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A Little Old, And A Little New

by Gilroar



Date Published

July 29, 2018

Date Built

July 23, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.212 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


My Wife said to spoil myself with new parts after living with Me having lost my Gaming PC three months back to a Motherboard fault that killed My Haswell build, and three failed used parts builds attempted in between. So I managed to piece together a build partially new, and afford the kids a Nintendo Switch within the limited budget that was available.

Originally intended to be a Voltron Lion themed build however My Wife and Daughters "Acquired" several of the fans needed to finish the color themes. So I went with a tribute to my favorite genres of fantasy.

The Lighting is from a $4.88 USB powered strip picked up at the local Walmart I was unable to locate on their website to add to the parts list.

Parts marked as $0.00 are salvaged from other builds done over the years, swapped parts, or gifts.

Part Reviews


At the time of purchase it was only $10 more then a I3-8100 for 33% more L3 cache and 100mhz, and worth it giving I don't have time for overclocking and the related stress tests. And as my PC is only used for Gaming/Entertainment@75hz it is overkill.

CPU Cooler

From either 2012 or 2015 I honestly don't remember which one of the two I have owned this is.

But it has never failed to get the job done when needed.


Easy to work with and well laid out board design it gets 4/5 only because of the smaller then MATX board size.


Compact and Roomy 4/5 only because of the limited space available for storage. It also will fit taller coolers then listed, but only when the I/O is mounted away from the CPU cooler. Ventilation is okay but the dust filtration is somewhat poor.


Good color for a TN panel and horizontal viewing angle. However vertical viewing angles are poor and it is very bright. Freesync cuts out under 48hz with noticeable screen tearing.

Comments Sorted by:

Pawacorn 5 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

William T Riker sure is guarding that SSD with provocation! Well, at least the intake fan will keep his head cool.

Gilroar submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

I Honestly posed him that way for grins and giggles because I figured there would be a ton of people triggered by some of the parts choices (8300/212 EVO/120gb 850 EVO) without paying attention to what I paid for them.

Pawacorn 5 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Well, if there's spare parts laying around and good deals to be found, there's no reason not to try to take full advantage of it!

Gilroar submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago


alexxx666 1 point 7 months ago

LOL, just watched and wanted to say "why" for 8300 (other parts are good for the money, although I won't get a CoolerMaster anymore - plated cooler contact is better than heatpipes direct contact), and marked that you got a super deal! Overall, nice build.

Gilroar submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

$10 for a third more L3 was a decent improvement.

And as much as everyone puts down the 212 when push comes to shove it is still very capable.


alexxx666 1 point 7 months ago

yes, i have had hyper 103 evo with 8350k@4.3 & 8400, it was OK in AIDA64 (no AVX) and gaming, but i changed it to CRYORIG M9 which is way better. changed 8100 to 8350k, so i know every 100 mhz matters. PS 8400 is money wastage. get 8600 (non-K of course) it is worth it!

FiveSquared25 2 points 7 months ago


doomples 2 points 6 months ago

Hi! I'm also interested in this case and I was planning to use the Hyper 212 but I read in numerous places that it won't fit. The official measurements also support this. How did you fit it in? If it fits naturally, how much space is left between the acrylic and the cooler?

Gilroar submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

It will not fit if the I/O panel is mounted near the cooler. If the panel is mounted anywhere else it will fit with 4-5mm to spare.

doomples 1 point 6 months ago

Oh I see, so I'm fine as long as I/O is not top oriented


Gilroar submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Or bottom if you set the case up as inverted.

It just cannot be near the CPU and it works fine.

Edan223 1 point 6 months ago

I have a odd question in a way, do you sense a difference from 60hz to 75hz? I’m looking into getting a new monitor for a budget build I’m working on but I don’t know if its worth it to get a 75hz new monitor or not.

vincent_2006 1 point 3 days ago

nice build, but one thing is why does ur mouse hv like 20 buttons?????????????????=)

Gilroar submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

I play a ton of MMO titles where they come on handy.

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