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The Joker

by skemble

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50 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 19, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 15, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

Description

Hi guys. I’m here again with another budget entry/mid-level build. This time around we are catering to the game League of Legends and a Joker color theme. The user was very adamant about having purple as the major focal point of the build, but more on that later. The original budget was higher than this, but I just didn’t feel the need. LoL and the occasional indie game are the only tasks for this setup.

Goals for this build:

  • Handle League of Legends
  • Purple and green as primary color theme

PARTS:

  • CPU:

There isn’t a whole lot to say here. The i3 has been proven to smoke League. I had to go with the latest Haswell-Refresh CPU to allow for the best future expansion. Nothing crazy here.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

I chose this board after browsing through some pictures of the Joker and noticing his golden locks. The H97 chipset works nicely with the locked CPU and isn’t over the top expensive. I really like the heatsink details Gigabyte put into this one too. I have to say my only sad face here is the removal of fan control in Easy Tune.

  • MEMORY:

Classic Vengeance memory. The LP model was cheap at the time of buying. 1600, CAS 9, nothing extra ordinary, but it gets the job done nicely.

  • STORAGE:

The user doesn’t need much in terms of mass storage. 1TB would have gone unused. I threw the idea of just getting a SSD. There was plenty of room for it in the budget and I had heard good things about the MX100. I was not let down. This is a great SSD in terms of price/size/performance.

  • GPU:

The 750ti is a cool little card. It runs so quiet and cool even after benching League for 5+ hours. In a case this crammed and a real lack of space for cables behind the try, I felt that removing any excess cables would be for the best. The card handles games quite well for as inexpensive as it is. You shouldn’t expect to play games at max settings, but high is more than obtainable for a variety of titles.

  • CASE:

Yikes… Bitfenix… This is a bad egg. There aren’t tie down points behind the motherboard tray. What? Not only that, but there is hardly any space behind the tray and the CPU power cable hole gets covered by the motherboard. I had to route the cable through, then put the board in. Luckily the Rosewill Hive has flat cables so it worked out okay. Overall it is very cheaply made, poorly designed, and airflow is ehh at best. The NZXT Source 210 puts this to shame for less money.

The reason you aren’t seeing the windowed version with the purple front mesh. That version is out of stock everywhere and isn’t going to ship until the end of August at best. So the user ordered this model and the windowed one. All he needs to do is swap the front and side panel and he has himself the case he wanted, without having to wait to play some games. He plans to sell the other case.

  • PSU:

The Rosewill Hive 550w is a solid little unit. It has similar ratings to the Corsair CX series and is more than enough wattage. That will allow for some expansion in the future. The flat cables were very much needed in this build, due to the terrible case space. It ran quiet the entire time I was testing.

  • EXTRAS:

The LED fans were a little something to flair up the build a bit. He had plenty of budget room and insisted on them. This was probably a good idea due to the case not having the best airflow to start.


CONCLUSION:

Ignoring the case problems, this build turned out just fine. I made the cable management work, though the back panel is tight, and it looks quite nice. This little system handles League of Legends like a champ.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!


Facebook Page

Twitter

Twitch I plan to build all of my future builds live on Twitch. I also like to do giveaways for Steam games, so follow me to keep up with all the action!

High Res Pictures

Reddit


BENCHMARKS: using latest driver

Tests ran at clocks posted above. Settings were set to the maximum settings (1080P) unless noted differently. I test only tasking segments: firefights, lots of units on screen, explosions etc.

System info and burn test


3DMark 11

3DMark Firestrike

3DMark Skydiver

Geekbench

NovaBench


Unigine Valley

AA x8

AA x0


Unigine Heaven

AA x8, Tess Normal

AA x0, Tess Off


Catzilla


Cinebench


Bioshock Infinite

Ultra DX11 DOF

  • Min: 19.50 FPS
  • Max: 73.10 FPS
  • Ave: 50.93 FPS

League of Legends

  • Min: 101 FPS
  • Max: 191 FPS
  • Ave: 137.34 FPS

Metro Last Light

  • Min: 9.63 FPS
  • Max: 49.80 FPS
  • Ave: 18.66 FPS

High, AF 4x, PhysX, Tess Normal, Motion blur normal, SSAA: On

  • Min: 17.16 FPS
  • Max: 31.37 FPS
  • Ave: 66.06 FPS

Spec Ops: The Line

  • Min: 65 FPS
  • Max: 106 FPS
  • Ave: 78.7 FPS

Tomb Raider

  • Min: 24 FPS
  • Max: 42 FPS
  • Ave: 33.7 FPS

High default

  • Min: 60 FPS
  • Max: 90 FPS
  • Ave: 72.3 FPS

Warframe

  • Min: 80 FPS
  • Max: 146 FPS
  • Ave: 108.8 FPS

Hope you enjoy!

Comments Sorted by:

TrentScott 1 Build 7 points 39 months ago

I envy your photography skills, very clean build as well.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

I have taken a few photos ;) Thanks for the feedback!

xx116xx 3 Builds 5 points 39 months ago

I got all excited when I saw your name next to this build :D

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Hehe :3

_Pheonix_ 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

same always a joy to see these and whats the difference between the i3 4130 and the i3 4150 because i have a client that needs a htpc for the game room

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks much! The 4150 is Haswell Refresh and will work natively with the H97/Z97 chipsets without a BIOS update. Plus it's clocked slightly higher for the same money.

_Pheonix_ 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

thanks really helps alot

Norm101 3 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks for the review of the case. I was planning on getting that one for my wife. I'll find something else instead. :)

+1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

You bet! Check out the new version of the Source 220.

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

She really wants a white case. But we don't want to spend a bunch on it since it is a pretty budget build. I was considering the NZXT 240 but it has no filters, and we have cats (which is a pretty bad combination).

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I believe there is a decent looking Enermax case that comes in white and is fairly inexpensive.

Norm101 3 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

We went with the NZXT 240. She loves it. We're modding it by taking off all of the black trim and painting it purple. :)

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

That's a great idea Norm! I hope we will be seeing it on here :)

djdirka 1 point 39 months ago

Thermaltake MS-I Snow edition

About $40

Do.You.Wanna.Build.a.Pc 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Bitfenix Comrade

nolantaylorr 2 points 39 months ago

Very nice build, Sam!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Thank you sir :)

nada190 3 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Almost got fired at work for looking at ****, please keep it SFW, this PC is way too sexy.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

HAHAHA! Unfortunately only Reddit has the NSFW tag ;)

ArticPhoeniX 2 points 39 months ago

Really nice Job!!! :D :D

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks man! :D

SpicyPickle 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Great build, as usual.

The 750ti is a great card for the price!

I was planning on getting that case, but I believe I look at something else. Thanks for reviewing it.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you sir!

I strongly advise something else. Building in it was not exactly fun.

TheTekJake 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Your builds never fail to impress. Great job as usual!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks Jake! :)

actechy 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Nicely done, as always! +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you sir! :)

Igorzchannel 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

very cool and very nice cable management +1 as always

Do.You.Wanna.Build.a.Pc 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

You have very good Photography Skills. Also do you think the i3 4150 would be able to run DayZ Mod on medium settings without stuffing up? And is this GTX 750 Ti a good card or should I get something a little more pricy?

Anyways awesome build +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I would think it would handle it okay. Though that game is poorly optimized from what I've heard. I would check some forums.

Mr.Notorious 1 point 38 months ago

I think your build looks well thought out and would like to somewhat copy it but I have 2 questions that I think I could answer myself but don't want to risk a mistake. Number 1. In the future if I for what ever reason want to upgrade to an i5 or an i7 would this motherboard be compatible, and number 2. If I tried to build this with out the gpu would it turn on? (I plan on buying piece by piece and might be anxious) I think the i3 having the hd4400 graphics means it should but once again, im a newb to this. Thanks to anyone who wants to help!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

You can certainly grab an i5 or i7! The only limiting factor there is the lack of overclocking potential. You can use the computer to its's full extent without a GPU. The integrated graphics will let you play a few games too. League of Legends will play just fine on integrated graphics.

mshelton.runner 1 point 38 months ago

Thank you for letting me know about that BitFenix case. I was in love with the color scheme but I'd much rather find a much simpler one to work with (First official build). Awesome build too btw

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

No problem! Glad I could help. If you need any help with your build, feel free to PM me.

Bretto444 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

A slash of a sinister red grin and this would be perfect...

candy 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Where do you get the custom stickers for the stock fans?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I make those!

candy 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

How?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I take a PNG of the Intel logo, put it into photoshop, get a circle behind it, print it out on cardstock paper, and cut the circle with a circle cutter tool.

candy 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

How do you know how to size it properly?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

It took me a few tries :)

Karl0508 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Have you tried BF4??

JheyoDELperu 1 point 30 months ago

nice photos, as other coments , but i apreciate... the resolutions re-adjust you did. Loads faster. THANKS! My gosh... almost nobody understand that we need to re-adjust the resolution. well, nice build chulls.

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I was thinking of building a computer with the same cpu and gpu, and I am wondering if you think that it is a good idea in 2015, or if Intel is coming out with a new gen soon. Ty!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

You might wait a little bit to see if Intel comes out with H170 and some Skylake i3s. I would guess these would be coming out in the 3rd quarter of this year, but I haven't seen any exact dates.

PotatoMan9289 1 point 26 months ago

Hey I wanted to ask what you have thought about the rosewill power supply in your PC. It fits my budget but I heard from a couple people that it gets loud. Any thoughts? Cool build BTW.

Justiceinacan 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Wow, I never noticed that G1 symbol on the motherboard, haha

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

It could! haha Thank you for the comments. Luckily the case doesn't effect the overall performance, otherwise it could have been more detrimental.