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Nephew's first gaming rig

by bohemond1980



Date Published

Dec. 20, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


My nephew was wanting to have a decent 1080p gaming rig, and since I had the case/ram already laying around I went ahead and ordered the rest of the parts (once he paid me for the non-surplus parts) and we put it together. Now this is my second time building with the BitFenix Prodigy mini-ITX and I really, really, hate the internals on this case. Like they were designed my a sadist to cause as much frustration as possible. I ran into an issue with the 7200RPM HDD since there are no screws large enough to lock it into the bottom of the case nor is the metal panel for mounting SSDs accommodating to HDDs. My wife troubleshot it for me and she zip-tied it to the bottom. Good enough. Anyway, had this case not been spare I would never have used it based on my last experience with it.

I went with the Sandisk SSD, and it is my 7th Sandisk SSD to date. I'm always impressed by the price/performance/reliability combo of Sandisk SSDs. The i3 is plenty good enough for games as is the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB which in The Division benchmark garnered 54.2 FPS @1080p ultra settings with v-sync off; on par with my wife's i5 6600K/390X system which gets 55.8 FPS and only about 8 FPS behind my i7 3930K@4.2Ghz/STRIX 1060 6GB which gets 62.5 FPS. In GTA V this rig gets 46.76 FPS @1080p with DX11/Shadows Normal/Reflection MSAA 2x/Vsync Off/Advanced Graphics off/ and all the rest of the settings maxed (i.e. MSAAx8)@1080p; this is less than 3 FPS from what my 3930K/1060 6GB gets (49.02 FPS), and less than 1 FPS from what my 6600K/390X rig gets (47.02 FPS). Drop MSAA down to 2x at these settings @1080p and you easily hit over 60FPS; in fact you get 75.34 FPS, less than 6 FPS behind my 3930K/1060 6GB at the same settings. Overall great card and cpu; plenty for 1080p gaming on very high/ultra 50-60 FPS for most demanding games.

The card itself is a bit on the warmer side, hitting 80C under load, but not terrible I guess given it only has a single fan to cool itself with. Had a lot more fun testing out this i3/1060 3GB combo than I did building inside this case (again) though, I gotta say.

Part Reviews


All you need for gaming. Not a multi-tasker though obviously.


Gets the job done at a good price, plenty of USB ports.


Cheap and good speeds.

Video Card

Amazing bang for buck. Perfect card for 1080p.


Worst case ever on the inside.

Comments Sorted by:

TheLegend27 3 points 27 months ago

Your a cool uncle nice build

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 27 months ago


FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Your cousin may be like :O when he sees the benchmark

Tigered332 1 point 27 months ago

Really nice love this build only problem is that i3 bottlenecks the 1060, not by much thought so its fine just thought I let you know. +1

fernando551 1 point 27 months ago

That case problem wouldn't exist if you got a Thermaltake core v21...rip