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Project Blue Ice

by Shikkun

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38 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 13, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 11, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

Description

Seriously though, help me pick a name for this build!

So, I've been planning to build my own pc since the start of 2015, but just didn't have the funds to do so until now. I figured during that time, I'd research building my own pc, and thus that search led me to this awesome site. I went back and forth on the parts, debating between this and that, until I finally settled on this build. I'm primarily going to be using this pc for multitasking, college work, photo editing, and some light gaming (older games, indies, emulators, etc) on the side. I'd say this has been a successful build, and I had a lot of fun building it. It was also much easier than I expected, the build itself only took me around 3 hours.

The performance is what I expected, and suits my needs perfectly. For most of my life I've used mediocre dell desktops and crappy laptops, so this is worlds above what I'm used to, and performs amazingly for the price. I'm definitely satisfied with this build.

I didn't include an SSD, since this was a budget build. I originally set a budget of $500 for myself, but I managed to go over it by a bit (not that I'm bent out of shape about it lol).

Any critiques or comments are certainly welcome :)

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a great CPU for multi-tasking, gaming, and pretty much any other type of normal use. It's great, especially if your on a budget

Motherboard

A VERY nice mobo for the price. It has really everything that you could need. It also has plenty of upgrade-ability options for the future, should you plan on upgrading to a better processor, more ram, or additional HDD or SSDs.

Memory

It's ram. it was compatible with my motherboard in dual channel configuration, it's looks cool and even matches the rest of my components. Oh, and the best part, it was cheap!

Storage

Seems like a solid HDD so far. It's fairly cheap, and also pretty quick for a mechanical drive.

Video Card

This is an awesome little graphics card for light gaming! It also gets all of it's power from the motherboard, so you don't need to plug in any additional power cables, just install the card and your done.

The included VGA to DVI adapter is also useful if you plan on reusing an older monitor (like me).

As far as gaming, I haven't put it through it's paces yet. Although, I have played Fallout New Vegas on ultra high settings, and it doesn't miss a beat.

Case

This is a really nice case considering how cheap it was. It comes with plenty of features, good airflow, and looks sleek. The case itself is also pretty sturdy, and comes with everything you need for mounting your components.

The only reason I didn't give this case five stars is because the back of the case has VERY little room for managing your cables. Even if you do a good job, your still going to have to compress the cables as much as possible and wrestle with the back panel to get it on. Other than that though, this is a pretty solid case.

Power Supply

Seems to be an excellent semi-modular psu. It comes highly recommended by many people, and I can see why.

The only con I can think of is that the cpu and 24 pin power cables are pretty stiff, so you have to wrestle with them a bit when routing them through your case.

Optical Drive

It's an optical drive, it works, and it's cheap. It can be a bit noisy when reading, but it does it's job.

Comments Sorted by:

copes19 2 points 18 months ago

good job, however I would have spent the extra $20 0n a 950 but good job.

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Yeah, I knew the 750 Ti wasn't the greatest gpu out there, but I figured I could always just replace it later on if I feel the need for something more powerful.

I was almost thinking about a 960, although that was after the fact. It would've also cost more, and I wanted to get out a little cheaper.

ATXON 2 points 10 months ago

IMHO I think buying cheap was the right move! No point in buying a 980ti when it's just going to be dethroned in the coming months by the 1080... Better to just put up with 720p gaming until you can get polaris/pascal/vega :D

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Exactly. Speaking of pascal, I'm likely going to be upgrading the GPU to a 1060 fairly soon, as well as a new CPU, as well.

copes19 1 point 18 months ago

i know what you mean about cost.

I used a 750TI to upgrade the brotherinlaws non gpu computer last xmasand he is very happy.

However i feel the 950 is better for most builds now since it almost as fast as the 960 and give a real sweet spot for price being similar to what the 750TI was in jan.

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/102405-gtx-950-vs-gtx-750-ti

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/102405-gtx-950-vs-gtx-750-ti

I really wish I would've seen that post, now. It certainly isn't much more than the 750 Ti.

However i feel the 950 is better for most builds now since it almost as fast as the 960 and give a real sweet spot for price being similar to what the 750TI was in jan.

I'll probably keep this card for now, since it's handling the games that I play pretty well. In the future I might upgrade to a 960, though.

copes19 2 points 18 months ago

Dont worry

it's still a good machine. You picked the best parts that were on market in august.

It will last you well for a year or two if your play on a 1080 monitor.

However the pc market is always changing.

next month it will be something else.

its all part of the fun.

Xorex64 2 points 14 months ago

I love it. If it existed, i would have gotten 4170 over the 4160. It has a bettre sounding name and performs a tiny bit better.

ATXON 2 points 10 months ago

+1 Build. Very nice selection. I think if you can afford it, eventually you should dump the i3 and go for a Xeon 1231V3. 8 threads for 250. Not overclockable, but that is a moot point with an H series mobo. https://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646e31231v3

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I haven't looked at this post in quite awhile, so apologies for the (very) late reply. Thanks for the recommendation, though. The Xeon 1231V3 looks like a solid processor for the money, and I may end up doing that at some point.

ZeAtomicBomb 1 point 18 months ago

How about: [insert cool build name that someone gave you here]? I think it has a ring to it. Lol XD But seriously, nice build. Always nice to see budget builds round here. Especially the 4160/750 Ti combo. In fact, I'm actually using that combo for my first build, just with a few tweaks here and there. Great job buddy +1.

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Given my sarcastic nature I'm half-tempted to use that suggestion LOL

And yeah, it seems to be a pretty good combo so far. If I may ask, which tweaks are you going to do?

ZeAtomicBomb 1 point 18 months ago

Firstly going with a z97 Mobo (msi z97 gaming ac itx) and may be buying the gtx 950 from MSi as well. I'm buying the z97 for more features and overclocking when I upgrade to an i5 4690k. Also GTX 950 for more CUDA cores just because. Lol

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I'm buying the z97 for more features and overclocking when I upgrade to an i5 4690k.

I debated between an Z97 and an H97 for awhile, but in the end I just wasn't that interested in overclocking, so I went with the H97. I would've also probably needed an aftermarket heatsink if I would've went the Z97 route, too (which is extra cost).

Also GTX 950 for more CUDA cores just because. Lol

Judging from the other comments, that seems like the right choice LOL

ZeAtomicBomb 1 point 18 months ago

True facts. Actually with a bit of modding you'll be suprised how much of an overclock people can get. Also boots game frame rates which is always a plus.

Fsylar 1 point 18 months ago

I hate the 750ti for no apparent reason. Why not 950

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Maybe because it's overused by budget gamers? lol

Honestly, when I was looking for a gpu, I didn't even think about the 950, in hindsight, I probably should've asked around a bit more. Not a huge deal, though, I can always replace it later if I feel the need to. For now it's doing fine enough for me.

Jtridin 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

you know for like $5 more u could of got the asrock h97 atx mobo lol

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Is there really any difference? Besides it being a full atx motherboard?

Chan13 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

The stock cooler is good but you can easily upgrade to a hyper evo 212 for around $30. Spending extra for a aftermarket cooler is really worth it.

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I thought about that, but wasn't sure if I'd really need one since I wasn't going to be overclocking. My temps are already pretty good, they stay right around 30 degrees celcius.

Chan13 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Same here. I am running it non-OC too but on heavy gaming it never goes over 50°C.

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Hm, I might have to pick on up at some point, then. It's only $24 right now, so I don't see why not lol.

LoneGeek 1 point 18 months ago

I like your build, is it pretty fast? can you do lots of multi-tasking?

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

It is, it's fast and snappy. It easily handles all the multitasking I do, like playing games, browsing the web with a multitude of chrome tabs/other programs running. It handles it all extremely well.

LoneGeek 1 point 17 months ago

Awesome! I am mainly needing my future build for multi-tasking also.

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

This build also has plenty of upgradability options, as well. The motherboard can handle all the way up to an I7, and you could get a beefier GPU (although you might need another PSU than the one I used).

Overall, it's a pretty good build, and handles multitasking really well.

LoneGeek 1 point 17 months ago

That's good to hear. Do you plan on building anymore rigs?

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I might possibly do some other builds, but it wont be for awhile, at least not for myself. I might upgrade the GPU and possibly the cpu in this rig at some point, but it's fine for now.

LoneGeek 1 point 17 months ago

How many case fans do you have?

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Just the two that came pre-installed in the case. For a build like this, they're good enough. Even under load, the components stay pretty cool.

LoneGeek 1 point 17 months ago

That's cool. I was wondering if I should add more fans to my build.

DomesticRuby 1 point 17 months ago

Did u buy two ram or u just bought one and it came with 2?

Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

2 sticks of ram came in one package. If your looking for ram to use in dual channel configuration, make sure and get one of the packs that comes with 2 sticks, that way they're both of the same make, brand, model, etc.

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Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions, It's a pretty cool build name!

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Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Ohhh, project blue ice/iceberg sounds cool. I mean, my build does kind of have a blue theme going on.

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Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Maybe some light blue cable sleeves and maybe some white leds :D

I just wish I would've thought of that before-hand. I gave it a little bit of thought, but not that far, unfortunately. It's still not too late though!

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Shikkun submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

You'll want sleeved cables most probably

Ah, I figured they'd be something along the lines of colored heat shrinks. Goes to show what I know about sleeved cables lol. I'll have to look into that.

and you can just post your updated build, with the modifications added, as a new completed build

Sweet! I'll definitely do that, then . Thanks for the tip :)