Again, so dubbed by the client herself.
The basic goal for this rig was to be capable of playing videos/the latest games in 1080p while simultaneously rendering footage, and to do it well at that. I believe it will accomplish that goal, but if the client contacts me in the future with concerns about its capability, I'll ramp up the OC on the 380 and look into overclocking the processor.
No real budget on this one but there was an unspoken soft-cap at around $1000. I ended up getting such good deals I didn't really feel the need to go all the way up there. Plus this leaves the client some wiggle room for adding on new monitors later (she's using a slightly damaged 1680x1050 ~23" Dell monitor right now).
Did my best to step up my cable management game. Still not easy with these non-modular PSU's, but you get what you pay for.
Once again, as this is only my second build, any comments, constructive criticism, pointers, or tips will be greatly appreciated!
Seems to be a great relatively budget of a beast. It can be overclocked despite being non-K (If you have the right BIOS), but I haven't looked to much into that as of yet. The stock cooler really does do a great job here, idle temps at 28 degrees and load temps at or under 60. Will come back to report on my results when I inevitably attempt to overclock one of these.
Awesome pickup at $80. BIOS menu seems pretty intuitive, the OC genie function is very specific as to which processor you must have for it to work automatically, but MSI has released plenty of alternate BIOS updates that change the OC settings for different processors, even Skylake's non-K series.
The majority of the SATA connectors are at a 90 degree angle to the motherboard, which may or may not make cable management more difficult for you. It certainly makes adding new drives without removing the motherboard a hassle, as you can't see what you're doing at all when you're trying to plug the cables in.
It isn't the best Z170 board you can find but you get what you pay for, and I paid significantly less for this one.
Picked these up as part of a combo. Not the fastest but it's really not going to be noticeable, and like most of G.Skill's RAM, it's very appealing to the eye.
Great entry-level SSD. Windows 10 boots in about 7 seconds.
At $85 this seemed like a pretty good pickup. Certainly an affordable option for storage for an up-and-coming YouTuber who needs a lot of space for art and footage. The transfer speeds aren't incredible but they're good enough.
I really didn't get a chance to push this thing to its limits but man is it a beast. Got it for a good deal with an MIR on top. This thing pushed an absolutely constant 60fps with no drops whatsoever in Bioshock Infinite completely maxed out, and stayed under 50 degrees while doing it. I'm just sad I didn't get to overclock it more and test out other games really.
An affordable case that has a decent amount of features and comes with LED fans that certainly added a wow factor in the eyes of my client.
Tool-less hard drive and optical drive bays make it easy to add or switch drives out.
Cable management was decent, you may struggle when building in this with a lower-end non-modular PSU and the great bundle of cables that comes with. It can be a little difficult to fit the back panel back on in that scenario.
The cables and connectors for the front IO panel completely prevent use of the top optical drive slot and make you do some funky cable bending to be able to use the two lower ones.
The front fan is mounted in the middle, seems to be no option of moving it up/down to influence airflow (but maybe I'm just missing something), but the hard drive cages aren't removable anyways, so it'll be pretty obstructed no matter what.
The LED fans are a bit of a red herring in that the front panel's power and disk activity LEDs are much, much brighter, and will basically illuminate whatever is above it like a flashlight, even if that something is the ceiling 10 feet above. If this PC is in the bedroom you're probably gonna have to turn it off if you want any sleep.
A basic PSU for a basic price. I never envision this PSU in my builds but I keep coming back to it because it's so damn cheap. Some day I'll decide I'm done dealing with non-modular PSU's. Some day.
Optical drive, does the job. Just happened to be cheaper than the other options at the time.