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It's A Sleeper

by Rman917

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29 Comments

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Details

Date Published

Aug. 18, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

19.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.26GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

Description

Please don't tell me that this case doesn't have enough airflow. The temps are fine. Suggestions and questions are more than welcome. If I left anything out please tell me.

Pictures will be added ASAP. Done.

I got the 750 ti. It's ridiculously capable for 720p gaming.

9/4/16: The PC is still going strong. It's an absolute dream having a cold boot to the desktop take less than 15 seconds.

9/24/16: Overclocked the GPU. I have had no issues with this PC, not even temps. Installed an air filter made out of a dryer sheet.

10/6/16: The case is rather loud.

1/9/17: Happy new year! Christmas rolled around and I got a GTX 1060! Will update list and pics later today.

Part Reviews

CPU

Overkill for gaming. I reccomend the i5 if that's what you're doing. I only got it for the longevity, but Kaby Lake is a few months away, so maybe it was not such a good choice.

Thermal Compound

Great.

Motherboard

The orange LED is very obvious. It functions well, but if you're concerned about aesthetics, look elsewhere.

Video Card

Capable graphics card for 720p. For 1080p and higher you should probably look elsewhere.

Power Supply

If you are getting a PSU you should always look for Seasonic.

This particular unit is on the higher price end of sub-400w PSUs, but it's a quality unit. It provides clean power and that's all that matters. The cables are all black if you want to know.

Operating System

I guess it does what it's meant to, so 5 stars. That doesn't mean I like it.

Wireless Network Adapter

It has 3 antennas so it must be good.

Jokes aside, it's decent. It cuts out every so often.

Update: It's stopped cutting out now. I'll give it that last star now.

Keyboard

It's nice. The reds aren't the greatest for typing, but they aren't meant for that. They're meant for gaming, and they're great for their intended purpose.

Mouse

The button on top swithes the sensitivity.

Comments Sorted by:

chrispdm1 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Basically when it comes to GPU's, it depends what you are wanting to do with it and what do you have to spend? What kind of games are you wanting to play? What kind of monitor do you have (resolution, refresh rate)? If you have just a 1080P screen, then you won't need a super expensive graphics card to run most games at max settings. A 960 will be fine. If you have a 4K screen at 144hz, you need an extremely top end graphics card if you want to run it at peak performance with AAA titles.

Me personally, I have a 1080P monitor at 60hz and I run a 970 maxed out on all the games I play and it works well. I would like to get a 2k screen though.

When it comes to AMD, I don't have an idea, because I don't know AMD cards very good at all, but from what I understand is that they are cheaper priced for comparable cards, but their cards don't tend to go as high end as Nvidia. Basically if you want performance and have money, go Nvidia. If you want lower budget, good bang for your buck, go AMD.

Looking at your system and budget, a 960 would be a good way to go, should run for well under $200. If that's a bit much, try looking around for a used (or possibly new) 600 or 700 series card. Also used 900 series are kind of flooding the market right now. I talk about Nvidia only because I know them better... doesn't mean you can't find a really good AMD card.

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I am running a 1366x768 monitor. The 750ti is what I was thinking of, because of its low TDP. That should be enough, right?

chrispdm1 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Oh yeah, to run at that resolution a 750ti should work good. The 750ti is a really good option for a budget build, good price for performance. What would that run you in the US, prolly $100? Just keep in mind that if you want to upgrade your monitor in the future to 1080p it will likely not do as good.

Not to sound critical or anything, because you already know its overkill, but you could have saved a bit on the CPU and used that towards a better GPU or Monitor. And I say that as someone who went overkill on CPU and bought a 6700K when the 6600 would have been sufficient.

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yes, the 750ti does go for around $100 here. I will purchase that in a couple days then. And one of the main reasons that I spent that extra $100 is so that I could go maybe an extra 2-3 years before upgrading.

NoobyGamer 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

To be honest dont get a 750ti unless its 100 or under, if its over even by 5 dollars go for the cheapest 950 or amd 460 which will reck the 750ti for about 115

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yes, but the TDP of those cards concern me. And I would the card to have no external power socket.

chrispdm1 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah I went for future proof as well.

CrimsonGhost64 1 point 10 months ago

You should get an RX 460.

Stereotypical_Whale 2 points 10 months ago

I really wish I didn't return my katar, it felt SO QUALITY! It was just a little too small, but maybe if I got used to it...

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah, it's a great mouse. It's actually a step up in size for me, as I was using a tiny Logitech wireless mouse.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 10 months ago

yeah I use to use a wireless Microsoft mini mouse on my old dell laptop, too bad I used a blackweb gaming mouse as my first upgrade before the katar, and it was actually amazing, it just started creeking and I wanted a deathadder chroma, so I got one, which I regret cause it was 110 cad

FACUNDO 12 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

The K65, my favourite keyboard. Wish I had it.

Also, this is a pretty funny build to look at :)

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yes, it's really worth the price. The red switches are great for games.

tbhpcbuilder 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

+1 for a great basis build. As for a GPU suggestion, you really just gotta look at the games you play the most and at what resolution/refresh rate you plan on going with. I did read above that you game on a 1366x768 monitor so like you stated, a 750ti would be great.

personwhoknowshowtobuildstuff 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

god i love sleepers, good choice on the 750ti not sure you would want anything with a high tdp in there.

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you! That's the biggest reason that I went with the card, along with the fact that I've been wanting to get my hands on one for use with some older PCs.

personwhoknowshowtobuildstuff 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

No problem, I used to have a 750 ti but i put it into a smaller pc I use on occasion, great card.

Hows the Katar working out for you? I've been looking at that mouse and it seems nice for the price.

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I don't think it can be beat for the price. The only thing that you may have a problem with is that it's a laser mouse, but otherwise it's perfect. And that red LED does get somewhat hot. So your hands may get somewhat sweaty while gaming for a bit.

Z3DM4N 5 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Nice build, but maybe the 6700 is a bit too powerful for the rest of the build. Nice work though

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah I know, the reasoning behind it is that I had to outdo my friend's i5-6600. And I probably won't need to upgrade for 5 or more years. And when I do, there will be Kaby Lake to get another year or two out of it.

Z3DM4N 5 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Lol friends make you spend more. I custom watercooled my loop to make it better than friends ones so i see your reasoning

Polsyr 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Nice sleeper! I had a similar problem with a similar WiFi adapter. It stopped when I disabled then enabled the adaptor a couple of times.

Ziky 1 point 10 months ago

O i not saw ok for your monitor will be enough gtx 960 60fps in most game so for gtx 960 or go for gtx 480 4gb 200 dollars if you are from America you can get it rly cheap..

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Paint the case, not too big but like some highlights for flair.

Ziky 0 points 10 months ago

If you will use 144hz buy gtx 1070 if you will use 60hz buy 1060 simple.

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Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I'd have to be crazy to even consider putting anything more powerful than a 1060 in this case, for 2 reasons. The first is airflow, and the second is power consumption. The PSU is 350 watts and has only one 6+2 pin connector.

Cam84 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Rx 460 maybe

Rman917 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

That's a good option, I will consider it.

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