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Big Bessie

by Knodalisshel



Date Published

April 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

880 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.375 GHz


This build I made right when skylake was released. I use it to play stranded deep, Subnautica, and use unreal engine, blender, gimp, afterburner, Rica stistics tuner, sketch fab, and much more. Playing my games, stranded deep with all on high I get 40 fps average, and Subnautica with everything on high/medium I get 30-45 fps. I made this on a 400$ budget, and it was well worth it.

Let's go through the parts.

Part Reviews


GREAT budget CPU. If you don't want to spend 250$ on a CPU, this is the one for you. It stays cool, it runs quickly and effeciantly. Trust me. I was on a haswell refresh i7 before, and the difforence in that CPU and this are noticeable, but barley. If you can spend the extra 5 minutes when backing up half a tb of files, than its great. Onboard graphics are fine for Intel, but you really need a video card if you are doing any kind of gaming. 900p, 720p, 1080p, then yeah you need a video card. 5 stars because you are not going to get a CPU this good, and a CPU socket that can be upgraded to a sixth gen i7 for this cheap. It's a wonder in a box. For 130$ it was a steal.


I wasn't expecting a mobo this good for under 100$. It has 4 ram slots, so later I will upgrade to 16gb ram. It has all good stuff. It has lots of USB ports, a pulsing internet light, a place to plug in a beeper (beeps on startup), and with Asus, they are a great reliable motherboard company, though for some of the better ones, a little overpriced. The Bios is very graphical, to me it's not a good thing, but to others maybe.

Computers are much cheaper than they were, and this is proof.


Ram is Ram, and I read that DDR3L (low voltage) ram was suggested for skylake, so, why not? It runs cool, and very very fast. A bit tight snapping them into the mobo slots, and they feel fragile, but for 30$ and 8 gigs, it's good ram.


Was in my old Apple laptop, so for free, it's great. Installed Windows on it, and I can boot into the OS in literally 9.2 seconds. It's very fast, I just wish it was bigger. If you've got it already, use it. If you really want an expensive SSD and have the money, there are probably better options.


I got this sucker for 20$ from a friend. They gave me the deal because it was used and I agreed to put some games for them on it. There are much better 1tb hard drives for cheaper, and this one feels like slug speed compared to my SSD.


Got it as a gift, and it's a good one. It's a tough case and it works. It has plenty of space inside and easy to manage cables with zip ties.

Power Supply

I got this PSU as a gift, and I wish all gifts were like this. It's quiet, good airflow, and obvious why it's a gold.

Operating System

Compared to Windows 8, it's a god. It's cute and speedy, but it just isn't Windows 7. It looks all modern and stuff, but if you are looking for an all around best OS, do yourself a favor and use Linux.


Uber fast, bright, and you can hardly tell the difforence between this res and full HD, but you can tell the difference is frames per second. It's no high end screen but it was in the garage and so it works.

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Knodalisshel submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Edit: new video card that runs everything on earth AMAZING!!!

vitexo 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build. The only thing I would change is the PSU placement. Since you have a carper I would flip it to avoid dust build up. I know there is a a filter but its not gonna be good enough. I'm telling you this based on my personal experience :)

Knodalisshel submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Good advise, will do that.

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

nice i3 build! reminds me I should get my lazy me doing the pics to upload mine too.

I was wondering if I should get the HD6950 2gb or not. I've seen one on local ads for 60$cad (used of course). I read here and there that 6950 is not far behind the 6970 in terms of performance. Now if only I could have a REAL use for it lol

Knodalisshel submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Well, it depends on if you are heavy gaming. This card isn't great for the heavy stuff, but it's the best bang for the buck I could find to run my open world games at a playable rate. If I could go back and change this build from the start, I would have saved more and gotten a Nvidia GeForce Gtx 950. It's worth the money, if you are gaming hard. I am fine with the low frame rate, so it doesn't matter to me. Keep in mind both the 50 and the 70 have directX 9, and so they only support some games.

nsyochum 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I disagree, if you are on a super budget build, getting used will give you the best price to performance ratio

Knodalisshel submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Very true.

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MidniteSCARE 1 point 31 months ago

You people call this budget?

BrilliantCreeper 3 points 30 months ago

I know right. For me budget is like $350 dollars. Not $1000.

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Knodalisshel submitter 1 Build 0 points 36 months ago

Oh thanks. I am looking to update my GPU to a more modern one, and i will use that advice. Yeah, that CPU rocks.