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First Build - "Lux" Photo Editing/Gaming PC

by Squidooo

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79 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 14, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 13, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

32.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

990MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.7GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

Named "Lux", which in Latin means 'light'. Thought it suited this build considering the price is 'light', appearance isn't in your face, just 'light', sound is 'light' on the ears, and I'm using it for 'light'room. Alright, in actuality it just sounded cool.

I decided to finally build a PC as I wanted something more powerful for home use. My laptop works great for mobile situations, but it lacks the power needed for an efficient workflow. I'm a photogragher and built this computer to meet my needs in that area. I haven't taken many pictures of this build, but the few I did include are taken with my DSLR in case any of you are interested.

I received my parts last night and finished building Lux after around 2 to 3 hours. The computer booted on first try and I was able to install Windows 10 immediately. However, today I was playing a game and my computer suddenly shut off. I checked the temps, everything was around 20-30c. I heard a clicking noise come from my PSU upon turning it back on. After further inspection, a rubber grip that came with my case was lodged into the PSU fan. I've removed it and everything seems to be running smoothly now even after several stress tests.

CPU:

I wanted the option to upgrade to higher class Skylakes such as an i5 or i7 as I needed fit. I don't see myself doing so in the near future however considering I am blown away with the performance of this processor. Seems to stay cool, everything is snapping, and pairs very well with my graphics card.

Motherboard:

I wanted to save money here and get something a little cheaper so I could afford the R9 380. Although this a cheaper motherboard, it has performed fine and haven't noticed any flaws. Reviews for this motherboard were so-so but they far exceeded others in it's class.

Memory:

Generic Team Elite RAM. 8GB should suit me for now. The price was excellent.

Storage:

Performs surprisingly fast. I wanted something on the cheaper end but this does exceptionally well. My computer boots within 15 seconds and anything else that utilizes it has been speedy.

Video Card:

Excellent card. I can't find a game that won't run with Ultra settings 1080p on it. I might have to turn down some minor graphical details to get a full 60fps, but I'm not complaining! I purchased this card new for $160.

Case:

Case is pristine. Looks elegant and professional. I purchased this new for $29 and looks/feels like it is worth so much more. Cable management was on the harder side but, as I said earlier, I'm not complaining.

Power Supply:

I was told that this PSU is reliable and long lasting. Has worked fine thus far.

Comments Sorted by:

kenjikodai 5 points 17 months ago

Gonna go ahead and take this build since I am pretty much broke

OJ_Gaming 3 points 17 months ago

I've been waiting for a good 6th gen i3 build, great job!

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks!

therevenga 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

after seeing this build i am now debating for either this cpu or the i5 6500? So what do i do lol?

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Depends on what you're using it for. The i3 6100 has been more than enough for me right now and allowed me to spend more on a graphics card.

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cpenland 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

I have nothing bad to say about this build. Great job! +1

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks!

fender08531 1 point 17 months ago

This is a very cool build. It's nice to see people still using the i3.

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for your comment!

g7hsro 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Didn't know intel made skylake for the i3 series. nice build!

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks!

Meta-Morph 1 point 15 months ago

there is even a skylake pentium the more you know

OGbobbywilson21 1 point 13 months ago

They even made a Pentium for the skylakes! It's crazy

PS1054205 1 point 17 months ago

more pictures please, they look so good. You say your a photographer? i can tell xD

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I'm trying to upload more but it keeps giving me an error. There are at least 7 more that I wanted to upload. I'll keep trying, thanks!

PS1054205 1 point 17 months ago

:DD im looking forward to it. lemme know when they let you upload those beautifuls xD

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

They uploaded!

PS1054205 1 point 17 months ago

amazing :DD

PS1054205 1 point 17 months ago

can we have one that just looks at the overall build? the other pictures looks so good :DD

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I'll post another tomorrow!

ThatGuy895 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build bud! Also good camera work there!

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you!

overco 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

What camera and lens are you using? It looks beautiful!

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I used my Canon SL1 with a Canon 50mm F/1.8 Prime Lens.

Mike_Rigby 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

This is very similar to the build I am looking on making!

What does the i3-6100 and R9 380 combination perform like while gaming? (What resolution/settings can you play and at what FPS?)

Thanks

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Hey Mike!

I haven't downloaded any fps software on my computer, so I have yet to see how this computer specifically performs in certain games. However, I can tell you that it runs everything I have throw at it so far at ultra settings no problem. This includes games such as Beamng drive, Project Cars, and War Thunder.

Mike_Rigby 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

That's great, thanks for the reply!

anthonyconcep 1 point 17 months ago

that camera is no joke

Silveth 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Very nice build indeed, and I have to give you props for your photography skills :) ironically I have just received the parts I ordered very similar to yours (i3-6100 and R9 380). Does it run games pretty well at some reasonable settings? Really good to see this build up here though!

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you!

Seems to handle all games at ultra/high settings without a problem.

OJ_Gaming 1 point 17 months ago

Average framerate in games? =)

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I have yet to download specific fps software, but this can handle most games at ultra/high settings.

OJ_Gaming 1 point 17 months ago
2001blader 1 point 17 months ago

Hows that motherboard working out for you? Im looking to do a build with the same one.

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Wonderfully. If you're on a budget don't hesitate to get this; it's the cheapest one with the best reviews. (Reviews were mediocre but still far better than others at the same price point)

2001blader 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks, definitely going to grab one if I end up doing the build. But the build is for someone else, who has an old VGA monitor, so ill have to grab an adapter since I plan on using integrated video.

PoopsMaggie 1 point 16 months ago

Helped me save money on the mobo! Thanks!

aerophoenix1 1 point 16 months ago

IM HAPPY TO SEE A SKYLAKE I3 Build with MY FAVORITE CASE :D

ParkourPig2014 1 point 16 months ago

If you want a cheap proccesor to upgrade with you can get yourself an AMD proccesor and a different mobo for under 200$

Fozbi 1 point 15 months ago

how is that motherboard ? has anything failed?

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Motherboard has been working perfectly.

petreklukajdrvceto 1 point 14 months ago

Nice build! Was thinking of doing the same with the i5 and postpone buying a graphics card for when times get better.. What monitor do you use for the editing and how is that motherboard holding?

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

The motherboard is holding up great. I haven't noticed any problems with it whatsoever. The monitor I'm currently using is an Acer R240HY and so far it has been fantastic. Especially since I only paid 129.00 for a 23.8 inch IPS display.

frostmourne7 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

some people would say that you're obviously a photographer judging by the way you took the pictures but can you please upload a picture that will show the whole rig inside? maybe besides me, someone is interested to see what the sata cables looks like because of the orientation of the sata ports also i'm considering this motherboard for my future build. thanks!!! :D

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I'll look into doing that soon!

frostmourne7 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

aight!

anyway, since this is a photo editing build what monitor do you use?

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

I'm using an IPS monitor I picked up for around 120 dollars.

It's the Acer R240HY. It's a steal!

frostmourne7 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

wow. nice looking monitor and it's 4ms for an IPS panel.

i'm already set with an Asus PB258Q for my brother's autocadd and photoshop practice but i'm still looking for other options. what i like about in this asus monitor is the display port option, vesa mounting and 90 degree position.

How's the acer monitor anyway? Does it give you a certain gratification for your photo editing needs?

mikellas041 1 point 14 months ago

At the same GPU price you can buy a AMD R9 380X, which is beter a little bit than the R9 380.

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I purchased my 380 for 160.

mikellas041 1 point 14 months ago

I found 380X, though without discount for the same price as the 380, you are very lucky to find a gtx 380 for 160$. :)

mjurado863 1 point 14 months ago

I have a very similar build that I'm making with regardes to the i3 6100 and the r9 380. I have to ask how does it run games like fallout 4 and withcher 3

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

I'm not sure about those games, but it runs GTA V with almost every setting turned up over 60fps.

mjurado863 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks

gugu96 17 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I'm more and more and more convinced I will buy this i3 for my gaming rig (with R9 380 4gb)

thetortuga747 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

How's the IO panel on that N200? I'm currently using one, and the USB ports are a little loose...

destess 1 point 12 months ago

sick pictures

Hi1307 1 point 12 months ago

You could have used a Corsair PSU.

GuyManTheChicken 1 point 9 months ago

No mean to hate, but you could've gone with a R9 380x if the price is that much, the Asus Strix R9 380x is only $214.99 or so and comes with a rebate of $10.

(I soon realized that you got the GPU at $160, which is a steal TBH, but eyy if you were to get this opt for the R9 380X)

ol 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build and pics, apart from games does it - the i3, work well with Adobe or Photoshop etc.? I am just assuming this of course.

Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

The i3 works flawless with the following programs I have used; Adobe Lightroom, Adobe CS6, and Blender 3D.

Surprisingly, even with Blender, it runs very smooth. Render times are not fast yet not slow; however you can use a GPU for this anyways.

ol 2 points 5 months ago

Hey, thanks for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate your observations. I do not know much about GPU s so I will have to start looking at them and asking questions. I am aiming at a rig that can be used for light video and photo editing.

Thanks once again.

bunnuii 1 point 26 days ago

save

mnportmess 0 points 12 months ago

your cable management must have been bad if you didnt show a single picture of it

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Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

Photograghy isn't based on "showing the entire thing", it's based upon setting a mood and creating emotion. I understand your point though and believe it or not it is impossible for me to get an "overall" picture right now due to the location of the PC. I will be moving it soon, however, and I will upload pictures that show more of the build. As for now I just tried to get the shots I could and attempted at making them somewhat appealing. Otherwise, I wouldn't have any pictures at all!

Jäßßäwöçkëë 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Ok fair enough!

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Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thank you for your kind comments!

Cable management in the N200 is honestly just okay. For the price point however it is pretty competitive. I found myself having to be wise as far as cord routing/placement goes. It works though, and it's a small flaw that weighs against big positives that this case offers.

The boot times for this hard drive are extremely fast. It's currently amazing me. I booted my computer a few hours ago and it started up within 5 seconds. It's crazy!

Thanks again for your response, feel free to ask me anything else!

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rolanpapa 1 point 14 months ago

what mobo did you bought to pair for this build? im from PH as well, and was planning to build almost the same as this one. I'm having trouble looking for MoBo to pair with it, im in the point of choosing Gigabyte GA-b150m-D3H for this build since shops in our Country dont sell the MoBo he used in his build here.

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rolanpapa 1 point 14 months ago

that's actually where i'm looking at and planning to buy the whole rigs and peripherals.

rolanpapa 1 point 14 months ago

are you a first time builder as well? or you already have previous one? here's the rigs i'm planning to buy btw just wanna share it and get some feedback on it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $122.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $86.75 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB NITRO Dual-X OC Video Card $188.98 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $43.26 @ Mac Mall
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $16.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $87.95 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $18.89 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Thermaltake Commander Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Laser Mouse $28.49 @ SuperBiiz
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $34.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $897.05
Mail-in rebates -$25.00
Total $872.05
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-02 05:46 EST-0500
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Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

It's definitely worth it considering there's a better upgrade path and it's about $100 cheaper!

classmcgeek 1 point 15 months ago

My favourite processor at the moment <3 hyperthermia on a budget chip js beautiful.

classmcgeek 2 points 15 months ago

Hyperthreading**

Fozbi 1 point 15 months ago

is it true that it preforms like an i5 4690k at stock?

classmcgeek 2 points 15 months ago

I'd say it's close on single core or dual core tasks, but many modern games are Optomized to use more, causing a drop in performance, but the hyperthreading is what makes it amazing for its price.

Fozbi 1 point 15 months ago

so would you recomend it for gaming

classmcgeek 2 points 15 months ago

I haven't used this chip myself, I have yet to purchase it. Although I would say it is very good with gaming when paired with a budget video card like a 750 ti.

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Squidooo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Awesome!