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I built this for my sister as an upgrade/alternate to her MSI GT70 laptop. It's mainly used for Guild Wars 2 at 1080p. It runs absolutely silent. At full load in Firestrike it makes no audible noise. Her laptop scored in the 3300 - 3400 range in Firestrike, and this build scores in the 7600 - 7700 range. It was conceptualized around silent operation over pure price/performance ratios, and it paid off. So she's going from an extremely loud laptop to a desktop with about double the raw horsepower and virtual silence under load.

Everything worked perfectly, except the current Windows 8.1 USB installer Microsoft provides crashes when trying to load drivers for the wifi card we picked. I researched the error code and the top two problems were wifi card incompatibilities or bad RAM sectors. I took the wifi card out first to troubleshoot and the installer finished without trouble. I reinserted the card after the Windows 10 upgrade finished and it detected the wifi card fine. Every piece of hardware in this setup auto detects in Windows 10 and has drivers. I had to do zero manual driver installs except to update to the current Radeon 15.11.1 driver, which is expected.

I updated to the current version C UEFI from MSI first thing, and the CPU is automatically set to 3.9ghz in this setup. The front 200mm fan runs at 500rpm - 600rpm and the rear 140mm fan runs at 700rpm - 800rpm. The cooling here is over engineered. Neither the Hyper 212 Evo or Dual-X Nitro are stressed at synthetic loads, which was the intention. I was expecting to have to tune a few things, but everything was configured ideally out of the box. MSI's B150 UEFI is substantially handier than Foxconn's H61 UEFI or Gigabyte's AMD970 UEFI I've dealt with in my previous two builds. I am quite happy with how this turned out.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait? Did something change with Skylake, and you can overclock locked CPUs now? Or did you put the wrong version into the parts listing?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

A lot of locked CPUs have some minor level of overclocking ability, but I haven't messed with it. MSI's B150M auto detects a locked 6600 at 3.9ghz, it never tries to run it at it's rated stock speed of 3.3ghz. Have the reverse issue with my AMD970 board lol, my FX CPU has a pretty high rated boost clock but my board auto sets it to base clock and gets grumpy if you try to set it's turbo up to advertised. Guess kinda lost silicon lottery on that one, just some combo of not high end vreg on board, not a good CPU, and not clean enough power. It will run at turbo clock but it starts cranking voltage and getting hot, and if you try to limit the voltage it BSODs, perfect storm of base clockitude :P.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, never knew that!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I have the same cpu and motherboard but mine runs at 3.3 GHz. Did you have to make any changes with the BIOS to get it to run the cpu at 3.9?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I updated first to the most recent bios, but 3.9ghz is the automatic turbo setting for me and it always runs at this speed while in use. I am using cooling that keeps it at around 42c at peak loads, this may be a factor. If the CPU is getting hot it will throttle itself to 3.3ghz.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know that it's a common AMD970 problem. I thought I was melting my system trying to get my 8320E to it's natural turbo-clock. It really threw a fit, even with the OC Genie xP

But that also makes me feel a bit better about being locked in to Intel if I want to build a cube w/mATX.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for posting this, it helped me decide to use the same CPU and motherboard for my first build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

looked at this to see the mobo in use. I have an almost identical build in mind. I bought the i3 already and I have used the case before. +1 PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $126.98
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $42.99 @ Newegg
Storage OCZ Trion 100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $34.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $48.62
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB NITRO Dual-X OC Video Card $208.98 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Purchased For $9.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 OEM (64-bit) Purchased For $11.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $648.53
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $613.53
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-12 21:16 EST-0500
  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I love that case, and the board is now running almost 2 months with no issues so far. Very enjoyable build. I have that 500B PSU in another build, I prefer the 650GS. I went with a 650GS for this newer build because of the unimpressive performance of my 500B. EVGA just came out with a new series that performs really close to GS but closer to B price, the GQ series. Should check those out if you haven't bought your PSU yet.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

So you think that the Cooler master 212 coolers fit just fine in this case? They didn't block ram or hit the top of the case?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

212 fits in Core V21 with plenty of room and RAM clearance is perfect, could even use a much taller RAM cooler if needed.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! This has a lot of the same parts I do for my future cube, so it's good to know it'll be pretty quiet :D