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First build to replace 10 year old PC

by APV39


Well here it is, my first computer build!

CPU: I started looking at the I3-6100 a long time ago but after Kaby lake came out, just like most people I switched to the Pentium because of the hyper-threading that was added.

Motherboard; I really like the look of this board. Its not flashy but it still looks good, it looks more stealthy than most boards and the two case fan headers really sold me on this one.

Ram: Goes withe the motherboard really well, the heat spreader looks pretty cool.

Storage: 1TB Western digital, have had a good experience with them in the past.

Case: I love Corsair cases, nice and simple and although this one is on the cheaper side it doesn't feel flimsy, I really like the window on the side too.

PSU: OK, now here is where everyone is going to be like "whoa, that is way too much!" "That's overkill!" I agree with you. The issue was when I put this PC together I found out that my original PSU (Corsair 450 CXM) was DOA... Well actually I didn't know it was until I ran to Best Buy and picked this up on a hunch. Since its only a difference of $7 I'll just send the Corsair back and consider this "Future proofing for down the line upgrades"

ODD: I was just going to get a blue ray reader but the writer was the same price.

Case fan: Knowing my case only came with one fan I knew I wanted to add a couple. Good looking fans.

Thanks for looking at my build and any comments or criticisms are welcome thank you!

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yveshe 5 Builds 4 points 19 months ago

I think a 120GB SSD would've made this build a perfect $500 budget build.

Robertbert 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Agreed - maybe the first upgrade!

yveshe 5 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I know it's a modern typical builds with 1/2 TB HDD but in the past it probably made more sense. SSD will make life much easier - and enjoyable in processing and practically everything on an SSD :)

APV39 submitter 1 Build 4 points 19 months ago

originally I was going to get a 120GB SSD but I figured the computer I am used to is 10 years old and running windows vista so anything will be faster than what I have lol. Right now my main focus is to get my OS installed on this baby so I can actually use it, I'm going to be running Linux Ubuntu.

Robertbert 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Ubuntu FTW!

APV39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

After talking to the my friend that works IT at my work and finding out how much he hates Windows 10 on top of all the spying and forced updates that comes along with the $100 price tag I figure that was the easy choice

ctf05 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago


Renfist 2 points 19 months ago

Very nice budget build!

APV39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thank you!

customgtp 23 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Good parts so far. Just need a 120gb ssd and a 1060 gtx or comp. So far so good

APV39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks, I was thinking about maybe getting a GPU for it later down the road

tony475130 2 points 19 months ago

Build looks nice! Very budget orientated but good enough considering how far technology has come in the past decade or so. Only criticism I have is the case. Although branded as a matx tower its really close to the size of an atx mid tower. Would have personally gone with something smaller and more elegant like the inwin 301 for $10 more so your setup doesn't look so empty inside.

APV39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thats a nice looking case, unfortunately I filtered it out by requiring at least one 5 1/2 drive bay for my blue ray reader/writer

tony475130 2 points 19 months ago

Ah, forgot about that. Sould have sprung for one of those usb bluray writers instead. More portable and only use it when necessary. But to be honest who buys writable bluray discs anymore lol.

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APV39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I have a ton of actual CDs over 300 of them, I would like to still use them and I also figured I could later upgrade my ram and add a graphics card down the road. Overkill PSU was because my original was DOA and I didnt want to wait for a replacement. The bigger one was only $7 more. Thanks for your input though!