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Hello, I am about to buy the components for my first gaming PC build. I've spent a while picking out parts for the build and here is what I've come up with:

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fyWwD8
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fyWwD8/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B150 PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($80.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB GAMING X Video Card ($263.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Deepcool DUKASE WHV2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.88 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($88.58 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.19 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.19 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1083.38

So... Any thoughts/changes/suggestions? Also, any tips for a first-time builder? I would love to get any input that I can. Also, if you thinks the list is perfect the way it is, please leave a comment letting me know (I need some confidence before I pull the trigger and start buying parts). Anyways, thanks in advance for your input. It really helps me out. :)
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  1. Best answer
    it's a good build.

    I'd go with a faster HDD though. 5400rpm is alright for movie/music/photo storage.
    if you put some applications on it it's a bit slow for my taste.

    also get fans by Phanteks, Nocuta or Cougar.
    these Rosewill are most certainly not worth their money in comparison
  2. It's a good build. I made a few changes and managed to cut about $70 without making it any worse.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI B150 PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.69 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Deepcool DUKASE WHV2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($88.51 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.19 @ OutletPC)
    Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.19 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1013.38
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-31 11:58 EST-0500
  3. If I were you, I'd probably build this https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vwsBFd

    For less money, you get a better CPU, faster storage, better RAM, a faster GPU and a MUCH nicer case.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vwsBFd
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vwsBFd/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.17 @ Jet)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.97 @ Jet)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($93.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.69 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card ($249.99 @ Jet)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($62.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($88.51 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1053.18
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-31 12:10 EST-0500

    If you don't care about having a nicer case, you could squeeze an i7 6700 into the partlist....
  4. This looks better at the same price range...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI B150 PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($93.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ B&H)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($88.51 @ Amazon)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.63 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1089.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-31 12:04 EST-0500
  5. 1. I would spring for the k ... over last two weeks sales and combo discounts mave resulted in K series processor w/ Z170 being cheaper than B150 / non k. Also the 6700 isn't doing much for you.

    2. With non K CPU, the cooler is redundant and unnecessary.

    3. You should be able to find faster RAM at lower price. Here's 3200 @ same price
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/jjZ2FT/corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3200-memory-cmk16gx4m2b3200c16w

    4. I don't see the point in getting a fast SSD and then getting a slow HD where all your games are. Also 3 and 4 TB drives have a much higher RMA rate

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/hdd-charts-2013/-17-PCMark-7-Gaming,2915.html

    Seagate SSHD (7200 rpm) = 9.7B MD /Sec
    WD Black (7200 rpm) = 6.34
    WD Blue (7200 rpm) = 4.01


    Overall RMA rate of consumer drives in a consumer environment; 1st number = last 6 month re[portin g period, 2nd number = previous 6 months

    http://www.hardware.fr/articles/954-6/disques-durs.html

    Seagate 0,72% (contre 0,69%)
    Toshiba 0,80% (contre 1,15%)
    Western 1,04% (contre 1,03%)
    HGST 1,13% (contre 0,60%)

    2 TB drives over 1%
    2,39% Toshiba DT01ACA200
    1,25% WD Red Pro WD2001FFSX
    1,10% WD Blue WD20EZRZ

    3 TB drives over 1%
    3,04% WD Black WD3003FZEX
    2,89% Toshiba DT01ACA300
    2,29% Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD ST3000VN0001
    2,23% WD Red Pro WD3001FFSX
    2,18% WD Green WD30EZRX
    1,52% Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001
    1,41% Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN00

    4 TB drives over 1%
    2,37% WD Purple WD40PURX
    2,02% WD Red WD40EFRX
    1,89% Seagate Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001
    1,53% Seagate Desktop HDD.15 ST4000DM000
    1,04% Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000
    1,02% WD Blue WD40EZRZ

    > 4 TB drives over 1%
    3,42% Toshiba Toshiba X300 5 To
    3,37% WD Red WD60EFRX
    2,67% WD Green WD60EZRX
    1,43% WD Red WD50EFRX

    5. Look at the nVidia alternative before pulling the trigger depending on what you play and if power, heat, noise and additional costs will affect your decision. Despite recent driver improvements (2.1%) from AMD, the 480 still doesn't quite catch the 1060 in techpowerups Game test Suite.... but close enough that yoiu could make an argument each way based upon games you p;lay. However, the 1060 has much more overclocking headroom, which widens the lead.

    - the 480 uses 80 more watts in gaming so ya PSU should be 100 watts than for the 1060.
    - The heat mans for comparable case temps, you'd wanna add an extra case fan
    - More heat and more fans means more noise
    - Outside of direct card purchase costs, other costs would include the increased PSU size, the extra fan and $50 extra utility costs (based upon US electrical costs in non urban / suburban areas. For Urban / Suburban areas, call it $120 ... in Europe, call it $250.

    6. The case kinda doesn't live up to the other components in the build. Especially if you do decide to get the k, I'd look at the Enrhoo Pro M

    7. The MoBo has a really low budget audio solution. For Gaming, recommend ALC 1150
  6. I spent a lil over $100 extra but i think this is a build you'd be happier with ... went with a white themed build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz) Spent $40 extra but when system gets a bit old and tired, overclocking ability will allow you to extend system life 12-18 months

    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.88 @ OutletPC)

    Motherboard: MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($122.88 @ OutletPC) ... Black MoBo w/ white highlights to match everything else. Has 8 x 8 CF / SLI capability and ALC 1150 which will replace the substandard 887 on original choice.

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg) . Substantial increase in memory performance at same price... allows you to increase memory speeds to 3600 ... and ofc :) ... matching white color

    Storage: Crucial MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)

    Storage: Seagate FireCuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($104.89 @ OutletPC) 2.5 times faster than original choice in gaming


    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB GT OC Video Card ($201.97 @ Jet)
    I would take the 1060, it has white highlights BTW, for less heat, less noise and overclocking ability which sets it apart for 480... that being said the 480 is perfectly workable alternative if the games you play do better there.

    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Much improved case (white) with best fans on the market and it has PSU shround so cables and PSU not visible.

    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)

    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.88 @ OutletPC)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($129.77 @ OutletPC)

    Total: $1203.22
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-31 12:31 EST-0500
  7. CTurbo said:
    It's a good build. I made a few changes and managed to cut about $70 without making it any worse.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI B150 PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX300 275GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.69 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Deepcool DUKASE WHV2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.88 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($88.51 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.19 @ OutletPC)
    Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($13.19 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1013.38
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-31 11:58 EST-0500


    Thanks for the input! I think I will use that RAM to save a little money, but I think I will stick with the MSI video card for its cooling. Also, I noticed you changed it to an M.2 SSD. Can you explain to me a little more what those are all about. I know they are supposed to be faster, but I still don't know much about them.
  8. Connects directly to your board and transmits data though pcie channels which is a bit faster than sata cables. Also saves cable management. And hence slightly expensive.
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