget at $800 because I really didn't need the high-end stuff if I was just going to play League of Legends and Rocket League. The only other game I would venture into was Overwatch maybe.
Overall, I had fun building this computer for the first time and now is suffering from withdrawals and want to build another one even though I don't need to... Anyway if you read all of this, Kudos to you! fist pound ~fa la la la la ~
**edited: I did end up adding exhaust fans to my build later on just for the heck of it since the air 240 has a great airflow design and it looks nice with white exhaust fans in the back x] I'll add pictures later
For the CPU, I was originally going for the i5-6600k since I didn't really need an i7 since I wasn't planning to do any video editing or high intensive games. Then I realized that the Mobo I purchased wasn't one that can overclock so I downgraded to the i5-6500 instead. I kind of glad that I did because I did save a few buck and I didn't even know how to overclock anyway so I was happy with my decision. I actually got it for sale for only $174 at monoprice but with tax, it went up to $191, which was still cheaper than MRSP.
For the CPU cooler, I had to get something that fits the Cosair Air 240 and decided to go with Cryorig because it fits the case and color scheme I was going with. It works like it should have and looks amazing
The MSI Mortar MIcroAtx had everything I needed with extra upgradeable for the rams if I ever need more rams. Love the fact that the gpu slot on this mobo was steel plated for extra strength. Everything is labeled out on the Mobo for an easy installation. It telels you which RAM Slots you should be using if you're just going with a 2 sticks configurations etc. Another good thing about this Mobo is the EZ Dedug LED on the right side. It tells you what was installed incorrectly so I can easily fix it but it's only for the CPU/RAMs/GPU but I think those are the important thing here anyway.
The only con is that it only can only handle 2 fans so if i wanted more, I would need to get a fan splitter.
For Rams, I just went with whatever was on sale. Everyone told me that 16gb is the new norm and these Team Dark Rams were on sale for $55 which was the lowest I saw for any 16gb rams. I actually got the DDR-2400 version but couldn't find it on PCpartpicker.
For storage, I went with a 240gb OCZ trion SSD which was enough for me since I had the same memory on my Macbook and didn't even got near using up all that memory. If I ever needed more memory, I'll just wait for a Black Friday sale or something. It boots fast and works perfectly
GPU, I went with the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 and it handled everything I threw at it (just LoL and rocket league) Like I said earlier, I'm not going to play any high intensive game so this GPU was in the right price point for me and in my budget. It was on sale on Amazon for $249 with a $20 rebate and I had a Amazon giftcard that covered the tax so I only paid $229 for the GPU :D
It was love at first sight! Loved the color scheme and needed something small since I had a tiny desk. This fits just right and was really easy to build in for a first timer. The dual chambers make cable management a breeze! The only con I could think of is the filmy plastic cover that it came with. It scratches easily along with the window panel. My GPU cables is pressing against the window panel and is leaving some marks behind which isn't the best but I'll live with it.
It works! 650W may be more than I needed but it was on sale and that's why I got it. Love the fact that it came with all black cable and none of those ugly mustard cables. The only con I have for this psu is that it is kind of loud and wished it was quieter
Wireless Network Adapter
It works as it should have! I don't have much problem with it but I do get random ping spike only when I play league sometimes...
Been lagging a lot lately so taking a star away
IT HAS LED IN ITT AND IS PRETTTY. Even though I got the quiet series, I still think it was a bit loud for me but oh well, it looks nice
**edit, giving the star back to this fans. I thought the fans were loud but it was actually coming from the PSU Lol