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Himalayan Wind Tunnel

by joshzpants

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29 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 27, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

This is a frankenstein build of two computers, my dad's and mine. Here's a quick part list of both

My pc

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $44.99
Motherboard ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $84.65
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $43.98
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB SC GAMING Video Card $167.05
Case Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case $29.99
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $9.99
Case Fan Cougar Dual-X 73.2 CFM 140mm Fan $21.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $482.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-27 01:44 EST-0500

My dad's

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $100.99
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 200T 54.2 CFM CPU Cooler $2.00
Motherboard Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.98
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $26.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $27.99
Storage PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $12.98
Case Fan Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan $5.99
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L4S-10AB-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan $8.23
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 39.8 CFM 120mm Fans $11.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $349.12
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-27 01:45 EST-0500

Quick backstory

In the middle of October I purchased a 3gb 1060 after months of saving. My original plan was too put it into my mini itx rig and then soon upgrade to a i5 or hopefully a xeon. In the meantime I gave my g3258 a nice overclock of 4ghz (motherboard limitations) thinking that this would help out the gpu a bit by creating less of a bottleneck. While it did help out a little bit, there was still major stuttering and overclocking didn't help out the heat and noise output of the rig. Also, I don't have a steady income so planning on upgrading to a i5 anytime soon was unrealistic.

This is when I had my big light bulb moment

But first, when have to go back a couple of months :P

Back in February after I finished my first build, my dad had started to get an itch to build a pc since it had been so long since the last time he messed with one. Beginning in March we both started purchasing parts when good deals popped up. We purchased the last part in the begging of July and finally began build a few weeks later, only four and a half months later since our first purchase. The build went by really smooth and I was actually a little jealous since his turned out better than mine. We had talked about using the pc to host a server in minecraft for my brothers beforehand, but that didn't really work out. When we had finished we didn't know what to do with it other than literally setting it up to look at the lights since my dad already had a decent laptop. So it ended up on the top of my shelf for the past 3 months, kinda sad right?

Now we can come back to just the other day :P

This past week I purchased Starwars Battlefront on sale only to realize that it wouldn't even run on my dual core system upon the initial startup and even with a quick fix to run on a dual core, the performance was absolutely horrible. I told my dad about how I was disappointed and that I still needed to keep on saving up my cash for a new cpu. After talking for a bit he brought up the idea of throwing in my gpu into the system with the i3 and even using that system as my own since it would actually be used. A few hours later I had my new frankenstien rig

New build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $100.99
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 200T 54.2 CFM CPU Cooler $2.00
Motherboard Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.98
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $26.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $27.99
Storage PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB SC GAMING Video Card $167.05
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $9.99
Case Fan Cougar Dual-X 73.2 CFM 140mm Fan $21.99
Case Fan Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan $5.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $594.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-27 02:11 EST-0500

I ended up swapping the power supplies, switching some of the fans and bringing my ssd over into this rig. The pc with the pentium will most likely go to my brother so he can use it for school. I have an older hard drive that I can throw in the for storage, which will work just fine his needs.

With the build finished I am overall very, very pleased with the outcome. I can now sit back and just play games without worrying about upgrading. Soon I might do some benchmarks and I'll add in some more info to the description.

Some quick notes

The pictures are in order from tearing down both systems to putting together the new rig to the final set up. Prices are what we payed for originally. The first picture is of the final build. Pictures 2-38 are of my original pc and the parts I was moving out, 39-72 are of my dad's pc with the new parts and 73-100 are of the final build

Part Reviews

CPU

This thing is awesome. I remember watching benchmark videos about this cpu last year and wishing that I could get it. Well, got my wish now lol.

Works great in the games I play, the hyper threading really helps out. Stays very cool too.

CPU Cooler

Decent cooler with a fairly quiet fan and two heatpipes. Picked this up for $2 after rebate so I am not complaining.

Motherboard

Great budget board! Bios has some very cool features and the board is easy to work with. After using two asrock boards that made installing windows a pain in the butt, this was a nice welcome.

Memory

Nice heatsinks and can run at the rated speed using xmp. Ram is ram though.

Storage

Picked this up at a good price a while back. Using this drive to store my games and other large files. Works great for what I need it to do.

Storage

A little pricey since it's considered a "premium" drive but you do get what you pay for. Have windows 10 on here and other important applications but I will be rolling back to W7 soon since I do not like W10 at all.

Video Card

I really, really love this card. I purchased this from jet at a great price and I get insane performance for the money. Stays very cool and the fan is virtually silent when gaming. At 1080p in bf4 and battlefront I get 60-80 fps on average at max settings. I even bumped on the resolution scale in battlefront and was rendering the game at 4k with a mix of medium and high settings and was getting 30+ fps, very awesome.

Overall I can definitely say I can recommend this card, you get amazing performance for the price.

Case

Lots of room and pretty good built quality. Would build in it again if I had the opportunity.

Power Supply

I got lucky and snagged this for $9.99 after rebate. For a budget minded psu, this works great. Evga is a great brand.

Case Fan

Very quiet and cool fan. I love the blue leds

Case Fan

It's an ok fan, the leds are nice. It's a little loud for me right now though since I have it hooked up to molex.

A side note for anyone wanting to use a molex mod and run it at 7v or 5v, it will not work. This fan requires the full 12v due to the leds.

Comments Sorted by:

MannyPCs 7 points 26 months ago

This deserves a feature even at this budget, I mean just a great job.

+100

Seriously though

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Wow, thank you very much. I appreciate hearing that

MannyPCs 1 point 26 months ago

Np :)

I like seeing great feature worthy builds that aren't at $2000 or more

ugapeyton 1 point 14 months ago

I am getting ready to build a sub $2000 Gaming PC for a friend soon, if you like that kind of thing. ;)

JustCallMeYou 1 point 26 months ago

totally +100

jonatanp007 3 points 26 months ago

Is that a ShengShou 9x9 in the background?

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

yes it it is! I love that cube, it is so nice to solve.

TimoHalofan 16 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Great build dude! Love the cable management +1.

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

thanks you, I spent a lot of time working on that :P

Lyrix 2 points 26 months ago

nice small build!

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

thanks! It doesn't seem very small to me though coming from a compact mini itxc case

Lyrix 1 point 26 months ago

well okay! 1+ btw!

renzbiohazard 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

AMD wallpaper with an Intel build. LMAO

+1

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Yup that's how I roll

StephenSmithTech101 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

NEAT. I like it. +1

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Wait... it has an intel pentium sticker when it has an i3...

WAT

on a more serious note, awesome build.

+1

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

This is a frankenstein build of two computers, my dad's and mine.

FUUU- SION... HAAA!

ConnorPeay 1 point 25 months ago

Dude, this is an amazing build!! I am building my first pc and have a question; how does the cpu and gpu work together. I have ordered all my parts except the graphics card and i want to be certain! Thanks!

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! The i3 and 1060 work together flawlessly as it stays super cool, doesn't pass 50C with that small cpu cooler, and doesn't bottleneck the 1060. In games like bf4 and battlefront I hover around 60% to 80% cpu usage while I used to have it paired with an overclocked g3258 that would be pegged at %100 and there would be serious amount of stuttering.

ktemp72 1 point 25 months ago

Some serious kudos dude. Nice looking rig, parts list, and finishes touches. Congrats and enjoy!

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it. And yeah I have definitely enjoyed this rig so far, I've had a lot of fun with it

Nick__francis__ 1 point 21 months ago

You should summit this for setup wars on YouTube

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

lol I've thought about it before, but I just figured with so many people entering that my settup getting picked was very slim, so I just figured it wasn't worth the effort..... even thought there really isn't any effort involved lol. Idk maybe I'll do that now :P

By the way, I noticed you are new to pcpp. Welcome to the party :D

CoolJeansBro 1 point 16 months ago

Man this is hella good for the price

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you, its even better now. I'll have to update it soon

Whatishi 1 point 16 months ago

Hello does this build support the 980ti?

joshzpants submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah the 980 ti will work in this build and pretty much any other build out there. You just need to make sure you have a case that is large enough for the length of the card and a decent enough power supply.

Whatishi 1 point 15 months ago

Hi, Are the case fans need? and what can Cooler Master - Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan be swapped out with? Also, is it ok for the cpu and motherboard to be swapped out with z170 and i5 7600k? Thanks so much!

yousha 1 point 6 months ago

9x9 checkerboard cube +1

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