Heart of Gold - Build Update 2


Yesterday I bought the last pieces of my PC build that I needed to make it boot: the SSD and memory.


I love Crucial SSDs. They are cheap, reliable, and fast. My current media server (the NUC) has one, my computer that I built for my parents years ago has one (not when I built it, I added it later). So for my build, I got a Crucial MX300 275GB SSD. Like all the older Crucial鈥檚, it鈥檚 quick, reliable, and cheap. It may not be as fast as some of the higher-end drives (Samsungs, basically), but it is still very quick and considerably cheaper.


Memory is difficult to research. For one, there are so many different options, even within brands and model lines. I eventually settled on some 16GB Kingston DDR4 sticks. They are not the flashiest, but they were the cheapest DDR4 memory that I could find.

Bringing It To Life

Windows 10 can be installed without a license. You get 30 days of light nagging and a few locked features before it starts getting really nag-y and annoying. Essentially, I have 30 days to go buy a license, which is fine by me since I鈥檓 trying to spread these purchases out. I used my wonderful Surface to create an installer flash drive, popped it in one of the USB ports, and it booted and installed in minutes. Remember when installing Windows was a weekend-long ordeal?

What Next?

Well, I鈥檓 still missing a GPU, and of course I need to get a Windows license. I also want to get another case fan to keep the whole thing cool, though without a GPU the fans that came with the case do more than enough. I also want to look at a few other accessories. For instance, I鈥檓 using a really cheap keyboard and I would like something better. It doesn鈥檛 have to be super crazy, but something nicer would go a long way.

The Build So Far

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $179.99 from Micro Center
Motherboard Asus Z170-E ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Purchased For $89.99 from Micro Center after rebate
Memory Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory Purchased For $79.99 from Micro Center
Storage Crucial MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $69.99 from Micro Center
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $404.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $64.99 from Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $69.99 from Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $50.00 @ Best Buy (with gift card)
Case Fan NZXT RF-FNV2-120 45.0 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $0.00 (with case)
Case Fan NZXT RF-FNV2-120 45.0 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $0.00 (with case)
Case Fan Noctua NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM 78.7 CFM 140mm Fan $16.07 @ Amazon
Monitor ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 22.0" 60Hz Monitor (just had it around)