Hello again fellow builders! Here is yet again another build. This one was done for my girlfriend's dad. He is a big fan of RPGs and anything fantasy. This is an upgraded system that will replace his old gaming rig that consisted of a Sandy Bridge i3, 6870, and 4 GB RAM. The budget for this build started at around $650 and after a few aesthetic things and a Windows license this is what we ended up with. I was hesitant to go with an i3 again, but after extensive benchmarking I was proven very wrong.
The main goals of this build were:
- Be as green as possible without being overbearing.
- Have plenty of lights and a case with a window.
- Perform well in World of Warcraft and League of Legends.
I was torn between the i3 and the 6300. After looking through some reviews and seeing performance benchmarks I felt that the i3 was going to be the better choice based on the per-core performance. This CPU performed amazingly well in the games and synthetic tests I ran. To be honest it really suprised me. I made a little custom decal for the CPU cooler because the blue and silver in the green and black build just didn't sit well with me at all.
I chose this board for a few reasons. The user will only ever need a single PCI-E lane, it has green lights, and Philip used it. I'm a big fan of Gigabyte and I felt safe going with another board from them. This is a very budget feeling board, but it has all the features that the average user would use plus some. I was really happy with the way it looked inside the case with all the lights on.
This kit was the cheapest I could find with the specs I wanted. I really like the new ADATA v2 kits and can't wait for the new colors to be available. The flat black/gray was a good fit for the build while not standing out like a thumb. Some Corsair Vengeance in green would have been cool, but cost more than $15 more.
I've used a lot of WD Caviar Blues and felt good going with one again. He may never use half of this drive, but it's there if need be.
I was super happy to get this card for this price! I couldn't find it for less than $230 anywhere and just happened to snag it on Amazon with my Prime Membership. This little card overclocked amazingly using MSI afterburner and was stable and cool the entire time I ran benchmarks. My girlfriend did the paint job on the shroud which I think looks very nice and really accents the rest of the build. Full benchmarks are posted below.
I love NZXT. They make really high quality cases all the way down to thier low end ones. This may be the lowest of the low, but it is really well built and features tons of cable routing options. I would love to see grommets on a case like this, but obviously that would make it cost more. I've used this case before so cable management was a breeze. I am a huge sucker for windowed cases and lights so I really didn't want to give this one up.
I've used the CX line from Corsair before and while not the highest end, they're perfectly fine for some lower budget builds. Since it is also green it really fit the build well. 600 watts is a lot for this system, but I wanted to leave him plenty of room for adding more hdds and fans while still having plenty of headroom.
The NZXT Hue is a great lighting system that is super easy to install. I had a slight issue with the fan on the rear and the LED strip, but I made it work without cutting off the airflow of the fan.
The Cougar Dual-X fans are very high quality. They come with those rubber screws, that I find very hard to install... They are very quiet and the LEDs look crazy bright in the pictures, but they aren't so intense, I promise. They are also very quiet even at max RPMs.
The NZXT sleeved cables are nice. I like the Silverstone ones better due to the much softer sleeving and slightly longer length, but these are very high quality and would use them again.
The mouse and keyboard were already owned by him so I just added them for good measure.
I really liked doing this build. Even though it was fairly low-mid range, I just love PC building. I will be dropping it off at the users house in a few days and adding a few pictures of his gaming setup. This includes a 60" 1080p TV and several small monitors for wikis and Anime. I hope you guys enjoy looking through my content. Comments, concerns, and questions are always welcome!
BENCHMARKS: using 14.2 beta
1080p, ultra, AA x8
- 33.8 - 1413
1080p, ultra, AA x0
- 50.1 - 2094
1080p, AA x8, Tessellation normal
- 33.7 - 850
1080p, ultra, AA x0, Tessellation off
- 44.6 - 1122
World of Warcraft
1440p, everything maxed
- Ave: 79.1
- Min: 46.7
- Max: 101
1080p, everything maxed
- Ave: 89.3
- Min: 60
- Max: 101
League of Legends
1440p, everything maxed
- Ave: 118
- Min: 93.4
- Max: 137.5
1080p, everything maxed
- Ave: 134.6
- Min: 109.5
- Max: 160.5
I went a little crazy with the benchmarks, but thanks for checking it out!
|CPU||Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core||$118.00||(Purchased)|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H81.Amp-UP ATX LGA1150||$80.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$69.00||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$60.00||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II||$210.00||(Purchased)|
|Case||NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower||$45.00||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 600W ATX12V||$64.00||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer||$15.00||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Cougar Dual-X 64.4 CFM 120mm||$15.00||(Purchased)|
|Cougar Dual-X 64.4 CFM 120mm||$15.00||(Purchased)|
|Case Accessory||NZXT Hue LED Controller||$30.00||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||ROCCAT Kone XTD Wired Laser||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||NZXT Sleeved Cable Extenions (24, 8, 6)||$30.00||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||62.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P6976|