Description

Finally built my first PC after 6+ months of browsing pcpartpicker, trying to find the best parts for my budget. I didn't really go for the black & white theme but I didn't want anything to stick out either. The build went smooth without any big problems. The installation of the CM 212 EVO was easier than expected after reading lots of comments saying it is difficult. Only issues I had were: 1. I connected the power & reset button in a way that my PC would only turn on by pressing the reset button and then wouldn't turn off because it would just reboot with either button. Fixed after reading the mobo manual again. 2. PC would turn on but show nothing on screen. The mobo's debug led showed 'VGA'. Turns out I had to remove the graphics card because it was interfering in some way. Installed the graphics card after Windows installation.

By the way I could get Windows for free because I am a student. If you too are studying in University/College I suggest making a 'Microsoft Imagine' account. Depending on your Uni/College you can get a lot of Microsoft programs for free or for a discount.

The parts: CPU: i5-6600k - chose this one because I couldn't afford an i7 and also chose the unlocked version so I can overclock in the future if needed. (overclocked it to 4.2 GHz without changing the voltage and it's still stable and cool)

Cooler*: The 212 EVO does its job pretty good. And for the price it does it extremely good. CPU temps get from 60C (load) to 23C(idle) in just 2 seconds.

Motherboard: Nothing special. Just got it because it was cheap and had enough USB & SATA Ports.

RAM: 8GB of DDR4 are really enough for most builds. There still is the room for upgrading to 16GB in the future.

Storage: I know, 275GB isn't enough but I won't be filling that up right away. I'm considering buying a 500GB SSD or a 1TB HDD in the future. (Depends on the prices)

GPU: The GTX 1060 is the perfect GPU for 1080p gaming in my opinion. There is no need to buy a 1070 or 1080 if you will be using a 1080p monitor. You wont see any difference anyway. I went with NVIDIA bacause I never owned an AMD graphics card and also because I like their GeForce Experience, easy to update drivers etc...

Case*: The SPEC-03 look good and is cheap at the same time. It comes with 2 LED fans on the front (white/orange/red or blue. I chose white) and a black one on the back. I just wanted one with a side window so I can admire my work. As for cable management this case is not the best but it has lots of holes to run the wires through the back. It might have been easier if I got a modular power supply, but I manged to make it look neat anyway (note: the HDD seen in the picture is actually an old IDE drive I had lying around. Its sole purpose is to hide the wires I had tucked into the lower HDD slot)

PSU: Not much to say about this. It's non-modular but it does its job.

Optical Drive: I originaly didn't want to use one but I salvaged this one from an old PC, so why not? I disconnected it from the PSU and mobo because it makes so much noise when starting up the PC. And they are also barely needed anymore.

Keyboard: Really like the MX Silent switches. They really are silent. And the RGB leds on this keyboard look awesome.

Monitor: This one was the most expensive one in the lower price range. The next more expensive costed twice as much and I couldnt afford it. However I am more than happy with this one. It has nice colors despite being an IPS panel and most of all it has a really wide viewing angle. Perfect for watching movies with friends. It "only" has a 60Hz refresh rate wich is good by me.

Overall a good build. I am happy with it. I can play any game I want, not always on ultra settings but on high for sure. I am also the kind of gamer who turns down some settings which make little difference in order to get more fps. As long as its more than 60fps I'm good. This PC is also used for some 3D rendering programs I need for school and it definitely does better than my laptop.

Future upgrades (in the order I want them done): -New speakers. Logitech z213 or z313. I am currently using a radio :D but I want some 2.1 speakers. -New mouse. Using the one I got for my laptop now. Looking forward to buy the MadCatz R.A.T. 7 -More storage. A 500GB SSD or a 1TB HDD -Some white LED strips for the case. -More RAM (if needed). Buy 2 more 4GB sticks.

*: If you do some research on the internet, you will find that the 212 EVO is higher than the max height the Spec-03 case can support. I can assure you that it fits and will still have some 2-3mm space left.

Part Reviews

CPU

Chose this one because I couldn't afford an i7 and also chose the unlocked version so I can overclock in the future if needed. (overclocked it to 4.2 GHz without changing the voltage and it's still stable and cool)

CPU Cooler

The 212 EVO does its job pretty good. And for the price it does it extremely good. CPU temps get from 60C (load) to 23C(idle) in just 2 seconds. Its installation was easier than expected after reading a lot of comments saying it's difficult. (btw it fits in a Corsair SPEC-03 just fine)

Motherboard

Nothing special. Just got it because it was cheap and had enough USB & SATA Ports.

Storage

My first SSD and i can say it's pretty fast. You also get 275GB for the same price most other manufacturers sell their 250GB SSDs.

Video Card

The GTX 1060 is the perfect GPU for 1080p gaming in my opinion. There is no need to buy a 1070 or 1080 if you will be using a 1080p monitor. You wont see any difference anyway. I went with NVIDIA bacause I never owned an AMD graphics card and also because I like their GeForce Experience, easy to update drivers etc... Performs really amazing and is pretty silent.

Case

The SPEC-03 look good and is cheap at the same time. It comes with 2 LED fans on the front (white/orange/red or blue. I chose white) and a black one on the back. I just wanted one with a side window so I can admire my work. As for cable management this case is not the best but it has lots of holes to run the wires through the back. It might have been easier if I got a modular power supply, but I manged to make it look neat anyway

Power Supply

I don't know how to rate a power supply. It's non-modular 80+ Bronze but it does its job. It didn't blow up yet so I guess its ok.

Monitor

Has nice colors despite being an IPS panel and most of all it has a really wide viewing angle. Perfect for watching movies with friends. It "only" has a 60Hz refresh rate wich is good by me. It also has some kind of anti-reflection layer so you don't see your ugly face reflecting on the screen, which is a big plus for me.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

for a first build, it's amazing. Your cable management is great and the build is overall very clean. +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

nice for first time. cool keyboard.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

a 1070 or 1080 for 1080p gaming are mainly used for higher refresh rates, but a 1060 is perfect for 1080p 60hz.