I have been building my own PCs during last 15 years and this is my fifth build. Primarily for home office use as I am not a gamer. No overclocking and yet a fast PC with quality components. i5-6600 CPU, good PSU and a H170 motherboard are key components.

The total cost was under $ 1000 including the 27" Asus monitor which I have been using for a while. This build should serve me well for at least next 4 to 5 years.

Boot times are very fast and browsing and working with apps is a breeze.

Welcome comments on the build. Enjoy the photos

Part Reviews


i5-6600 offers the best value for an office PC system

CPU Cooler

Arctic Freezers new cooler i11CO (continuous Operation) offers excellent performance at a reasonable price. Weight is limited and does not put undue pressure on the motherboard


Gigabyte's GA-H170m-D3H is an excellent choice for an non overclocked PC at a reasonable price


Kingston HyperX Fury Black is an good choice approved by Gigabyte


Samsung 850 EVO is a great choice now at reasobale price. For Fast booting OS and all applications


Good solid hard drive for reliable operation


Versatile case for a excellent build. Cooling is outstanding. Very silent operation when fan voltage is set to 7V with built in fan controller

Power Supply

Best Power Supply money can buy with 7 year warranty. Gold rating for excellent efficiency and great performance

Optical Drive

Decent drive for a low price

Operating System

Got a free upgrade from previously owned Win 7

Case Fan

Silent when running at 7V. Four fans in the case, two in front, one in back and one on top

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I am working on a similar non-gaming build with the same mobo and cpu. Do you find that you really need a CPU Cooler for this? I was planning to not include one in my build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Same question here.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

You will need a CPU cooler either active or passive (if you want a silent PC). One could substitute the highly rated Noctua with a lower priced CPU cooler but I will rather have a cool CPU rather than a hot one! Do not forget that RAMs and VRMs generate heat as well as such some active cooling would help. I could eliminate the case fans to reduce noise levels. However PWM fans can spin at low RPMs if load and temperatures are low. The PWM headers and the nifty software utility on Gigabyte Mobo can tweak the fan RMPs to maintain lowest possible noise.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point
You are using MS Office... Right?


  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes of course. Office 2016

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the majority of the PCPP community are gamers so ill be the first to say

Throw in a decent GPU and you got yourself a rather respectable gaming PC! Nice build btw

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, you are right. But I do not foresee myself as a gamer anytime in future! I would rather make some front panel dashboards etc.