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Mid 2017 Budget Build

by nlukic95



Date Published

June 9, 2017

Date Built

June 7, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.046 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C


So this PC was purchased over the span of several months having used subreddits and monitoring of sites for deals. The video card, HDD, and windows keys were of no cost to me and I will likely upgrade the video card soon (waiting to see if volta drops pascal prices). Right now my gaming demands arent overwhelming to the system. At 1080p medium/high I'm gettting 80-90 fps on overwatch. Most of my other titles; skyrim, mirrors edge, witcher 2; run at high with no drops below 60.

Current upgrade plans -better PSU -Better VGA (1050 ti/1060 most likely) -more case fans (only have two 120 mm and the cpu fan, but its working fine as is) -Better non-square monitor (although mine was free)

Part Reviews


This thing is fast, and runs pretty cool under the CR-H7. No overclocking yet for me, but I plan on it in the future when it starts showing its age (far from it now).

CPU Cooler

No ram interference, quiet, easy to install and keeps my cpu well under concerning temps. Ive had the hyper 212 evo and this is insanely better to me personally.


Easy to use, support for a great range of CPU overclocking and dram overclocking options. BIO's was easy to update. Will give it 5 stars if I can figure out why it has to POST every time it boots before loading the OS. This kills my boot time by adding about 4-8 secs which is just about half the total boot time. As long as this is normal im really not gonna complain too much though

My board came with their "whetstone" mousepad and I gotta say I didnt believe they were necessary till now. This coupled with a good mouse makes a huge difference to friction/resistance.


Its red, fast and didnt crash upon loading XMP profiles


I know this isnt a 960 pro, but it was also much cheaper than that option. Realistically I wont ever see a bottleneck in the performance of this drive over a 960 m.2 nvme. Still faster than an sata drive at that. Plus 5 year warranty sounded nice.

Video Card

This thing is OLD, but that being said it got a fresh thermal paste application and cleaning from me. Got it working 70-80 C under load with no hiccups in ESport gaming and older titles. Just dont expect it to run witcher 3 with hairworks on.


This case is beautiful. Extra magnetic rgb strip with a built in case controller for it as well as three pwm fans is a great touch. the glass is stunning and the PSU shroud is built well to cover a nest of cables beneath it. My only issue is that it could have used a grommet on the psu shroud to feed a vga psu cable.

I had gotten the silent edition, but opted to place the mesh dust filters over the solid sound proof-lined panels as I found heat trapping to be an issue with them. I you use a front 240-280mm AIO liquid option then leaving the panels on is not a big deal. The mesh covers are still magnetic and keep light spill down so that the ceiling in your room doesnt look like a rave

Power Supply

No coil whine, no noise, and its from a reputable vendor. This thing isnt pretty, but cable extensions could fix that just as well. I plan on upgrading to a better rated supply when I get to overclocking, but for now this baby does everything I need it to do.


Got this on an insane deal microcenter had given out! GPU will never hit the frame cap but man its buttery smooth


Cheap mouse, but I didnt pay much for it. Works great for FPS even though its a Moba marketed device. Two extra mouse buttons on the left of the mouse make for easy overwatch bindings of abilities and there is a DPI switch below the mouse wheel.

Note: No RGB only blue LED with breathing options or static options for side and logo.

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Gaming4life22 2 points 21 months ago

Hey, I don't want to be that guy but why not Ryzen?

And do you like the case?

nlukic95 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

cheap motherboard on sale and got the cpu for pretty cheap even better priced than 1700x at that. The case is beautiful as well, would recommend over the s340 elite any day! the silent edition really is silent, im in love! As far as ryzen goes I really would have gone that route if the option was as cheap as this one ended up for me. But now ill probably upgrade to coffee lake i7 next year or so as long as lga 1151 supports it.

Gaming4life22 1 point 21 months ago

Can you say why you would recommend it over the s340 elite. I am thinking about this case for my upcoming it build.

nlukic95 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I built a high end PC for my roomate a few months back to which he opted the s340 elite (red). When I was assembling I found that the clips for cable management were really weak and barely held any cables (p400 has nice long velcro straps that wont break so long as you dont tear them). The front panel had a nice dust filter, but the plastic panel itself came off so difficultly that I feel it would break with basic use and removing over time. The P400's Panel feels natural to remove and clips back in much smoother with a satisfying click. The pros I would give the S340 is that the psu shroud has a hole for the graphics psu cables. However, I also didnt like feeling that I had 3 visible unpopulated ssd bays visible through the glass as I had 1 m.2 ssd.

Gaming4life22 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks, nice build!

JuiceKingsRevenge 1 point 21 months ago

How'd you get that mobo for $100

nlukic95 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

newegg flash sale!

FlyinToasteronie 1 point 21 months ago

How's your G302?

nlukic95 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

its nice! fast and smooth, and at twenty bucks i would recommend it to anyone! I will note that it does have a form that prefers a claw grip style, whereas most people prefer a traditional grip mouse. I like the claw grip just fine so it didnt bug me too much. That matte finish will most likely wear in a year or two with heavy use but ill be fine buying another one or one like it at that point.

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

How in the world did you get that motherboard for $100, that thing is normally very expensive, anyway, very good build. How is that 660 still doing for you?

nlukic95 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

yeah it was a sale on newegg, I was gonna get an MSI gaming M5 z170, but they sold out a week later this guy came into a flash sale at 130$ instant plus 30 off mail in rebate! the 660 runs like a champ still. I dont have any triple a titles from this gen so im not too worried. Cleaned it out and reapplied thermal paste so now its doing pretty solid as well.

Let me know if theres any games you would like benchmarked.

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I can not really think of any off of the top of my head., but that is a really good deal on the motherboard.

darklordzap 1 point 21 months ago

Hey! So my budget is around $500-900, and I'm not sure what good processor to use. could this pc run games on decent settings like battlefield, players unknown battleground, h1z1, cod? Very sexy build

Kobay 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Yes, of course. But Ryzen is better when it comes to multi-threaded workloads like video editing. But for $160 Id say that the i5-6600k is worth it.

tuninglegend 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Is it normal if my top covers are a bit yellow-ish, instead of the same lucid white that the entire case has?

nlukic95 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

hmm i dont think mine have changed color, are yours exposed to a good deal of light?

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