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PC Build help - Is this any good?

Feb 10, 2016 8:19AM PST

Hi everyone,
Am building a PC with PC Specialist and as it is my first self build I was wondering if those who know a bit more could advise me on my current build. Is this a solid functional build, or I have made some rookie mistake that will end in disaster?
Thanks!


Case COOLERMASTER K350 GAMING CASE

Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-6600 (3.3GHz) 6MB Cache

Motherboard ASUS® Z170-E: ATX, LG1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs

Memory (RAM) 8GB HyperX FURY DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 4GB)

Graphics Card 4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 960 - DVI, HDMI, 3 x DP - 3D Vision Ready

1st Hard Disk 1TB SATA-III 3.5" HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 32MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Memory Card Reader INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT

Power Supply CORSAIR 450W VS SERIES™ VS-450 POWER SUPPLY

Processor Cooling INTEL STANDARD CPU COOLER

Thermal Paste STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING

Fan Controller NONE

Extra Case Fans NONE

LED Lighting NONE

Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy™ FX OEM

Wireless/Wired Networking WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD

Wireless Router/HomePlugs NONE

USB Options MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS

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Is this the PSU ?
Feb 10, 2016 8:58AM PST

that Tom's Hardware is talking about ? Here
If so , I think I would choose a different one

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My son just got a new gaming laptop
Feb 10, 2016 8:31AM PST

It has the 960m and the desktop version is a step up so gaming should be great. He reports MGS5 runs super. Here's what he got.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01578ZKPO ( ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 2GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB ) and for 120 bucks we swapped out the 1TB HDD for a 512GB SSD.

-> my mod to yours would be to forget the sound card, go onboard (why in a link to follow) then get one of those 120 buck 512GB SSDs. My bet is same price but much happier experiences.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/high-end-pc-audio,3733-19.html

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Build
Feb 10, 2016 7:54PM PST

There's nothing major wrong with your build....it should work.

Minor stuff.
Psu...the unit you picked is an entry level unit that does not quite meet 80+ at low load.
It's your call if you want to bump that a notch.

As mentioned you could bin the sound card and hdd and install a ssd.

Ram..unless you plan to oc back that down to 2133...save a buck.

Wireless....if your going to connect the machine wired I don't see why you would need that card.

It's your budget.

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