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I built a FX6300/GTX960 build a while ago for a friend who wanted play World of Tank/Warships. He now has a friend that is in need of a PC to play the same games but on a sub $500 budget. I happen to have all these parts ordered and in fact had already built this up with a G4400 and no video card for a basic desktop/HTPC sale.

I swapped out the CPU for the i3 and added the video card and an extra fan.

i3 6100: this is a great CPU for the $$. If you really can't get an i5 in the budget, this is great. Paired with a 950/960 is perfect. A Radeon 380/380x will probably start to bottleneck but not on all games, just the CPU intensive ones. No need to spend extra $$ on a CPU cooler or fancy MOBO or expensive RAM. I really recommend this CPU for most budgets under $700.

MOBO: Works, nothing fancy. Cheap. I was concerned when I had in built up with just the IGPU because it just has HDMI out. I can't really recommend this because of that. It seriously limits who will buy a cheap PC if you figure they probably have an older monitor without HDMI (like me). I had to add my old test GPU (Radeon 4350) to boot up and load windows.

RAM: Made a purchasing error here by jumping on the price without reading the that it as a 1X8GB. It is OK though. I really don't think I will lose much at this price/performance point.

GPU: Was on sale and has $20 rebate making this $130. It's the SCC model and over-clocks like a boss. $130-$140 is the most I think the 950 should cost. After that, you should be looking at a 960 or 380 for under $200. This card is great though for the price. It really makes the 750 ti obsolete unless you are adding it to your old Dell/HP. Stays cool even in this non gaming case.

CASE: I has seen some builds with great cable management using this case so I thought, maybe a super budget case can look good and be functional. I have to say, this was actually the easiest build I have done. If I was using one of the 5.25 bays, it would have been awful though. I routed of of the cable through the 5.25 bay and down the side. The way the 3.25 drives mount made a a wide open hidden space. Just be sure to tuck close to the back panel to keep from restricting the 1 front fan. The quality of this case is just OK. I pricked my finger more than once on metal spurs on the thumbs screws. Only has one 120mm front fan, a 120mm side on and a 92mm rear. I ended up using the side for an exhaust fan just to prevent dust. I would rather it be an intake since the PSU is exhaust and the CPU/PSUGPU are all fighting for the same cool air. However, after running Prime 95 and Furmark at the same time, all my my temps were still very good. It's a good looking case with a front air filter. The front panel is easily removed for cleaning and is not attached to anything. The front fan is clipped in with plastic clip which is convenient for cleaning the front air filter as well.

PUS: I took a chance on this new XT from XFX. It is not made by Seasonic but is designed by them I guess. I bought it because it looks good with the all black wires and flat cables. I am sure it is not a great PSU but I am hoping that is at least as good as the EVGA 430W and better than the CX line. The GTX 950 should not draw too much power so I think this will be just fine.

Overall, this plays World of Warships on highest settings at 60+ (FPS was capped at 60).

Skydiver: http://www.3dmark.com/sd/3894063 Could have been higher but did not go crazy with OC with this case.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice dog! Great component choices and building skill aswell :) +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the dog. I'm in it for the dog.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Same Mate.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Doge... :3~

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Pictures. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, decided to move out side to avoid getting the Xmas tree in the back round lol, it's March haha

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

We need a benchmark section to this site so possible builders can see what you get from pc's Especially for this cheap buid

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I find that the Skydiver benchmark gives at least an idea of how it will do in games but a benchmarking tab would be awesome!! I did add this in my narrative http://www.3dmark.com/sd/3894063

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the PSU doing for you? +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

When I first powered up, for the first several boots, the fan twitched but did not spin. After that, it worked fine. Thinking maybe the bearing was a little stiff. It looks great. I certainly had no problems running benchmarks with the i3 and gtx 950. Beyond that though, I am no expert. I am waiting for the pro testers (JohnnyGuru) to test one.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

The Dog alone earns you a plus 1 but the build is great and the pictures are great everything is great. Nice build. +1!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm doing a build in that case right now! Nice cable management.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

the key is to remove the adapter in the 5.25 bay so you can thread all the cables down through it. Also, you will need to get the extra fans. If you can DIY a fan filter for the side panel, use it as an intake and the rear 92mm as exhaust.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I had a spare 120mm fan lying around for the side panel and I bought a cheap 92mm fan for the back.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

look forward to seeing your build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Question. Do you find that this case is a lot noisier than you anticipated?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, actually the front fan even connected to the mobo was louder than I expected. That being said, it is not very loud. I did not hear the cpu or gpu running though, it was just the front fan.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build. Have you tested it with Rise of the Tomb Raider?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I sold it already and I don't have that game. Is that game supposed to be CPU/GPU intensive? I was thinking about getting another test game. Was thinking about Witcher 3 or Just Cause 3.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I flipped my harddrive so that the cables from the HD does not show easily

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I should have done that...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

lol its fine, i have a bunch of zip ties on my cables to keep it clean

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do I plug in the dog

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

He self activates when he smells that stinkin' coyote!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

how does it perform in the new games???

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

will play any new game. Some on full ultra but many with the settings turned down to high or specific settings turned down.
If you look up videos on the games you want, there are usually videos that show what ultra looks like compared to high or medium. I believe it is better to stick to your budget and afford more games than over spend on the rig and be too poor to buy games :)
Maxing out settings on every game is a luxury that many cannot afford. Good games with great gameplay are just as fun on low settings as they are on ultra .

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Never heard of that psu company, is it still holding up and giving good power? Great pictures btw!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I sold the PC but have not heard any complaints yet. It is a well known company and they make some really nice PSUs. This is a budget one for them and the jury is still out I guess 'till some real testing reviews come in.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How is this rig holding up??? I'm planning on doing the same (CPU and GPU) but in a mITX case and mobo. I will mostly play battlefield 4 and Mass Effect 3 on it, any other games I can do with mid-high settings

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I sold it to a friend. I have not heard any complaints though. The i3 is a great cpu and the 950 will be perfectly fine for those games. My husband has the same card and plays many new games at medium high with FPS to spare.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I'll be Ok with this combo (i3 6100 GTX950) for some time (if I try to push my budget a bit I might go with a i5 6500). Thanks, it seems that you are very experienced; you've been of great help.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

On a budget yes, I feel this is a nice build. Also, think about resale value. The 950 will probably hold its value better than the i3 6100. So getting the 6500 makes sense if you can afford it. If you spend $125 on the 950 you could probably sell it for $100 to anybody with any board. Selling the i3 would require a buyer with a sklylake board only.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense, thanks a lot