Description

This is my first ever build. My goal was to build a pc for my wife and I that can do office work(spreadsheets, office, email, etc) and entertainment for our daughter. Me, being the selfish person that I am, decided that I also want to be able to enter the PC gaming master race. The constraint on this build was about $550.00. Due to having $350.00 in Amazon gift cards, most parts were bought from Amazon save for the m.2 ssd and motherboard. After some research and many revised builds, here is what I went with along with a quick description:

CPU I choose the Intel Core i3-6100 after some thought. I was debating between the Pentium G4400 and this and I think I made the right choice. This CPU should be sufficient for office work and some gaming.

GPU I debated between the 1050 Ti and the RX 470. In the end, I chose the RX 470. Attached to my 1080p monitor, this graphics card should be able to handle everything at it with playable frame rates.

RAM I went with 16GB of ram. I figured this should be good enough for all of our use cases.

Storage I got a little wild here for my first time. I planned on a 1TB 7200RPM drive for this PC, but I found a great deal on an M.2 128gb stick. I loaded Windows on this stick so I boot in about 14 seconds from press of button and system seems very snappy in its limited use so far.

Case I kind of rushed my case choice but I settled on the Rosewill TYRFING Mid Tower. It does the job and seemed to not hinder my first time building process at all. I have no qualms here.

Motherboard

I chose the Asus H110M-A/M.2 Micro ATX motherboard. I got this for 34.99 after MIB. I thought this was a great deal for what it was and my budget.

Price

Total cost for this build: $580.00 Gift Cards: $350.00 Total Paid: $230.00

Please tell me what you guys think, what I should do differently, any advice, etc. I am open to any kind of criticism and I truly had a good time building this PC. Remember, this PC is built in a family setting with my wife and young daughter. Gaming is second fiddle in this build but definitely the best part about it.

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Very solid build and the parts go very well together.

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Upvote for the i5-6100 (:

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Love the budget build. The 470 over the 1050 ti was an excellent choice. The 6100 is a great cpu as well. Fantastic build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

You did great, IMO. A (semi)-modular PSU is always nice, but not necessary, and doesn't affect performance anyway. This doesn't directly address anything with the build, but perhaps plug in prices paid for parts (how's that for alliteration)? I always like to see what kind of deals people got, even if it makes me jealous sometimes.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I have updated the post to include pricing!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Groovy!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great points there! I can't seem to find how to manually enter prices, which is why I included it in my description.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

8gb of ram would have been fine, and saved you another $70

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I knew this would be the case. The 2nd stick was purchased after the initial order and I knew it was not necessary.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

haha whatever more the merrier. great build overall tho

  • 40 months ago
  • -1 points

You do not need 16Gb Ram, 8 is enough(most games need 2-8, 16Gb is waste of money and it will not have any difference.(i would use that money to get a better cpu)

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

Thats not true the newer and more challenging games like Rust and battlefield etc will use all the ram and the pc will be bottlenecked. It is also nice for photoshop or and editing softwares.

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Agreed 8gb held me back in Rust especially where now my pc can use about 9gb with rust, and minor programs running in the background.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I disagree that it is a waste of money, but it was certainly not necessary at this point. I plan on upgrading components from time to time and improving this build, this helps with the future proofing.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir. I researched every day for a few weeks and many changes were made, but I am very happy with this!