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The Listener

by Cicero_


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Date Published

Aug. 16, 2017

Date Built

June 9, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.09 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


Then... it is true! Our lady is back! She has chosen a Listener! She has chosen you! Ha ha ha! All hail the Listener!


This is a build I put together with an initial budget of $330 for a friend of mine. The price ended up being higher than I'd liked, because he insisted on buying from Amazon. I'll try my best to explain some of the part choices.

I had initially purchased a Pentium G4560 and an H170M motherboard, but the Microcenter employee there that day decided that what the guy told me last time I was there (that bios updates were free) was wrong and I had to pay $20. Rather than do that, I ended up returning the Pentium and motherboard and buying an i3 6100 and h110m. Why, you ask? Because at the time, Pentium prices were so bad that the 6100 ended up being cheaper after the combo discount.

I sold him the CX450M because it was a spare power supply I had at the time, and I figured $40 was a fair price given that it didn't look like it would ever go below $50 again and I had only used it for a month.

I gave him the monitor from my first build, Scrappy v1.1, since I upgraded to a 1080p monitor and never used it again.

If you can't tell, this is the laziest excuse for a build description I've ever put out. I'm typing this on my phone and just want to get it uploaded after 3 months of waiting for pictures. Maybe I'll actually fix this up into a decent description at some point when I'm not so tired.

Part Reviews


Works great. Stock cooler keeps it nice and cool and it got 6,000 points in the physics test of firestrike. This is especially impressive considering my i7 3770 gets 10,000.


Knocking off half a star for the fact that it's a really ugly brown. Another half comes off for the low quality I/O shield and the poor manual. I'd knock off another half a star for the ****** BIOS, but you can't make it 3 and a half stars so you got off lucky MSI.


It's RAM. What can I say? The kit I received was actually black with no heat spreader, but honestly that looks better than the green featured in the picture.

Video Card

It runs pretty cool, and it does just about everything my friend wants. He gets 50-60fps in Skyrim Special Edition at 1600x1000 at high/ultra.


I mean, for a $20 case, it's not horrible. It comes with 1 80mm fan and only the screws for that one fan. The screws are very poorly labelled and I honestly wasn't sure which ones to use for the expansion slots. There is literally no way you're gonna fit any cables in the back, so I had to route everything through the ODD space. The rack mount is hard to figure out if you've never done it before and the instructions don't help at all. At least it looks pretty sleek and it fits in small areas pretty well.

Comments Sorted by:

tomtomj2 9 Builds 5 points 20 months ago

Looks good, nice budget build for $370 and should be great for some budget gaming. +1


Inb4 people say Shuda bought Ryzen 3, it same price of i3!!!11!!!!1 :P

Cicero_ submitter 5 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I have an imgur link to a picture of the build date should anyone complain about R3.

waleheroix 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago


Cicero_ submitter 5 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Her name's Gigi. She basically lives under that desk ever since I built the PC there.

WillPython 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Cicero likes! Yes, yes! This will please the Night Mother!

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 20 months ago

That cheap mobo though...I smell smoke.

Cicero_ submitter 5 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

It was actually $50, I just got $30 off as part of the CPU/Mobo combo discount. I will admit it's my least favorite motherboard that I've used, though.

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 20 months ago

(grabs electrical fire extinguisher)

unicykle 3 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

I'm assuming you're making this assumption on some factual grounds of some kind?