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1080p medium to high gaming rig for a buddy

by bohemond1980



Date Published

March 6, 2017

Date Built

March 5, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

926 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

48.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C


My buddy has been without a new gaming pc since about 2009, so I figured I'd help him out. The RVZ01B is a PITA to build in, I will say that. RX 470 is a decent GPU and the i3 6100 is all you really need for gaming on a budget. Stuck with Sandisk and WD for storage since they haven't failed me yet. Went with the Asus RX 470 STRIX since I've had pretty amazing customer support from them in the past. Does pretty well in games @1080p, pretty much what I expected.

Part Reviews


Great CPU for a budget gaming rig. Bit expensive though when you think about it.


Works, plus has built in Wifi.


Great cheap SSD with decent speed and great reliability (this is like my 10th Sandisk SSD in the last few years).


Very solid and reliable HDD. I have several of these, unlike my Seagate drives (5 have died out of 7) WD has never failed me (5/5 still running).

Video Card

Looks great and performs acceptably @1080p medium to high settings.


Really a pain to build in, was too pressed for time to deal with the mess of wires this time.

Power Supply

It provides power, being fixed it kinda sux a bit though.

Operating System

Not a fan, but not much choice nowadays.

Comments Sorted by:

rhali8 2 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

medium to high

Uhh, you've got an RX 470... That's a 1080P ultra 60FPS capable card for the majority of games :)


bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Not what I consider ultra for more serious games, I don't consider things like Overwatch or Bioshock Infinite to be even a consideration when I'm building a pc, I look more towards games I play for the GPU, notice how it's not quite able to pull off 60FPS on ultra in The Division @1080p; just ran GTA V and TW: Warhammer and likewise not able to pull that 60FPS on what I would consider ultra (note, not maxed) settings.

maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

That card is completely capable of 1080P 60fps on GTA V and the rest of the games you listed. Unfortunately, you chose a dual-core CPU, even with its hyperthreading ability, you can't quite get there because its stuck at 3.7ghz. Had you gone with a G4560, you would've been able to overclock past 4.0ghz, which probably would've gotten you over the hump with the settings.

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Nah, not on ultra settings, like I said. I've got quite a slew of systems i3/5/7 with anything from a GTX 1060 3GB to 980Ti SLI going through the benchmarks. GTA V requires quite a few settings turned down to hit 60FPS. With just Normal Shadows/Reflection MSAA 2x, shadows softest, Advanced Graphics off, and everything else maxed (i.e. MSAA 8x, ultra/very high on everything depending on what is the highest setting), no card will break 60FPS until my laptop GTX 1070, and then only by a few FPS. My 4.2Ghz 3930K/STRIX 1060 6GB clocked in at 49 FPS, my 6600K@stock/STRIX 390X were at 47FPS, the i3 6100@3.7Ghz with a GTX 1060 3GB hits 46 FPS, a solid 12 FPS ahead of this RX 470. A dual core HT pentium @4.0 ghz isn't going to magically bring performance to 60FPS. The only thing that does is....ding ding, compromising on settings; what I would consider to be more medium settings for GTA 5 in particular; drop down to MSAA 2x. Same story for the rest of the games, 300 Mhz is laughable in terms of any magical performance increase. And if we're talking about COMPLETELY (to include frame scaling) maxed out GTA V; well then pretty much no single card out now that will pull that off @1080p/60FPS. Even my 5930K@4.5Ghz and STRIX 980Ti SLI @1480Mhz/1880Mhz boost/memory can barely crack 60 FPS @1080p at those settings.

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nathanbruce11 2 points 23 months ago

I would've swapped the i3 for a pentium G4560, there is very little difference in performance but costs much less.

fortking 3 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

I disagree.. video rendering and streaming

jaden99 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I agree with fortking, also the higher clock speed of the i3 is better for gaming

oapman 1 point 14 months ago

Yes, but the g4560 can be overclocked to 5.0ghz easily. However, this would require a cpu cooler.

maggotshero 10 Builds 0 points 23 months ago

You obviously haven't looked at the benchmarks then. the two chips are nearly identical with gaming performance. Clock speeds are also completely irrelevant here, as the G4560 can overclock... A lot.


There's a good page with some gaming benchmarks, also includes some encoding benchmarks. They're nearly identical. Not to mention the i3 is only 200mhz higher stock clock with no overclockability. So... Yeah, the G4560 would've been a much better value, its really no contest. Which is what everyone has been saying for months now.

fortking 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

But to overclock dont you need a zed mobo?.. (noob to chipsets, all i know is that the zed chipsets are for official oc)

maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

this board can't OC, which kind of sucks, but even then, the stock speed is only 200mhz lower, and the G4560 is nearly half the price for almost identical performance. I don't know how people still buy the 6100.

Sartajaujla 1 point 23 months ago

only drawback is in h.265 codec due to lack of avx technology

maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Which even then doesn't matter, because the people buying these processors aren't going to be a whole lot of movie encoding and heavy editing anyway.

jaden99 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

only the anniversary edition can oc

KevinMoondust 11 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Well, SanDisk and WD are the same now lol

Jocular comments aside, I feel your pain... Building in ITX can be frustrating.

As for the RX470, the 4GB variant is by far the best price/performance ratio. Good choice there. +1

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

lol, didn't even realize that; but last year I had to ship off 4 Seagate drives from several of my PCs to get replaced. At that point I had 2x1TB WD Velociraptors that have been ticking along in the same rig where 2 of those seagate drives died. I'm looking to get a 5 or 6TB WD 7200 RPM HDD later this year to replace my current 3TB Seagate 7200 RPM HDD; as you'll forgive my lack of faith.

KevinMoondust 11 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Well, I do hate Seagate, only thing I have from them is a portable drive, and it's 2TB, which is consistent and mildly reliable. Heard that 3 and 6TB Seagate drives have terrible MTBF periods compared to the competition. Myself I always go for WD, or SanDisk, or HGST. Warranty is what keeps me relieved. That and I've yet to see a WD drive fail on me; even a WD 40GB IDE I have laying around is still going strong.

mlggeekmaster242 2 points 23 months ago

Can I be

a buddy

plz baws +1

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

i3 build! Nice!

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 23 months ago


fortking 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Why did you choose a 2x4 set instrad of a 1x8?

Anyway +1 for .. why not?

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I never bother with 8GB alone anymore, especially with multi-tasking things.

fortking 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Whats multi tasking half to do withh dimms?

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

lol, my bad I put the wrong part there; it's 2x8GB of RAM not 2x4.

maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Dual-channel memory, it gives a little bit more bite to the operation of the system, its not noticeable really, it just helps the response of the machine with applications.

Z3R0-1NT3LL1G3NTS 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

470 + i3 6100 = good combo! Then kaby lake happened :(

oh well... +1!

Ridden_ 1 point 16 months ago

Great cheap SSD with decent speed and great reliability (this is like my 10th Sandisk SSD in the last few years).

Sweet mother of God for a moment i though you said 10tb Sandisk SSD.

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 2 points 16 months ago