Description

This build was done primarily as a replacement for our 8 year old household PC. It served us well for so long, but it's time to retire it because it simply could not keep up with our functional and gaming needs anymore. I have been wanting to do this upgrade since last year, but was only able to save up for the components recently. Due to a big generation gap in the components, a full upgrade was necessary.

This new PC will be used for 1080p gaming, document editing and a little programming. This is my first PC build by the way, so please let me know what you guys think!

Part Reviews

CPU

The sweet spot skylake processor for gaming. Capable of delivering tremendous performance in today's AAA game titles.

Motherboard

Superb build quality plus wonderful aesthetics. Has all the basic features I need and more from an mATX motherboard. Perfect for a black/white themed build.

Memory

This was recommended to me by a friend. It has cool LED effects which adds character to any build!

Storage

As a first time SSD user, I'm loving the improvement in OS boot time as well as file transfer rates. This specific brand and model does not break the bank either, so I recommend!

Video Card

This one really lives up to AMD's RX series graphics cards hype. I have nothing bad to say about this card at all. The overall card design is unostentatious. It has a gorgeous metal back plate, customizable logo LED color, and sleek removable fans. But beneath that elegant exterior is a beast. Gives the promised 60+ fps in most games on high/ultra settings at 1080p. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to have a silky smooth gaming experience at 1080p.

Case

OEM of the Tecware F3 case that I used. This mini tower gaming case supports all the important specs of an mATX build. Given the price point and all the features it has, this case is a winner.

Power Supply

Supplies all the juice my build needs. Can't go wrong with Seasonic.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

awsome build im hoping to make something similar soon can you tell me some benchmarks

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Same!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't benchmarked it yet, but will do! I'll let you know once I get the results.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok thanks

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I've already done benchmarking using Unigine Heaven and Valley, you may view the results in the images I added. Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice! How is the mobo?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The mobo is just amazing. It has a unique arctic design which really complements my black/white theme. It supports crossfire, so I might probably add a second gpu down the road.

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

I think you just made my build-to-be. The same cpu, mobo, ram (except i'm going with blue) and I was thinking about going with the sapphire rx 480 but now i'm going with the asus strix.

Nice to see how my build's gonna look when it's done! I see in one of the photos ur mobo doesn't have the i/o shield on. Do you need to put it on yourself? Also, how do you like the leds on the back of the mobo? Oh, and +1 of course

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh wow what a coincidence then! I wasn't able to consider the asus strix, but basing on the reviews I read just now I think it'll be as impressive as the sapphire, though it looks more aggressive.

I'm sure your build will be worth it! That's correct, you have to put it yourself by securing two screw slots. The leds on the back of the mobo are barely noticeable, but that's probably just because my fans are lighted as well. Thanks!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Sexiest mobo and gpu ever! That's why I want to go with these two as well, but I wasn't sure if the mobo works well, because it's lacking some reviews. have you ran into any problems with it yet?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally agree with you on that one! I say go for it, you won't have any regrets. I've had no problems with them so far. The mobo temperature is stable at around 40 degrees even during prolonged gaming periods. If you don't plan on having a crossfire setup, you may want to consider the MSI B150m Bazooka Plus. It basically has the same specs as the mortar/mortar arctic but with only 1 PCI-E x16 slot.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm currently not planning on doing crossfire any time soon, but still seriously considering this one with it's aesthetic looks. Do you think it's worth it?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely! If you plan on going for the black and white theme, then this mobo's aesthetics is perfect for you.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

is the ram multi color ?

nice build btw !

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram only glows white but the same model is available in red, blue, yellow, green and orange led. Thank you!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Very impressive, love it mate.

I'm set on the Mortar Arctic.

Question time.. I believe this board can do Crossfire but not SLI, is that right? I have been looking at the GTX 1060 and haven't really considered the RX 480, is there much difference? I want something to stand the test of time, I will only be playing games like The Sims 4/Football Manager/Cities in Motion/some RTS's.. however in the near future VR appeals to me.

Also I will be playing games streaming to a laptop on my LAN quite often.. is there any drawback in having an RX 480 over the GTX 1060?

Hope this all make sense, again, lovely build.

Thanks in advance,

Alex

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

My proposed build.. thoughts please!:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £185.40 @ Eclipse Computers
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR ARCTIC Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £83.66 @ Amazon UK
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £43.99
Storage Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £114.24 @ Amazon UK
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB NITRO+ OC Video Card £244.98 @ Amazon UK
Case Fractal Design Define Mini C with Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case £78.99 @ CCL Computers
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £54.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £806.25
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-10 22:59 GMT+0000
  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This is perfect! I have a suggestion though regarding your storage. For almost the same price you can have more storage by getting a lower capacity SSD say maybe 240GB one and then just get a 1TB HDD like a western digital caviar blue. Just make sure you install the OS in the SSD. That way you have more storage but still get to have faster boot times.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I done it mate!!

I did go for the 525GB M2, I just love how inconspicuous it is.

All I changed was the PSU.

I think I have published the build, check it out, if not I will send over.

It is beautiful! I will upload pictures etc in due course.

Came in around £867..

Couldn't be happier,

Hope you're enjoying your build!

Alex

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Niceeee!

That's fine, storage upgrade is easy anyway.

I see, you changed the corsair cxm 550w to an evga 650w. The 550w corsair one would have sufficed though, but evga is more reliable I guess? xD

Yeah please do I'm excited to see how your build turned out!

I am, very much actually! Hope you're enjoying yours too. Congrats on your build buddy! Cheers!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! Apologies for the very late response.

I'm sure you'll love the Mortar Arctic.

That's correct. Okay so from my personal opinion and by looking at reviews, here are some things to consider when choosing which card to get:

GTX1060 -generally a better card if you're only considering a single card build -more power efficient

RX480 -SLI capable (2 RX480s almost equals a GTX1080 for a much lower cost) -generally a better performer in dx12/vulkan

Both of the cards will be good for the next few years that's for sure. They can also handle the games you mentioned without breaking a sweat. With VR as part of your consideration, I would say both of them are VR ready although GTX 1060 slightly performs better in this department. Lastly, I think there should be no drawback in having an RX480 over the GTX1060 when doing what you mentioned.

I hope I this helps you even in the very slightest way xD

Good luck in making your build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the cpu come with a cooler?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! It comes with an intel stock cooler.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool thanks im gonna use it.