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Shadowfax

by chulalongkorn

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3 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Feb. 23, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 22, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.22GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

This is a build for my sister, using my old PSU and GPU. It will be mostly used for light gaming (Rocket League, TF2, ETS2), and schoolwork.

A 500W PSU may seem a little overkill for an i3-6100 + GTX 960 build, but it is what I had in my computer Gerald, and provides plenty of headroom for upgrades, such as case fans (which this build is in dire need of), optical drives and the possibility of far-future CPU+Motherboard upgrades.

I didn't run into any issues with the build, and cable management was easy with the modular PSU and holes in the motherboard tray.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Great value-for-money board with all the necessary features. The only downside I can think of is that the IO shield has lots of metal tabs that need to be removed / pushed back before lowering the board into the tray, which can be annoying.

Memory

With the ridiculous price of DDR4 increasing since September '16, I opted for plain, value memory. It does the job, but at double the price it should be at.

Storage

Reasonably fast and from a reputable brand, this HDD is great for mass storage.

Case

This case has a great white aesthetic with full painted metal side panels and decent cable management holes. However, it only comes with a single 120mm exhaust fan, and absolutely no instructions to help you differentiate the included bag of screws.

Although for the price (£26.99 at purchase) this is still a great case.

Operating System

It's not Windows 8

Comments Sorted by:

ScripZero 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

shoudve gone with pentium g4560 + b250 mb

chulalongkorn submitter 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I believe the 6100's more threads and better single + multi-core performance was more suitable for this build and budget (being also used for office tasks), however I do see that in builds with a stricter budget the g4560 would have better value for money.

BazNaz 1 point 5 months ago

The g4560 has 2 cores and 4 Threads.