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  • Building my second desktop

    Building the first one was a lot of fun. Its almost 3 years old now and is still a very solid PC so absolutely no regrets. I was able to play GTA V on maximum graphics, obviously FIFA 17 works fine on max settings and even more demanding games like the latest Tomb raider worked fine on high graphics (some scenes still lagged but they were rare) but there was some lag with very high graphics.

    Here is my first ever build:

    First desktop build thread here:

    I am building a second system for the family - Will mainly be for casual use for now - video watching, video streaming Word, Excel etc. We do not plan to play games on it for now but I am however building a system that has the potential to be upgraded to a gaming PC eventually, in case we decide to use it for games (otherwise I could buy a cheap readymade desktop from Bestbuy for C$ 500).

    I am also considering adding the GTX 760 that I have on my current build in this new one in case I want to upgrade myself (thinking of the GTX 1070)

    We opted for a microATX rather than an ATX because it will be in the living room and we don't want something massive there.

    Here are the components:

    1) Case: Bitfenix Prodigy M - red

    Absolutely love this case. They have different colors but my wife chose the red one:

    2) CPU: Intel Core i5-7600 Kaby Lake

    3) Motherboard: ASRock - B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

    4) Memory: ADATA - XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4G DDR4-2800

    5) HDD: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

    6) SSD: Sandisk SSD Plus 240GB

    7) Video Card - None

    We want to try and see how this system does without a dedicated card since it will not be for gaming at present. In the future we may get a card (Either my current GTX 760 or a new GTX 1050)

    8) PSU - EVGA - B3 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

    Decided to go for Bronze because we do not intend to use this system for heavy gaming so I do not expect extreme power consumption

    Buying a modular PSU was very important since the case is small therefore I do not need any unnecessary cables there.

    9) Wireless Network Adapter - Asus - PCE-AC55BT PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter

    Since this system will be in the living room, I do not want ugly ethernet cables everywhere. I chose this one because it is one of the rare cards that has both bluetooth AND Wifi. This will save us an extra PCIe slot.

    5.25 inch bay - NZXT Aperture M card reader

    As you can see, the case has only one 5.25 inch bay. We chose a memory card reader because we often take pictures and use both SD and microSD cards so this will be handy.

    Any thoughts or comments are welcome.
    Last edited by Pogba4Now; 15-05-2017, 03:29:PM.

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    I have ordered everything. They will be coming in the next few days.

    The CPU has intel HD 630. Any thoughts about using the integrated graphics card for casual use (i.e. no gaming - mainly video streaming, Word, Excel etc).


    • #3
      Looks like no one cares.

      It's alright, I'm still going to post updates. I finished it. Just needs Windows (I am creating ISO right now) and Wifi still on the way. May have to use ethernet cable temporarily.


      • #4
        What website did you use to find all the parts? I know I posted one in the old thread, but I forgot about it; that site was pretty cool and it would tell you if everything was compatible.

        Thomas Muller: "We're not careless or arrogant. We're dominant'


        • #5
 to see if they are compatible. Fantastic website.

          For CPU benchmarks I use:

          For GPU benchmarks I use:


          • #6
            Yo should not have bought the unlocked i5, you should've gone for the 7600 without a k to save a few bucks. With that mobo would be better.


            • #7
              want to redesign my Pc for new score game named Promotional Scarves
              Last edited by ashleybroke; 16-05-2017, 12:52:PM.
              Promotional Scarves


              • #8
                Originally posted by Sepak View Post
                Yo should not have bought the unlocked i5, you should've gone for the 7600 without a k to save a few bucks. With that mobo would be better.
                Sorry I have the 7600 not the 7600K. It was a mistake. It is 50 dollars cheaper. I am definitely not going to overclock.

                I have the K version on my own PC - never overclocked. I tried but never felt much of a difference.


                • #9
                  Done! It booted the first time which is always a relief. I added an activated version of windows 10 from my wife's old laptop therefore didn't have to purchase it.

                  This case is pretty small so cable management was extremely challenging.

                  Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk


                  • #10
                    Looks cool. I'm updating my PC also. I bought the ryzen 1700x and I'm waiting for Vega to change my 980. I'll show you when it's done.


                    • #11
                      Vega? You mean Evga? GTX 1080?

                      This PC is running very smoothly. No problems at all with 1080p videos and general use. I tried it on my 4K screen - doesn't run smoothly so this set up is best for 1080p.

                      Won't need a GPU for now but I like that I have the option to upgrade anytime.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Pogba4Now View Post
                        Vega? You mean Evga?
                        I mean Vega, it's the new AMD's highend card. I've been waiting a long time to have a card with HBM.


                        • #13
                          sorry I know nothing about AMD. I've always only considered Intel and Nvidia. I am stubborn.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pogba4Now View Post
                            sorry I know nothing about AMD. I've always only considered Intel and Nvidia. I am stubborn.
                            AMD has always been the leader in technological advancement. Intel and Nvidia the leaders in marketing.


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