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Christmas comes early for little brother (and me)

by Iceman320

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10 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 12, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 10, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

Description

I have such an addiction passion for computer building that it is infectious (well at-least i hope it is)

Sorry about the shaky photos, it was a relatively old (and average) camera and i don't have the steadiest hand.

This build started when i was at a Black friday sale and saw a good deal on the SSD, then i thought to myself "Hey Brandon (my little brother) needs a computer" so then the planning/buying started. First with a call to my little Bro asking if he was keen, then followed by a deal on the RAM at the same store shortly after hanging up the phone.

(Prices are in NZD as i live in New Zealand, and yes stuff is expensive here)

The primary use of this machine would be for playing League of Legends, and so that i could have the chance to build another computer. Although this time seeing as it was a present for my little brother i let him piece it together.

I knew that he had to be on the latest platform (Intel Skylake) so i went for some cheap DDR4 RAM, later invested time into laying out what parts were the best to get and resulted in picking up this beauty of a CPU, this thing is SPECTACULAR for the price and when paired with a mid range GPU (to come later) is a perfect little gaming machine.

I decided to go a little smaller on this build, and because i couldn't find any cheap (but still decent) ITX boards and a matching case i decided to go with mATX board and the Carbide 88r (which i fell in love with on first sight and just had to get)

The PSU i got for FREE from work and was in my grandads computer (i3, 8GB RAM..... i know 550Watts is overkill) but then i purchased the Corsair VS 350 to swap it out into this build for when we want to install a GPU down the road. (the price listed is for the VS350)

Also stole the Disk drive from my Grandads old build.

I am not sure of the exact model of screen we are using with this atm, but it is 1440x900 so i just selected a random one from PCPP

We managed to stay just under out $500 NZD budget (totalled around $489 excluding the case) so thats a major bonus :)

tl;dr I Got my little brother to build a computer and i enjoyed it more than him :D

Part Reviews

CPU

This thing is cheap, and packed full of surprising amounts of grunt. The perfect entry level gaming CPU, and can be paired with fairly mid-high end GPU's and still hold its own.

Even without a dedicated GPU this thing can play games at reasonable frame rates on low graphics (and League maxed out at 80fps)

Motherboard

Was one of the cheapest B150 mATX boards i could get, still had everything i needed and was very easy to work with. The Bios is great and very user friendly, deducted a star for the issues with USB drivers when installing windows 7

Memory

Was cheap and works....

Storage

As fast as any SSD out there (well maybe not any but still), boot times are fast and loading times are just as fast. Also a very good price.

Case

Surprisingly light, but looks darn good and was easy to work in. Has plenty of room for larger GPU's and has a nice viewing window (just be sure to get some LED's) deducted a star as it could be roomier in the back for cable management (but i made it work)

Power Supply

It is quiet and efficient, have used this for a few years now and swapped it into a couple of different computers and it is still chugging along.

Keyboard

Love the feel of this keyboard, prefer wired over wireless any day and this is one of the best cheap keyboards (that i have used)

Comments Sorted by:

lilmac 2 points 4 months ago

At last a fellow Kiwi! Nice build, might I ask where you bought?

Iceman320 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

SSD, RAM, CPU: PB tech

PSU (Coarsair VS350): Kiwi Gamer

MoBo: Mighty Ape

The case was a pain in the *** to get though, i Tried KTech and ThunderTech both of which said they were in stock but then was emailed later saying the opposite. I ended up going with a more reliable seller and paying a bit more PlayTech (Wow thats a lot of "Tech" sites)

Usually i try to purchase from DTCsystems though as they are awesome, and also the asain guy (When you call for enquiries) really knows his products.

I usually keep track of everything on Pricespy and use the lists to put together builds along with PCPP of-course.

FACUNDO 12 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Christmas comes early for little brother (and me)

And me. I'm getting a new phone, so I'll be able to take better pics for my completed builds section here in PCPP!

Iceman320 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

What are you trying to say :o

hehe, what phone are you looking at getting?

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Mmm... dunno. My options are: iphone se, iphone 6, Galaxy J7 prime, Galaxy S5, LG G5 or Moto G4 PLUs.

Iceman320 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I would go for the LG, Samsung and iphone are overpriced.

Here is a comparison, the Motorola may have 4 more cores but the LG will be better overall IMO.

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks.

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Duncan034 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

I second this.

Iceman320 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Yeah was looking at the RX 460 and then if i had the extra money make the jump to the RX 470, but he seems pretty content with the games he can play on the i3.

Also he's not really bothered by average-bad graphics :p

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Iceman320 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Not yet as he only plays League of Legends and he would have to pay for the GPU (and he doesn't have the money)

But if he ever starts playing more demanding games we can sort it out, and then i will update this build.

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