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by bobclark86



Date Published

July 15, 2016

Date Built

July 14, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.22 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

2 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C


This was a build to replace an old Thinkpad T420 with a Sandy Bridge and no discrete graphics for video production, photo production... and to play Fallout 4, lol. I also needed to be able to cart it in my car to the office, but needed at least two accessible PCI-E slots for a video card and Wi-Fi card, so that meant mATX.

For the most part, price-to-performance was key. The RX 480 -- as there was no GTX 1060 when I bought these parts, and there still isn't now weeks later -- is the price-to-performance king. About equal with a GTX 970 for a GTX 960's price. I needed a video card now, and that meant the RX 480. No problems on this motherboard, as it's not a piece of crap.

I could have gone with a cheaper board, but I went with a Z170 board to future-proof the board -- I can toss an i7-K into it in the future for more power, as well as even more RAM and a faster video card to keep this rig going for years.Add in M.2 support and USB 3.1, I don't see anything in the immediate future that will make this incapable of working for what I need.

I originally built this rig in May in an old eMachines case, but wanted something nicer that had 120mm fan support, so I grabbed an N200 -- I considered a Thermaltake Core V21, but they were out of stock when I went shopping. This case, while probably not as nice from a cable management perspective and from a "ooh, look at the goodies" perspective, lets me keep an optical drive, a smaller footprint on the desk and a cheaper price.

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biggles5107 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I like it. Definitely not flashy but it'll get the job done.

526christian 1 point 33 months ago


I personally would've gotten a better PSU, but great otherwise.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 33 months ago
So sext, dude... That reference card.... :3


Jake762by39 6 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

ASrock does the strangest things with their boards. They give it the nomenclature "EXTREME" and yet no on-board WiFi, a mediocre rear I/O layout, and only 5-phase power delivery. At least the price of the board is very competitive in terms of what you get.

Anyway, nice build.

Elios123 1 point 33 months ago

This is like the build I was searching for.Great job including OS and optical drive.+1

bobclark86 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

A few updates: 1) It now has a Cooler Master 212 Evo in it. 2) The DVD is now a Blu-Ray player 3) The computer now has a Rosewill USB 3 card reader, plus a USB 3 PCI-E card with internal ports. 4) The PSU is now a 550W Gold-rated Seasonic semi-modular. 5) The storage drive is now a 2 TB Seagate Barracuda.

All of these parts were bought on uber-sale and all of the displaced parts went into a HTPC build I just wrapped up a little while ago. This rig is DONE until I drop an i7 in it for video editing next year some time.

AdvilOfficial 0 points 33 months ago

$50 optical drive?

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

$21 via OutletPC at the time of this comment. not sure where you got $50 tho...

bobclark86 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Actually, that was just the closest thing I could find to what I had... A Samsung DVD burner I had lying around. Don't worry, I'm crazy, but I'm not psychotic :)

AdvilOfficial 1 point 33 months ago

Aha okay good, I was worried. Also to the guy that said that it's $21, prices and outlets are Canadian for me. I guess both of us forgot that people live in other countries.