Description

For once, a build by a kid not meant for gaming. I built this for heavy windows and linux usage, and will soon run a Virtual Machine server (I might also occasionally game on integrated graphics, but not what I built it for). I stuck with the i5 8600k because it has six cores, it is unlocked (OCed to 4.5ghz), and I can also upgrade it in the future, to a stronger coffee lake chip. I got 16gb RAM because, like I said, I am virtualizing. It is stably XMPed to 3000mhz. I got the PSU and case with $20 rebates each, hence the low prices. The i5 i got open box at my local Micro Center. The hard drive was sitting around in my old machine. My old machine was a hand me down pre-built with a Pentium dual core and a GPU that would literally crash upon even the mildest benchmarking. This is a huge upgrade, and building it was a great experience.

The fans I got actually had blue leds (otherwise same model), but for some reason I couldn't find the blue ones on PcPartPicker.

Edit: I have now started gaming on integrated graphics - couldn't resist. I get pretty good framerates on rocket league even at 1080p. Haven't measured fps yet, but haven't noticed any lag at all. (Measured FPS, and got an average of about 30-40)

Edit: I gave in and got a 1060 6gb on ebay for $250. I now play some Rocket league, Fortnite, Darwin Project, etc.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great chip, have it OCed to 4.5ghz no problem. The six cores will be very useful once I start running VMs. The integrated graphics run rocket league at high settings at 1080p smoothly. Wish the boards for it weren't so pricey, but I definitely don't regret buying it.

CPU Cooler

Powerful little devil; Got it for $35 and it keeps my CPU below 90 on prime95, at 4.5ghz. Easy to mount, and the thermal paste seems high quality. Also incredibly quiet, assuming you don't keep it at 100 percent rpm.

Motherboard

Great cheap board. I got it on sale for only $90, and it keeps my i5 perfectly stable at 4.5ghz. It has nice LEDs on the back, and the overclocking options are GREAT.

Memory

Cheap 16gb kit at 3000mhz. Not much else to say.

Storage

It hasn't corrupted all my data yet :)

Video Card

Great, powerful devil for 1080p gaming.

Case

Great looking case with amazing cable management. Absolutely no regrets here.

Power Supply

Got it on sale for $35 with rebate. It works, but it only has 4 connectors, with each cable having multiple plugs -- not great for cable management if I had more components.

Case Fan

Quiet, cheap fans I picked up at Micro Center. (I actually got the blue ones but they weren't on PcPartPicker.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Not gonna lie, but this totally could be a gaming build. You don't have to, it just has everything but a Graphics Card.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. If I get into gaming, I might add something cheapish like a 1050. Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need to! There is a 4GB MSI GeForce 730 for 93 USD on PCPP!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I just saw the CPU and thought that it could handle a lot!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but I don't really need a gpu. A 730 isn't much better than Intel UHD 630.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I was suggesting some options.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

i understand not for gaming , but thats some processing power , what do you do with that

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Virtualization junk! Probably should have gone with a ryzen 1600 though. More threads -- what I need -- and less cost.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Well im getting a 1600...

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

as you should...

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, with the new line of Ryzen APUs, I'd get one of those. Wait for benchmarks, though. But they are available on newegg as of today.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

they should have mostly power close to 1030 and 550 in some between , in some worse than 1030

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hadn't seen benchmarks yet. I take back what I said. You could still get one of the new APUs WITH a discrete GPU -- the ryzen 5 version of the APU is competitively priced with the ryzen 5 1400, but the APU has a higher clock rate.

Edit: Never mind, just saw that at MicroCenter the ryzen 5 1600 is just as cheap as the ryzen 5 apu.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to build a PC with almost the exact same specs (I'll only add a graphics card and a SSD) and I wanted to know if this CPU fan is good for overclocking. Nice build btw!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It is very much so. I've gotten to 5 ghz and crashed, but stayed below 90 degrees on 4.8 stress testing.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

But I honestly regret going with intel, get yourself a ryzen 7 1700 at microcenter for $229, and you'll have 2 more cores, and 16 threads.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Really? I checked Userbenchmark and it said that the 8600K is better for gaming (what I want to do).

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, but if you end up wanting to do other stuff (video editing, or any other task that uses lots of cores), the ryzen 7 will get you 44 percent better multi-core performance for about the same price. Also, what's the sound card for? You really don't need one -- the built in sound on the z370-a pro is pretty good.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that's true tho. And I don't really remember why I added the soundcard, probably because I have been changing the parts all the time and once there was a motherboard with not so good sound, but ill see if I want to keep it.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor will you be using? If it doesn't have a 120hz refresh rate at least, you won't really need a top-of-the-line cpu.

https://www.gamespot.com/forums/pc-mac-linux-society-1000004/how-important-is-a-good-cpu-to-gaming-29417170/

Maybe save money and go with an i3 8350k which you can overclock, or if you want the cores go with ryzen 7.

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

a great build for a 12 year old. I would suggest a SSD.

Great build !!!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I will get a cheap one, but the rest of this build has made me almost broke :) Worth it though! Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

90 degrees? That is pretty hot and I would suggest dropping the OC or your CPU life span might end pretty quick. Even 80 is pretty bad, I would suggest you drop the overclock into more suitable temperatures since that cooler I don't think is quite built for that heavy of an overclock. I personally like to keep below 70 at max on my overclocks and don't like to push it into what I personally find as the red zone and where you start to heat up bad. Just a suggestion though.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

That is after an hour of stress testing. It is never under that load, but I have been dropping it because it doesn't make a big difference to speed anyway.

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

Sick build! If you ever get into gaming all you need to do is throw a GPU in and you're set.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I might end up doing that :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

If it were to become a gaming PC how strong would it be, like how many frames per second (FPS) on GTA 5 and other benchmark games do you know if it's good I'll even build this myself if it is. Just some friendly advise don't buy any graphics cards just yet they cost WAY to much due to crypto mining.

Thanks in advanced

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't have GTA 5 or an other serious games. I can say that this would NOT be a good gaming build until you threw in a GPU. For gaming, graphics are the most important part, and intel's integrated graphics just won't cut it for serious gaming like GTA 5. If you added a cheapish GPU like a 1050, then it would probably be a sick rig -- it already has a great cpu and 16 gigs of ram. If you are looking for gaming on a budget, I would suggest ryzen. I can maybe send you a parts list you could use as a guide? Good to know that more people are getting into building PCs!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I might go with something like this, then add in storage of some type (ideally an ssd), and when prices go down, get a pretty decent gpu, like a 1050 or above

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/qzfH9J