Description

This is my modest attempt at a desktop build after ten years of using and dealing with laptops. I realized after leaving a job that that would require me to travel a lot of the time. Now the amount of travel I was going to do was now none. The planted me now wanted a system that would do more than skype. I did have to do some minor modifications to the case as I did not get the windowed case or a case that automatically supports an all in one cooler. I cut the side panel for a window and at one point had a good piece of acrylic attached to the side panel. The quality of the side panel did improve greatly as the NZXT source 210 case side panels do fell cheap and floppy. As for the top of the case where I wanted to mount my AIO I drilled the thin metal and mounted the radiator to the top of the case. The top of the case is vented for use with fans so there is no restriction on the air flow. All in all, it has taken a year on my meager budget to get all of the parts and I will be adding to the system or swapping out parts as I can. As for benchmarks the full system plays most games at 60 FPS. Keep in mind this system has be rebuilt a few times since buying the first set of parts.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a great budget gaming build. Also, having APU+GPU is not a bad choice, because if you want to sell your GPU to get Pascall GPU (e.g.), you still have the APU iGPU to play some games decently!

I've seen so many people on another webpages forums complaining about their lack of GPU because of having 2011-3 / FX CPUs and they had sold the GPU and they've got nothing to play with. (I'm not saying those CPUs are bad)

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I will be upgrading the GPU soon and that is one of the scenarios I have looked at.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

If you get a GPU much better than this, I think you may start to see CPU bottlenecking in some CPU-intensive games. For current games though, this setup should pull through just fine.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The next configueration of this system will most likely be an AMD 7890k apu and a GTX 970 for anything more I will need to start a much higher level build. I do not know if I want to start moving to the FX line from AMD. The performance per core is just not what is is on the Intel side.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Upgrading to a 7890K definitely wouldn't be worth it. The difference is pretty minute. If you want to stick with AMD, wait for AM4/AM4+ with Zen. If going Intel, get a cheap ATX Z170 and i5-6600K. A GTX 970 might be worth it, but I think there are probably at least two better options. When Pascal/Polaris releases, get whatever is new then after prices drop. Or when Pascal/Polaris releases, GTX 9xx cards will be dirt cheap and you can SLI a second GTX 960. I expect SLIing will be more economical because if you go to sell your current card then, it won't be worth much. When you get a upgrade your GPU , you'll pretty much have to get AM3+ with a FX-8/9xxx series CPU, go Intel, or wait for Zen if you want to avoid bottlenecking. Unless you go with current AMD offerings you'll probably be looking at DDR4 and a new motherboard. Even then FM2+ is at the end of its tether. At that point you're losing a lot in part resale. Since you are stuck on FM2/FM2+, you'll probably have to swallow it. So to summarize, I'd stick with what you have for a while and let things unfold before you make any changes to your setup. At the very least current-generation GPUs will get cheaper.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh, I think most of the roumors are mostly hype about the new toys coming out. I definitely think that their may be some improvements but not what people are expecting. I am totally against running SLI or crossfire for gaming as it is more work than fun in gaming. Thanks for the input, I have been bouncing around a few different build ideas for the next upgrade or Full on new build and the i5 does look good for gaming. I will just have to see what is available when the new budget hits.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Having an integrated GPU and a discrete GPU has other advantages as well for things like gaming inside of a virtual machine.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

damn i love your neat cable management

any reason for using multiple SSD and HDD?

were they from an old PC?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a large Steam Library and I don't like having to remove and install games frequently depending on what I want to play for the night.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

if you bought the drives new

would it been ideal to get one large 3TB drive and a 256GB SSD?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Possibly but at the time I was gathering parts this is how it worked out.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you cut the side panel?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Jig saw

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice modding, and some very, very clean cable management.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the color coordinated ram! Cool build and very efficient. What games do you play? What FPS on what settings are you getting? Last but not least why is your GPU temp so low under load? What load are you throwing at it?

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you, I get at or around 60fps for Insugancy, Tomb Raider, Skyrim, Squad, Warframe, Metro 2033 Redux, Call of duty Advanced Warfare, Dying light and many others games on Medium to high settings. My system has lower frames on Arma and Rust. GPU temp under load is not that low I must have derpt adding the numbers in hope I can fix it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the response!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 on the creativity with that case. I have the elite version and I'm trying to think of a way to do watercooling in it. I think it will be impossible without at least drilling some holes.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, sad that nzxt puts holes in the case and no room for a custom loop or AIO, In the case of the elite version they even give you gromits but still no room.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I suppose you can put a 120mm radiator at the bottom, but that's the only spot I can think of you could fit a radiator without the need for modding it, with the exception, maybe, of the 120 on the back. I've seen people fitting a 240mm rad on the front, but it was needed to remove the 3.5" bay and drill a hole in the 5.25" one. I don't think there's a way to put any radiator at the top however, at least not internally.

The thing that bugs me the most is that most of the fan grills are not flat but extend a bit to the outside of the case, making mounting anything externally basically impossible.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking into getting the NZXT 440 case next and moding it to fit my needs.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management on point!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, it has been redone about half a dozen times.