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625 Gaming PC - i3 6100 | RX480 | 8 GB RAM

by StephenSantilli9



Date Published

March 1, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

60.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.266 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.75 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


This is my $625 budget gaming PC. I have been saving up with pocket money for a few months and decided on this machine. After almost 2 years since my original interest in building a PC, I got this. I used to play on XBone or an old desktop Gateway with a Pentium and integrated graphics. It was horrible. When I experienced gaming on my new PC once I built it, I was in awe of just how well the games run (I play mainly GTA 5, Rainbow 6, Rocket League, TF2, CS:GO, Titanfall 2, DOOM, StarWars Battlefront, Overwatch, Rust, and DiRT Rally.) I get a solid 60 FPS on 1080p With decently high settings in almost every game, although some I might have to turn down the settings a bit (like GTA,) but never need to put the settings on the lowest.

Edit: I did get a better monitor, as this one was really just one I had lying around. Edit 2: It seems there are no sites currently selling my GPU, not even ones saying it's out of stock, just gone. I paid 189.99 for it though (214.97 after tax.)

Part Reviews


It is a great CPU and does great for its price. It may only have 2 physical cores, but it has 4 logical cores due to the hyper threading. Overall I am very happy with this CPU, I use it with the stock Intel cooler, and I get a nice 50C under load.


A decent motherboard. Very happy with it. One gripe is that my graphics card is almost touching my wireless card because of the form factor and layout if PCIE slots.


Great RAM. Nice looks and for the price, decent speeds.

Video Card

Good graphics card, runs games well. Should be noted that the XFX logo on the side doesn't light up, like the picture may suggest (hard to tell from just picture). Has "hard swap" fans which means that the fans are removable and you can replace them with LED fans.


A really great and clean looking case. Great cable management options, and overall a solid case.

Power Supply

A nice PSU. Love the sleeved cables which look 50x better than ketchup and mustard cables. Also, being semi-modular is a really nice touch.

Wireless Network Adapter

A solid wireless card. Works perfectly and gets WiFi up to my room.

Comments Sorted by:

Dinozad 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Love it, great choice of parts, my kind of build =)

BradBlex 1 point 26 months ago

nice build , but ocd , micro atx in atx case ugh!

StephenSantilli9 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Yeah I know, motherboard was gonna be one of my first upgrades.

upperlego 1 point 26 months ago

Why not the i5 6500 instead of the i3?

StephenSantilli9 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago


Keima_Kurobane 1 point 26 months ago

That Pc can give you at least 3 or 4 good years. Congrats

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build!!

ReflexGaming -4 points 26 months ago

why did you build with a micro atx mobo in mid tower case are you sure about your 2 years of research

StephenSantilli9 submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

I loved the aesthetic of s340, and this was the best mobo for the money I could get. One of my first upgrades will be motherboard, not like micro atx doesn't work in a mid tower. I seriously don't understand your point here, I just wanted to get a motherboard to fit my budget and didn't want to go with a smaller form factor case.

80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

There is a shockingly low number of quality mATX cases. It's much easier to find what one's looking for in an ATX mid-tower.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

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80-wattHamster 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

After almost 2 years worth of research into PC building...

OP said nothing about experience.

StephenSantilli9 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago


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