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2017 - Second Moscow build

by xiiistephan

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8 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 5, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 3, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.544 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

Description

First of all - I live in Russia, so prices are not competitive with the US. This also influenced some of the hardware choices, since selection and prices vary quite a bit.

This is an upgrade along the lines of my previous 2014 build. This build is intended for casual 1080p gaming and **** the usual office tasks. I initially considered going 1440p, but the strain on the budget would be too heavy for me (roughly ~$1500, including a $450 monitor). I'll stay with 1080p until the next upgrade.

CPU: I got quite used to i3 performance since 2014, which is surprisingly adequate for games. I also considered i5-6500 ($206) and G4620 ($108), but decided that a Skylake i3 is currently a better option.

GPU: 1060 6GB is overkill for this build, but I like it. Budget-wise a 1050 Ti would have been a better choice. 470 is too weak, 480 4GB has too little ram and 8GB costs roughly the same as a 6GB 1060. The only thing I don't like is the tone of the fan noise. EDIT: Turned out noise was coming from Noctua case fan, GPU itself is almost noiseless. Noise-reduction cable (already included with the fan) fixed this.

Case: I am in love with N200. It's compact, cheap, has great airflow (especially if you remove the drive bay) and can house surprising amount of hardware. It has very limited space for cable management though and 2 stock coolers a a bit loud. But I'm not complaining since other cases I like are $100 and up.

Hybrid HDD: After some thought I decided to keep it -it is faster than a regular HDD. I should probably grab a pure SSD with the next upgrade though.

Cooling: I am quite happy with my new CPU and case fans. Both are indeed quiet as advertised and are easy to install. CPU fan also doubles as an outtake fan, so one case fan is more than enough for this setup. However note that fan on ARCTIC Freezer does not leave much space for RAM, so you may have problems with bulky heatsinks.

Part Reviews

CPU

Good value and ice cold. Although now it is probably outclassed by Kaby Lake Pentiums.

CPU Cooler

I am very happy with this cooler - it's cheap, efficient, easy to install and quiet.

Motherboard

This was the cheapest mATX mobo I could get for 1151. It provides the bare minimum and that's enough for me. MSI bios is easy to use. I also like the simple black design.

Memory

Cheap, does its job. Don't hesitate to buy.

Video Card

Definitely a good 1060. Very quiet.

Case

This case is great considering the price. It is rather compact, but has room for massive GPUs and tall CPU coolers. You can have 5 fans or water cooling. Plenty of options for SSD placement. Cable management is decent for a closed case.

Power Supply

I've had this PSU for 3 years and have nothing to complain. Although now I'd rather grab a modular one.

Case Fan

This is a good fan - it is quiet and performs well, but it's not 100% silent (yes, I use the Low-Noise Adaptor). Also even though I have a closed case, I sometimes remember that this brown thing is inside :(

Monitor

This is a good budget monitor. It is more than enough for office work and OK for gaming. Details are sharp, the colors are vivid. Also this is not IPS, so sometimes backlight is visible near the edges on complete black. I only wish it had a DisplayPort, since I have a TV with HDMI, but there is only one HDMI on my GTX 1060.

Comments Sorted by:

Sockens 4 points 23 months ago

Plus 1 purely for the intended use.

Justiceinacan 7 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Honesty.

XFacility 2 points 23 months ago

Very clean and simple setup. +rep :D

bobothemonkey7 2 points 23 months ago

Why is there a random apple charger in the middle of the setup

xiiistephan submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Coincidentally my wife charges her macbook here - the monitor stand shape is ideal for this.

bobothemonkey7 1 point 23 months ago

But why have the wire in the middle of the setup it just doesn't look good try hiding it to make the setup look nicer

KiloParsec 2 points 23 months ago

Nice and clean setup, but the cable management from the pictures could help the setup look even better. Upgrading to an i5 may be worth it in the long run, though. Other than that, great build.

xiiistephan submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I agree on cable management, but luckily this a closed case. A modular PSU would help though. Might upgrade to a used i5 down the road.

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