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Two builds for last minute gifts

by Bocazon



Date Published

Dec. 24, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 22, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.4 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.198 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C


So I made 2 of these last minute for my step brother and step sister after my parents ordered the parts that I selected since they decided to take a peek at what their gifts were and we had to get them something else.

See part reviews for details regarding specific part choices.

EDIT: Since this, both of my stepsiblings had to move out for reasons I won’t get into (we were foster parenting them with the intent of adoption, and when we thought it was about to go through we had some issues). But anyways, point is that these builds moved out with them and I don’t can’t upgrade/benchmark/etc. with them anymore ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Part Reviews


I would have gone with a Ryzen 3 1200 or even an Athlon x4 950 just so my step siblings could have some upgradability in the future to a modern platform with cheap boards that support overclocking, but my uncle works for Intel and my dad said that he'd get upset if we did that so I went with the G4560 since it was too last minute to get any sort of dicounted i3 set up. That being said, it’s still a good processor, even over a year after its release, just I would reccomend alternatives


A nice cheap mobo for a locked CPU, not much else to say, there hasn't been any issues so far but I would have preferred something with future support and overclockablity.


I just chose what was cheap (well for current ram prices anyways) and 1x8gb so it would allow for expansion to 16gb later, since speed really dosen't matter on Intel platforms. That being said, when i tried to swap it with my RAM on my Asus X99-A or my MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon (since that RAM is red, which would fit these builds’ themes and my build is otherwise all black) it wouldn’t post and gave me a memory error, so I wouldn’t reccomend it for HEDT platforms.


Just a reliable 1tb drive, not much else to say.

Video Card

So I wanted to go for 1050ti's so it could last my siblings a little bit, even if they got into slightly more demanding titles and at the time of buying this, the Gaming X had a rebate that brought its price down to the same as a generic cheap 1050ti so I decided to go with that, plus a red/black theme is easy to pull off at a lower budget.


It's a cheap tempered glass case with a red trim to match the card (and if we ever decide to get red LED strips). I wanted an mATX case just so that there wouldn't be too much leftover empty space in the build, and it looks good but I will say that cable management was fairly difficult (I had to shove on the back pannel and there was a small buldge), there’s no PSU shroud and build quality isn’t the greatest. I feel like it sacraficed all this just to advertise tempered glasd for a low price, which shouldn’t take priority over these other things.

Power Supply

At the time of purchase, it had a rebate going that brought its price down enough that it was a good deal for a fully modular 520w with a decent enough reputation to trust in a $500 build.

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Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 4 points 14 months ago

The Pentium G4560 will do better in games than the athlon x4 950. The R3 1200 should do better overall once overclocked but the G4560 is still considered one of the best budget gaming CPUs today with it's ridiculously low prices for 2 cores 4 threads.

I am not a fan of that case as it seems the front airflow for the fans is just way too restrictive but for the type of hardware you put in it I don't really see a problem of use. All that hardware is rather cool running so it should be easy to keep the parts cool.

Bocazon submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

yeah i know just that am4's long term support would have have been nice

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customgtp 23 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Great builds. The price is right too. Keep up the good work seep bro!!

1- That cpu is just fine especially paired with a 1050 ti

2- I've built it those cases, yes I felt they lack airflow but the 1050 ti and g4560 components are low power low heat. They'll be fine!!

3- 8 gb ram is still good these days!!

4- Once again... Great job and Merry Christmas!!

PachonikBG 1 point 14 months ago

To be honest coffe lake i3 8100 and some mobo just costs 90$ more and has good upgradability(sorry if my english is bad) but still cool gifts.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

"just"... 90 bucks is a lot

PachonikBG 1 point 14 months ago

I guess you are right to a extend.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

Yeah.. I mean I get where you are coming from but with a budget of roughly 520 bucks a system, 90$ more is about a 20 % increase in spendings ;)

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philip staff 10 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

Please keep it polite.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Wow.. where is the salt coming from? And why do you have to be rude? And no, 100 $ may for some people not be "within" budget.

P.S.:And a quick look at my personal rig "Kerstinator" might enlighten you that it isn't "too tough" for me to make something happen.

Bocazon submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

yeah but that would have brought it overbudget and coffeelake's long-term support is questionable at best and cheaper boards for the platform don't exist yet

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PachonikBG 1 point 14 months ago

And wanted to ask you what build are you using?

Bocazon submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Bocazon/saved/8njbjX right now i have this but I don't have it saved as a completed build since I still have a lot of upgrading planned

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Looks nice :D great presents. well on the b250 chipset they can still upgrade to a kaby lake i7. I had a G4560 and a 1050 Ti too. Now i have an i7 7700 and a gtx 1080 Ti :)

Bocazon submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

nice, and I suppose something similar could be done here, but as far as upgradability goes, am4 will have more recent options by the time we get around to upgrading these the options on am4 would be more viable, plus having overclocking support on affordable boards is also a plus

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

True. 7th gen board do have an upgrade path.. its just very limited to two CPUs

RJP2203 1 point 13 months ago

If anybody could help me it will be much appreciated. I really like this case but I heard it has bad airflow and people said that there PC was overheating. I'm planning to put a Ryzen 3 1200 and my GTX 1060 in this case. Do you think there will be a problem with overheating?

Bocazon submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I didn't look at airflow much when choosing a case as I don't expect any componets that make that much heat to ever be used in them, but it does only come with one fan and I would say for a 1200/1060 build you should be okay but I would look elsewhere if you plan to upgrade much past that.

RJP2203 1 point 13 months ago

OK thank you.

Kanagin 1 point 1 month ago

Thats a pretty nice thing to do!

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Bocazon submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

thanks! :D

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Derplikescomputers 1 point 14 months ago

Well,i guess his uncle could hook him up with some sweet deals later on maybe...

Bocazon submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

yeah, i just don't know if by the time they upgrade there will be any deals on kaby

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Bocazon submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

yeah i was pushing for it but my dad wanted to order intel ¯_(ツ)_/¯

akatspein 1 point 14 months ago

G4560 is way more better than Ryzen 3 when it comes to durability and temperature. With the looks of your case, you would need to have an aftermarket cpu cooler if you have opted for Ryzen 3. Merry Christmas to you Bocazon and to your siblings.

Bocazon submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

The Ryzen stock coolers are actually really good from what I've heard, and I don't think durability will be too much of an issue, at this price point we'd want to upgrade long before we expect parts to give out. Merry Cristmas to you too though! :D