Description

Ever since a while back, specifically a year and a half in the past, I've been interested in the topic of PC building. I thought I was skilled enough back then, but looking at my past self now, I think I would've made several mistakes during the build. Now that I've built this new computer, I'll describe what I'm using the machine for, how I'm doing with it, and if I've encountered any problems.

Alright, I've built this computer to address several of my activities on a computer, after years of using OEM PC's and low-end to mid range hardware. I mainly do some gaming, mostly Minecraft, some video editing, DVD authoring, running a Minecraft server, virtual machines, and multitasking.

The build has worked pretty well so far. I've tested if the build worked after organizing parts of the build and it worked! The build is pretty fast, much faster than my last computers. When rendering a few videos on Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11, I've noticed that the build would take a much lower time than my last computer. (20 minutes from a few hours before.) Performance had also astounded me, since I've come from using several old computers that are still usable but are quite slow. Managing the cables when I was building, it was fine, but from the pictures I didn't have that good cable management.

During the time I've used this build, I have stumbled upon an error or two, whether it be driver issues or a BSOD that happened out of nowhere. But the system is overall stable. *Edit: Yeah I've encountered quite a number of blue screens, but thanks to some helpful replies on some forums and some research I've fixed up the cause of the BSOD's.

-Here's my thoughts on the parts.

Intel Core i5 6500: Nice CPU for about $200. Runs nice and fairly cool. Also does include a stock heatsink, and even though an aftermarket heatsink would be nice, the stock heatsink still does the job fine. Great performance as well. IMO one of the best bang for the buck CPU's out right now.

Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 G1 Gaming: Really good GPU in the $300-350 range. Although there isn't much overclocking headroom in this edition, I did manage to get the card at 1.07 GHz, mostly stable. I really enjoy the performance of this card, as well as the 8 GB of GDDR5.

Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI Motherboard: Awesome motherboard for less than $150. Has pretty much everything you'll need for now and the future, and looks nice with the LED's. VRM heatsinks and support for some overclocking is also a nice feature for people wanting to overclock.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB: Great memory for a fine price. Nice heatsink on them, good clock speed and latency, and the red color scheme is nice as well.

Fractal Design Define R5: Excellent case. Front panel window also adds a nice touch to the build. Nice color scheme and full featured with all the bells and whistles, even all the hardware bits and pieces you'll need. Cable routing is also nice in this case.

EVGA SuperNOVA 850B2: Great power supply for the money. Ample wattage for some CrossFire or SLI builds, and overclocking. Has all the cables you'll need, and it's pretty straightforward with the cables. My only difficulty with it was that the ATX cable is split 20+4 pin, and I plugged it in with the 4 pin part not properly connected. I've already addressed that issue, and everything is working good with this PSU.

Sandisk SSD Plus 240GB: Great SSD for about $70. Ample storage for all your programs, probably not games. Fast SSD for the price as well, with the 10 second boot time with this drive. The SSD is concealed nicely in the SSD mounts of my case.

Western Digital Blue 1TB: Great hard drive. Nice performance for a mechanical hard drive and with a decent price. Seems to run fairly quiet. Ample storage for a lot of photos, video, games, etc.

LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray Drive: Great Blu-Ray drive for about $50. Can read/write on pretty much all the optical formats you'd use, and runs fairly quick.

Corsair AF140: Awesome fan for your exhaust fan, sounds fairly quiet, and nice blue LED's on it.

Corsair SP140: Great fans for your intake fans. Although a little loud, still runs great, especially if there's a tight space for the fan to blow air.

Windows 10 Home: Excellent OS. Compatible with lots of software, runs quick, and feels nice, with the mixture of features from Windows 7 and 8.1. Runs mostly stable, albeit driver crashes and BSOD's I've encountered.

Samsung S27D360H Monitor: Nice monitor. Decent price as well. Colors look good, viewing angles are fine, and the color scheme is cool even though my build's color scheme doesn't match the monitor's. There's even a 'Game Mode' option where the brightness, colors, and I believe even refresh rate adjustments are made to optimize the picture. Only gripe of this monitor is that it's a little shaky, and I've checked the screws, they're all tightened.

Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Bundle: Great gaming keyboard and mouse for $30. Looks nice with the blue and black color scheme, and feels nice to type on for a rubber dome style keyboard. The mouse also feels nice to game with, and the DPI button is also nice to have. Only gripe of this set is that the LED of the mouse will not turn off unless you disconnect the mouse.

Insignia Powered Computer Speakers: Awesome speakers for about $40. Great bass and sound on this set, and easy to set up. The little controller of the speakers was also nice to have. The speakers are also strong too. Can feel the vibrations when playing some music.

Thank you for taking a look at my build and I hope you like it!

Part Reviews

CPU

Really nice CPU for around $200. You'll get great performance from this. Well worth my purchase.

Motherboard

Awesome motherboard. Has everything I needed and more. Nice LED's on it as well.

Memory

Pretty good memory for around $85. Got XMP Profile running on it, running smoothly so far. Looks nice and the low profile design is another bonus.

Storage

Great SSD! Pretty fast for an SSD at a decent price.

Storage

Solid hard drive. Good performance as well.

Video Card

Really good graphics card! Great performance and cool LED's on it as well. Runs quiet at idle since the fans will turn on when the GPU is at a certain temperature. Also tried overclocking and went fine, but I'll stick to stock speeds to make things stable.

Case

Nice case! Simplistic, full featured, and big enough for my needs. The side panel window also makes the build look cool.

Power Supply

Solid power supply. Has all the connectors you'd need, but the main ATX power connector had given me some issues when connecting it, but I've fixed that issue.

Optical Drive

Pretty good optical drive. Fairly quick too.

Operating System

Really nice OS! The added features and performance of Windows 10 is great so far.

Case Fan

Looks nice and performs great. Got one of these for the exhaust fan.

Case Fan

Works pretty good. Also goes great with the color scheme of most of my build. Got two of these as intake fans.

Monitor

Great monitor! Nice colors, solid performance, and cool color scheme. Only thing I don't like about it is that it's a little shaky.

Keyboard

Great budget gaming keyboard and mouse! Feels nice to type on and the design is nice for a budget gaming keyboard. Only thing I don't like about the set is that the LED for the mouse is always on, unless you remove the USB cable of the mouse.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Man

I heard that this mobo isnt a full atx motherboard, its width is a little short, correct?. I was planning on getting it but i just wanted to see if you had any issues due to it being not full ATX

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I did some research and found out this motherboard is 2 cm shorter in width than another motherboard I searched up, which was the Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5. When I was building the computer, found that most of the standoffs lined up with most of the screw holes, but a few on the edge was a little short from the remaining standoffs. The little width difference did put more pressure on the motherboard when you're connecting wires to it, especially the big ones. However things are running fine.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

so really i just need to be careful when connect the wires

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

but over then that a great board

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably, but you'd need to be fairly careful with the larger cables because they can do a little bending, but shouldn't cause damage. Just don't use too much force when plugging in the cables and you should be fine.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

i got a modular psu so it might be a good idea to plug some of them in out side of the case

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

or just get a different mobo

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got one question, what color LED is the Windforce logo?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a light blue color

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

aw dang it, welp i'm still gonna get it

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

uh dude where is the completed build photo?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I'm on it. Got in 2 pictures of the build, the current setup and an angled side panel view. Sorry if this doesn't answer your question though.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be great if you could just take the side panel off and take a photo of the whole build from the side.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've thought about that in the past. Would also be a great opportunity to make sure everything is organized and clean out parts as needed.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey dude, liking the build. Hows the board treating you so far? i'm considering this board. Any issues with the sound ? Front and back audio all clear? No freezing when gaming etc?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The board is working pretty good, haven't noticed issues. I don't see (more like hear) much of any issue with the sound, and the audio is working nicely. Gaming performance using this board wouldn't be an issue, and all the parts worked good with the board. Only thing I don't like about it is that the board is a little smaller than other boards, making the board a little short of a few motherboard standoffs and hanging over the edge, not touching the case though.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

ah i see good insight thanks alot man. Also does this board support intel turbo boost technology? So im guessing you wouldn't hesitate to recommend this board to me?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The board would support Intel Turbo Boost if your CPU has support for the technology I'm thinking. I checked into the BIOS and saw that there is a turbo setting, which is at the set turbo speed of 3.6 GHz for my i5 6500. I do indeed recommend this board because of its great value and set of features it'll come with out of the box.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome cpu chose but I am getting amds because its lest U$D