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Sensible Systems: Double Trouble

by Sensible_Systems



Date Published

March 19, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.518 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


Building two systems at once was fun. They were meant to be identical, but I must not have played enough "Where's Wally?" growing up, because I missed an important difference... Can you spot it?

It was fixed, and the two ended up being proper twinsies for their new owners. Aside from that, the process was smooth.

The Versa H17 case is a lovely budget unit, easy to work in, with well-placed cable cutouts. Cooling is merely adequate, and hotter-running components would benefit from some extra fans, but for this build with a locked i5 and a GTX 1060 it did admirably, and looked nice too, having enough little stylistic touches to avoid being just a plain black box.

The i5-7600 was requested for the build, and the 1060 3GB version was chosen for a couple of reasons: firstly, because the systems were for 1080p gaming and the doubled VRAM on the 6GB version makes the biggest differences at higher resolutions, and secondly, because at time of purchase the 6GB version was about 30% more expensive for nothing remotely approaching that much more performance.

RAM was 8GB of basic stuff, in single-stick form to leave space on the mobo for another 8GB later. Single- vs-dual channel matters not a whit in this use case.

As for storage, maybe it's un-diagnosed OCD but I really liked being able to have the same brand of HDD and SSD in the system :D

The power supply was one of the new Cooler Master range of budget-oriented units. These cut costs where (imho) they should be cut if they're going to be: the cables are non-modular, the casing is plain, the packaging is minimal... but the unit is rated up to 40C, it has the distribution of power across rails that you'd want (plenty on the 12V), along with the usual electrical protections and even OTP (which is a nice inclusion at this price-point), and finally, an 80+ certification (fwiw). The system will never see any overclocking, so a basic unit that can support a GPU upgrade or two is plenty for the job here.

Well, did you spot the difference yet? Can't believe I missed it!

Cheers, from Sensible Systems.

Comments Sorted by:

ReverseFlash 5 points 13 months ago

Nice build! Is one of the SSDs 240gb and the other 120?

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Yep, nicely spotted!

Dunno how I managed to miss that all the way through unpacking the parts and building the systems, but I did :-( Luckily, exchanging for the right drive was no drama.

ReverseFlash 1 point 13 months ago

Haha.. that sounds like something I would do

lighning9611 2 points 13 months ago

What's the benchmark for these?

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

The CPU benchmark is Cinebench, and the GPU one is 3DMark Fire Strike. Cheers!

JheyoDELperu 2 points 13 months ago

love always your builds bro.. really nice!..

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you very much, really appreciate it :-)

Nathan_Fitz 1 point 13 months ago

its wheres waldo. not wally. but nice build, or builds.

bizmah 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Wally in UK

Razorbomb2 8 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

And Australia :P

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago


Skultrix 1 point 13 months ago

I'm glad you enjoyed building this project! Thanks for all the images!

lighning9611 0 points 13 months ago

What's the benchmark for these?

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Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you very much, really appreciate the kind words!

Loved the idea about changing your twins' OS. No kids here, but I sometimes think my dogs need at least a BIOS update ;-)

About time for my builds, assembling a system usually takes me about 2hrs these days (from unboxing parts to my best attempt at cable-management, including time to snap photos and slurp down the occasional cup of tea), then another hour or so for software setup (Windows installation, BIOS update, various driver updates, and getting my testing programs installed), and testing itself can take anywhere from a couple more hours to half a day or longer, depending on the system (with these ones, it was relatively quick, but for a system where I'm trying to tune a CPU and GPU overclock and benchmark in a some specific actual games, it can take ages). I definitely don't charge enough for my systems to make my hourly rate look very appealing!

Oh, and the difference was one system had a 120GB SSD instead of the 240GB that should have been there, since I was given the wrong drive in my box of parts and didn't notice til way too late!