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Younger brothers build

by bengy22

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 16, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

My younger brother had been complaining about his 5 year old laptop was not cutting it and he wanted to start playing more games, After he saved up his money for over a year and getting some help from my parents and we got around to building it together. A lot of these parts where bought at Microcenter to save money.
Games
Right now he mainly plays Roblox and Rocket league, but would like to get into more games when hes a bit older and play with me(currently hes only 9).
Cpu
First off i want to state that at the time of this build the 7100 or ryzen where not out when this build took place. when looking for a mini-itx motherboard for this build i couldn't find one for amd so that limited me to intel, knowing i wanted to go with kaby-lake cause of the upgrade path it would leave for him if he wants to upgrade later on i went with the 6100, for the price i got it at i don't regret it, works well with what he plays with no problems.
Motherboard
Needed a mini-itx board that was on the cheap side and Microcenter had it in stock, so far no problems with it.
Ram
Needed a single stick of 8gb of ram and this fit the bill, only wanted one stick for future upgrades if needed.
Storage
Needed something for cheap and my friend had this laying around and gave it to me for free, saw Microcenter had some cheap refurbished hhd's.
Gpu
Wanted something that would last a while and not go over budget, looking back i would have gone with a open box 1050ti cause Microcenter had them for $110 which is a good deal imo. Went with Evga cause of there legendary warranty (friend had a problem with his 970, they replaced it no problems. Later on he bought a Evga 980ti from Microcenter open box $280 and had problems with it, he rma'd it and Evga sent him a 1080 back no problems again).
Case
Needed something on the cheap side that supported full size psu's to save money. Really tight inside and a pain to do anything but good for the price. He also has mentioned wanting a case with a window, i'm thinking a corsair 250d but if you have any ideas leave a comment.
Psu
Bought for really cheap and has extra wattage if ever needed.

Over all hes really happy with the build and it plays everything 60fps and he had fun building it.

Part Reviews

Case

Ok case for the price, horrible airflow for the gpu! my 1060 3gb easily hits 85c at 95% fan speed, the same gpu in my s340 only hits 71c at 90% fan speed. Very hard to build in, also a pain to change out your gpu.

Comments Sorted by:

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb 1 point 11 months ago

If he is playing stuff like Roblox and Rocket League he shouldn't need a 1060 3GB because a 1050 Ti is enough to play other games later

bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yea but at the time the 1050ti was $150 so for $40 more i could get a 1060 and not have to worry about upgrading later on.

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb 1 point 11 months ago

Mhm makes sense

Tetsuclaw 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Cable management can be so hard in the ITX cases. Especially when you save money and go with a non modular PSU and you have all them extra cables to manage with no space to stash them. I had done a build in the Elite 130 case but I am very picky with cable management so I spent more time deciding what to do with my cables than I did with actually building the PC.

This is a fairly nice budget gaming PC considering it was built before kabylake was released. I was originally wondering why the i3-6100 outside some amazing microcenter deal over the pentium G4560. This system is also really low wattage too, only 226w, about double my HTPC. Will be helpful in the summer so it's not going to be a space heater.

As for the sticks of ram Intel does not really scale with memory speed with gaming and tests have shown the FPS difference of going single channel to dual channel to be about 1-2 FPS at most. Basically going with a single 8GB stick to give upgrade path later on is a great idea. That being said "IF" someone was going to rely on the integrated video and not a video card then there would be a huge difference between 1 stick and 2 sticks of memory but this does not apply in this build. That is why my HTPC uses 2x4gb ram sticks over 1x8.

bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Ok cool i didn't know that about the ram. Honestly now days i don't think 8gb is enough, currently i have 12gb (3 sets of 4gb cause i have 4gb just laying around) and iv'e had windows close my game cause i didn't have enough ram quiet a few times now. Going to be picking up 2 more 4gb sticks from hardwareswap soon.

Tetsuclaw 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

The whole point is that it's better to go with 1x8gb stick now with a motherboard that has only 2 slots as you can add another 1x8gb stick later on for 16gb total. If you did 2x4GB and wanted to upgrade to 16 you would have to remove that ram and buy 2x8gb to upgrade later. The 1x8GB is a wise choice, cheaper to upgrade later on that way.

bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

That's what i took into consideration when buying the ram.

mdkay369 1 point 10 months ago

This is almost identical to a build I am designing for my first ever build. Do you find the GPU is holding up still for modern games?

bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Cause this is my younger brothers build he doesn't have many "hard to run" games, I did borrow it from him when I sold my r9 390 during the mining craze and it played everything I have (pubg, rust, gtx v, etc) at high settings with only a few things turned down at 60fps, for the price it's a great card! Do you play on using the same case?

mdkay369 1 point 10 months ago

Yup, I love the idea of it and I really don't need it to be anything but an upgradeable sweet PC. Thing is, I am concerned about temperature management in such a small case without a radiator.

bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yea i wouldn't use it unless you really like the saze/looks, also i would go with a ryzen 1200 and not a 6100.

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firehead6501 1 point 8 months ago

I wish I was your brother.

firehead6501 1 point 8 months ago

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bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Lol what?

firehead6501 1 point 8 months ago

LOL Cause I want that pc!

bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

lol!

cmat10 1 point 7 months ago

¿Any trouble fitting the 80mm side fan with the EVGA 1060? If there's no problem I might think of adding one to my build.

bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

No it's just really tight, don't know if it really makes a difference.

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bengy22 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

No, I think it was just the stock fan speed causing it to run hot, after changing it the fan speed it runs louder but the card never goes above 72c.