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First Budget Gaming PC

by turtle4489



Date Published

Feb. 11, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 10, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.01 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C


Just built this as an upgrade from a 6 year old laptop =]

I originally planned on a ~$500 budget for an i3-6100 and GTX950, but decided to go with the i5-6500 and r9 380 instead (got them from jet.com with the 15% discount)

I chose the z170 mobo and ddr4-2666 ram with intentions to overclock the i5... I've currently got it running at 4.0ghz because I like the even number =D

(I've also read that intel is removing the overclock from non-k processors so I might end up returning this mobo for a cheaper one to save a couple bucks)

My girlfriend bought me the cooler and I love how it looks; it's quiet and also dropped my max temps from stock under load by around ~8 degrees

The hdd, monitor, keyboard, and mouse were all old parts from around the house

My next purchase will probably be some type of cheap lighting as my case does have a window so I might as well make it look cool... just don't know what color and what to get yet...?

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I chose this cooler because its small and looks awesome.

Its quieter than the stock i5-6500 cooler and dropped my load max temps from ~67 degrees to ~59 degrees with the average load temps dropping from about ~66 to ~53

For the price I'd say you could get a better performing cooler but it probably won't look as good.

Comments Sorted by:

Lamaa 1 point 36 months ago

Love it, and the nzxt hue+ is a little high end at like 50 bucks but yeah it's the best choice.

turtle4489 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I've seen those and they look so nice... but I think I might just grab one of those cheapo $10 lights and see how it looks since I'm on a budget haha

Lamaa 1 point 35 months ago

Thats another valid option too¡

GinoPane 1 point 36 months ago

Nice prices by the way. I have a similar build saved, but the same CPU and GPU in it are more expensive (30$ both) for some reason:)

turtle4489 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Oh ya I took advantage of jet.com's 15% coupon code for the cpu and gpu so roughly ~$30 savings for each =]

Meslas 1 point 36 months ago


How do you managed to get ~$30 savings for each? I'm trying to do the same, but the most I get is ~$30 savings for both :( using the "first time" coupon.

turtle4489 submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Hey sorry for the late reply, I received $30 for both because I used two accounts so two coupons. I used my girlfriends address for the second account since I think Jet.com doesn't like you making multiple accounts.

red2481 1 point 36 months ago

Meslas, he used the the coupon separately. One on mobile and one on pc

sweetfeetpete 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

How's the base clock oc working? Everything stays stable?

Unhandybirch656 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

why not H7?

m.u2022 1 point 21 months ago

do you want games but you don't have money