Description

The primary things I was looking for in my build in order of importance were:

  1. Energy efficiency - I live in the desert where is it is hot year around and energy bills already high in the summer. I wanted a cool and quiet machine that would not make my room any hotter.
  2. Budget - I wanted the machine to have similar costs to a console.
  3. Performance - I wanted a machine that could handle high/ultra on slightly older current gen games and high/medium on the newest releases. I also wanted the PC to be my primary workstation that will handle video processing and office work with ease.

How the build turned out:

Energy: this build is amazing. PCPartPicker rated the full build at 48W-218W and it is accurate if a bit high. While idle or browsing the web, it uses around 40-50 watts and only 120 watts during load. The case does not even get hot with just the Intel stock cooler as the only cooling solution. The loudest fan that can be heard is the power supply fan. The 1080p LED monitor only adds 18 watts.

Budget: I went over my goal of ~$400 at $500 (+$50 for monitor). The prices shown are the exact price that I paid. I bought used parts (the monitor) and had other parts that are just lying around (memory ~$30 value on ebay, keyboard). Newegg premier trial was used to save few bucks on shipping. I also got a Windows key license from school. While the i5 4690S while amazingly cool and fast (6-7 watts idle, <20 watts under load), is a bit overboard for this build. An i3 quad core or even a G3258 can probably save you some money at the cost of a little bit of fps on games.

PassMark Benchmarks System: 3757 CPU: 7621 2D Graphics: 999 3D Graphics: 4080 Memory: 2001 (HDD: 1095) SSD: 1974

Windows Experience Index Processor: 7.6 RAM: 7.7 Graphics: 7.7 Gaming Graphics 7.7 (HDD: 5.9) SSD 7.9

Performance: I have been able to run all the games I want on ultra so far. (Battlefield games, Bioshock games, SimCity, League, Dragon Age, StarCraft) As you can probably guess from the benchmarks, whenever there is a bottleneck in speed, it is always the HDD. As I wanted to use this as a workstation, I opted for more space instead of an SSD, which will improve overall performance.

Build Notes: The case/power supply combo (currently $30 at newegg) is an amazing deal BUT beware that the power supply has only 2 SATA connectors (enough for the DVD and HDD in this build) and no PCI-E connectors (I used a Molex->PCI-E converter for the graphics card). It is a perfect choice for my super low energy build but I would not recommend it if you go something like for a 8core AMD and a Radeon graphics card.

UPDATE Jan 2015: Swapped out the Logisys power supply for a Rosewill that was on sale and added an SSD, adding $80 to the build. The Logisys power supply worked fine for the 2 months I had it (some of the commenters made it sound like it was gonna blow up any time..)

Significant improvement to benchmarks in the disk department as expected. Current playing Dragon Age Inquisition on high :)

http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=34550120538

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 6 points

That mouse though

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL IKR.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Haha i do have a older black mouse that matches but I thought I'd show off the new white one. >.>

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ummm that sounds a little racist

  • 63 months ago
  • 6 points

Good, build. I always enjoy a power efficient build. The gtx 750 ti is an amazing card for the price/power requirements.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! That's why I chose it!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

What's your problem?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel like you could have gotten a weaker processor like the 6300 instead, or maybe an APU. That would have let you get a better graphics card, but I'll admit that it probably wouldn't be as power-efficient as you would want it to be. Nice build, though.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I would've probably stuck with the 750 ti as the card because its amazing efficiency but I could have saved some money by going lesser cpu. Not a 6300 though, that thing loves juice.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty much planning the same cpu+gpu combo, how did you measure that wattage draw? I ask since I was going to use a 180W external brick, and if that's the draw under load then that's brilliant!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there. Didn't think anyone was looking at my build anymore after the initial couple of days :P

Anyways I used this - simple killawatt meter.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00009MDBU/codihorr-20

With more detail, I use Core Temp and GPU Temp for specific power draws. The CPU pretty much never reaches its 65W TDP (only gets close during heavy video processing) but the GPU will hit its 60W TDP during normal gaming.

I'm not sure if I'd use a 180W one though, that's quite a bit on the low side. The GPU needs ~18A@12V regardless of total psu output.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

ah you'd be surprised, I know alot of builds are looked but uncommented on; it's nice to have an archive of past projects to look at!

I finished building and setting up my pc last night, I ended up going for an i5 4690T to be on the safe side(turbos upto 3.5Ghz, not too bad really for 35W) and 750ti, power is no problem for the 160Wpsu and 192W brick.

Will definitely grab the killawatt (if I can find one that isn't MORE THAN DOUBLE THE US PRICE!!!) at some point and post the whole build with power usage.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Your PSU will probably die soon. Replace as soon as you can; I'd hate to see this cool little gamer suffer any untoward damages.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Nice to see a power efficient build, I've had the same purpose for my first build.
  • I'd like to see a few internal pictures of the build if possible.
  • Like Eschaton mentioned, I would strongly recommend replacing that PSU, (that came with the case) as Logisys aren't reputable for their PSUs. I would get something at least 80+ Certified just for better savings on electricity.
  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

add me on league @dovacody