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TidBirdo Buildo (Build 2.5)

by ConfusedSkunk



Date Published

May 21, 2017

Date Built

May 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.544 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


This is my second build on here. A friend of mine has been stuck in the sad laptop realm, and he's been unable to play any decent games. I put together a part list for him a while back, and he seemed relatively pleased with the idea of making a computer. It was time to upgrade.

He mostly wanted to play light games like League of Legends, Minecraft, and miscellaneous Steam games. The 1060 6gb seems like a perfect fit for his needs as it will hold up a LONG time (pretty much the life of the computer), and he doesn't play any high resolution games. We've also got the computer hooked up to a 720p tv for regular media consumption.

The build process itself went over real well. Parts go in, manage cables, hook everything up, manage cables, step back for a second, manage cables some more. This case doesn't have the best cable management capabilities, but it all worked out in the end. The semi-modular psu is great to reduce clutter, and I'm a neat freak like that. When it came time to put the side panel back on I practically had to sit on it to fit it all in there (I didn't actually), but everything turned out real well. The case fans came with molex power adapters, so I found a little home for those right next to the 5.25" drive bay. Perfect. Fans were okay but the front fan sounds like a turbine. I unplugged it for now, but it will be replaced eventually.

This computer is lightning fast for what we've been throwing at it, and it breaks no sweats at all. If we encounter issues with drive space we will add a hard drive, but I don't see that happening for a long time. Temperatures have been great even for the stock Intel cooler.

Also... pardon the images. I'm no fancy photographer, and I forgot that taking portrait photos is trashy.

Part Reviews


I like this processor. It's fast, cool, and it's a decent price. It'll last a long time for this computer, and I'm surprised at how well the intel stock cooler does for it. Nice and cool.


Nice motherboard does what we need it to do. Only one system fan header but no problem because our case came with molex adapters. Also the RAM slots are very close to the top expansion slot. Makes it difficult to get video cards out.


I like this RAM. Decent price at the time and a good amount of storage for now. If we encounter any issues with capacity we will add another, but for now we're all good.


This thing just needs a lighting bolt on it. Wicked fast and a massive improvement over the poor wheezy hard drive in the laptop it replaced. Samsung Magician software is quite nice too. Monitor performance data of the drive itself.

Video Card

Good solid card. With how my friend's using it I think it will last the life of the computer, and it runs nice and cool. It'll be in a somewhat dusty environment, so I figured having the extra cooling capability would allow us to go longer in between cleanings. We shall see.


Friend picked this out for his build. Overall a decent case. Roomy to build in and lots of expandability for the mATX form factor. Biggest Issue I had was with cable management. It's a nightmare getting that panel back on, but that's part of the fun. Our front fan was also somewhat defective and roared like a lion. Unplugged that.

Power Supply

I must say I'm a fan of this PSU. I used it in previous builds, and I will likely continue to use it. Semi-modular and well made cables. Yay.

Wireless Network Adapter

We didn't have the option for a wired connection, so we needed a wireless connection. not a bad card. Nice and low profile. Been having some moderate issues with wifi dropping. Update: I removed this part from the system because it was causing too much issue. It turns out one of the antenna ports came detached at the board itself. It looks like a press fit, so I've forced it back in and have yet to test it.


We picked this display up last second at Office Depot, and we're quite impressed with it. IPS, 1080p, good response time, and tilt function. Nice screen for what we want out of it. Only HDMI and VGA and it didn't even come with HDMI cable though :/

Comments Sorted by:

MechNGamer21 2 points 8 months ago

Amazing build and we have the same PC case which is pretty sweet but how does that case do for u is it good or what cause I building my build soon so I wandering what's it like LUL but great part list

ConfusedSkunk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Hello! Good to hear a fellow builder looking into this case. I built this for a friend, and I've checked on it a few times, so here's my observations...

  1. The cable management is so-so. I got everything to fit in, but it's definitely a thing to plan for. Make sure all is in line. Luckily we didn't put much into our system, but if you start adding drives, it can get crowded. Otherwise not bad.

  2. I had a quality issue with one of the fans. It likely isn't an issue with everyone, but I had a fan that was very loud due to bearing noise. I ended up unplugging that fan and just dealing with the reduced airflow. Luckily it was a low powered system so it didn't affect much.

  3. It was a decent case to build in. Everything fit all nice and cozy, and the build went smoothly.

I'm looking at your saved part lists, and I see you might be using an i7 6700k in this build. You may want to go with the newer 7700k or even 8700k because the 6700k is already behind two generations. In fact the 6700k is more expensive these days than either of the other two.

Also you may want to change your motherboard for a z170/z270 board. Those two chipsets are designed to allow overclocking of the chosen cpu which is unlocked. That way if you do it in the future, you can have that option available right now.

Here is a build I put together based on your historical data. Seeing that you've also selected a 1080p 144hz display, I feel the 1070 ti will saturate all titles at 144 fps but the big AAA games. Do you have heavy used planned for your disk drive? These days they're barely necessary. You could save a pretty penny if you cut it out and got a cheaper drive. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ConfusedSkunk/saved/w7TXHx

There are many different routes you can take in your build, and it depends on what you want.

As for a recommendation on the case, I think it'll serve you well. It is a nice budget case with good aesthetic, so it'll serve you well. Considering my fan issue you may consider getting a couple case fans on the side to supplement the potential lack in quality.

Good luck and happy building!

MechNGamer21 2 points 8 months ago

thx so much man for the advice on the CPU and GPU and have already changed the motherboard and the CPU to 7700k cause it is a budget build at least it will be LUL. the reason why I have such a big space of a hard drive cause I stream and want to be able to have enough rooms for furture things. but yeah cant wait to build mine, I having my uncle help me with my build since he is tech guy. if you any other questions then just ask

MechNGamer21 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the great advice for my CPU and motherboard and will keep that I mind and will need to switch it out. I have already have about 5 parts already but the only things are missing is CPU and GPU and Ram and Operating System , I trying for 1060 6GB cause I'm a budget LUL. Hard drive is for my streaming stuff cause I want to have enough Space for games and maybe even try YouTube and some other projects in the future. Thanks for replying to me that's means a lot cause this is my first time with this stuff so I can't wait to build it maybe next month cause number 1 it's my birthday and I'm so happy am pumped. If you have any other questions let me know man. Have a good rest of your day.

CoachBane 1 point 21 months ago

Nice Poster

ConfusedSkunk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks! It gives an extra 5 fps in all the top titles.

Funnpun 1 point 21 months ago

Why didn't you get a wireless adapter with 802.11 AC

ConfusedSkunk submitter 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Thought about it but we were really looking in the cheap end, and we wouldn't have seen much out of the 5ghz band. Something to get by until the there was a better network to use it on.

sathyame88 1 point 21 months ago

Great build .Couple of questions .am looking to have a build similar to this. Am planning on using this for some pretty intense games like GTA V and battlefield and so on. wanted to know few things

  1. is this 8gb ram sufficient ? can it take the load i mentioned above?
  2. did u choose 7500 because of budget? will 7600 be ur first preference?
  3. and for gaming what are your thoughts on the Asus VP228H monitor (1 ms response time) or will u still hold good with ur ips choice

Thanks in advance

ConfusedSkunk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Hello and thanks!

  1. You might want to up the ram to 16gb. I know it's a hurting to the budget, but my ram utilization peaks just over 8gb during BF1 gaming sessions. You CAN play BF1 with 8gb ram, but you might have to limit other open apps. Having more ram will also help future proof!

  2. In this case we chose budget with the 7500. We weren't planning on overclocking, so this seemed like a good balance. I personally think the 7600 or 7600k would be great for BF1 (which I play on my other computer https://pcpartpicker.com/b/rGXPxr with good stable fps on max settings). Keep in mind it's a pretty CPU intensive game, and you'll be pegged at high utilization on the processor. As for graphics card my 1060 3gb blows it out of the water.

  3. I think that monitor will do fine if it has the specs you prefer. Personally I don't think you notice much a difference with displays until you use them A LOT. It'd be a good entry level and would last you a long time. Just remember you usually can't trust the built in speakers. They're not made to be fancy.