Once upon a time I have built my first PC (Intel 486 DX CPU)... but that's definitely another story. I am a programmer, not a gamer. Last game I have played was Little Big Adventure, 2D platformer, no one from modern games even closest to it... Having a work laptop, I decided to build a home PC: something modern, powerful enough, but with a modest budget, and not without potential and some ... fun. (Who knows.. what if LBA 3D will be suddenly released? ... just kidding). Purpose: programming, learning programming and ... programming again. Initially thought about mini-ITX build, but did not found suitable Skylake motherboard with reliable WiFi adapter. And finally went with Mid ATX. I learned a lot from "PCPARTPICKER's" and now I would like to share my own experience with hope that it will be useful for someone. Here we go...
So, why it's 'Discrepant' ? Overclocked CPU - but no video card, M.2 SSD - but oldest HDs, none-gamer- but with led controller. Clear.
At the end: I eyeballing 34' ultra-wide monitor. Will be happy to get some recommendations for it, and also for some video card in under $200 range, which can be suitable for ... let's call it - light gaming (for my nephews).
Unlocked Intel Core i5-6600K: latest technology, good performance, allows to play with BIOS overclocking features, not so expensive. Overclocked for about 25%, it is running cool on 4.4 GHz (in Turbo). Do not have hyper-threading like i7, but trust me - that's not worth extra $120. As an experienced programmer I can say that hyper-threading looks nice in synthetic benchmarks only. In real life - meh. But i5 single core has the same power like i7 ones.
Corsair H60 liquid. Quite, stylish and most important - doing it's work 'cool'. Very easy mounting and looks beautiful in contradiction to radiator's based 'Godzilla' coolers.
Asus Z170-A. Remember 'and not without potential', a? Yes, this is it. A lot of ports: VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort (4k, 60 Hz), USB 3.1 type 'A', type 'C', NVidia SLI and AMD CrossFireX support (ooh, LBA 3D dreams...), M.2 socket, UEFI BIOS with unbelievable possibilities , DDR4, etc... I am trusting in ASUS as a best motherboard maker, so my choice was a pretty easy here.
Patriot Viper 4, 16G, DDR4-3000. Working stable on 3000 MHz (overclocked) , XMP is recognized right in BIOS, what more is there to ask? It was a cheapest set I found on Amazon (that's where I purchased most of the parts excluding case and led controller) and I do not regret it.
Amazing, wind-rapid M.2 NVme Samsung 950 PRO SSD. Unbeatable read-write performance (in given price range), expensive - yes. But when my Windows 10 starts up in 5 seconds, and Explorer windows being opened just before the mouse click (or at least this is the feeling) - I am thinking that this drive is the best part of the build. Additionally I used two antique Hitachi 250G drives, which were replaced with SSD's in mine and my parent's Acer Nettops and were on their way to garbage, to create RAID 0 with nice 500 G storage for the data. They are working surprisingly well. I know, they are not looking adequately here, but it is all about 'Discperant', right?
Thermaltake V31. Very satisfied with this case. Good ergonomic, easiest cable management. a lot of space for additional drives \ controllers \ video cards, 2 dust filters, two pre-installed cooling fans, USB 3.0 on from panel and side window. I am happy with my choice. About NZXT Led Controller: Why programmer needs leds controller? Why god damn not? I am sitting 16 hours every day near this box , sometimes deeply into the night, when all others are sleeping, so a little colorful light from that 'income-box' cheers me up.
EVGA, 650 W, Gold+. Power with reserve, quite, ah... and yes - full modular. No need some cable - leave it in the box. No mess with cable management, clear inside look.
Wireless Network Adapter
Gigabyte PCI WiFi+Bluetooth card (pay attention: revision 4.2 ). Actually have dual-band Intel AC-8260 on-board. Performed on 120 MB/s, just like other PC's are sitting on LAN in my network! Simply connected to Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker. Much cheapest than ASUS adapters, but so far so good. Have a nice external antenna. Honestly I am siting in about 20 ft from the router, so can not state that the connection will still reliable on longer distances.