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Christmas Gaming Computer

by thy390

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11 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 5, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C

Description

Someone came to me about building a gaming computer for their Nephew, and this is what it turned into after picking out parts and trying to keeping costs down (budget of about $500) and prices being kinda stupid. (I'm looking at your RAM and SSD's)

I chose the I3 for It's pretty darn good Single Core Performance, he mainly wanted it for Minecraft, (don't all kids what that) plus he has the option to upgrade the CPU in the future, as well as the ram, which is why I chose a single stick instead of two sticks of RAM.

Instead of buying a new video card for him, I figured my old 280X would work in this build, for $100, you won't get a new card that performs as well as this one does, 1060 3gb is about $200 and only slightly faster, 1050ti is about $140, but that's still a bit slower than the 280x ( Userbenchmark 280x gets 66% vs 1050 ti about 50% or 10603gb about 90ish%)

In the end, the Nephew is "absolutely in heaven" quoting the text I got from his Aunt which is Fantastic! :)

Here are a few thing I dislike about the build

GPU runs a little hot at 81C under max load In my old system, it used to max out at 73C, granted it was in a better ventilated case

It's a tad bit loud It only has ONE fan header and it CAN'T control a 3 pin fan, didn't test with a 4 pin to see it it can control a fan at all, I was expecting to have it run quiet when idle and pick up fan speed when the temps rose

It doesn't have a SSD I wish I could fit a SSD in this build, but the price for SSD's right now is not acceptable

The Case is BEYOND CHEAP This case in the build is the cheapest piece of... It doesn't... I... I just can't... if you decide to get this case, be prepared to get something that's literally laughably cheap, I laughed when I unboxed it and saw the included screws and it weighs almost nothing. It does, however, look pretty good, so I guess in the end it's not too bad... but still cheap

Part Reviews

CPU

Great budget chip, Good Single core performance, Good price, only thing that would be even better is if it was unlocked, but... that's a dream...

It should handle 60fps games no problem even with a 1070. on Youtube "Mero" has videos of his I3 and a 1070 playing 4k games, although he is mostly playing WoW, I saw some BF1 and CoD on there too, it did pretty well.

Motherboard

I like ASRock, and this motherboard had everything I was looking for, Micro ATX, PCI-e 1x ABOVE the x16 slot, not too ugly, but the SINGLE system fan header MIGHT only work with PWM fans, It does NOT control 3 pin fans, one feature I was looking for.

I say might because I didn't test to see if it can at least control a PWM fan.

Memory

It's RAM, does things RAMs do.

It works as intended.

Storage

It's a 1TB Hard Drive and It's pretty fast too, used a few of them in builds and they just work.

Case

The Case is BEYOND CHEAP

This case in the build is the cheapest piece of... It doesn't... I... I just can't... if you decide to get this case, be prepared to get something that's literally laughably cheap, I laughed when I unboxed it and saw the included screws and it weighs almost nothing. It does, however, look pretty good, so I guess in the end it's not too bad... but still cheap

Try to find a better case for $49, if you can't it's not that bad, but don't expect a whole lot.

Power Supply

80+ Bronze, 600 watts, more than enough even if you have a overclocked I7 and 1080 and a few Hard drives, although if you do, you'll have the money for a better 80+ rated power supply... if not, this is still good.

Update: The PSU has just died after about 2 years of use, still in warranty but I feel like it'd be more trouble than it's worth to ship it back at my expense.

Case Fan

Cheap, pretty loud at full speed fan, but it moves a good amount of air.

Can have some bearing noise that will annoy people like me.

Other

Needed it to split 2 non-PWM fans, It did it's job.

Comments Sorted by:

Rob_The_Flob 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Nice steal getting a 290x for $100

thy390 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

If only it was a 290X, It's my old 280X, although I know a guy who got a 290X for $50, I want to know where he got that from, that's a good find. lol

Rob_The_Flob 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Yea really! I picked up a used 750 Ti for $50 but a 290 for that price puts it to shame!

thy390 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I got a used Evga 980ti (basically brand new) for $300, but a 290 for $50 is pretty awesome for the fps you get at that price.

Guess that means it's a good idea to keep a look out for deals.

I'm building another computer in the next week, and I found a 780 for a decent price, and a few other cards, but unfortunately they are more effort than it's worth because of the distance.

Rob_The_Flob 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

That sucks, but we can't always be winners.

80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

You may be able to change the SYS fan header from PWM to voltage control in the BIOS. Some support that feature, some dont. It's hard to tell from just the manual of this one. If not, 120mm PWM fans don't have to cost very much.

thy390 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

From what I recall, there wasn't such an option for it, but I don't have the computer anymore, so I can't double check.

Indeed I could have gotten a PWM fan, but since it was cutting it close to Christmas, I wanted to get a fan I know works, although a tad bit loud at full speed. (The second fan in the front is one I had laying around)

phucdv3011 1 point 26 months ago

I want to ask does that motherboard have wifi including ? I still wonder that. Can you answer me please.

thy390 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

No, this Motherboard does not have onboard Wi-Fi, It only has ethernet.

The main reason I got this Motherboard though, was the well placed PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot, With that, I could install an internal Wi-Fi card and still fit a video card in the main PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot.

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thy390 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Haha, I can never think of a unique awesomely cool name, so I just went with that.

He's not my nephew, but he's into games like minecraft, subnautica, paint the town red, to name a few (I deleted the list so that's all I remember lol)

I remember locked skylake chips being overclockable early on, but it seemed to cause issues that I wouldn't want, Like weird temp reading and lack of Sleep mode if I remember correctly, But I went with that board because he won't be overclocking at all, but I can still dream of a real overclockable I3 (i3-7350K I hear is unlocked)

Dak00ldude 1 point 26 months ago

Unlocked, but 60 more dollars than a similar i3.