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i3 6100 + RX 470 = Blazing Fast Budget Build

by jdhovie

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47 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 10, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.38GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.6GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

About 4 years ago, I discovered that you could build your own gaming PC. Ever since then, that's all I've wanted to do. As soon as I turned 14, I began looking for jobs so I could earn some money for a PC. Unfortunately, 7.25 an hour builds up REALLLLLY slowly, especially when you can only work like 6 hours a week. I spent basically all my free time this summer researching parts, watching benchmarks, and learning tons about how PCs worked, which parts worked together, which were overpriced, what performs best, etc. etc...

Finally though, after just over a year of working, I finally gained enough money to be comfortable with buying myself this beast. So I set a budget of about $550 dollars, and went searching. This computer was going to be replacing my 2012 HP pavillion g6, which included an AMD A6-4400m, integrated Radeon graphics, 4 gigs of ram, and quite possible the slowest hard drive I have ever seen.

Processor: So why did I choose the i3-6100? Well, I originally was going to go with a cheaper AMD processor, the FX-6300. The specs looked way better (to an uneducated one like I was) and I always thought Intel was famous for being overpriced and ****. Boy was I wrong. This thing is an absolute monster. Where my old AMD chip would be overwhelmed with just a few tabs open in Chrome, this thing can multitask to the extreme. I can play a game while running way too much crap in the background in the background, and the CPU usage usually sits at around 35-55% at the highest. Wow.

Motherboard: I wanted to go as cheap as I could when it came to this part. This just happened to be the cheapest mobo with an LGA 1151 socket. Installing Windows was a pain in the arse, and I felt like I was going to break the thing when I had to JAM the ram into the slot. What are the positives tho? Well so far it's worked flawlessly, it stays pretty cool, has a nice BIOS, and was DIRT CHEAP. I got this from an Amazon warehouse deal for $10 cheaper than it usually is, which with my budget was quite a lot of money to save.

RAM: RAM is RAM. It does the job and performs pretty well. I actually got the DDR4-2400 version because it was cheaper, even though the extra speed is unusable with my motherboard. Oh yeah, and it looks pretty damn nice too.

SSD: This thing is flippin' FAST. This thing installed windows in under 15 minutes... just wow. My computer basically boots instantly and it's an extremely welcome change compared to my old laptop's hard drive.

HDD: I didn't expect this thing to be anything special. I mean, its just a slow old mechanical hard drive. Right? RIGHT?! Wrong! I don't think I'll ever go with anything other than WD for hard drives in the future... wow.

Graphics Card: This baby is by far my favorite part of this build. I went with the Gigabyte variant because I had heard it's very quiet (which it definitely is), overclocks well (150 MHZ Overclock baby :D), and of course, it was the cheapest RX 470 I could find when I was shopping for parts (Big S/O to /r/buildapcsales). It also has pretty RGB lighting, and oh yeah, did I mention that it KICKS SOME *** at Gaming?!

Case: The case took me longer than any other part to pick out, besides possible the GPU, because a MicroATX case that looks good and is budget friendly seems REALLY hard to come across these days. Then I discovered the Corsair Carbide 88R. This case is probably the nicest case I've ever seen at $50. It looks gorgeous and simple(no over-the-top gamer look), has nice front I/O with a USB3 header, a side panel window, and TONS of room for cable management. This case made my lack of a modular PSU barely matter, which was huge. It also keeps my precious components cool and protected.

Power Supply: Is this the best PSU around? No. Does it have a lot of wattage? No. Is it the most effecient? No. Is it cheap and super reliable? Hell yeah it is. The cables are bulky and kind of ugly but they work. Luckily the 88R does a good job keeping most of the cables hidden away.

So that's all I've got to say. Building this machine definitely took awhile and had some bumps along the way, but it was definitely worth it in the end. I'm super happy with the price-performance I got from this, considering my original idea (which I almost ended up purchasing) was an FX-6300 with a GTX 960 for almost the exact same price. Ouch.

Part Reviews

Memory

RAM is RAM. It does the job and performs pretty well. I actually got the DDR4-2400 version because it was cheaper, even though the extra speed is unusable with my motherboard. Oh yeah, and it looks pretty damn nice too.

Storage

This thing is flippin' FAST. This thing installed windows in under 15 minutes... just wow. My computer basically boots instantly and it's an extremely welcome change compared to my old laptop's hard drive.

Storage

I didn't expect this thing to be anything special. I mean, its just a slow old mechanical hard drive. Right? RIGHT?! Wrong! I don't think I'll ever go with anything other than WD for hard drives in the future.

Power Supply

Is this the best PSU around? No. Does it have a lot of wattage? No. Is it the most effecient? No. Is it cheap and super reliable? Hell yeah it is. The cables are bulky and kind of ugly but they work.

Comments Sorted by:

Jamakinz 6 points 7 months ago

I like your Monstercat Bo2K15 background ;) fellow Monstercat fan here!

kudos2u 1 point 4 months ago

monstercat represent!

anord419 1 point 2 months ago

REPRESENT! just finished listening live to Podcast 141.

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joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

heh, Iv'e done a couple of builds and whenever I cheap out on the motherboard I always get stuck with one that makes installing windows a nightmare. What was the deal for you?

Whats that heat sink like on the gpu like and how is the software? I'm thinking about buying a 470 and I'm just trying to narrow down my options

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I tried installing Windows 7 with a USB because I didn't have an optical drive. I ended up spending over an hour in the BIOS and looking online, and finally I found a fix on Gigabyte's website.

As for the GPU heatsink, the thing is super quiet and super cool. The highest I ever saw it (after a few hours of the Battlefield 1 Beta) was at 64°C, even with a 150MHz overclock. I overclocked it with the EXTREME GAMING engine that you can find on their website, which isn't super full of features but it's pretty nice overall. It's stable and easy to use, and you can control fans and RGB lighting as well.

The best version of the RX 470 though, from what I've read, is the Nitro+ edition, but it's a good $30 more expensive on most sites. Hope I could help, thanks for checking out my build.

YukioKouri 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Nice build man. I'm actually looking to do my first build been on Google like crazy :) I'd like to know how your of handles ultra on bf1 and some other newer games. I was getting the i3 6100 with the gtx 1060 3gb but I decided on the i5 6400 with gtx 1060 6GB but I might be able to save and go back to the i3 of your pc was able to handle gaming with it. I have compared it to a few others and the i3 6100 is definitely a monster for the price haha.

Amakicku 1 point 7 months ago

Whats your budget and country?

YukioKouri 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I'm in canada. And I was looking to spend about 800$ I'm at 1000$ in parts I chose I wish I could lower that but I Wil lose performance.

Amakicku 1 point 7 months ago

Not sure what this comes out to be in CA. Check this out. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/9rHpBP

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

The i3 definitely gets pushed to its limits in BF1. Away from destructible parts of the map, the game ran perfectly at 60 fps (with vsync). But near the destruction, the CPU usage spiked to 100% often and I had framerates dropping to about 45-50 fps (which is still quite playable, just annoying) and that was with Ultra settings, including AA and such. The two more physical cores plus more cache of the i5 probaby will be worth having with a CPU-intensive game like BF1, although how much of a difference it will really make is a good question.

YukioKouri 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for letting me know :) I was going to put the i3 to save a couple bucks but now it might be worth going for the i5. Not to sure on how much of a difference it will make but I can let you know how my pc handles it when I build it.

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I'd strongly recommend going for an i5. I3 will bottleneck when your pc meet cpu intensive games like total wat civilization.

Tide_Pods 1 point 7 months ago

Just watch some benchmarks for the CPUs. For a cheap build, it's the best there is.

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Cam84 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Solid 1080p build man! , newegg sometimes has 75cfm led fans on sell 4.99 apiece they go back and forth on whether red or blue are on sell, I've had about 15 of them and all still work none doa, (changed from blue to red lol) love the 470 4gb you hit the sweet spot gpu for 1080!

KingClue1 2 points 7 months ago

Dude your build looks really good +1

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for the feedback, really appreciate it! :)

Sharet-OP 2 points 7 months ago

Monstercat power! Nice bro, great build.

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Gotta love Monstercat. Thanks for checking out the build c:

Phoneboy101 2 points 7 months ago

Nice build, might actually buy this one,

One up vote or wat ever its called

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! Good luck on your future build.

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Looks pretty decent! :) Very good for the price

phamzac 1 point 7 months ago

How did you get it to connect to the internet? Did you buy a network adapter as well, or was it connected via ethernet?

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I connected it via ethernet. If you look closely you can see I hid the router behind my monitor ;)

THEREALISTMVP 1 point 4 months ago

Does the Ethernet work if I already have wifi monitor

TheGateKeeper6 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Awesome build dude, I am thinking about doing the same but with diff motherboard,case, and gpu so Far I'm stuck on what to get for case. Lol

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Yeah cases are hard to shop for. Good luck with your build!

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Nice setup man and congrats on building this money by investing your money. Pretty sure rx 470 will never dissapoint you(got a nitro 470 :D like you said it kicks some balls in all new demandinf games.)

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for checking out the build. Yeah the 470 really is something, I still can't believe how cheap it was for the performance you get.

Manula.Pabasara 1 Build 0 points 7 months ago

AMD never ceases to amaze me in bang for buck gpus.

Mxermadman 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Slick build!

1080p at higher settings near 60 fps, and you didn't have to sell the farm to build it.

I have a very similar build for my brother, but we stuffed it in an old Dell case that I really liked. What awesome little rigs these machines turn out to be.

Enjoy BF1!

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for checkin out the build, glad you liked it! :)

johnsmithtetley 1 point 7 months ago

Do you think this build would work with a Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case? Also I noticed you bought a case fan. Is this just for extra cooling, as the carbide case already comes with a fan? Pardon my lack of knowledge, I'm looking to build my first computer.

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Yeah I bought a four-pack of fans for extra cooling, as the 88R only came with one. The fans definitely help keep the system cooled down, because none of my parts get hot at all. And yes, the Core V21 would work well, that was actually what I was going to get before I decided a tower would be better for the area I was putting it in.

TheZyd 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Great build! Great case choice (88r user here) too. Is there a reason you don't put your PC on the right of your system so you can see inside of it? There seems like there'd be plenty of space for it.

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

It's hard to see from the pictures, but my desk is an "L" shaped desk in the corner of my room, so putting it to the right wouldn't make any sense... although I wish I could put it there because I do love being able to see the parts in my build.

MasonMac 1 point 7 months ago

I'm pretty sure the amd is more or less designed for gaming with slower but more cores altho the difference isnt that major

johnsmithtetley 1 point 7 months ago

From what I understand, having more than 4 cores will make little difference as most games don't support multiple cores (although more are starting to). DX12 has apprently helped to spread the processing to multiple cores, and from what I read is that quad core is almost the optimum amount of cores, having 6 or 8 will make little difference. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3039552/hardware/tested-how-many-cpu-cores-you-really-need-for-directx-12-gaming.html

MasonMac 1 point 7 months ago

basically what i said >_>

CROW9 1 point 7 months ago

I'm building a PC in the same case, with an rx 470, i3 6100, I'm also 14 and saving to get the last cpl parts... And I come across this. Awesome job +1

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Good luck, have fun building and thanks for checking out the build. It'll be cool to see how other similar configs to this one look.

EnonZ 1 point 6 months ago

Would this monitor be good? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/rvjWGX/lg-23mp68vq-p-230-60hz-monitor-23mp68vq-p

I mean. It's an LG, 5ms, 60HZ, IPS, FreeSync and rather cheap.

xMillZee 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome build! The parts aren't as cheap in the UK, but it's still kick *** value. The i3 6100 and RX 470 are a combination from heaven. Amazing value for money considering the performance

Skiziks 1 point 3 months ago

How's the 60 hz monitor? I'm going to start my build soon and am wondering if it's worth it to spend more for a 144 hz monitor, any thoughts?

jdhovie submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I overclocked my 60hz to 75 hz recently and I love it, and I'm currently shopping for a 144hz monitor because I'm a sucker for high refresh rates. If you have the money, I highly recommend going for the 144hz (as long as you have a video card capable of hitting 144fps consistantly). One of my friends owns a couple, and it's an amazingly smooth viewing experience even at 1080p.

Smitch1505 1 point 2 months ago

Will it run games like CSGO and Overwatch?

AlexTheTechFreak 1 point 1 month ago

I liked your back story. Reminds me of myself when I first got into PC building. It's not that I was too young. I was 17 :P but finding a job was tough and I wanted to build 3 PC's (one for me, my brother and sister) so we could all game together, which came to about $4500, haha! Still haven't built the darned things but I am getting closer.

TL;DR = +1 for dedication and achieving the dream!!!