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Man, have I come a long way. Walking out of that computer class with an E6750 and an 8400 gs, I felt like I was at the top of the world.

3 years ago.

Slowly, I upgraded to an HD 5450, which I then shortly shorted out, an R7 260X with birthday money (this card lasted me almost 2 years, warranty expires this december) and a Q6600 with some walking around money and ran that for 2 years.

High temps down the road made me upgrade the old optiplex case to the S340, and the stock cooler to the Hyper 212 EVO. I replaced my old 250gb Hitachi Deathstar with a 1TB Caviar Blue from a donor pc. I bought the PSU because it was on sale , ($150) and I needed to replace that old Thermaltake one anyways.

Most recently, I completely upgraded all the core components. Brand new CPU, Mobo, Ram, and GPU. As well as some LEDs to make it look nice.

This rig rocks, but some major upgrades are still left, like an SSD, as well as an i5 so I can enjoy ALL of my games without major hiccups. (i3 still kicks *** tho) Might pick up some more nf-a14s down the road too.

Ask me anything.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Great motherboard. I'd like to see the main PCI-E slot moved down one notch to support very large air-coolers as that was the route I was going for, but that's not enough to warrant the removal of a star. Great, quality, m-ATX board.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, Im going to be building my first PC soon and I was wondering if you had any suggestions about whether or not I should go ahead and splurge on the i5 or take the cheap route and get an i3. Going to be using it to game, but really mainly Overwatch. Sweet setup by the way.

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Honestly, if you do have the money, the i5 would be the way to go.

But if you don't, or will just be playing Overwatch, the i3 will run it game nicely.

The i3 really isn't that far behind the i5 unless playing cpu intensive games. (GTA V)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks appreciate the help!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

How does that i3 6100 do in multitasking?

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Haven't really done any intense multitasking but switching in and out of games and multiple light programs is seamless. I haven't experienced any hiccups or slowdowns.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean budget minded kickass gamer.

Thumbs up.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Wish we could get another clean budget build like this as the featured build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

At least you got some extra watts in the case you wanted to upgrade in the future :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the main reason I got it.

10 year warranty as well so I should be good for 10 years.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell us how many fps you get on some of your games?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Any specific games?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Games like h1z1,minecraft,csgo and league of legends

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

CSGO maxed out never drops below 144.

Minecraft with Sonic Ether shaders chills at 60 with some settings tweaked.

I cant say anything for H1z1 and league runs on everything.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thank you man

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Just curious, looking at the temps you posted. How hot is it in your damn room?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a similar setup aside from a 120 exhaust on the back and my cpu idles at 21C, its an i5 but still.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I run all my fans at their lowest speeds on idle and run them up to only about 30% at load.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That makes sense, mine intake 120's are running straight to the PSU

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig. are you going to get a GTX 1070? Paring that with a i5 will do nicely

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'm going to stick to the 1060 for now, 1080p is good enough for me until I jump onto the 1440p/144hz bandwagon.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh okay

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. How does the motherboard perform? I won't be overclocking and I was planning on getting the B150M Pro VD (MSI), which is the original version of the one you got. My inital turnoff was the fact that it had no HDMI port, so is your motherboard bode well? I'm going to use same gc/processor as you. I will be playing games like overwatch, CSGO, BF1, maybe RSS, and possibly World At War.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a great motherboard, definitely worth the price, especially if on sale. Very nice too look at too.

Usually motherboards don't affect performance, but you can't go wrong with this one. Those games should run fine.

Why would the lack of an HDMI port make you change your mind if you're going to be using the GPU for video output?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I did my research. I'm going to go with the MSI B150M PRO-VD. I assumed that if it didn't have an hdmi port it would potentially affect the frames or bottleneck the graphics card.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

oh no, the motherboard hdmi has no effect on frames as all your output is being run by the gpu

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How did your build fair with CSGO, Overwatch, Rainbow Six, etc?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

CSGO runs like a dream.

I don't own the other games, but I'm pretty sure they'd run no problem.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

S340 builds always look so sleek, nice work +1, little worried that your exhausting all the hot air off your cpu cooler into your case. I would turn the cooler around to exhaust out of the back of the case and maybe move the noctua fan to help it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Im going with the same cpu and gpu but z170m msi mortar mobo. Is this build working well on 1080p games ?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well, just make sure you do your research before buying any new games, watch how they run on other people computers with the same parts, etc.

The 1060 handles every game at 1080p, most at 1440p, and some at 4k.

The i3 will be your main bottleneck and drag down the 1060, so be sure to get a 6600k as soon as possible. With the 6600k, expect full locked 60fps+ at 1080p on every game currently out.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Im planning to change into i5 6600k the next year. Does that combo (i3 6100 and 1060 6 gb ) run bf1 , ow , doom 2016 , lol ,far cry 4 and primal at 1080p smooth ?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Overwatch and Doom run @ 1080p 60fps+ Ultra with no drops.

I'm pretty sure BF1 runs well, but i'd expect a few drops here and there if it gets too intense.

I'm not sure about Far Cry 4 and Primal, might have to look up some benchmarks on Youtube to see.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What changes did you do in your build atm ? That's good news :3.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? I have not changed anything so far, still running the same parts.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That power supply is a little overkill pal!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That power supply's fan never turns on pal!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that justifies having 1000 watts for a 300 watt system. Nice build but if you paid full price for that, you wasted Big Buck my guy. A little noise won't kill you

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

okay, i guess mentioning it was on sale when i got it doesn't get through to some people

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

lucky.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, the stock fans are very quiet and move plenty of air to keep the GPU nice and cool. I only keep them there to keep a positive pressure in the case.

I would not call them crap, but their are certainly better fans out there.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed, i used the stock fans as intake and no problems, 1 corsair AF120 and AF140 for exhaust.