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post #1 of 5
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Hi all smile.gif

I apologise in advance for the lengthy post. Could I please get your help with a couple of suggestions.

Looking for a new build which my parents will be using. I'll eventually have to build this in a couple of months. Meaning I've got the flexibility of waiting for any sales on certain hardware like the SSD.

It will have a fairly light use for work stuff mainly using Excel and Word. In addition they'll use it for browsing, skyping and viewing online sports in HD. (4K is part of their paid sub but they don't have currently a 4K TV so 1080p is where it's at).

Eventually they plan on upgrading the TV. I've been reading on posts made on this subsection suggesting the new mobos for skylakes can handle 4K. I can assume streaming content can't really be that demanding in comparison to gaming of course, the mobo I chose basically aims to cover that 4k option/need.

The budget is around £450-£500 although the less I spend the better as I'm getting this a present tongue.gif

Here is what I had in mind:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Lx4jt6

CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor (£95.99 @ Novatech)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.98 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£78.45 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£47.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£63.98 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£48.93)
Total: £361.32

I did quite a bit of research for the PSU and the consensus on overclock.net seems to indicate that the Seasonic S12-II is great.

What case would you suggest with the above in mind? They have no problem with space so I don't necessarily have to invest in a mATX although it would be nice for me to experiment a bit with one since I've never build a rig with a small factor case. It might be good to note here that they live in climate which gets quite hot during the summer. They've never had issues in the past and all previous builds have had stock coolers rolleyes.gif

I've got a couple of items that cost nothing since I already own.
  • BeQuiet! dark rock pro 3. Initially I got that for my build but didn't use it since I went for liquid cooling. Its freaking massive as I'm sure you're aware. No chance this will go with that Micro ATX. Should I keep the dark rock pro 3, ditch the 212 and go perhaps for a bigger mobo like the GA-Z170-HD3P ? By doing that I'm saving money and probably getting a better mobo? The dark rock pro is a paint to install though. Can't say I'm looking forward to it.
  • Should I ditch the 212 altogether?
  • Windows 10 provided for free by work.
  • I've got a WD caviar black 1TB laying around they can have for their media needs.

On a side note here, checking amazon alone the i3-6300 is £20 more, should I invest on that?

I opted not to go for a VGA as I don't really think they'll need one. I do plan to visit them once a year and would be nice to be able to play a couple of Dota 2 games or log to WoW for some fun but the extra cash required to get a decent graphics card I think isn't worth it. Do you?

Please feel free to provide any alternative builds and your lists as I'd love any input.

I'm really really sorry to bombard you with that many questions. I truly appreciate your time and help.
Edited by Unas - 2/1/16 at 4:39pm
post #2 of 5
The Seasonic S12II is not great as its group regulated so great no.
Its not bad or anything like that and its better then almost everything in the same price range but those that call it great are wrong.

For the case look into the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M as thats a dirt cheap Phanteks case.

As for the cooler you can get a Noctua NH-U12S for around £50 and thats a much better and way more quiet cooler then the 212 Evo.
And its not a massive dual tower cooler so it can fit into the Enthoo Pro M with no problems.
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Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10 TB LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q LG 49UH750V 4K LED TV Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB 
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Sennheiser HD 598 Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 Dali Opticon Vokal 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10 TB LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q LG 49UH750V 4K LED TV Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 Dali Opticon Vokal 
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post #3 of 5
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Thanks a lot @shilka for your input and suggestions, much appreciated.

I'd rather take no risks with the PSU. Would you say the EVGA SuperNova G2 is worth the extra cash in the long run?
post #4 of 5
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Thanks a lot @shilka for your input and suggestions, much appreciated.

I'd rather take no risks with the PSU. Would you say the EVGA SuperNova G2 is worth the extra cash in the long run?
Thats a great option but also very expensive and a bit overkill for such a low price system.
How about a compromise instead and get something like a Seasonic S12G or a Seasonic G or one of the other semi modular mid range options?

Besides the S12G and the G there is the Cooler Master V (has both a semi modular AND a fully modular version) the Antec Edge the XFX XTR the FSP Hydro and the Fractal Design Edison M.
These might or might not be cheaper then the G2.
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Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10 TB LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q LG 49UH750V 4K LED TV Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 Dali Opticon Vokal 
AudioOtherOther
x2 Dali Opticon 2 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Ironwolf Pro 10 TB LG CH12NS30 x5 Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15S 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q LG 49UH750V 4K LED TV Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 Dali Opticon Vokal 
AudioOtherOther
x2 Dali Opticon 2 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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post #5 of 5
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Awesome, thanks. Checking the prices for all the different PSUs you suggested are actually £5-10 more expensive than the EVGA SuperNova G2 so might as well stick with that. I know its a bit of an overkill but what can you do? I'm pretty sure its going to be worth the extra £20 in the long run.
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