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First i3 budget build (Frostbourne)

by GaebBudgetPC

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 5, 2016

Date Built

June 25, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.23GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.2GHz

Description

Okay, so I just transferred to Australia recently for my studies. I was an avid Dota player and I wanted to build a capable machine without breaking the bank. From the start, I had a checklist for my PC:

  • Must not be overpriced/overbudget. (I went with the 600-800 AUD mark. Best bang-for-buck according to forums)
  • Can play Dota at the highest settings and then some
  • Future-proof (Easily Upgradable)
  • Easy to clean (Case must have reliable dust filters)
  • Power efficient (I often left the computer on for item trading)

Since I didn't know anything about building computers, I researched everything from scratch. Special Shoutout to: LinusTechTips, Science Studio, Tech Deals, Pc Part picker and Ozbargain!

It took me a while to gather all the parts. (I bought the GTX 960 strix and the Fractal Design Case second hand to save money). Also, I had windows 10 education free from my university. (Huray Microsoft!)

I'm not gonna lie, building it was NOT easy as many will say. I had a hard time figuring out where the power cables would go since my power supply was an OEM and did not come with labels. Connecting the fans were also a challenge since I did not see any youtube vids of actually connecting the fan cables.

When I completed the build, I atttached the HDMI cable the the back of the video card. This was a mistake. There was no display shown in my monitor. I was ready to give up and just bring the thing to a professional until I tried removing the graphics card and using a VGA cable to the motherboard I/O instead. I held my breath and... Viola!

I booted! I was so relieved. Praise the divines! and Lord Gaben!

I was nervous with the BIOS because I didn't want to screw things up with the settings. (The boot management and stuff and updating the bios was difficult without an optical drive)

After all the initial hiccups, I downloaded all the softwares and programs I'll need.

Additional cost/hardware:

  • -Samsung s22D300 monitor- $129 AUD (good starting monitor)
  • -Gamdias keyboard and Mouse Combo - $54 AUD (Amazing so far. Really like the huge palm rest included with the keyboard)
  • -Logitech cloth mousepad (This thing is HUGE and easy to get cold in a marble table. lol)

Real life Benchmarks (I downloaded Nvidia's Shadowplay to record these):

  • DOTA (ULTRA settings and shadows) - 120+ fps (ez +25 MMR)
  • Skyrim (Ultra settings with HD mods) - Capped at 60 fps (I think it's due to my monitor being only 60hz)
  • Torchlight 1 and 2 (Ultra settings) 260 fps
  • Limbo (LULZ) 60 fps (again, the monitor?)
  • DiRT 3 (High detail, shadow - 140 FPS)
  • Shadow Complex Remastered (Ultra - 180 fps)
  • The Crew (High setting, occulation - 120 fps)

For future reference:

  • Minecraft- To be tested
  • Crisis 3- To be tested

Part Reviews

CPU

Can handle games like Skyrim and Dota just fine. Amazing cpu for its price!

Motherboard

I choose this motherboard for my build since it has awesome feature and has USB type C (Future-proof right there). It also has lots of USB ports for back I/O and front ports. The only down side was the difficulty I experienced with updating the drivers and BIOS since the tutorials for this board is very RAREand add the fact that I did not have an optical drive for my build.

Memory

Looks cool and the price is just right. Wished there was a white or black color in the same price range tho.

Storage

Bought this at a deal for only 76 AUD. It's a really great SSD for the price! The body is made of plastic but I didn't care because it wasn't meant to be held.

Video Card

Got this second hand (Strix edition). Amazing. What can I say: Quiet and didn't notice any performance lost ( because probably I don't play the latest AAA titles like technomancer)

Great for Dota, skyrim with HD mods, Limbo (lol), etc.

Case

BIG AND HEAVY CASE. I think i grew muscles carrying it around.

Power Supply

Got the OEM version of this which was not modular or labeled. Does the job but difficult for noob builders like me.

Comments Sorted by:

speedspencer 2 points 8 months ago

Hey! Nice build! Even though I don't admire i3 processors, you chose one that is at the same/higher speed than the i5 processors, which was an extremely smart choice I probably wouldn't have thought of.

Noice noice!

GaebBudgetPC submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you! I was supposed to get an i5-6400 hundred but it would cost me a 100 AUD more. I've watched a lot of reviews comparing it to other processors and it performed well for its pricce.

Thank, bro :)

asantra826 2 points 8 months ago

Nice build. how is your experience with this build? Can you play all games 1080p on it?

GaebBudgetPC submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you! You can read the description for my experience. I've been able to play these games at high/ultra settings:

  • Dota 2
  • Torchlight 1 and 2
  • Prince of persia
  • Evolve Stage 2
  • fully modded Skyrim without EMB
RaspberryPiFan 10 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

SeaSonic

GaebBudgetPC submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Huh?

Growliff1234 1 Build 0 points 8 months ago

AMD fanboys inbound.. RX 480 OMGOGOGMOGMOGMOMG GOYOU SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THE RX 480 YOU NOOOOBB NOVIDEO SUCKS THEY REALLY LOST IT THIS TIME.

speedspencer 2 points 8 months ago

NVIDIA is better :/

There is no competition. Period.

(But I will admit that AMD is probably better for performance vs. cost)

GaebBudgetPC submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

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