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Sensible Systems: one hundred *million* fps <insert Dr Evil emoticon here>

by Sensible_Systems


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Date Published

Feb. 24, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.216 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


100 Million Edition!!! Much ado about... green bits? OK, I admit it's pretty.

This system is a solid 1080p gamer, with a Skylake i3 and a GTX 960.

The i3-6100 is not something I'd suggest picking up new (nor is its successor the -7100), since the far cheaper G4560 is just as good when paired with a budget to mid-range graphics card. But used at the right price, it can be a sweet deal. I got this one together with a basic H110 motherboard, which is also plenty for a simple system like this.

The one hundred million edition of the GTX 960 is (Dr Evil associations aside) nothing special, just a solid 1080p card that is about the equivalent of the current-gen 1050 Ti but a lot cheaper used than those are new right now.

The only other part worth a particular mention here is the power supply, the Antec VP500P v2.

This one is not even 80+ rated, which may rule it out entirely in the minds of many, but the reason for that is to do with input range: the unit only handles 200-240 VAC, since it's targeted at specific regional markets, rather than the full 110-240 range required to qualify for 80+ certification, and that limitation has nothing to do with quality as such. I'll nip an 80+ rant in the bud, but suffice to say it's an OK PSU ;-)

As for the build itself, I admit I gave up on the cable management here :'( It was hot, I was tired, and the siren song of a solid side panel seduced me into roughly bunching it all up and knocking off for the day.

That's it for this one, cheers from Sensible Systems.

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Gooberdad 10 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

Muhahaha Muhahaha

Nicely done but where are my sharks with lasers?

Thumbs up.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Sorry we don't have those. We got Tuna with frickin lasers on their heads instead......

If you could get that CPU for cheaper than a G4560 then go for it, they have the same IPC so it is still a faster cpu than the g4560 due to 300MHz higher clock. In Canada that CPU is FAR more expensive than the g4560.

As for cable management I would say you did a good job on it. There is no place to really stuff the cables and no built in cable management in that case so tying them off to keep them away from the fans and out of the way is about all you can really do without buying extra stuff to add tie down points or modding the case.

For PSUs Antec is decent but for efficiency 1-5% difference on power won't make a huge difference on this PC. Say you run it 6 hours a day and you are most likely not maxing it out for nearly 30% of that time the power usage difference overall will be very tiny. You are only looking at 10w difference while at max load and that is about the same power as a compact fluorescent bulb when on. When the system is not at full utilization you may only have a difference of 1-2w. If you pay an extra 10-15 bucks on a higher efficiency PSU you would have a hard time earning that back in the power bill over the next 4 years.

The efficiency rating of a PSU is NOT a quality rating of it and for low power systems you do not need to get really highly efficient PSUs because they are too low power drain to really matter.

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Hey, thanks for the feedback, and I totally agree with your very-well-put take on the 'efficiency =/= quality' issue. Cheers!

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Hey mate, thanks! And yes, it really needs a frickin' shark with a frickin' laser beam on its frickin' head... I might finally have found a reason to do that "figurines inside the case" thing :D Is there a name for that?

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Awesomeness is the name

Vairfoley 29 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Cable management looks fine, tbh.

Great work, as always!

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Naw, too kind :D Thanks!

sammys87gnxgta4 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

43 completed builds... are you famous for having a crap ton of builds on PCPP?

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Ha, yeah, I know right?!

I use PCPP for my record-keeping, basically. It beats the old sprawling spreadsheet I used to use!

I can save my finished/sold builds for reference later. Having the photos handy has been super useful when helping people tinker with their system down the line.

I can also keep track of my inventory here, which is great, especially with the ability to easily check current part prices.

And, I can save a zillion parts lists when working up quotes or planning builds, or just goofing off theory-crafting stuff.

If PCPP ever goes under, though, it'll be chaos round here for me!

sammys87gnxgta4 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Man, you use this site extensively, I hope it doesn't go under though, other wise thousands of other people would go crazy too!

Vecheetah 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Should've just bought a Dell Optiplex and throw a Radeon inside ;)

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Also an excellent approach to budget PC building! I've not used a Radeon card in that sort of thing, but found the GT 1030 to be pretty good in this build.

freindlybuild 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

nicely done +1

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you!

Get_Out 2 points 13 months ago

Big fan of your account man. Keep on doing the awesome PC builds.

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Ah, thanks heaps, glad to hear it, and yep, will do my best! :D

sponix 6 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Seeing all the Ketchup and Mustard makes me wanna cook up a Hamburger and a Hotdog.

Nice budget build over all.

Starting to think on this Market, it might be the right time to sell off my GTX 960's Grin

Thanks for Sharing !!

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Ohhh, now I want hamburgers too!

About selling the 960s, yeah, they aren't great mining cards, so probably won't command a high price from miners themselves, but the general GPU shortage means a decent 1080p gaming card like a 960 is in demand from gamers, and I've seen these for sale 2nd-hand for close to $200 (AUD), which is nuts but market forces and all...

JustARegularGamingChannel 1 point 12 months ago

where did you get the graphics card from?

Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I got it second-hand, from a person who deals in used PC parts.

It's great to have a trusted contact for that sort of stuff, since takes a lot of the worry out of buying used.

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Sensible_Systems submitter 55 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Indeed! This one is an old clunker, but does the job and keeps the overall cost down, which helps these budget builds sell faster.

I actually did get myself a 'new' case just recently; I moved my own system over into this beauty...

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