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Prices are not exact to what I paid, as I reside in India, and prices here are quite a bit higher.

This build was for a friend, who was kinda tight pressed about the budget. He did end up extending bit by bit, quite over his budget, but overall quite satisfied with the setup. A lot of influences taken from my last Gaming and Editing rig.

For the CPU, chose the tried and true Core i5 4460, a really great quad core Haswell piece clocked at 3.2Ghz. Performs great for any sort of gaming use, and doesn't bottleneck even higher tier cards.

I paired the CPU with a cheap Asus H81M-CS Motherboard, primarily to save money. This is a really basic board, has only 2 SATA 6Gb/s and not even a USB 3.0 header. The USB 3.0 header was an issue, as I didn't know about that omission, so I had to purchase a USB 3.0 to USB 2 header adapter. Other than that, the motherboard seems to be reliable enough, and at the price, its a decent overall choice. Probably will be getting a better one when possible.

The Kingston HyperX Fury is a great RAM, have been using it in a lot of my recent builds. Took a single 8GB stick, leaving the 2nd slot empty for upgrades later.

For the storage side of things, I got the popular WD Blue 1TB drive, and I also got a Samsung 830 256GB for a mere 3500 INR (around 50 USD) off ebay. For comparision, a new 850 EVO 250 GB is over twice as costly at 7500 INR. Great deal on both the storages.

Most of the budget increases went into the GPU, the Zotac GTX 960 AMP! Edition. I wanted to get the MSI Armor version, as I am super happy with mine, but it was out of stock, and the MSI Gaming/Asus Strix was even costlier, so got this instead. It does run hotter than the my heavily OCed (1.46ghz core, 7.8ghz memory) MSI Armor variant, but nothing to worry about. Pretty good card, even has a backplate, which is kind of rare in this segment.

For the rest of the parts, I went with the Corsair Spec 01 Case and the awesome Antec VP500PC Power Supply. I also got some Deepcool 120mm LED fans for the front intake and rear exhaust, as the case comes with only 1 fan. I ordered 2 more fans for the top exhaust too, I know its overkill, but my friend wanted them.

The Dell S2216H monitor is one sexy monitor, them bezels, just them bezels is enough to make you fall in love. Also it has the standard VGA and HDMI outputs, along with dual speakers, which are pretty loud and headphone passthroughs too.

Pretty sweet spot build overall, runs all games like a boss at 1080p. The total cost came out to around INR 59000 (890 USD), all inclusive. Its still work in progress, some parts will be added over time, and some will be replaced with better ones later, but I am satisfied.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this build overall! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, this build would have been perfect in a Micro ATX Case seeing as how empty it is on an ATX case but very neat build. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How was the cable management with the Spec? I've heard it can be difficult but your build looks pretty tidy!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Its not too great, very challenging to get good cable management.

Firstly, there is no CPU ATX 12V cutout on top, so you NEED to pass it from the motherboard cutout on the rear before attaching the mobo to the case, otherwise you wont be able to put in in.

Then there are no cutouts for the front panel headers in accordance with shorter microATX boards, so again, I had to route the USB and audio headers from the motherboard cutout. You might have to do the same for the buttons and LED headers depending on your mobo layout.

Other than that, the side cutouts work well enough for the 24 pin, sata, PCIe etc. Would have liked rubber grummets though.

Its a really challenging case to get cabling correctly. You have to pre-plan everything before putting in a single component. I wouldnt really recommend this if you want stellar cabling potential, other than that, its a decent enough case.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting, thanks for the advice. I am using this case in my next build and was looking at Silverstone's Cable Extensions to add some colour to the build (https://www.overclockers.co.uk/silverstone-cable-extension-value-bundle-red-bu-013-sv.html). I don't know whether these would help cable management; by adding length to the cables making access to some ports easier. Or if they wouldn't; by adding to the amount of cables I'd need to hide behind the case. What do you think?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

They wouldnt. Infact it will be harder to route behind the motherboard, as the sleeved cables are thicker.

Cable length isn't an issue, all the PSU cables are long enough, but the issue is the lack of opening at some necessary places, lack of enough cable tie down points in the rear etc.

I suggest you get the NZXT S340 if you can, its around 10-15 bucks more, but its a lot better case overall.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The Dell S2216M has HDMI? From its specs looks like is has VGA and DVI.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine is S2216H, it has HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm audio passthrough

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. Thanks. From other opinions there's a few things you should've done differently. Let them pay for what you should've done differently. Nice build.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally satisfied with the monitor. Been using this on a multitude of builds nowadays.

Its an IPS panel, viewing angles are great, and the bezels are super thin. Have a look at my other gaming build, there are a few pics of the monitor there.

Also, it has dual speakers built in, they are pretty decent for what they are.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

R9 380 is a lot costlier here, around 18500 to 19000 INR compared to 15000 INR for the GTX960.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get the 960 for 15000?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Available in MD Computers in Kolkata. I got a MSI Armor OC variant few months ago for 15.2k, and this Zotac AMP for 15.4k both from the same store.

The 4GB AMP edition costs 15.5k right now, the 2GB are around 15k now.

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