Description

Spec

I built this pc as a 1080p gaming machine and for use as PC for my small business, mainly running MS Office apps. It was important that the PC is quiet when in use for the office part of its role so incorporated this into the spec with relatively low energy CPU, an SFX-L fan (with quieter 120mm blades) and a GTX 950 GPU. I also wanted the case to be relatively small. The GPU was actually the Palit CTX 950 storm dual fan but this was'nt an option on the parts list.

The Build

This was my first ever PC build and it went well. Altogether (not including adding the OS and drivers) it took me around two hours to build. Bit worried at first as there was no picture when I turned on the computer for the first time but this was due to me not slotting in the GPU correctly. Overall though found it quiet easy to build but I did plan ahead by checking out a lot of guides etc prior to starting.

Results

The PC is great I have been really impressed it fits my needs exactly. When in use for the office part it is almost silent much quieter than my three year old laptop with no significant noticeable noise. In this use scenario CPU temp average at about 30 DegC and GPU temps about 55 DegC

The CPU, power supply and GPU fans are audible when gaming as you would expect although not as much as I would have thought. When gaming CPU temps tend to reach around mid 50 Deg C and the GPU some were in early 60 DegC. I'll edit these to be a bit more exact when I get chance to test over a reasonable period of time.

Performance is very fast when doing office work and browsing the net - as would be expected. Been impressed with the gaming ability of the PC. Here is a selection of frame rate averages for the few games I have tried so far (all on full settings):

Bioshock 2 - 60 fps Metro last light redux- 45 fps *Tomb Raider 2013 - 50 fps

Glad I went with the i3 6100 it seems perfect for my use scenario. I was tempted by a more expensive i5 but for this build and mid range GPU I specced don't think it would have made any difference at all. However I added a more expensive motherboard so that I can upgrade the CPU to something better if this changes.

Very impressed with the Raven TVZ02 case. The build quality is excellent although it is relatively small which made it a little difficult to route cables effectively.

Conclusion

All in all brilliant. Good performance (at least for what I am using the PC for), quiet and have the ability to upgrade in future if needed. Glad I went with this rather than an alienware alpha.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool! Ive always liked the HTPC cases and wanted to build a gaming PC out of one. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I like the console design. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw, I love small machines like this. Great little build and definitely more cost-efficient than an Alienware. You have my +1 for sure.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Real nice!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

nice one.....looks good

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting the 950 and the i3, wondering if you've actually tried any games like call of duty or any editing software?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point
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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

u cant get a 5820k, 2tb ssd, 18TB of HDDS, 32GB of ram, and 2 titan Zs for only 1500....

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

lets just say alienware is better than console

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Alienware is dell

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes. I don't think my purpose is to criticise Alienware too much. For the basic Alpha what you get at the entry level version is not too bad for the price (particularly if you factor in labour cost for building).

However what I was not keen on was the lack of upgradability. The GPU can not be upgraded and there is going to be limited amount of room in the case for anything else like another SSD/hard drive. With my build I could easily swap the GPU and add another two internal SSD/hard drive if needed. With the lower spec of the Alpha I could see it needing an upgrade after about a year or so.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed......

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