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Our June featured build video had a target price of $1000 (US), built around a GeForce GTX 1070 video card. You can read the full breakdown on part selection by checking out the Build Guide. A big thanks to MSI for providing the MSI B150M Bazooka motherboard for this build.

Now on to some benchmarks:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike v1.1 12947 84.65 FPS 71.8 FPS 23.35 FPS 31.29 FPS
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 4011 21.89 FPS 15.13 FPS 23.57 FPS 9.94 FPS
Benchmark Score Average Minimum Maximum Settings
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 2228 88.5 FPS 9.0 FPS 183.3 FPS Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Custom Preset: Quality: Ultra, Tessellation: Extreme
Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0 3586 85.7 FPS 27.1 FPS 170.2 FPS Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Extreme HD Preset
Game Settings Resolution FPS
Overwatch Ultra 1920x1080 115 FPS
Overwatch Epic 1920x1080 95 FPS
Rocket League High Quality, FOV: 110 1920x1080 248 FPS
Star Wars Battlefront High 1920x1080 155 FPS
Star Wars Battlefront Ultra 1920x1080 125 FPS

If you have any questions about the build let me know!

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice! That clean mini ITX build with the shiny PCPP logo behind it makes me tingle inside. :P

An excellent part list with solid all round performance. Frame rates don't lie! ;)

+1

Inb4 Everyone :D
  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

It's micro Atx

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Just one thing why don't you have a fan in the back of the the case to push out hot air?

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

We could have added one but the 200mm in the front pushed enough air to keep the temps cool enough.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering, are you going to feature this? It has amazing photos and a short yet very concise description. On top of that, the part list has an excellent price/performance ratio so beginners could use this as a very good guide.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Nah, we generally don't feature our own builds. This spent time as a guide and a video on youtube already.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I a new pic and I want to know what the normal ratios are I am building this with my brother and he has to stick with the I5 6600k because he thinks space engineers is a CPU heavy game I disagree you?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you. My PC has the 6500 and it runs pretty well.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

no you should buy a diffrent mother board and get a i5 8600k

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you drop a link for the video?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

he has a blower style video card

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice I admit great for budgets

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

So you actually built it then? Very nice!

I've been considering using the v21 case for some builds for a while now and have a few questions about it.

  1. How is the cable management? I'm used to something around the 200R level.

  2. Motherboard standoffs. How sturdy are the threads.

  3. How good is the dust filtering.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! I imagine it'd be good for VR.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go for the Founders Edition card instead of a aftermarket card? Most aftermarket cards are not only cheaper, but have improved power delivery and (most importantly) much better coolers.

Not only that either, but you would've stayed under the $1000 budget a lot better ;)

Overall a very solid build, I can definitely approve this one! 1+

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

When we built the machine the founders edition was the only one available.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

My son & I are on last purchase for completing this build & cant find fe gtx 1700 for good price anywhere... is there a card that would do just as well?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice looking, and great price/performance.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How would this build do if i replaced the 100 with the 970 i have?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Less GPU power but otherwise fine.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. but those benchmarks, damn, they're the nicest and most neat I'VE seen on the site. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point
Woooo, great work with this build! I like how the cables were managed in this case. Great part selection as well. You have taken my one.

If you have any questions about the build let me know!

Have you tested any other games since there are some benchmarks and settings that were noted. I'm impressed with the GTX 1070's results. Maybe like Rise of the Tomb Raider or Tom Clancy's The Division for example? Thanks for sharing this build. We truly appreciate for all the hard work that has been done.
  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Barry is a wizard with cable management. We haven't played any other games on it at this time. We were thinking about using it for some Oculus content but ended up using the MSI 1080 build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Barry is a wizard

You're a wizard Harry Barry!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the z400s

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

The guide used a parametric filter to select the SSD.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Now can I buy it from you? Lol. This so nice @.@

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Great build and great benchmarks! I have two questions though. If I was to replace the 6500 with the 6600k, how much would the price increase by? This includes the mobo, CPU, and a cooler. Also, how much was the memory in this build? It doesn't seem to have listed a price. Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Swap the parts and see! It looks like the memory we used is out of stock right now. For most memory 8GB is ~25-30 dollars.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I just picked up this case to rebuild my rig in, so I'm checking everything out. Oh how I wish RAM was still this cheap.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I'm building my first pc and this build looks great! but I'm lacking money, do you have any suggestions to lower the price?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Rx 480 instead of a 1070, you could also change the 16GB of Ram to just 8GB and if you could get a cheaper power supply thats maybe not modular to lower the price.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How would this pc go running a game such as csgo or day z

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely no problems with either game.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought that the RAM is too fast for that MOBO. Am I wrong?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You can still use it, you just can't overclock the ram to that speed.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm Confused

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You can still use the ram but you can't overclock the speed to 3000. The ram itself isn't automatically at 3000 you have to overclock it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay thanks

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I'm going to build my first pc for gaming and I find very usefull your guide. Thanks for helping this noob

I have 2 questions: -if I pick a gtx 970 it would be needed to do many changes? Maybe I'll use the money to another brand ssd -Could I use this case? http://www.corsair.com/en/carbide-series-spec-03-white-led-mid-tower-gaming-case I don't like the micro

Thank you very much for the help. I admit that I am afraid for my first build

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Another thing: with a gtx 970 will I be able to play overwatch and wow in ultra? :'/

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes to both.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Any idea for alternative motherboards, the one listed isn't available where i am. Thanks for the great build :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi¡ how many fan headers does mobo has?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

can someone suggest a build for black ops 3, im new to this things

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/

Choose whatever is within your budget. You can't go wrong.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

i am thinking to get this but is it still a good idea to get now? since its a month later

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

This is still a great build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I really enjoy the Small Form Factor Cube case builds. Can't wait to get started on my own!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am about to buy the some of the parts in this pc, one question I have is, do I need to buy some kind of WIFI? or does the B150M Bazooka have on-board wifi? if I need wifi please give me some tips! Thanks!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

You would need to buy either a pci/e wifi adapter or a usb adapter for wireless.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, if my MOBO has a LAN port can i connect ethernet?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

would a Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB fit here? and would it be appropriate? im not sure if its compatible with the motherboard here and the case.. currently gonna do this build and asus gtx 1070 strix was available nearby heard its better than the founders edition.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know, it should fit. This case seems pretty spacious, as long as you aren't putting in a dual GPU card or something, haha.

You can find the measurements under the tech specs of the case on the OEM website. Then find the GPU you want, go to specs, and find the proportions and compare. I knew my 1080 was gonna be snug in mine, but it would fit. Lets just say it was a very snug fit, considering the HDD rack was within a few mm of my GPU length, haha. The strix cards are long. :P

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the mother board? will it support it?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it should be fine. Has a 3.0 PCI x16 slot and 3.0 PCIe slot, you should be fine as long as you aren't planning on SLI

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! thanks man. i heard that it would be better to buy these" aftermarket" graphic cards. so that would be my slight alteration on this build

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, it is. Better cooling, usually a better price, and more features. All cards should suffice but aftermarket cards usually have better cooling, which means your boost clock keeps boosting instead of returning to standard clock as it approaches thermal overheads. (This is not GPU throttling, this is more like nitro on a car in a sports game. Think of the boost clock as nitro, and the coolers on the card allowing it to use nitro the entire race unlike some of the cars [Stock/reference GPU] that only use nitro for a few seconds).

Some cards also have more power delivery, but the 10xx line is the same across the whole spectrum of cards; Nvidia really squeezed all the juice these cards can handle, and you can preeettty much expect 2,100mhz +/- 100mhz no matter what card you choose. Now, you WILL see a difference in sustained Boost Clock depending on the card cooler.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build for that price!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. One question. Whats the diference in performance between a Motherboard ATX anda a mini ATX? I am trying to do that build, but i'm indecided about the size of the MOBO that i'm gonna get. Thanks for the help.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no performance difference. The only differences are size and number of available slots/ports.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build man, does V21 allow for fair cable management? I know the horizontal cases have really rough cable management. Also if you're a 1080p gamer why not go 1060 or 480 and get a 6600k or 6700k?

Otherwise clean as **** man

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

i want to put a i7. what cpu cooler should i use? btw nice build

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

did a cpu cooler come with cpu, or did you already have one thanks

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

We used the included stock cooler.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Would the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card be compatible & deliver frame rates that would be close?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How would I install the operating system onto this if I have a windows 10 disc?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiya,

So I've just rebuilt my rig into this case! It's literally the easiest thing to work with ever. So much space with all the panels off. Anyway. To answer your question... do you already have a disk drive? If so just for the installation of windows, connect it up as normal. But just leave it outside the case. With which ever side panels off. Install windows via your disc and then once done just remove the disk drive.

By far the easiest way to install Win10 is via a USB flash drive. Google "windows 10 media creation tool"

Hope that helps.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm someone who grew up with console, and don't really know much else. So I'm wondering if this is a good first gaming PC? If not suggestions for good PC's would be helpful!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This case is begging for a liquid cooler. I should know, I have one :P

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

what the **** a 256gb SSD cost $180 bucks in 2016??

U can now get a x4 lane NVME 500gb for $160 or u can get a 1tb Sata M.2 for $180

Damnnnn how times have changed. Amazing to see truly.

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

Why that case though? Because it is cheap? I Think there are many more cases that are much prettier than that.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I personally love the look of that case. It is of high quality and reviews say it is very easy to work with. Spending more on a case at this price point isn't necessary if the case is already perfectly fine. However, if you prefer looks over performance, get an RX 480 instead of the 1070 and buy yourself some case fans, sleeved cables and LEDs.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That is not at all what I am saying I am just asking why that case I feel like I have seen it in practically every budget build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Cases don't have to be expensive or cheap depending on the total cost of the build. You can choose :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. I went with the v71, because it was my first build, but the look and size of the v21 is very nice. Plus, a freaking 200mm in a ITX case is always a stunner.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

We like to vary the cases we use and this one is fairly new. Building inside it was very painless. Aesthetics are a personal thing.

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

good job....that what we need in the pc build thing....this is very helpfull.....i just have a one littel suggestion....you can intal the games and benchmark things in one ssd or hddand every time you build a new pc you just add this ssd or hdd so to save time....and this is personal suggestion we can make like voting on the games that you will always do the test on it ...... but other than that....good job and i wich you all best...thanks

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

We are working a robust benchmarking setup as we speak. Keep an eye out!

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

nice work......good luck

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

We like to leave features to the users.

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