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Wraith - The Budget Build

by Thundercatz888

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34 Comments

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Details

Date Published

June 8, 2018

Date Built

June 8, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.85 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.252 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C

Description

This build was done on a spur of the moment when I wanted to upgrade from my 6 year old HTPC setup to a mild gaming/photo editing pc. Because of that my budget was severely limited, so I spent the better part of 3 months deciding on my parts and then scouting for the best deals possible. Overall I'm extremely satisfied with the way it turned out and for what I paid for everything. Playing off the the CPU coolers name I decided to theme it after the Ringwraiths from LOTR.

CPU - In all my research this seemed like the most bang for the buck option. I had a $5 off coupon from Microcenter, and I ended up selling the stock cooler getting the price down to what I think was a steal.

Motherboard - This was one of the higher rated options for AMD. I got $30 off for bundling with the CPU and then another $20 off on rebate, making this another great deal.

CPU Cooler - I went the route of air cooling since I didn't have the funds for an AIO. Also I really like the asthetics of this one.

RAM - I'm not the biggest fan of RGB, but I think that these really add a nice look to the build. I was lucky to find an open box item at Microcenter that still came with the full manufacturer's warranty, while also saving me a few bucks.

Storage - I used all of my old drives from the old computer, saving me quite a bit. I was also able to find another open box item from Microcenter, so I added the M.2 drive to be my scratch drive for photos and games.

GPU - This was the hardest decision for me. Not only were the crazy prices of the market hurting my options, I was also really particular about the look and how it would fit into my build. For me form has to match function. I know the 980 ti is a little long in the tooth, but the asthetics of it really work for me and the performance still keeps up today even though it isn't as efficient.

Case - I went back and forth between this case, the Phanteks Evolv Shift and the NZXT H400i. I decided on the Meshify since it was the most subdued out of the three. This is sitting under the desk in full view from the living room, so my fiance didn't want anything to crazy. I like the look of the tinted tempered glass and I think the Phanteks Halos add just enough pop of RGB. I did pretty good on this one also. I bought it on eBay from Newegg, so I was able to use $17 in eBay bucks that I had.

Misc - The PSU I was all able to get for my birthday, so that cut down my out of pocket expenses a little more. I was also able to sell my old motherboard/CPU/CPU cooler/ram/psu/computer case on eBay. All that right there made me $200, so all total I'm only $850 in on this setup. Not too shabby.

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DwightYew 3 points 3 months ago

Now thats a victory ryale

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks man, I appreciate it!

Flika1999 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

This needs to be featured! +1

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate that!

mangou 2 points 5 months ago

how are the temps?

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Temps are good. Under load they are at 68C for the CPU and 81C for the GPU. At idle they are 38C and 39C.

MaxMooreSparta23 2 points 3 months ago

Bro, this thing is gorgeous.

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks man, I appreciate it!

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I predict a feature incoming. +111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

That'd be awesome, thanks!

Digital_Ronin 6 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Excellent deal hunting and a great all around build. Nice work!

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

It was some work, I appreciate it.

dexagos 1 point 9 months ago

Effective building within the budget! I like this a lot!

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks!

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Lovely looking. Amazing deals. +1

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks I appreciate it

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

That 980ti was a brilliant choice btw. I have just got a 980 and its a brilliant 1080p and maybe 1440p card.

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! I know they are getting a little old especially with the new architecture coming out soon, but I just thought it was one of the best bang for the buck GPUs out there right now.

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I know. My 980 is like a 1060 in performance but was only £185 compared to £235 for a 1060 6gb and my 980 was an fe card.

WheatFarmer337 1 point 9 months ago

You did a great job with this build

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks!

coldcore87 1 point 9 months ago

Don't mind me.. im still learning but how well does it run games like league or SC?

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Honestly I've only been playing Fortnite since I got it up and running. I'm still tweaking my OC so I have stepped up to more taxing games yet.

coldcore87 1 point 9 months ago

How does Fortnite play fps? Ect

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

To my eyes it plays awesome, but I haven't benchmarked it yet. I'll try to remember to do that after I get off and let you know.

bladd12001 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Very well done. This is seriously a beautiful, beautiful piece.

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks a lot, I appreciate that!

Ovilos 1 point 9 months ago

Great build buddy! Just a quick question, like you I have that same Samsung 960 NVME, did it disabled 2 sata ports on the board? and if it did which 2 Sata ports was disabled on that Asus mobo? I'm currently looking for a good B350 and I'm looking at this and the Msi Tomahawk but I'm leaning towards this because it has more USB ports and have 2 more sata ports than the tomahawk.

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I'm not completely sure which ones get disabled, I ended up putting my 3.5 drives in an external exclosure due to space so I only have 1 sata connected to the motherboard. I looked through the manual when I was putting everything together and I never saw any mention of which ones were disabled.

Ovilos 1 point 9 months ago

Oh ok thanks buddy, I'm just a little confused because according to compatibility check here in pcpartpicker "The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled." not sure what this means but I have a couple of old 1tb hard drives I manage to salvage from my old PC that I will use as storage and might add another in the future, I'm also gonna use use my old optical drive. Well thanks for the info, that Wraith Max really looks cool.

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Sure, sorry I couldn't help. Thanks, I appreciate it.

kitaz0s_ 1 point 9 months ago

Stunning.

Thundercatz888 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks!

RegularTimster 1 point 3 days ago

Where did you get the cable extensions?