Description

The purpose of this build was to replace my laptop, an i5 3230M processor with a GeForce GT 640M. As my budget was low, I couldn't go with powerfull graphic cards or CPUs. So I did a lot of research and found out that an i3 processor, paired with a mid graphic card, such as an GTX 960 or a R9 380 (both 4GB), would do fine and allow me to play Full HD games.

Regarding the processor, my first tought was to go with the highest i3 available, wich came to be the 6320. I did a research about the other two i3 available, 6100 and 6300, and realized the 6320 was the best option as the 6100 has only 3M L3 cache, and the difference between 6300 and 6320 was only 10$. Some of articles that I read and made me choose an i3 (6320) instead of an i5: - http://techreport.com/news/28957/the-skylake-core-i3-6320-is-the-gamer-new-best-friend - http://www.hardwareunboxed.com/intel-pentium-vs-core-i3-vs-core-i5-vs-core-i7-what-do-gamers-get-by-spending-more/

The graphic card was chosen based on its price, as could go with either a GTX 960 or a R9 380. I found a promotion and a good price on the Sapphire Nitro R9 380 OC 4GB w/ Backplate, and that was the chosen one. I was happy to know that its performance is slightly better than the GTX 960.

The case was given to me by a friend, so I didn't pay for it. I know its big for the build and it doesn't have an USB 3.0 in the front (as stated in the compatibility check), but that's not a big deal for me and, again, I didn't pay for it. Besides that, it's a beautiful case, and the internal space should alow the air to flow better (not sure if it's really necessary).

The PSU was chosen for its good price. I don't think I could get anything better with 500W.

The HD is exactly what I needed, 1TB to install all the games, music and videos I want. I don't think SSDs worth the price (specially with my low budget). Could I get faster game loads with a SSD? yes! Are game loads something that bother me? definitely no!

Regarding the memory, I was thinking about 2x4GB, but the motherboard I choose has only 2 RAM slots, so I decided to go with a 1x8GB, and save one slot for a future upgrade.

And talking about motherboard, I took the chipeast available, but from a good brand. I only wanted something to work with my processor and graphic card, nothing fancy.

The entire build happens to be "all" black, which was not the intend, but I confess I like it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Good choice for a low budget build. Depending on what you are going to run on your PC, this processor can be better than i5 6400, as the single core speed is higher.

Motherboard

Excelent BIOS! For its purpose of being an entry motherboard, it's fair and, I believe, the best option for the LGA1151 chipset. Be aware that it has only 2 RAM slots. Also when you plug your graphic card, you lost 1 PCI-E x1 slot.

Video Card

After a month playing games with it, I can confirm it's an awesome graphic card! So far, I played Mad Max, Dying Light, H1Z1 (KOTK) and Rust. All of them on max graphics and 60fps (Rust actually at 50fps).

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the 6320

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't circlejerk often, but in this case, yes.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

What does circlejerking stand for?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking about the same thing

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

In internet slang, a "circlejerk" is when a group of people with a shared interest get together and congratulate one another for sharing that interest.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for sharing it

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That's good, isn't it?

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

You pciecked a great GPU, I use the same paired with an i3-6100, nothing to complain about.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

good to know! I still didn't have a chance to fully test the GPU. Once I test it with a few more games, I'll write a review.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I used to think ssd's were pointless. But its a good idea to have one just for the operating system because if something happens to windows all you have to do is reinstall on to the ssd and you will still have all your files on your otherdrives. Nice build by the way. Havent seen that cpu used on pcpartpicker yet so +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

indeed it's a good practice to have the OS separated from other data, but it can be done by partitioning the HD. I currently have a C: 100GB partition for the OS and a D: 900GB partition for data, games etc.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats not a bad way to do it, but if the drive fails physically all data is gone, partitions only protect from logical failures.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

the only way you will not lose data is having a RAID configured or do periodically backups. Also @sporedude mentioned "if something happens to Windows". In this case, I could reinstall it without changing the data on D: drive.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

bro in which details u can play bf1?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man, I didn't play bf1 yet, I know it's heavy... if I play it sometime soon, I'll let you know the results.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How has the CPU been for multi tasking? I am building a lower budget PC and I was thinking about this CPU. I will be doing Visual Studio and having several other web pages and Notepad++ open with You Tube going as well. My current AMD A10 5757m with 8 gigs of RAM just cannot handle it, and my desktop with an old AMD phenom II 955 x4 core also with 8 gigs of RAM has some trouble sometimes. The reviews say the I3 6320 performs much better than both these CPUs so I was thinking that it might be sufficient.

Anyway, nice build. +1!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey MrDee, sorry for the late reply.

In case you still didn't get a new CPU, here are my toughts: I'm actually not sure how the i3 deals with multitasking, as I've been using the PC mostly for games but, from what I read and researched prior to the purchase of the i3 6320, I think the best option for you would be an i5 processor. Mainly because the i5 has 4 cores vs 2 on the i3, which definitely should grant you more performance on multitasks operations.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. I haven't bought one yet. I appreciate the information. I may have to spend a little more money on a 4 core. The i3 is such an amazing cpu for the price, but, ultimately you are correct. I need to look at the i5. Thanks again!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

glad to help :)

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point