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"FINALLY!" - My First Build (RETIRED)

by tomtomj2


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Date Published

Feb. 5, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 25, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.228 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.2 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


UPDATE 6/12/2016: This build has been majorly upgraded, click here to see the upgrade.

Hello PCPP peoples! Ive finally decided after posting my MSI Build Guide that I would share my two completed builds!

This is my first ever pc build! After gaming on a hand-me-down dell laptop with windows Vista on it, and a 5 year old Dell Inspirion All-in-one, I finally was able to build my own gaming pc!

This Build will mainly be used for web-surfing, gaming and light homework. (Who does light gaming anymore, light homework is better :P). The games I play are not really graphically demanding because of the computers I used to play on, however I recently decided to push the limit and buy a couple of games that rely on the CPU and GPU. Star Wars Battlefront, BeamNG Drive, and Cities Skylines to name a few.

Anyway, I digress, here are the reviews...

Also if you're interested in my Contest Build Guide, here it is:Link. Contest is over, congrats to the winners! :)

Thanks for checking out my first build and guide. Constructive Criticism is welcome! :)

Update: Added in Noctua NH-U9L for better cooling, will be used on the major upgrade to this build. See above.

Part Reviews


This CPU is the best budget CPU ever! At a healthy 3.7 GHz this thing butters through every game I throw at it. Would recommend for budget gaming rigs, and simple office workstations. Runs nice and cool too with the stock cooler.


This motherboard looks nice at first, but after making a quick switch to this at the last second and forgetting to read the reviews was a bad idea. Being a Z170 motherboard, I thought after reading several articles that I could pair RAM clocked higher then 2133 mhz with the Intel i3-6100. However that wasn't the case, as it wont let change the XMP profile. Also after trying to do that, it beeps twice and everything ive done to that POST code does not work. Cant wait to replace this motherboard with something from ASUS or MSI.


Although due to my motherboard being cheap and not letting me clock this RAM to its full 2800 mhz, it works fine. 8gb was enough and for $50, not a bad deal.


Fast, loads into battles on World of Tanks before anyone else has loaded in. 240 gbs was enough storage for windows and a couple of games.


Works and hasn't died yet. 1TB is all I really needed.

Video Card

After compairing the R9 380 and the GTX 960, I was set on the R9 380. However this Black Friday deal came around and I had to snatch this $30 mail-in rebate on a $200+ card. Works great and I don't regret buying it one bit!


This case is alright, its a nice design, the PCI slots are removable and can easily be screwed back on, and for its cheap price it came with a nice big window. However it only came with 1 fan in the whole case...

Also, the cable management is limiting, and the front panel was really hard to remove.

Power Supply

For $23, it was a steal! I made sure to go with EVGA as alot of people have said they've had no problems and this PSU hasn't died yet in my case. I just picked up another one for my friends budget build!

Optical Drive

Does what it should do, however it sounds like it's ready to be cleared for departure from the airport when reading and writing to discs.

Operating System

I like it, has the functionality of Windows 7 with the look of Windows 8. No problems with the NSA or Microsoft spying on me. :P


Nice size, no bleeding or tearing. Great deal at microcenter for $99


Works fine, little loud on the keys as its built to try and mimic a mechanical keyboard. Mouse works fine also.

Comments Sorted by:

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Good job +1

tomtomj2 submitter 9 Builds 0 points 39 months ago

Thanks! :)

Ropota 1 point 39 months ago

man i was really looking at that i3 6100 and it preforms AMAZINGLY well compared to a i5 4590 with a 970. super nice part selection!

tomtomj2 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

It does, I do plan on replacing it with an i5 though because it will struggle to run more then a couple of things at a time, and some games in the future might require more then 2 cores. But I like it and I will keep it for future use!

49ers 1 point 39 months ago

It looks like a nice gaming setup for the price range.

tomtomj2 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I could've shoved in an i5-6400/6500 for an extra $50 to $100 if I wasn't already $400 over budget :P

m52nickerson 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago


tomtomj2 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks :)

gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Nice build! I like the photo of the door handle hanger haha (I just got one of those from Gigabyte also). Temps are so good with that stock cooler. +1

tomtomj2 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks :)

ASaltyPotato 1 point 35 months ago

Nice OA key chain, Also +respect for the 2gb video card I like the classic love of it.

tomtomj2 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks :)

TBH, I probably should have purchased the R9 380 4GB over the 2GB 960 as some of my games require more VRAM.

Stay tuned for the upgrade, hopefully I can get the i7-6800k :D

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Good job! i3 builds are cool to see.

tomtomj2 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 months ago


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