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Low budget build - i3-6300 | 8GB DDR4-2400 | ASRock Z170 Pro4

by BattlewornGold

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Date Published

Oct. 13, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 11, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.59GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

Description

This is my relatively low budget build, just under $700, it's one of the most the most cost-effective builds I've ever made. CPU-Z Validator link

CPU - Intel Core i3-6300 - Skylake, 2 Cores, 4 Threads @ 3802MHz

I love this CPU, unless I'm playing a game that puts the graphics chip to work, the CPU, even during a stress test, never exceeded 60 degrees. I got this CPU, along with an ASRock Z170 Pro4 on Craigslist, gently used, for $100 (including the price of the motherboard) so I got an amazing deal on this.

Motherboard - ASRock Z170 Pro4 - Z170 Chipset, LGA1151 Socket, Full ATX motherboard

Works pretty well, I like the look of the UEFI but the options are pretty standard, not really much any other Z170 Motherboard can't do.

Video Card - ASUS DUAL GTX 1060 3GB

Some people say that the 3GB version of the 1060 isn't a good buy because the 6GB version has double the VRAM for around $60 more, but honestly, I'm glad I got this card, it's 2 fans never go over half speed under full load and its temps stay under 65 degrees. The only thing I don't like is that I have trouble overclocking it without weird artifacting in games, even slight overclocks will cause glitchy effects. Kind of disappointing, but then again, the fan is SUPER QUIET because, as I said, the fans never spin over half speed. So yeah, very satisfied with this quiet beast.

Memory - Micron Ballistix Sport LT - 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4-2400

Pretty fast RAM, as expected from a 2400MHz clock. I don't really play memory-heavy games or run multiple tasks at once, so I only need 8GB. Though I may get a second kit for a total of 16GB later.

Case - Deepcool Tesseract WH - Mid Tower, 3 5" drive slots, 4 3.5" drive slots, 3 2.5" drive slots

I'm fairly happy with this case, and it looks nice too. There is one included case fan on the rear of the case, I have added one to the front of it as well. There is an abundance of drive slots and places to put more case fans, if need be. I don't use all or even a third of the drive slots, but there are some people who do need 10 slots for drives, just depends, I guess.

Unlike the Black/Blue or Black/Red versions of this case. The White/Black version I have does not have a window (which is good, because when you have a case this cheap, you have to assume the power supply isn't modular, therefore there could be wires everywhere), the fans don't have LEDs, and the case only includes one fan rather than two, but I don't know, I feel like this case is good enough for me. If I ever need to I can get more case fans, its not like they're expensive.

Power Supply - Rosewill ARC 450W

Great power supply, no problems so far. Has all the power connectors I need with some more left over.

Monitor - HP 22cwa - 21.5" 1080p 60Hz IPS display

I've been using this monitor for over a year now, and I'm super happy with it. I'm a little sad that my friend broke the base of it (he wasn't carrying it correctly and dropped it... luckily the screen is okay) and I have to set it on books, because the shape of the base was amazing, I could route my keyboard and mouse wires through the space in the middle, which I thought was pretty neat, saved some space and looked nice. Oh well.

As far as the Display goes, I love it, its got all the standard options that any other monitor has, and it's very cheap, even for a 1080p monitor

Keyboard - Corsair K55 RGB - Membrane domes, 3-zone RGB lighting, 6 macro keys

I'm gonna be honest, I didn't expect too much out of this keyboard, but I really do like it. It requires no software to use (which is upsetting, in a way, more on that later) and has 3-zone RGB lighting, as well as 6 macto keys on the far left side. I like the customization for the backlighting, as little as it is, and I like having macro keys. My only real complaint is that there isn't any software, and the macro keys don't exactly have reminders on them of what you assigned each key to do, and the timing between each keypress is only a few miliseconds, it isn't customizable, sadly. But, hey, what do you expect from a $50 keyboard?

Mouse - Logitech G602

I LOVE this mouse, it's extremely comfortable to grip, has long buttons for my long fingers, and a ton of customizable side buttons, I'm very happy that I got this mouse for half price.

Speakers - Logitech Z130 2 channel

2 channel speakers, but it sure feels like 2.1. I love these speakers, the sound quality is really really good, even in the bass. Quite possibly the best $20 speakers you can get.

Part Reviews

CPU

I love this CPU, unless I'm playing a game that puts the graphics chip to work, the CPU, even during a stress test, never exceeded 60 degrees.

Motherboard

Works pretty well, I like the look of the UEFI but the options are pretty standard, not really much any other Z170 Motherboard can't do, but its great for the price. It was easy to install everything on it.

Memory

Pretty fast RAM, as expected from a 2400MHz clock. I don't really play memory-heavy games or run multiple tasks at once, so I only need 8GB.

Case

I'm fairly happy with this case, and it looks nice too. I don't have a Graphics card (yet) so the one included case fan on the rear of the case is pretty much all I need. There is an abundance of drive slots and places to put more case fans, if need be. I myself don't use all or even a third of the drive slots (1 of each size), but there are some people who do need 10 slots for drives, just depends, I guess.

Power Supply

Great power supply, no problems so far. Has all the power connectors I need with some more left over.

Monitor

I love it, its got all the standard options that any other monitor has, and it's very cheap, even for a 1080p monitor

Keyboard

I'm gonna be honest, I didn't expect too much out of this keyboard, but I really do like it. It requires no software to use (which is upsetting, in a way, more on that later) and has 3-zone RGB lighting, as well as 6 macto keys on the far left side. I like the customization for the backlighting, as little as it is, and I like having macro keys. My only real complaint is that there isn't any software, and the macro keys don't exactly have reminders on them of what you assigned each key to do, and the timing between each keypress is only a few miliseconds, it isn't customizable, sadly. But, hey, what do you expect from a $50 keyboard?

Speakers

2 channel speakers, but it sure feels like 2.1. I love these speakers, the sound quality is really really good, even in the bass. Quite possibly the best $20 speakers you can get.

Comments Sorted by:

AlcoholicGlazier 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Ayyyy man, while it isn't necessary to use you can download Corsair Utility Engine from corsair's website and adjust the LEDs and stuff, so your not stuck with a rainbow (which still looks cool lmao). I loooovvvveeee mine

Jessiahsmallwood 5 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Nice