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BoyScout Aug. 5, 2016

In our latest video, we assemble a PC based on our Modest Gaming Build Guide, featuring an Radeon RX 480 video card. You can read details on the part selection by checking out the build guide, then check below to see our final part choices after we locked in selections based on the parametric filters.

Update: We've added a Completed Build with more pictures and a few benchmarks.

PCPartPicker part list:

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99
Motherboard ASRock H110M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $53.99
Memory Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $35.99
Storage OCZ TRION 150 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $65.99
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.99
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB Black Edition Video Card $269.99
Case Silverstone PS07B MicroATX Mini Tower Case $71.99
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99
Other SilverStone Sleeved 1-to-2 PWM Fan Splitter Cable (CPF01) $4.99
Total at time of filming $851.91

Our friends at NCIX and Newegg have created some great deals to help make this build your own for a little less cash!

Newegg has put together a SuperCombo based on the same ASRock H110M-DGS motherboard and XFX Radeon RX 480 used in the build video. They swapped out the HDD for a Seagate model and the PSU for a Cooler Master 550W, but otherwise kept the parts shown in the video. The bundle trims the price of the build by $25 compared to what we were able to get at the time of building.

NCIX is offering a bundle for both our US and Canadian users. The bundle, while still following the guide, offers a few changes from the components used in the video by selecting the Gigabyte GA-H110M-A motherboard, 650W Cooler Master PSU and an Intel SSD. After the bundle discount, the total price is within a few dollars of the build shown in the video. For more details, check out the bundles at NCIX Canada and NCIX US.

A big thanks to NCIX and Newegg for making these deals available!

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AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 4 points 16 months ago

This case is annoying! Too many things to remove!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Definitely a lot of screws, but it provides for a variety of options based on what you want to do. The removable 3.5" hard drive bay (which we left out since the lower bay served our needs) is positioned perfectly to provide support for a GPU in a lower slot. There's also a unique adjustable CPU fan support bracket in the bottom of the case for large air CPU coolers that we didn't use since we only had the stock fan this time around.

m00f 6 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

i'd rather have a case with more features than I'm going to use than a case lacking things I need.

minionslayer23 1 point 16 months ago

same

Xorex64 1 point 11 months ago

Yup

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 4 points 16 months ago

Also , what do you do with so many builds?

Xizt 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Ayy! Another build :D

metakortex 1 point 16 months ago

I guess the highlight of these videos is the case. There's just a lot of experimentation in PC cases, with inverted layouts and weird stuff removal sequences (Thermaltake Core V21 and the like).

Glad to see varied types of cases being brought into the mix !! Cheers guys :)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

It's always fun when we get to try something a bit different. Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed the build.

Alkor89 1 point 16 months ago

I'd really like to see some benchmarking results since Y'all went to the trouble of building this and I was thinking of building something similar soon. Thanks for the video nice job very smooth and professional!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Glad you liked it! We're working on some benchmarks and will post them with some more pictures in a Completed Build write-up later this week. We'll update add links in the description above once it's available.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 0 points 16 months ago

The completed build is available now if you were still curious to see some benchmarks.

LeeTheENTP 1 point 16 months ago

I've used the KL06B-W, the previous iteration of the case in this guide. It's a nice, compact case, but the front isn't too friendly for 240mm radiators and the QC must not be the best. The case I got was slightly warped - enough to make it difficult to put the top and side panels back on after removing them.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

It actually feels a bit closer to the internal layout of the TJ08B-E, though the dual front fans and front panel I/O+buttons are clearly more similar to the KL06B-W's design.

We built with the TJ08B-E a few years ago, and I ended up using it for my home PC for almost 2 years. The sides on that one were reasonably easy to put on (didn't feel warped), but there was always one screw that was too tight when securing it closed, no matter how I tried to push and align it. So that might be similar to your experience.

The PS07B side panel seems almost identical to its predecessor, but for the most part seems to close easier with only a bit of pressure (at least from the half dozen times I've removed/replaced them during our post-build testing/photo shoot), so that's a minor improvement.

On the radiator -- if you look closely where the drive cages sit, your not going to make a 240mm rad work in this one. Unlike the KL06-B-W, it only supports a 120mm rad on the rear of the case.

Legendly 1 point 16 months ago

Is there a Cooler??

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

We used the stock Intel cooler that came with the processor.

Legendly 1 point 16 months ago

Ok, thanks also what should I put on my pc if I play these games on high 1. Battlefield Hardline 2.CSGO 3.H1Z1

My Budget is around 650 USD Please Help

jmista90 1 point 15 months ago

You need to do your own research and educate yourself a bit. I'd suggest checking out benchmarks etc on "budget builds". You can find a ton of videos etc. on youtube.

Drakenstein99 1 point 16 months ago

Does the 1060 get better performance than the 480?

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

They trade blows, but for the time being the GTX 1060 wins most of the benchies by a little bit. However this can change as new drivers come online.

Drakenstein99 1 point 16 months ago

I was just wondering, what would be better in a bang for your buck build

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Once prices stabilize, the RX 480.

silentcastle9 1 point 15 months ago

yes unless you dual the rx 480

eric111eric 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Doesn't seem like the best bang for the buck, still a nice build though

MatthewGehrmann 1 point 15 months ago

What would you suggest? I've gone for a variant of this build, but with cheaper ram and an 8 gig RX 480 sapphire nitro. What else could you get for the same money?

eric111eric 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

A lot of the parts are just not necessary, like the power supply or case being that nice. Check out my most recent build for a cheaper build that performs better

MatthewGehrmann 1 point 15 months ago

After looking at your build, I downgraded my PSU and Cade as they were quite unnecessary and don't improve performance. I don't care about looks, so the power puppy doesn't have to be modular, and the case doesn't matter so long as it holds everything and cools it well.

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mrjoey523 1 point 16 months ago

Hi, thanks a lot for sharing this build and video!! It was extremely helpful and informative. I have a quick question if you might happen to know. I was thinking of getting a different computer case, but keeping all the other same specs and hardware in the build guide the same. Do you by chance know if this case by Rosewill: 'Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case with USB 2.0 Cases RANGER-M Black' from Amazon.com would work instead of the case mentioned in this guide? A link to it can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006BCK7RM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Thank you so much for any help or insight you might be able to provide!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Looks like it will technically work (everything will fit, be compatible, etc), though that case doesn't support USB 3.0 on the front panel I/O; only USB 2.0, so that's worth keeping in mind: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/HJ7Xyf

Baking_Soda 1 point 15 months ago

Which monitor is the most reasonable for gaming with this build?

silentcastle9 1 point 15 months ago

i would add another AMD radeon rx 480 and then it would be as good as the geforce gtx 1070

devinwells 1 point 15 months ago

Hi, Looking at the parts list, I see you have a 240GB SSD and a 2TB HD. Im new to PC building and was wondering what the purpose of having a solid state and hard drive? Thanks, Devin

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

The idea is to put your OS and critical or most used applications on the smaller SSD and less used applications, games and other larger general files/media on the secondary (larger) HDD. While it takes a bit more planning and effort to split your storage across 2 drives, the component cost is pretty effective for the performance gain, without having to opt for a more expensive larger SSD to store everything you might need.

There are a number of factors at play, but for example, the boot time on an SSD drops dramatically to mere seconds under Windows 10. Applications like MS Office launch practically instantaneously. Load time for large maps/levels on a multiplayer FPS like Battlefield can see a similar improvement, allowing you to go from the round having already started before you finish loading to actually seeing the pre-round count down with enough time left to maybe even change your load out. :)

MichaelSY 1 point 13 months ago

Is there enough space for MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X instead of RX 480? I want to make sure that GPU cooler will work.

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BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 16 points 16 months ago

Sometimes filming in 4K just catches too much detail. :)

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Haha.

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BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the feedback!

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