Description

Wanted an inexpensive, quick, small-ish, efficient PC for work, streaming movies occasionally, Steam (mostly Civ) and set a budget for myself. This is my first PC build and I'd definitely do a couple things differently, but overall I'm very happy with how the build turned out. Spent a lot of time looking at benchmark websites, watching Linus, and reading Tom's, and pouring over reviews / guides to figure everything out. Very happy that it booted up first time and is working well after a couple weeks.

Would love feedback, pictures will be posted soon.

A few notes on components:

CPU - choice was between i3 6300 and this. Probably would have been happy either way for now, but wanted the quad core for the future. Jet had a deal I missed, so you can find this part at a better price point if you're patient.

Motherboard - very easy to work (both building and monitoring) with and looks great too. Not planning on overclocking so this was all I needed. Super simple BIOS. Noob friendly.

Case - N200 case fans are pretty quiet and sufficient for my build, thought the quality was excellent when considering I got the case for $30 thanks to a rebate. Removed HDD cage for better airflow, might put back in to add a hard drive or just try to use one of the unused drive bays. No frills, but lots of smart design features and pretty great quality.

SSD - Fast and large enough for now. Happy with it an might add another SSD or HDD soon.

GPU - Struggled here the most. Wanted to keep to my budget and with needing to buy Windows, the budget was tight. Until I upgrade my monitor (Dell P2414H), this will let me do everything I want and then I can upgrade. Being newer than GTX 950 and on sale at the time I was looking were the two selling points. Don't love the interface.

RAM - considering going up to 16GB. This works great for now, very solid.

PSU - might have underdone it here on the PSU as I'll might be a little restricted if I want to drop a GPU that draws a lot of power. Also, since I'm a little compulsive, cable management was not very easy with non-modular PSU, but so far this is a quality power supply and does it's job. [Estimated Wattage range from PCpartpicker calculator: 48W - 215W]

OS - Cortana and bloatware, but it works.

Wireless Network Adapter - works great, was considering PCI-E wireless network card instead, but this works great, so no complaints. Just might have been able to save a few $$ here and get similar performance out of my home network.

Part Reviews

Video Card

Great card if you can get it for under $100.

Case

Perfect first build / budget build case

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this particular model of the RX 460 have an external 6-pin power connector? I might get it for a micro-ATX build. Also, could you expand a bit more on why you dislike its interface?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

No 6 pin connector, this card draws all it's power from the PCI-E slot. Fits my N200 nicely.

RE: Interface...I ran into some stability issues with the card when I had the Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Engine on my PC. Crashes both when running normally and attempting to overclock. Had to reinstall Windows to get a stable system back. Went with the AMD drivers and stayed away from the Gigabyte software and haven't had similar issues since. This is my first build, so possibly user error.

Not sure if a GTX 950 would serve you well, but it might. Check the bit - tech review. The cards are similar in performance, but you save a little in power and $$ with the 460. If you can hold out, might catch a great deal with the holidays coming up.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually think I might just save up for this: http://pcpartpicker.com/product/7bL7YJ/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-1060-3gb-windforce-oc-video-card-gv-n1060wf2oc-3gd

I'm going to use SteamOS instead of Windows to save money and I feel that an Nvidia card will spare me more headaches than an AMD card.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably a smart move, I'm already thinking about upgrading. FYI - some good deals on the 6GB version of that card right now on Newegg.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

For the money, that's a solid build. You can always upgrade the GPU later if you feel the need. Also, for an I5 and a single GPU, that PSU should be fine even up to a 1060 or a 480.

+1 for sticking with your budget, wise choices all across the board!