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Small Box

by Pachi



Date Published

May 12, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.354 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


EDIT: The splotches in picture six are from my camera lens. The monitor is perfectly fine. Also I just realized there are fingerprint marks on the front of the case in one of the pictures... fail. Sorry about that, feel free to continue reading.

Hello PCPP

I'm Pachi. I'm 15 and this is my first (sorta) PC build. There is a pretty long story to this so get comfy.

I began my gaming career using a 7 year old Lenovo ThinkPad. Not exactly mind blowing when it comes to play games. So I began saving up and I dedicated 60+ hours into research on how to build a PC and what parts to go with. Christmas was coming up and I had about $225 saved up after six months of working where ever I could. So I took a bold move and asked my parents to cover the rest of the price for a $450 PC for my Christmas gift. I built my first PC on Christmas day of 2016 with all of these parts except a few (monitor, mouse, mouse pad, case.)

I built the PC in a cheap case that bent my GPU significantly (not entirely bent, more of curved on one side.) I had Already posted the build in the completed builds section of PCPP (you might have seen it while scrolling, Bigger Doesn't Always Mean Better.) Now long story short, I got my account banned (another story for another time) and so I needed to make a new account. During this time I built a second PC for my mother to replace her aging Gateway from 2006.

Fast forward to May 8, my birthday and I had some upgrades planned. I got a new case, upgraded to a 144Hz monitor (amazing by the way) and finally had a decent looking setup.

I am extremely happy with the way everything turned out after I got a new case and a new monitor (I was using a really old Dynex TV before.)

The case was a breeze to build in. It took me less than an hour to build it compared to the two and an half hours when I first built it in the first case (the DIYPC Alnitak-BK.)

I use this mostly for playing CS:GO, League of Legends, Overwatch and, H1Z1. I also do most of my schoolwork on it.

If you have gotten this far, hello! Thanks for reading my story. If you have any suggestions or comments, don't hesitate to leave them. Until then, Pachi signing out.

Part Reviews


I bought this processor around December of 2016. Now, the better option for budget range is the G4560, but this CPU serves me well with good temps.


Probably one of the best budget boards around. Good quality, but one star off because the shroud around the USB 3.0 hub came clean off when I was removing the header. Still works perfectly fine, just makes me feel a little uneasy. If you are debating weather or not this board is worth it, go for it. You won't regret it.


It's RAM, it works as intending. Looks ugly af but what do you expect?


Pretty speedy little SSD. The price shot up after I purchased it. There are better options at this price but it boots Win10 in about 13 seconds off a cold start.

Video Card

This little card is great. It is advertised for eSports titles, and that's what it does best. 200fps in League of Legends maxed out, around 120 in Overwatch on medium (easily 60 on ultra.)


This case was a breeze to work in (get it?) Good quality, has two USB 3.0 ports on the front and has impeccable cable management with the dual chamber design. You can make a non modular PSU look great in this case.

Power Supply

Dead silent, works well and as intended. Great budget unit.


OHHH THIS MONITOR. If you have never tried 144Hz and are considering it, for the love of all things holy, do it. You will never be able to go back to 60Hz. This is also the best (and only for that matter) option under $200.


Satisfying and clicky. Has bright lights but only two lighting modes (still and breathing.)


It's a fan splitter. Only 3-pin but the case I chose only included 3-pin fans. Powered by a single molex and comes with a velcro strip to stick somewhere. (The velcro strip may seem a little flimsy but trust me, it's not easy to unstick the two.)


Good. Freaking. Lord. This this is massive. It is bigger than my case by a solid three inches on each side. Smooth and never loses tracking of my mouse. Never moves when I'm moving my mouse quickly and smell freaking amazing when you first take it out of the box.

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c5g55t5 1 point 21 months ago

why not the 1050 ti

Pachi submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I have this thing against the 1050 Ti for budget builds. It is in such a strange place that you can either spend $20 more on an RX 470 or save $20 for something else and go for a 1050. I was on a pretty tight budget when I first built so I went with the 1050.

Kunra 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I love a budget build and seeing how creative people can get to get the most bang for their buck. I like the build. Most of the parts are pretty solid choices and I see an upgrade path. The only two critiques I have is the motherboard and psu. I feel that you could have put a little more towards them to get better parts not that they are bad they are not just if you ever wanted to upgrade in the future these will limit your ability to overclock and crossfire or sli. I feel this build is perfect for your needs and is a solid build. You could easily swap out the processor and GPU if you decide you need more power to a locked I5 and a 1060 6gb or rx 580 and see a substantial upgrade in performance so you picked a good path. +1

Pachi submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks for the comment. I can agree with you, the motherboard does limit me a little bit. But, I doubt I'm ever going to be playing AAA titles, and if I ever do decide to do so (or start streaming/editing videos), I do still have a little wiggle room for upgrades. Thanks :)

Ametista 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Yay! i3 6100 fans united! :D nice build

Pachi submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Xayah :D. I'm like 150 IP away from 6300.

Ametista 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I love her so much!

kaiemon 1 point 19 months ago

How did you get the one system fan header to connect to all 4 case fans? I'm doing a build for the 1st time and that's the one thing I don't know what to do. Do I need to get some kind of splitter?

Pachi submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I used a fan splitter, it is powered with a molex connector. They are pretty common and relatively inexpensive. If you have 4 pin fans, make sure you get a 4 pin splitter and vice versa if you have 3 pin fans.

kaiemon 1 point 19 months ago

Ahhh. Thx m8.

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Pachi submitter 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thank you!