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Ysera's Demise
by skemble
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Description

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.

Snapshot of a Unigine Valley benchmark with lots of menus to show specs at work

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.

PARTS:

  • CPU:

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.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

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.

  • RAM:

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.

  • Storage:

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.

  • GPU:

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.

  • CASE:

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.

  • PSU:

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.


EXTRAS:

  • 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.


CONCLUSION:

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!


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Twitter

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High Res Pictures

Reddit


BENCHMARKS: using 14.2 beta

3DMark 11

3DMark

PCMark 8


Unigine Valley

1080p, ultra, AA x8

  • 33.8 - 1413

1080p, ultra, AA x0

  • 50.1 - 2094

Unigine Heaven

1080p, AA x8, Tessellation normal

  • 33.7 - 850

1080p, ultra, AA x0, Tessellation off

  • 44.6 - 1122

Catzilla

720p

10,094 Score


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!

Part List
Details
Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load62.0° C
Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP6976
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polarbehr [4 Builds] 15 points 9 months ago

Fantastic i3 build!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 8 points 9 months ago

Graci sir!

 
 
SleathX1 7 points 9 months ago

great build!

I love the colors, even though I don't like the colors themselves (green and purple). The build is amazing and looks sick!

Great pictures too!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 6 points 9 months ago

Thanks! It's supposed to be green and black, I think the white LED from the Hue lightened it a bit.

 
 
djw11544 5 points 9 months ago

Most of the time, I can't NOT like a skemble build. :I Nice build, +1.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 5 points 9 months ago

Thank you for checking out all my stuff! :)

 
 
fatninjamke [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

This is the cleanest I3 build I have ever seen! Amazing! Way better than what I built for the money!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 6 points 9 months ago

You make me blush! Your build with the XfX 550 watt? I can understand how hard the cable management is with that PSU. There are a lot of cables coming off of such a small unit!

 
 
fatninjamke [2 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

Ikr. I've been telling myself i'll fix the cables when I get around to it but i've been too lazy. Although this dude used that same PSU and he did an amazing job with cable management. Same case as you too!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago
 
 
fatninjamke [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

oh wow it is! Lol my bad. Great work though. Is it somehow possible to send me pictures of how you managed the cables?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I don't own that build so I can't really go take pictures of it, but I can say that if you route everything out the closest hole one at a time and zip tie it tight before you move to the next cable, your results will look clean like this and the back panel will fit on without a bulge. I even use twist ties sometimes to get things in place before I zip tie everything tight.

 
 
mc88dx [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

I like it a lot. Did you use paint for model building? How to get the OS for so cheap?

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manirelli [Staff] [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

We do not allow links or discussion regarding that sub on our site. Most if not all of their Windows licenses break ToS and are being illegally sold.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

My apologies Ryan.

 
 
Kiburi [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Really nice looking build!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Thank you kindly!

 
 
Sheepzorable [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Great build! God I wish I had the same cable management as this! Definitely should've planned my build out more after seeing this. Otherwise fantastic work mate!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

Thank you sir! I spend too much time managing cables XD

 
 
Sheepzorable [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

The OCD strikes again!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

You are spot on there!

 
 
PumblissPC 2 points 9 months ago

At first I thought for specs like these on WOW 1440p you would at least need an I5, but you've defied all odds. I'm actually considering building the same thing, this is a fantastic PC and ill rememver all of these pieces forever, they all fit together and look great.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

I've found that WoW is really dependent on per core performance. I ran the benchmark through the beginning building, through a large group of people, killed some enemies, stared into high depth of field areas trying to really test it and it just kept chugging along amazingly. The 270 really overclocked like a champ too. Would definitely recommend if you can get it for a good price!

 
 
ThatGuy154 2 points 9 months ago

Another build with the hue i see. Very nice!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

When a person asks for a build they almost always say "I want the lights like in that one build you did." It's also really nice to be able to choose whatever color you want! Thanks for checking it out :)

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Work of art.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago
 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

My water cooling loop parts should be coming in tomorrow. Once I get that going, I'll be re-posting my ITX build :)

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I look forward to seeing it!

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Got my pump+res just now. The rest should be here by tomorrow. I'll probably try to get it going early next week. I still need to order some angled fittings once I get it all planned out.

 
 
Daisyahoy [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

I'd +1 just because its you

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Haha! :3

 
 
SpicyPickle [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I upvoted before I even read the description! You always do a great job sir!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Thank you! I hope you read the description after ;)

 
 
SpicyPickle [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Haha, don't worry I did. :P

 
 
GMAN-DV8 2 points 9 months ago

Wow this build is not overkill and looks aesthically pleasing. It was just what you needed

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

WoW ;) HAHA thanks! I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

 
 
Levyrat [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Show off. ;)

I'm not a fan of lots of lights, but you did a great job with them. That last photo in particular is definitely gaze-worthy.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Haha :P I agree, lights can make or break a build. The user really was explicit about having them so that's what I went with!

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

As always, excellent!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks Norm!

 
 
Electrospeed 2 points 9 months ago

It's nice that you got that card for $210, but it should be $180 T_T

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I know... The prices are so skewed due to the mining. I was glad I could get it for that low at this time!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks for the heads up! :D

 
 
TheTekJake [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Ahhhh! Love it! You did it again!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Ahhhh! Thanks! :3

 
 
maxbailey [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

That graphics card looks amazing.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

My gf says thanks :)

 
 
Fullsome [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

+1 for pictures! Amazing build!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you kindly!

 
 
hitmaniac [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

+1. I have MSI 270 for my gaming rig. I am looking forward to buy one more for X-fire. Would CX500 be enough or I NEED to replace the psu as well?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! I took a look at your build and added a second card. Total wattage comes out to 539 watts, so yes I would highly recommend a new PSU. I would suggest something in the 650 to 750 range would be perfectly ample. The big wattage hit is the 8320. I have the 8350 so I totally understand.

 
 
hitmaniac [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

thanks alot!! Probably wait till black friday to get some deals on psu, gpu, and ssd.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Not a problem! Sounds like you've got things under control :)

 
 
TheNewGuy01 2 points 8 months ago

I must get some advice from you later on! I actually want to do an mITX build with this CPU/GPU combo! I am happy you included a benchmark from LoL, that helps me out a lot! Bro, keep on doing this! You make these builds look gorgeous!

I'll be keeping an eye out for anymore you make!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks for checking out my builds! I'm glad that I can provide some info that helps people out. I will continue to do builds as long as I have people to build for! :D

Keep an eye out either this Sunday or the early part of next week for another build.

Also hit me up whenever, I'm never far away!

 
 
TheNewGuy01 2 points 8 months ago

Oooh, I think I might be around then! ;)

I most definitely will do so once I am able to buy the parts I want!

 
 
smittypantz@hotmail.com [11 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

I have been looking through all your builds. They are great. Do you ever try to pick up used parts?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you! One of my 7950s is used. Other than that no. Unless someone is interested in getting deals on used stuff I just stick to new to try and avoid complications.

 
 
antoniojack 2 points 6 months ago

Now this is what I like, epic price, solid one and very well designed and coordinated.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! I see you're browsing through my builds ;)

 
 
antoniojack 1 point 6 months ago

yes, yes. You are a really epic awesome builder. You know how to design the pc well as well as make it functional. If I build a PC i think i might make a variation of this or the Rambo one. Very good, keep it up :D

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I really appreciate the feedback! I try my hardest to build the perfect PC for the person using it. You will see plenty more from me in the future!

 
 
EpicGrass 2 points 5 months ago

It's a beautiful build. I think it's a little over kill for the games you wanted to play but that PC will last you a while.

 
 
TrentScott 2 points 5 months ago

Nice professional photos

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! :)

 
 
ThatSweetGamer [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

How's Battlefield 4 run on it? Looks good.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I'm not sure. WoW and LoL are free to play for the beginning at least. I didn't really feel like transferring any of my accounts to this system to test games that were never going to be played on it. The user isn't a fan of FPS or shooters of any kind so I just skipped those games.

 
 
messingaround [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Love it! I've gotten the same CPU and GPU - happy to see your choices!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

It performs very well despite they criticism of the "terrible i3" :)

 
 
blaziecat1103 1 point 9 months ago

You probably could have gotten comparable performance for much less by upgrading the old machine with the 7850 and RAM that you used in this build, but I can also see why you would want a new one.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Very valid point. Unfortunately he is using the old system for other things.

 
 
blaziecat1103 1 point 9 months ago

Aha.

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skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! :)

 
 
gokufighther 1 point 6 months ago

spent too much on the fans and couldve gotten a quad core with the savings coolermaster has good fans and they're like $3 and noiseless

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Getting a quad core for League of Legends and World of Warcraft makes little to no difference.

 
 
gokufighther 1 point 6 months ago

it may make no difference but if you were to pay other games later on or if you ram a multi monitor setup, then you could run more programs and it would then be faster and still cheaper

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

He runs three monitors: one for gaming, one for wikis, and one for Anime. I've tried to get him to play other games, but it's just not going to happen. He's going to be playing WoW for a long time.

 
 
Konasumi 1 point 6 months ago

How is it, building in the 210? I'm thinking about buying one.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

It's a great little chassis. As long as you don't try to cram too much into it you will be fine. Make sure to get a semi-modular or fully modular PSU.

 
 
babachicken 1 point 6 months ago

were you able to route that 8 pin cpu power through the back?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Yes I was.

 
 
babachicken 1 point 6 months ago

what was it like building in the 210, i really like this case.

 
 
babachicken 1 point 6 months ago

oh and is there a dedicated hole for routing the cpu cable?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

There is a dedicated hole for that cable. It's not a bad case as long as you don't try to do too much with it. I would really suggest getting a couple extra fans to help move the air better and keep dust down. I've built in it twice now and I have to say it's a favorite budget case of mine!

 
 
babachicken 1 point 6 months ago

ah i see, thanks!

im debating on the fractal design define r4, and this.

i know the r4 is better, but i wonder if the extra 50$ is worth it.

this is the build (i already have a GPU) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Q9kmFT

are there ssd mounts?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I would suggest a modular PSU. It was a hassle to hide cables with the 550 watt version of that PSU in my other build "The Dark Horse".

It does not have SSD mounts. You would need to get an adapter for a 3 1/2" bay or mount it somewhere else with Velcro.

 
 
babachicken 1 point 6 months ago

ah i see, ill probably just get the r4 then

 
 
NinjaX26 1 point 4 months ago

hows the gaming on this build? I'm looking for a good first gaming PC and this is around my price range.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

Did you look at the benchmarks? It runs games pretty well for the price. I would go with the Haswell refresh now though.

 
 
Mikeymane 1 point 4 months ago

Really clean, nice build. How's cable management for this case? I just ordered it with a bunch of upgrades for a budget build.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

This is an excellent choice for a budget build. Plenty of room as long as you don't try to do too much. Will build in it again!

 
 
Mikeymane 1 point 4 months ago

I'll be putting in an H55 and an R9 280, you think that's too much or will I have enough room to play with?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

That should be fine. The liquid cooler is a good idea since it is a slightly more narrow case than the average. Any single card will be fine here, but make sure to get a modular PSU and try to pick parts that eliminate the need for molex.

 
 
Mikeymane 1 point 4 months ago

Alrighty, I appreciate the insight. Great builds btw with the case they both look awesome, I'll surely be referencing them :)

 
 
NoahTyler_2 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Can this build max out skyrim?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Probably, but not with too many texture and graphics mods.

 
 
lha_luke 1 point 26 days ago

Awesome pictures and build.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 25 days ago

Thank you!

 
 
lha_luke 1 point 25 days ago

Those braided cables everywhere look so good! I'm guessing they don't come with the CX600M?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [18 Builds] 1 point 24 days ago

Nope, they are NZXT sleeved extensions!

 
 
lha_luke 1 point 24 days ago

Oh nice! I'm gonna get some for sure, god bless NZXT for making those!