Now that the Christmas bills have been paid, time for a new build for resale.
CPU: I have been wanting to try the i3 6100 Skylake. I did a lot of research on how this chip play games and from what I found out, this seems to be a great little chip.
Maybe my new favorite. Just using the stock fan. Temps are as expected, 60C under load but the fan is not that loud.
Motherboard/Ram: I spent a LONG time trying to decide whether to buy the cheapest mobo/ram, nicer mobo or a Z170 mobo and FAST ram in order to OC the 6100. I read where there is a measurable FPS boost with faster ram and then even better with OC. I wanted to stay on a good budget though and for the price of the OC set up, I could have gone with the i5 6500 and cheap mobo/ram combo. I choose the middle ground and got a mid budget motherboard rather than the cheap one. The first one I got from Amazon was clearly a returned mobo and NOT new at all. They replaced it with an overnight delivery but I think I won't buy motherboards from Amazon again. I have heard others having the same concerns. After all that, the price of the Z170 boards dropped $40. I am so disappointed I missed that boat, next time...
Video Card: Was really looking for a good deal on a Radeon 380 or 380x with 4GB VRAM. I do like the GTX 960 but dollar for dollar the 380 wins handily. The only reason I went with this 960 is that I had $150 in Amazon reward points to spend and there were no good deals on 380s :) I am happy with this card though. I got a great score on 3DMark
The PSU came from B-stock Black Friday deal @ $10!
SSD: Black Friday deal leftover as well. It's as fast as the EVO on small files but really bogs down in comparison in big files. It's fine though for a boot drive and 1-2 games.
HDD: Run of the mill 1TB
Case: I spent over a week tormenting over this case lol. Cases have not been on sale and I am used to getting some great deals on cases. I had many picked out but the end cost after adding fans was around $90. I was looking for a sleek case with a window and some lighting at least from the fans. I wanted to avoid Newegg only in that shipping can take over a week if they ship from CA. and I need to get this advertised for sale as soon as possible (I try to get sold before the CC bill comes due). I then came across this case. It had no window, no lights and a no name brand. It did have 3 solid 5 star reviews, sound proofing, PSU shroud, plenty of cable management, 3 fans, card reader and 2 fan controllers. All for $60 free shipping. I figured it would take 10 days to get to me but pulled the trigger anyway. I ordered on Thursday and got it on Friday. The PC Gods must have wanted me to have this case. I will say it is a very nice case. Fractal Design has a bit more polish but just a bit. This has 1 more fan, the card reader and the fan controller for less $$. It also has a fan filter for the top if you want to remove the panels and add more fans. The filter came a little damaged but not too bad. I also don't think there is much room to add fans on top and avoid the CPU power cable. It will be a tight fit for sure. The only con is that the PSU fan filter is not easy to take off/put on but that is pretty minor.
Pet Peeve: why no case badges??? Only intel gives you one anymore. How hard is it to throw a sticker in the box???
Don't say I should have gone with the Radeon 380!