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NOTE: This is my first time ever building a PC, so please go easy on me lol
So my goal was to create a budget gaming PC that looked great and performed even better. Having reviewed many PC builds on this website, I notice many builders go with the default black/red build. I wanted to create something that was different than most other builds. After many hours of research and watching videos, I decided to create this orange themed beauty. P.S. It's also October, so why not orange?
CPU/Motherboard: NOTE I actually purchased the ASRock Z170 Extreme 6, The website only let me select the 6+. I went with this selection because of a few things. 1) The most obvious, its a skylake build :) 2) The motherboard not only has great reviews and is loaded with features, it really fits in well with my orange build 3) Newegg offered a decent combo deal on the new i5 and ASRock mobo
Memory: This is something that I can slowly upgrade, 8GB DDR4 is enough for right now.
Storage: Double SSD for a total of 480GB is plenty enough for me. I do not store a crazy amount of files and these will work great in terms of performance. Great reviews and these look freaking awesome with the orange flaming cat.
Video Card: I went with the GTX960 because I'm already over budget and this card will do enough for my purposes. I will definitely be upgrading this down the road.
Case: The NZXT H440 shouldn't need any explanation. What a great looking case!
Power: 650W is plenty enough for this build and EVGA is good PC component company.
Accessories: x2 Orange 140mm Fans add more to the orange theme. NZXT White LED strip, I purchased this because the orange strip is no where to be found (actually had to order one from United Kingdom) and this will work for right now adding a little more flare to the build.
Lastly, I purchased the Artic Silver thermal compound & the thermal paste remover kit for the stock paste put on the Corsair Liquid cooler. I actually ended up testing out the stock paste on my cpu and it has worked just fine. My idle temp is very low. I will save these for later upgrades.
As a final note, I wanted to mention as a first time builder the experience was great! However, the hardest part by far was try to figure out all of the wiring. Most plugs are only fit to work with their respective counterpart, but some of the items were a pain!
Please leave a comment below with any comments, concerns, tips, advice, praise or feedback that you may have. Again, go easy on me lol