Description

Build Date: 02MAY2016

This customer had just moved to the area and his computer wasn't working quite right after the move. He asked me if I was able to build a new and updated computer using as many of his old components as possible. The problem was that his case was trashed, the motherboard was broken, the CPU was outdated, and the PSU was missing the GPU cables. This left us with the RAM and the Hard Drives. After some convincing, he decided that it wasn't worth saving 35 bucks to stay at DDR3. Instead we went to Skylake and used the SSD and HDD. He originally wanted the larger Corsair 540, but since we were going with a mATX motherboard and he didn't want an optical, I was able to convince him to go with the smaller, cheaper, and equally awesome Corsair 240.

Pros:

  • Beautiful Corsair 240
  • RGB LEDs

Cons:

  • Old 60GB SSD
  • Old 500GB HDD
  • Stock cooler

Notes: Budget builds are BUDGET builds. I have to make the best machine for it's intended purpose while maintaining the budget. In this case, the customer had about $850 to spend on parts primarily focused on performance. Although he did want some aesthetics, which is why we went with a nicer case than a typical budget build.. As well as adding in the RGB strips. I think he plans on adding a tower cooler and white sleeved cables to finish off the look that he was going for. Overall, the computer came out looking really sharp and I can't wait to see what it looks like with the cooler and sleeves if he decides to go that route. As always, if you have any questions about parts selection, or anything at all, please ask in the comments or send me a PM.

PS: I was drinking some pretty strong beer while playing with the RGB strips.. Hence all the pictures. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Lol.

PPS: The last few pictures are ones that the customer sent me of his setup.

Part Reviews

Case

Corsair always makes great cases and this is no exception. This case makes cable management incredibly easy and has so much more room than any other mATX case that I have used. With the mATX/mITX builds becoming more popular, this is one of the best cases that I can think of. In addition to everything that makes it a great case, it's modular capability and overall design, this case is also exceptionally aesthetically pleasing as well. I wish I could give this case 6 stars.

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a solid build for the price!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a very solid build - good parts for the price no weak spots.

Should i wish to change anything - Newer 1TB Hard Drive. SSD is fine for boot but having a better drive for games (I take it he's a gamer) would be the 1st upgrade I'd be looking at. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the +1. And yea, those pieces definitely need upgraded and I think the owner has that on his list.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice! Built in my favourite mATX case no less.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I really do love the case. I was thinking of doing my next build with it. With a few mods of course ;)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

What were you drinking? I'm more curious to know that XD

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

St. Bernardus 12. It's a Belgian abbey beer. If you can find it, I definitely recommend you try it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Mmm sounds like a tasty and a strong alcohol monk beer.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done. A Skylake budget build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The customer is quite happy with it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I have the same motherboard and i am planning to get a new gpu,That pcie clip is different on the mobo,how did you go about installing it

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you like the build. I didn't have any issues with the clip. I just installed it as normal as any other card in any other build. Are you having issues with yours? If you are, shoot me a PM and I will try to help you out.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks for the response yeah i was quite worried about the slot i am planning for pascal yeah i think i have issues with mine or i just don't know how to install it,i just know its not a like normal pcie slot you would find on a mobo.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

i will permalink my build soon,also where did you get those leds :) thanks again

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks normal buddy. It will go right in there with no issues.

I got the LEDS from amazon. They are made by deepcool.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

so do i have to press the plastic? like the normal ones...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It will go right in there. You don't have to press on the tab. To remove, you just pull the tab down and take the card out. Don't overthink it. Should be cake.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

i would not touch the clip just put my gpu in it should snap how would remove it,or do i have the wrong thought process in installing it

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

instead of buying leds why don't you invest in a cpu cooler other than that its a nice build

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right, and the CPU cooler is the first upgrade the customer is doing. But realistically neither the LEDs or the CPU cooler are necessary for this build; lol.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That green less with that air 240 soon sexy!!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget build. I personally think you should have went with a 2x4gb kit for your memory so you could get at least dual channel out of your build. Running 8gb is enough for most people, but it all depends on how you split it up.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The original motherboard selected was an H110m which only has 2 slots. Literally last minute, the B150 went on sale and was only $2 more than the H110m, so I made the switch but the RAM had already shipped. Dual channel is negligible in gaming performance nowadays but I do agree with you; it would have been 2x4 if the circumstance were different.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds reasonable. I assume you were going with one stick since the original planned motherboard had two slots only and you were going to wait to expand to 16gb via two 8gb sticks? If so then that is a good plan. Not everyone can afford an entire build the way they want it right away. I've had to part together my rig before.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea. 8GB is fine for now but he didn't want to have to buy completely new sticks to upgrade when he could just add one. So yes, that was the exact plan.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey bud, in the off chance you read this, what kinda desk is that?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I try to read all the comments left on my builds.

I asked the customer and he said that it is from the "BEKANT" line from Ikea..

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

A good build, although I would have put in a slightly better mother board, to enable SLI down the road.

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