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Project Epsilon

by uberlizard

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50 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 5, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.5° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.29GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7GHz

Description

Wikipedia- In mathematics (particularly calculus), an arbitrarily small positive quantity is commonly denoted Epsilon.

Welcome to Project Epsilon!

This build is a long, long, story. About 7 months ago, I joined this wonderful site we call pcpartpicker.com, and started planning a budget build, being as broke as I am. The first iterations, which I have since deleted, were not great, to say the least. Eventually, I got the money to buy the parts, and in early December, I bought them. Everything but the CPU cooler and the fan were here within a day of being shipped (thanks, FedEx), but the cooler and the fan sat in a distributing facility literally 15 MILES AWAY for about 3 days. How hard can this be, FedEx?Seriously.

After assembling it, which took about two hours, I hooked it up to the monitor, plugged it in to the power, and pressed the power button. And.......

Nothing.

So first I went and powered everything down, and then stressed for hours about what could possibly be wrong. Eventually, one RAM and GPU removal and reinstallation later, the PC booted up perfectly to BIOS.

It works very well and is actually very quiet, and the BIOS is very, very easy to navigate through. Overall, this has been an experience I would happily do again, if I could ever afford it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Worked fine, good budget performance.

Motherboard

Lots of USB3 in the back, as well as an HDMI and a DVI-D. Love it.

Memory

Worked fine after I fixed my stupid mistakes.

Video Card

Plenty powerful for my needs so far, and the fact that it needs no external power connector helped me with cable management a lot.

Comments Sorted by:

fletcherhub3 1 Build 3 points 18 months ago

I noticed in picture 19 that the case top isn't fully on, you should think about sliding the "guide rail" mechanism on if you haven't already. Great build though!

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Nicely done! I just noticed that yesterday and fixed it this morning. Thanks anyways! Major +1 to you for seeing that.

fletcherhub3 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

No problem :D

mdsmichigan 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Case brothers!

Seriously though great build with respectable parts!

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks man!

TheOfficialCzex 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

The computer is small.

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

indeed it is

pragz28 1 point 18 months ago

Does it overheat if you use the pc for long hours? I am also looking around.

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

no, the temps are actually pretty good.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

thats a pretty dank little system, would love some pictures from inside the case.

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

thanks man! Pics inside the case might be a little hard to get, considering that is a tight case and there's no window.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

ah ok, i forgot also that in that case the psu mount is in the way of everything.

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

ohhh yes it is. especially when it's not fully modular.

McMurdore 1 point 18 months ago

+1 Nice job! I'm considering the i3-6100/1050 Ti or i3-6100/1060 3GB for a friend. How do you find the graphics performance in-game so far?

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

It's pretty solid actually. If you can fit the 1060 in your budget, do it. Otherwise, the 1050ti will suit you pretty well. In the midrange between those two you can maybe get the rx470.

enewtabie 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build!

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

thanks!

Expod 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Big fan of budget builds. Yours is nice! +1

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

thanks

Nokor 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Very nice little build! I'm surprised you didn't try and get an ITX motherboard with built in WiFi like the Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI for a tiny bit more, since you bought an adapter. Not sure if there is a major price difference between them where you're based, or was it the abundance of USB 3 ports that clinched it?

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I really, really like the USB 3 ports, and there is a fairly significant price difference as well.

Nokor 4 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Ah that's a shame. Price difference here in the UK is like £2 haha.

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

its about $25 here

deathbat6916 1 point 18 months ago

considering that would technically only cost you $15 more, and for a likely more reliable format of Wi-Fi, that wouldve been a better option imo

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

i mean, my router is like 5 feet away. im going to use ethernet primarily, so my main concern was price.

DoltonTheComputerNoob 1 point 18 months ago

This pc is used for gaming correct? If yes then how is the TP Link Wireless Adapter working?

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Sometimes gaming. The wifi is pretty ok, nothing to write home about though. I've been considering getting the ethernet downstairs somehow.

DoltonTheComputerNoob 1 point 18 months ago

Thats what my problem is because i bought a different one for a around $20 but i always seem to somehow get disconnected mid game

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

us ethernet if you can wire it to where you are.

ncruz408 1 point 18 months ago

Thinking about the 500bq.. how is it for semi modular?

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

its great. no problems.

anas99 1 point 18 months ago

What about the CPU temperature?

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

what about it?

Pain_vG 1 point 18 months ago

what kind of fps do you get on games

TheOfficialCzex 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

L'homme, je voudrais voir quelques autres images à l'intérieur du cas; Je veux vraiment voir quelques-unes de vos compétences en gestion de câble.

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

sorry but the case is really hard to get inner images of. i tried ;(

Pacemaker13 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Really nice and compact PC, LIKE IT :D

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

thanks!

garethccc 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Super nice Cryorig parts, great budget build!

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

thanks! Cryorig hasn't let me down, they're so good and a little underrated

Jokin_Is_Here 1 point 15 months ago

Very Nice +1 (would have recommended an rx 470 though, as it is a little bit better)

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

oh yeah, i would have, but it was ever so slightly out of my budget :(

Jokin_Is_Here 1 point 15 months ago

thats a shame... I feel like you could have gone with the best priced ddr4- 2400 and go with the cheapest rx 470 4gb, you payed a pretty penny for 8gb of ram

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

lol no i didnt they were $39.99 when i bought them haha

Jokin_Is_Here 1 point 15 months ago

Oh sorry I didnt read that, nice!

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

nah its on me i didnt say it

liammc 2 Builds -1 points 18 months ago

that asrock motherboard can have built in WI- FI you can add a Wi-Fi card witch will give you a lot better range and speed. Mini Card Slots 1 x Vertical Half-size Mini-PCI Express Slot This Mini-PCI Express Slot supports WiFi and mSATA devices( info form newegg.com). this is a compatibly Wi-Fi mini-pci express card that works with you motherbord and has wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fhPzK8/intel-wireless-network-card-7260hmwwbr . you will need an antenna kit for it to work.

uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

yep i know that. honestly I'm ok as of now, and will probably use that slot for an mSATA, but thanks anyways.

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uberlizard submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

it's working fine so far, everything i need, it is doing.