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Budget Box for Ultra-High 1080p Gaming

by Sjuryadi



Date Published

Jan. 15, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 12, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

39.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.9 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C


This build exceeds my expectations.

Brain: The Skylake i3 6100 is very calm, FAST, and cool! I can not feel any less performance from my previous experience with previous gen quad cores. I edit photos, videos and demanding games. The Hyper Threading from intel is friggin powerful, I don't see any lag on multi-tasking on this dual core. I use standard CPU cooler and was planning to upgrade to aftermarket coolers, but to my discovery this chip is so cool that playing "Dying Light" only maxes it at 46 Celsius.

Mothrboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-A is tiny as you would expect. No raid, no M2 slot, and of course no OC. So invest more on this part if you want it to be more futureproof. But it works flawlessly. Don't use Mem speed more than 2133 though, as this Mobo only use the slowest DDR4 mem speed (although it's still friggin fast)

Mem: We bought two single 8gb on amazon cuz weirdly it's cheaper than the duo set. The mobo detected it fine and sets them as dual-channel automatically.

Storage: Now this probably why my PC felt waaay faster. Almost no loading on anything except for a few second on demanding games installed on the SSD, and this is not even the best of ssds.

The XFX R9 380: FAST BEAST. YOU CAN MAX OUT STUFF AND PLAY HEAVY GAMES ON THIS CARD. I set ultra on Skyrim on 1080p max out on every single settings and this card DOESN"T BREAK A SWEAT, temp only reached 37-47! (idle temp is 31) I haven't reached 60 degrees C so far. I had some issues with the PSU (non performance related) that i will discuss on the PSU section.

The Heart (PSU): This PSU work flawlessly and seems to provide constant power to the PC parts It's efficient 80+ gold meaning only 3-7% of power turned into heat, making the build cool and silent. But I would suggest a gamer PSU for gamer GPU since I have to use molex connector for the one of the 2 6pin power on the GPU. Using a branching cable 6pin is not recommended since the cable can get very hot that it can melt plastic. This PSU comes with two 6+2pin Pcie power connector, meaning it provides more than enough for the 190w (max) 2x6pin GPU like the R9 380.

Case: Apevia qpack 3 is decent. But I like the internal build quality, it's roomy, easy, and has a good airflow and heat dissipation. The PSU take fresh air from outside of the casing and blowing it out outside again without giving warm air to the system. You might want to buy another fan (120mm) for exhaust. For installation this case is very easy because of the swiveling top part. Minus two stars for not supporting SLI/CF and you can't install 120x2 radiator in this case. Better opt for the Thermaltake equivalent for just $10 more.

Part Reviews




Spend more on a higher spec MoBo. But this works just fine.

Video Card

If you're happy with 1080p THIS CARD MAXES OUT ANYTHING ON THAT RES.


Cheap finish. No room for SLI/CF. No room for liquid coolers radiator. Better suited for non enthusiast. Good frame built quality.

Power Supply

Cool (not even warm) and quiet. No crashes whatsoever. Efficient.

Wireless Network Adapter

Plug and play. Very good signal.

Comments Sorted by:

m52nickerson 1 Build 5 points 35 months ago

i3 and a 380, what is not to love?

Tultamaneli 3 points 35 months ago

Finally someone uses this case!

pwelch234 1 point 35 months ago


49ers 1 point 35 months ago

Dual core is a little low IMO. You can't play some games with that at all. Some require a quad core CPU minimum.

But you did say that it is a budget build. So I don't want to knock you too much for that. It fits your price range and if it performs for you than it is good.

teemiti 5 points 35 months ago


Crofter 5 Builds 3 points 35 months ago

Some games see the dual core as four core because of hyperthreading so think the OP is ok.

pj_sz 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

It has two physical cores, but four logical cores due to hyperthreading. Games that always require quad-core processors, like Battlefield 4, have been proven to run on this.

scottsaxman 1 point 35 months ago

Are you saying to buy a different power supply and upgrade to a Thermaltake case? These two comments aren't clear to me. Thanks.

Sjuryadi submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

The power supply performed well since i have no problem with OC-ing my GPU from 990 to 1000Mhz, and memory clock from 1375 to 1425. GPU now pull 220+ watts max. It's just the connectors that i have problem with. I would choose something with two separate 6+2pin Pcie power.

Definitely buy this instead for the case: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-ca1d500s1wn00

Bozanimal 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

What do you mean by "not supporting SLI/CF?" I just finished an install in the same case and you should be able to fit a second card in there without too much difficulty, so I'm confused on this one.

Sjuryadi submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Really? I was trying to upgrade my main board and adding another GPU, but pcpartpicker said the case would not be compatible with two R9 380. It's the drive/optical bay, preventing another long dimension GPU.

Sjuryadi submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Ok my mistake I guess it was the wireless card that's making CF impossible. So yes you're right.

ThePacklemore 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

ha i like those last pictures. How many fps does gta 5 get on max?

Sjuryadi submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I don't have GTA V, but it should run fine but maybe not a constant 60fps. I read two R9 380 is really-really close to a single 980 ti but for $200 less.

ThePacklemore 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

K thanks I have that gpu right now and i am upgrading to that cpu

P.S. when you upgrade to a i5 gta V will get like 100 constant so it would be better to get a i5 before another gpu

Sjuryadi submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Hey I'm thinking to upgrade to 6600k/6700k are you interested in buying my i3 6100? Never been OCed and I worked for a computer shop before so I know how to handle ESD sensitive device.

ThePacklemore 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

yes i am

ThePacklemore 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

How much?

ThePacklemore 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Are you still selling it?

Sjuryadi submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Hey sorry for the late reply. I'm kinda on the fence now since I'm suddenly quite busy, where are you located? I'm thinking of letting it go for $98 and if you're interested, the mother board is also for sale at a low price.

ThePacklemore 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

This is what I will be doing soon http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xgYWVn

Sjuryadi submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Cool! Check out BCLK overclocking, the i3 6100 should be blazing fast at 4ghz, faster than any i5 because i3 6100 single core speed is like godlike. Your motherboard should be able to do that with a bios update or something.

ThePacklemore 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Ok Thanks!

vb_ilya 1 point 27 months ago

Dude! How is 800 bucks a budget build? Maybe I'm just a peasant lol. Great build BTW!

ugothit111 1 point 23 months ago

Sweet!!! You should try to make a variation of this: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zpv9nn

Phiphe 1 point 13 months ago

i3? pentium hyperthreading wont matter

JuniorVid 1 Build -3 points 35 months ago

Might wanna replace that PSU

nuked24 4 Builds 5 points 35 months ago

It's a Rosewill 80+ Gold..? What's wrong with it?

sirnicko1 3 points 35 months ago

Unless you have proof and can support the statement then don't comment things like that. It really does not help, and there is nothing wrong with the PSU...

BeastFeast 2 points 33 months ago

I like to talk about stuff.

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Sjuryadi submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago


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