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by AidinLMcLaurin



Date Published

July 31, 2016

Date Built

June 2, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.09 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.55 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


This is a computer that I built with emphasis on budget, aesthetics, and ability to upgrade.

The i3-6100 and r9 380 make an excellent pair for 1080p 60hz gaming. They passively act as placeholders for far more powerful components, with my eyes being on the i5-6600k and GTX 1070 for 1080p 144hz gaming.

The Cryorig H7 is a great CPU cooler, with a very clean look and decent capability to cool overclocked Skylake processors. I am not much of an overclocker, Id rather buy an i7-6700k for the same price as an i5 6600k and liquid cooler, because a cool and quiet system is more important to me than a raw performance system. This is as premium as I feel the need to go.

The Asus Z170-A Is the most popular motherboard of it's kind, for good reason, and it fits my color theme well. It will soon house an i5-6600k or i7-6700k.

The Kingston HyperX Savage RAM operates at 2400Mhz with a low latency, and is aesthetically sound. Your RAM may operate at higher frequencies than mine, but my RAM is savage, and yours is not.

The PNY 120GB SSD makes a great boot drive for Windows 10. I have also stored many of my computers utility applications as well as a few games (Skyrim, League of Legends, and Fallout: New Vegas) on the SSD for snappy loading screens.

The WD Blue 1TB is more than enough storage space for my needs and comes from a workstation I owned before I was into building computers. It has worked for quite a long time and I expect it to work for quite a bit longer.

The Sapphire R9 380 4GB Nitro is an excellent graphics card aimed at 1080p gaming, although now outdated and replaced the the RX 480 4GB (or GTX 1060 3GB.) When it comes to AMD graphics cards, Sapphire's design is the most effective and impressive in my opinion.

The Cooler Master MasterBox 5 supports everything I need and has a very clean appearance. I feel that this case was a compromise since I wanted the MasterCase 5 , but I am nonetheless pleased.

The EVGA G2 550W PSU is perfect for my needs. 550 Watts is plenty enough to power a gaming system with a single graphics card, without pulling too much from the wall. The gold rated 80+ reduces heat in the system and makes me feel great about the PSU's quality and the system's efficiency. Fully modular cabling was a bonus for me, but more importantly, the cabling is all black and sleeved.

Windows 10 is a great operating system. I upgraded from Windows 7, which was stored on my WD Blue HDD from the workstation I previously mentioned.

The Thermaltake Riing fans are a huge part of this systems aesthetic design, and I absolutely love them. as 140mm fans, they operate quietly and draw in plenty of air.

The Bitfenix Magnetic LED Strip is of high quality and is also a huge part of this systems aesthetic design.

I have an insatiable thirst to build more computers and continue upgrading, so I can't wait to upgrade this computer and build a new computer to house my replaced i3 6100 and r9 380. I was thinking of putting them in a Thermaltake Core V1, as I've always had an interest in the case, but I don't like it as a case for a main system if that makes sense.

Part Reviews


Extremely solid performance, especially for ~110$. This makes a great HTPC/ Budget gaming processor.

CPU Cooler

The great performance, compact size, silent operation, sleek design and reasonable price of this air cooler has made it my personal favorite.


A great motherboard. The PCB has a brown hue to it, but in my computer with blue lighting it looks black. I imagine red or white lighting would make the brown stand out more. The white I/O shroud is removable.


It's good ram. Extremely savage. It's kinda cool that I can clearly see the word "Savage" in my computer when I look at it.


Almost 10x cheaper per GB than solid state options. A hard-drive is essential to nearly all computer builds.

Video Card

Current date, I believe that the RX 480 and GTX 1060 are better options, but if this what you can afford, then there is nothing wrong with this card and I highly recommend it. It has a beautiful backplate that matches any color scheme. There are very few games this card can not handle at 1080p with ideal performance.


Beautiful, sturdy, clean, spacious, and beginner friendly. A genuinely well thought out case. The strengths of this case far outweigh the minor flaws and it is definitely a strong competitor to the Phanteks P400 & Enthoo Pro M, NZXT S340, Fractal Define S and other cases found at the 70$ price point.

Power Supply

It is extremely high quality, fully modular with nicely black sleeved cables. You certainly pay for it though.

Case Fan

Not overly expensive considering the quality of these fans. There is very little to no vibration, low noise, and strong airflow. I also prefer the contained LED, my previous computer turned half of my room red from the LED fans in my case.

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pj_sz 2 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

Great looking build, why not get a RX 480 4GB at the same price point? It's a hell of a lot faster. Not ripping on your build tho, hope you enjoy it! Also how is the H7 working for you?

AidinLMcLaurin submitter 5 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks! You are correct. I was in need of a decent graphics card about 3 months ago, so I decided to get the R9 380 instead of waiting and not having a gaming capable rig in the meantime.

The H7 is a sick cooler. It performs significantly better than the 212 Evo and is superior in compact size, noise levels, and in my opinion, aesthetic design.

pj_sz 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Alright, cool! Outdated or not, the R9 380 is still one solid card at 1080p, and it'll run almost anything with a little settings tweaking. Before the 480, I was planning on getting one myself. Still might if I can find a good deal on one...the Powercolor R9 380X PCS+ Myst is 149.99 right now. Thanks for the feedback on the H7, I'm thinking about getting one myself-that's how I found this build, it was the most recent H7 build!

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Vanlck 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

How are you feeling the i3, now when a couple of months has passed?

AidinLMcLaurin submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I'm actually at tech school right now, far away from my gaming system, and I haven't been home since august 28th. The i3-6100 performs amazingly, and I only have an outdated R9 380 to pair it with. If you have an i3-6100 and a Gtx 1060 or 1070, you are SET. I can't say I know everything, or that the i3 is a better choice than an i5, but I know that the i3 is absolutely not a bad choice. It's price/performance is ridiculous. The i3 won't get the praise it deserves on a computer enthusiast site where overclocking and core count are over glorified, but don't be afraid to try it, it's a great chip.

Vanlck 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

I actually use an i3-6100 mysdelf, built one last month. I was just wondering if You have encountered any dificulties on your path. But likewise currently I am wey pleased with it.

AidinLMcLaurin submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Difficulties have been very limited for me. I tried to mod Skyrim with a crazy amount of ENB's and Shaders and suffered frame rate loss, but I mean I had 116 graphical mods running as well as texture enhancers and improved physics. Honestly any limitations I've encountered with the i3 6100 is most likely from the R9 380 I have it paired with.

Swaggermon 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago


SophieMc_ 2 points 23 months ago

WOW, Looks good I came from the cooler master case you were using. I saw it in black first and I thought meh. Juts seen that there is a white model so I wanted to see how it looks! Thanks for the good images my case for my build is going to be a cooler master!

AidinLMcLaurin submitter 5 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thankyou. What case are you going to/did you get? I wanted the MasterCase but I'm glad I got this and did a a white and blue theme.

tussiez 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Mine is soon going to be a cooler master.

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 17 months ago

I know I'm 1 year late, but is the case Tempered Glass?

coralfumes 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

i3-6100 for dayz? . . .

AidinLMcLaurin submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Dayz doesn't really gain much from multi-core rendering, most of the load comes from texture unpacking, open world rendering, and lighting/shading. The 2 physical cores with their threads can easily keep up with the 3D rendering and physics.

tussiez 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Let's pull power from the wall.

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