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Hello, and thank you for reading. I built this machine for light gaming, It runs well, but I want a little more out of it, which is why in the future I will replace the CPU. The build went extremely well, I started out by assembling it outside the case, testing it and then moving the power supply back into the case, making the runs and doing cable management. then I installed the components. I ran into a problem with the storage, I bought a brand new SSD, but was planning on using a used HDD that already had windows on it. Problem was, when I booted off the HDD, the version of windows was corrupted or something, no drivers and it started formatting my ssd and filling it with random documents, which quickly filled the entire SSD. That was terrifying, I tried to do a few things, tried some fixes, but nothing worked. So I put the drives in an external enclosure, wiped them both and formatted them, I then re-installed and booted off my thumb drive with an unused windows key I had. After the forced update to windows 10, I installed my drivers, and started gaming. But then I noticed my fans ramping up super loud, I put my ear to the case and found that it was the power supply fan. My computer shut down moments later. When I restarted it I saw the American megatrends logo with a warning about power supply surges, I used a software to check the power being supplied to my components and found that the power was being delivered in bursts, and were inconsistently powerful, the side of the power supple was also horribly hot. So I bought a new one, the 550w gold rated Tough Power from Thermaltake, semi modular, gold rated, with nice black cables. Its perfect. I thought my R6950 might raise some eyebrows, especially considering I bought it used. The thing is an old fat guy, sorta squatting inside my computer, it makes noise, takes a lot of power, and its performance is just meh. Its fine at the moment, but I want a little more and am planning on upgrading to an MSI R9 380 from a friend.

This build was a success, kinda. And I learned a lot, if you have questions about specific things, ask them, Ill gladly answer.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Upgrade the video card first the cpu will be fine for a few years at least

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job solving the issues you ran into. What kind of PSU did you start out with?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Your processor is just fine! Definitely spend money on a new video card, that is where the bottleneck is!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Good thing that first PSU did not fry the rest of the rig. Was it the 600W TR2 you have listed in the build?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If all you're doing is light gaming on it, the 6100 is a great CPU for the task. I would upgrade the GPU first, however. 1GB of VRAM isn't going to get you much for today's games.

Your HDD probably had an OEM version of Windows; that's why it didn't format.

Is there a reason you went with a Mini ITX build?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU is pretty capable, the GPU on the other hand is what you really need to upgrade. I run an i3 6100 in one of my build and it runs arma 3 perfectly. I've used that GPU recently as well, and it doesn't perform as well as it did fours years ago (needless to say) so you should really change that

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

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