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I upgraded from an 8-year old PC. This is a HUGE upgrade for me. The old PC is becoming a home server.

Old PC: MSI P35 Platinum LGA 775 Motherboard / Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 / PNY GeForce GTS 250 / 6GB of slow DDR2 RAM

I was originally planning an AMD FX-8320 build to keep this system as cheap as possible. I saw a sweet deal for a free motherboard (!) with purchase of an i5-6600K on B+H so I changed up my plans. I ended up with an i5-6600K for about $20 more than the FX-8320.

My main concern here was performance in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I'm a hobby photographer and those programs DRAGGED on my old PC. I stopped posting online because of how long it took to develop RAW images. I focused on quad-core/octo-core chips because Adobe's newer CC software threads pretty well. Performance benefits are pretty flat after 4 cores but it helps with exporting.

Gaming was a secondary concern. I couldn't justify spending another $200 on the R9 390. I love gaming but I don't play enough to invest that money. I might upgrade the video card later this year but so far, the R9 380 has been fantastic. Everything's run perfectly so far.

I got some other great deals -- Best Buy pricematched Newegg on the SSD at $59.99, I used a $10 gift card and a 10% off coupon. $20 rebate on the R9 380, $15 rebate on the EVGA 600W PSU.

I purchased Windows 7 Pro from my campus bookstore for $20 and used a free upgrade to the Windows 10 Education edition. So I was able to get Win10 for $20.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 4 points

I've heard Reese's is a really sweet manufacturer, glad to see their products finally being used in a build here!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

It was, by far, the most delicious of my components. Would recommend one for any build.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! The PSU isn't wonderful but it's okay. If you ever need more graphics performance you could drop in another 380. It's a great card and I feel it is very underrated. It is faster than a 960 and has similar power consumption.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, the 380's pretty underrated. Especially at that price point.

I could definitely add another 380 if I need more performance, good idea.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly, those pictures. Those pictures are love, those pictures are life. What camera/lens is that and do you use any filters?

+1 for the sick build too;)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I use a Nikon D3200 with a 35mm f/1.8G. I also used a bounce flash because I'm insane meticulous

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Gloves were needed

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I wear gloves most of the time

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for this noob question, but what have you used for cable management inside the window of the case? It looks like black sleeving or tape.

I am getting ready for my first build and just curious as I see it a lot in builds and wonder if it comes with the cords or if they are bought is all. :)

Great build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! One nice thing about that PSU is all the cables came sleeved. Really helped out. Outside of that I just used cable ties.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply! Oh okay thats helpful. Even in photo 42, where the colourful cables behind the GPU box have that black wrap around them for management? I didn't know if those were included or if they have a name haha.

Thanks for the help! Cable ties will be my best friend I think. Neat job on yours too.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! That wrap came pre-installed on the PSU cables. Really nice move by eVGA. Cleans it up and just looks nice. That + tie everything down = clean cabling.

If your PSU doesn't include it you can get cable sleeving real cheap. Like, $0.35 a foot cheap.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a nice move on their end! We'll see how I go, hopefully it turns out clean. I'm very particular about those kind of things haha.

Awesome! Thank you for the info and link. :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Always great to have a photographer build a PC :P, the photos come out looking AMAZING! +1 for you!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) !

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking build and amazing photos. Love how they told the story of the build. +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

your pictures made me feel like you were a surgeon with the gloves and wrist strap.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Is it match together i mean is fit for the gpu and mb ?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it seems to work match very well.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. I think your parts are perfect for your use(s). GPU is weird but 380 should be good. Them gloves. +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

A 380 is better than a 960, and he could drop in another for Crossfire later.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! The only thing I would change is the GPU. But that's just personal opinion!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, nice save fixing the ram into the proper dimm slots +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there i have a question for u does i5 chip bend under cooler master i've reading many bad reviews about this plz answer,THANKS.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Mohsin308! I have not had any trouble with bending. My system has been functioning perfectly for months.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

I was super anal (heh) about getting fingerprints on the case. Coincidentally I have a couple huge boxes of latex gloves in the garage for woodworking, so...

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

So they don't leave any fingerprints

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  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I dont case either. ;)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Casing, not even once.