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by superboots


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Date Published

Oct. 8, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

46.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


Couple notes on this build, one of the four RAM sticks I received was dead, the videocard only has one DVI output, the rest are HDMI and DisplayPort, all my monitors are older so I'll just have to pick up a DisplayPort to DVI cable for $10. I also didn't realize that the motherboard I selected only has 1 USB2.0 header, and two USB3.0 headers. I need a USB2.0 for the USB ports on the front of the case, and also the CPU cooler needs a USB2.0 header to plug into, you can buy an adapter for a few bucks, but I think it's worth pointing out.

I'm going to use it for gaming @1080p, I'll only be gaming on a single monitor but I'll have 2 monitors connected to it. I do a lot of multitasking hence the i7 and the 64GB of RAM.

One of the jobs this computer is fulfilling is HTPC so I wanted to make it pretty quiet. I'm pretty impressed with how quiet it is. I love the Fractal Design Define Mini case, this is the third build I've done with this specific case, and I think the 5th I've done with Fractal Design in general and I love the quality of their sound reduction, build quality, and attention to detail.

The graphics card and power supply I specifically chose because the fans shut down on them when the load is low enough. I love this feature, makes it run quieter and I assume the fans will last a lot longer before bearings start going out than a fan that runs 24x7

Total power consumption: 35W at idle, 197W under load with rare quick spikes around 400W

Edit: I'll try to post benchmarks here as I run them

3Dmark Time Spy 4244

3DMark Fire Strike 11034

3DMark Sky Diver 29131

3DMark11 Performance 15329

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PC-Enthusiast 2 points 25 months ago

You could have gotten much more for your money, I'm just gunna leave it there.

superboots submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

If I wasn't trying to make an extremely quiet pc, and if I was more concerned with current gaming performance than longevity then yes. And honestly I didn't shop around for deals I just grabbed what I wanted. But I'm working on some theories about build cost vs how long I can use a computer before it gets slow enough in day to day tasks that I consider it ready for replacement. The interesting thing is going to be to see in 5 or 6 years if there was any point in putting 64GB of RAM in this one vs the 16GB I put in my last build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Wm7hP6

Again though, I'm certainly not disagreeing with your comment, I would not show someone this build as an example of an optimal price/performance build.

Gian07 4 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Great Built, and really good cable management. +1

superboots submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it! You can see the USB cable for the CPU cooler in the 2nd to last pic that I left hanging out because I'm re-routing when I get the adapter on Tuesday. Other than that I'm pretty happy

Micosway 2 points 25 months ago

+1 for good name. Now watch me whip whip Watch me nae nae

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

This is all you really need for 1080p gaming. Obviously you can change some stuff around, e.g. 16GB of RAM, more storage, but this is just the basics.

Just how many Chrome tabs do you have open on a given day by chance? ;-)

(64GB of RAM was the tip-off)

Eren662 2 points 25 months ago

How is that ssd treating you? I'm thinking of getting that instead of the 850evo

superboots submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

It's good so far, I put a 840 evo in my last build ( https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Wm7hP6 ) and I haven't noticed too big of a difference, the 850 evo is definitely faster but you still get the benifits of an SSD with the Corsair Force LE 960GB and the price is hard to argue with. throw a big cheap ssd in there and in 9 months I won't be trying to decide what games I should uninstall to make room for the new ones I want to install.

Eren662 1 point 25 months ago

Ill take this into consideration. Thanks

superboots submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I couldn't find a direct comparison to the 960GB version that I have but I did find the 240GB version, If I were you I'd go with the 850 evo no question, I actually regret that I didn't see this comparison when I did this build or I would have gone with the 850 evo as well.


I love toms hardware they have great info, here's a link to their list of current best SSDs http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-ssds,3891-2.html

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superboots submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Currently have 3/4 sticks in because one was DOA, but windows is recognizing the 48GB just fine http://i.imgur.com/RXVj3YW.jpg