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Budget, first time building - i3-6100/gtx 970

by Vanlck



Date Published

Oct. 29, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 14, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Hello friends!

I've been wanting my personal table pc now for a long time. Until now i've been using only laptops and my gaming experience has never been superior due to limitations. Eventually at the start of this year I stumbled upon r/buildapc/ and started to do some homework on the parts.

In august a friend of mine said that he is switching from gtx 970 to gtx 1080 and it was like a start for me. We agreed upon 150€ for the Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB. At first I wasn't sure about a Zotac gpu but then again I compared the prices and figured that it will be probably my best shot upon grabbing a decent gpu for the price. So I started to work around the gpu.

Probably the hardest moment of choice for me was the motherboard as I was planning on upgrading some parts in the coming year or two and the 4 ram slots was really tempting. I have never used double gpu's so after some consideration i decided to go for a more modest MSI H110M Gaming.

Since I did not aim for best graphic settings and I am not doing any hard rendering I figured that it is better to save the extra 100€ right now and maybe swap it to an i5 during next year. I purchased my parts in Estonia so basically You may say that the prices here showed in $ are the same numbers in Estonia but only in €.

Over all I am very pleased with what I came up, After purchasing GTA 5 I set the settings as is showed here, while doing benchmark test i did recieve ~45-60fps, after some consideration I tuned the settings just slightly down with GeForce Experience and now i receive a solid 60fps. So if anyone is doubting about i3-6100 performance i can guarantee that it is probably the best cpu for it's price.

For everyone else that is nervous about first time building it - don't be, it was much easier that I thought it would be.

Part Reviews


Easy to handle, best price/performance cpu out there in my opinion.


Over all a decent MoBo. Although I had a problem with it and that's why 4 stars. The problem: After assembling the pc and installing the windows 10 I plug in the network cable and receive no signal. Okay no problem - I install a bunch of drivers that are uploaded to official MSI page and still no signal. I start to worry whether or not I have dmaged something because google doesn't really help. Only that there are abcent drivers for lan connectivity but no solution. Eventually(i do not know how i came up with that) i switch the network cable. Plug the router side into pc and pc side into router and whooila after a minute i receive a blinking yellow signal and a 10Mbps connection(my connection is actually 100Mbps) so I proceed the investigation. Eventually I manually switched the Ethernet Connection I219-V link Speed info 100 Mbps full duplex speed and it is working well. Don't know if it was a correct solution but it works.


Yes, my MoBo supports only 2133Mhz in my defence I can say that particularly this ram was cheaper at the time i bought it than the 2133Mh. Over all I like it.


Windows 10 boot time ~17s, have nothing to complain about. Switching from an HDD I feel massive increase although others may find it is slow :/

Video Card

As I got it for a 150€ I am very pleased.


At first I was after the black/blue version but as I was putting my order together it was sold out(bummer) so i decided with the white version. Over all a decent case for it's price.

Power Supply

Believe it or not but the biggest increase in price here in Estonia is on the PSU's. I am not sure whether it is good or not but I tried not to bust the budget and still tried to find something more reliable and it was the most reasonable choice I could find. And it is white (:


Maybe I could have gotten something more cheaper but then again this Item will most likely serve me the longest so I decided to go with it. As for now very pleased.

Comments Sorted by:

Axeyy 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Nice build, recently did one just the same as a 2nd PC. Play anything out there with decent fps.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Good job. If you want a little cleaner cable look you could reroute that 4/8 pin connector harness behind your motherboard. It should fit nicely as it's the flat style cable.

Thumbs up.

Vanlck submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Thank for the suggestion . I'll add a front panel fan this month and then look into the cable management aswell.

iTmatty 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Have you had anymore problems with the mobo? it's $40 right now AR.. and am thinking about getting it for a kaby lake upgrade later

Vanlck submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Hey, no problems besides the one at the start. I am definetely happy with it.

flash123 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

just love your build man building one like it soon myself +1

Vanlck submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank You for the feedback, front fan should arrive soon and then I'll get my hands on the cables again so it would be even better)

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Minus the video card and monitor, I almost built that exact rig. You got a really good deal on that video card too.

Vanlck submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Yea, the price for the card is indeed good and it works perfectly :)

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