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So this is 4th time building a PC, and 2nd time i'm building it for someone else. My friend who finished his army duty recently wanted a gaming PC, but had no idea what parts to pick and buy and asked for my help so i stepped in.

His requirements / Conditions : - A Decent gaming PC that can handle most of the games at normal settings. - No Flashy LEDs. ( He doesn't like them. ) - No Overlcocking. ( Too much for him ) - Doesn't like something too big.

Part Choices

1. CPU - Xeon E3 1231 V3 : First i was going for I5 SKU, But he isn't going to overclock anyway, and the Xeon was just about few more bucks expensive than the I5. So i went with this Xeon CPU which has hyperthreading and decent clock speed that will be more than enough for his needs.

2. Cooler - ID-Cooling IS-40 : The case i picked doesn't support big tower coolers so i went with this more "flat" cooler. the TDP this thing can deal with was displayed as 95 Watts so that's more than enough.

3. Mobo - Gigabyte GA-H81M-D2V : He isn't going to overclock anything, and he didn't needed anything too fancy so i decided to went with cheapest motherboards. But at the same time i went with this one because it has 8-pin CPU power connection while others have 4 pin connection.

4. RAM - G.Skill Value 8 GB x 2 ( 1600 Mhz ) : I maxed out the RAM because they were dirt cheap, and he said he plans to use it for long time. The satisfying feeling of all RAM slots filled is never wrong. Right ?

5. Storage 1 - Sandisk SSD Plus 120 GB : Sandisk SSDs are reliable, fast, and cheap. I learned that when i bought mine.

6. Storage 2 - Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200 RPM : Originally i was planning to get him a WD Blue, but they were out of stock so i changed to Seagate Barracuda. I have one in my main PC too, not bad hard drives.

7. Video Card - Zotac GTX 960 2GB : Now this is the tasty part of this machine. and also the 2nd most expensive part. There were video cards with higher clocks but those ones were all flashy with LEDs or was too big for the case. So i went with this Zotac card which has decently high clock speed but is not too huge or has flashy LEDs that he dislike.

8. PSU and Case : PSU - Micronics is Korean brand that produces stuff that are OKAY. Case - Genius cube? nope. While the case looks OKAY, working on this was bad.

Did a GPU stress test with Kombustor, came out okay and i sent it to him via parcel.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how tiny this is. It's almost like a shoebox haha

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Tiny indeed. But that GTX 960 and Xeon will handle most of the things he throws at this boy.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Amen to high frame rates:)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your gaming performance? I have done gaming on a lower clocked more threaded Xeon before, but how does 3.6Ghz fare for him in various titles?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately i had no time to do actual gaming performance test. i was tight on schedule. So only thing i was able to do was MSI Kombustor Stress test. Came out okay.

But theoretically, Games benefit more from less high speed cores than multiple low speed cores, Since not many programs can utilize more than 4 CPU cores. ( + significally on GPU. I once used GTX580 and GTX960 on I5-760. and GTX960 had much better results on the gaming due to its more high powered CUDA cores.)

Multiple cores are more useful when you're running tons of applications at the same time, or single application that can utilize the benefit of multiple cores.

( Bonus : I used GTX960 on I5-760 (4 C 4 T, 2.8 to 3.33 Ghz ), and I7-3615QM ( 4C 8T, 2.4 to 3.3 Ghz ) ( Yes, i used mPCIE to PCIE 16x converter to use desktop GTX960 to 3615QM equipped laptop) Which have similar turbo boost speed but with different amount of threads. The gaming results were fairly similar. Same GPU, same peak clock. But since this was Desktop CPU vs Laptop CPU i can't call it too legit. )

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interesting experimentation! Generally as I have seen in most higher tier technology and for resolutions like 1080p which is very common for gaming based laptops and mid-range laptops, the processor really isn't that much of a limiting factor. I watched a video where someone used a dual core laptop at 2.5Ghz for 1080p gaming with a PCIe connected graphics card (I think it was an r9 270x) and did medium settings at 50-55FPS If anything, I would say RAM and storage have the biggest impact as you avoided any bottlenecking with 16x lanes. Do remember though that the i5-760 and 3615M are a few generations apart and can very in instructions per clock, lithography, and architecture.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

True.

45 nm vs 22 nm. Lynnfield vs Ivy Bridge

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

i Love it, and wit all this!

guys, dont mean to start a fight but i am lookign between 960 strix 2 gb and 380 4gb and power suplly i am getting is evega 500 bronze, i live in uk so for price there isnt many better.... which card should i get, i am nvidia fan btw but i am also a huge fan of paying the best value...

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :3

As far as i searched R9 380 seems to do a little bit better in games, But also it eats more power and outputs more heat. ( 190Watts TDP compared to 120 Watts of GTX960. ) So i'd say, go for GTX 960 if you want more "power efficient" pc. go for R9 380 if you want more "overall performance".

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to be your friend

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

haha. Well while i built the system -that friend of mine gave me all the funds. That's one thing to keep in mind. I'm no rich ; w ;

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Then I must befriend your friend...so be it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

XD LOL

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Believe it or not, Hitachi drives are statistically more reliable than Western Digital and Seagate. I love SFF builds!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't knew that, maybe i should try those Hitachi drives next time.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I now that Toshiba is made by funi wich makes Hitachi just one is a cheaper grade.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Toshiba drives are pretty good too. Their enterprise drives are great!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that case, it looks like something that'd belong in my kitchen.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL!

yea, it looks a bit like mini-tiny-fridge. And as i said above, not the best case in the world though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Did that IS-40 cooler make any differnce from your stock cooler? Gonna need a low profile myself.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw, it's been a while i've been at this site.

Anyway, short answer : Yes. Bigger, Better fan and more dense fin arrays allow for more efficient cooling, i'm seeing about at least 20 Celcius drop, from what i remember.

But it also depends on what CPU you're using. If it's high-powered CPU that has more TDP this cooler might make the CPU throttle.