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PCMR Giveaway Build

by snow_lightning

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57 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 27, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 24, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

42.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

Description

Wanted to make a build to donate to someone's deserving friend from Reddit's PC Master Race subreddit. Started out as a $350 build and ballooned into this awesome Skylake mid level gamer. I love it. Still waiting on the headphones and wifi adapter ATM. But the main build is done.

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WEEEEE 6 points 23 months ago

Cool Build, and even better that you're giving it out for free!! The world needs more people like you!

CoolTronics21 1 Build 4 points 23 months ago

Good heart, good deeds = reward. Don't see this often.

Isrolen 4 points 23 months ago

cool where can i enter!?

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Would've been in PCMR on Reddit over a month ago. At least that's when I started the contest but only just recently got all the parts together.

Venomthemad 2 points 23 months ago

Jealous of whoever gets it. :) but very nice of you.

piemancoder 2 points 23 months ago

Awesome build! Good luck to everybody that enters!

tamtran 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Can you explain why you chose the mobo to be more expensive than the CPU? And also why a $80 portable drive?

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I've always considered the mobo to be the single most important part for any build, because everything else attaches to it and runs through it. The 6100 is totally underrated, so I left lots of room to upgrade and the mobo can do it. This way, an upgrade can consist of one part at a time without having to also buy a new mobo to handle it. GPU, CPU, RAM, and SSDs can all be plug and play. Changing out a mobo is a pain in the butt because then everything has to be unplugged and separated. The case doesn't have any bay drives so I had to get an external drive. Wanted USB 3.0 because speed and all the mobo plugs are 3.0 or better, so I'm just matching. Didn't really want a blu ray burner, but I did want a DVD and CD burner and blu-ray reader, but that wasn't an option as an external drive, but this one was as a blu-ray burner. I also thought it was white, but is actually silver on top.

tamtran 1 Build 0 points 23 months ago

But shouldn't it be better if you get an intel i5 instead of i3 since i3 is a bit old right now? I mean I have an $80 mobo and it still runs quite well.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

Skylakes are the newest processor available right now from Intel. It being an i3 is more a statement of power than how new it is. It's a dual core with hyper threading so it handles 4 threads total and gets better FLOP performance than my older hexacore i7-980x clocked @ 4.5ghz. New owner can upgrade the processor easier than the mobo later if they want. Maybe your $80 mobo is good for what you do and you're fine with it but I think the mobo should be a primary investment. Processors and video cards and ram and hard drives can be much more easily upgraded or added to later than the mobo. The OS is matched to the mobo as well. I'd rather start with a great mobo so it never has to be replaced. I was trying to keep the cost as low as I could bare, so i3 instead of i5. I think this i3 is totally underrated.

tamtran 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

I've never taken mobo seriously as I do with CPU and GPU but what you said really opens my eyes. I always thought i3 isn't ideal for gaming compared to i5 and i7.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Most games have a dual core minimum requirement. The hyperthreading helps by allowing it to work with 4 threads on the two cores up to 3.7Ghz. Throw in some speedy DDR4 and it can push some serious bandwidth (relatively). A good review I read compared this processor with slower ram and a Titan video card (to see the CPU bottleneck specifically) and it can hold 60fps @ 1080 with high-ultra settings. Slower ram causes more frame drops. This build uses a 960 not a Titan or 980 so it's not actually bottlenecked at the processor at all I don't think. Linpack performance rated it at 104GFLOPS.

brodosaur 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

It's a brand new architecture, the i3 is just the smallest

BenjaminCooley32 1 point 23 months ago

would have spent the extra 92 dollars and gotta a 15 6500 with 4 cores but other than that its an awesome build

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Could play that game all day with any component. I think the 6100 is being seriously under-rated. This leaves tons of room to upgrade the setup, maybe they'll pick out a K processor in the future as an upgrade. But this processor has more FLOPS performance than my 6 core i7-980x. It'll be ok.

Resbum 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

I agree. I too believe the i3-6100 is seriously under-rated. I found this build by searching for completed builds using the i3-6100 cpu and MSI GeForce GTX 960 4G gpu. This is the only build that showed up. I just finished my build with these two components dropped into an Asrock Z170 motherboard for the same reasons you list. As soon as my completed build gets out of moderation it will hopefully show up in the completed builds. It's named "Resbum's Cyber Monday Budget Build"

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I think this is the reason I saw the price jump recently after my build and a few places sold out for a spin. Good horsepower for the entry-level i3. And you won't feel that bad updating the chip one or two years from now to something more powerful that will, undoubtedly, be cheaper in the future. Here's a benchmarking vid I made with Firestrike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVCmZExTvnM and another one with the Skydiver benchmark: https://youtu.be/dH_tlMzordE

johngerges582 1 point 23 months ago

Still waiting on the headphones

Once you get them mind telling me if they are good or not? I might pick them up later on this year.

Good build though. +1

Moltraze 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

I owned a pair of the 430's for 2 years before they finally fell apart and broke. The G430's is a very good headset, the sound quality is fantastic, the microphone is on the better side (cancels out background noise which is fantastic). The cable is braided which helps with durability, and the sound adjustor and microphone mute switch is very nice. I've considered getting a 2nd set of 430's because I loved them just that much. Just be sure to install the drivers and you're good to go. .^

johngerges582 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks for that.

Definitely looks like a good product.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I've used a couple cheaper headphones including the corsair 1500 and now the plantronics gamecom 780. I imagine this logitec headset will be about the same as those other two. I picked it because Logitec and its blue and under $100.

DJG_FTW 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build, but why use a 3rd party fan when you have a chip that is locked? Oh, nice case. In my new build, I'm going to be using the S340.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Just for upgrading later, as the nicer chips don't come with a cooler.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 23 months ago

Interesting choice of parts...

MCPro 1 point 23 months ago

Does anybody notice the ram?? Look after the 2 in ddr4 2666

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

What is it you're seeing?

MCPro 1 point 23 months ago

666

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Ah, yes. Devil's RAM. How you know it's good.

concs 1 point 22 months ago

Hey, is the 960 bottlenecked by that sick i3, I'm building similar and wondering

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I don't think so. The new i3 gets better FLOP performance than my older six core i7 and scores better in benchmarks compared to the last couple generations of i5 chips, or similar. Article I saw on the new 6100 i3 is that it needs faster RAM, at least 2666mhz to prevent frame drops while gaming and would be bottlenecked by something like a TitanX or 980ti while pushing 60fps on ultra settings. I think the 960 compliments the i3 very well, enough juice to play any AAA game @ 1080p and hold 60fps with moderate settings. In short, I think the 960 reaches its limit before the 6100 gets bottlenecked. Pair all this with a SSD and you're off to the races.

concs 1 point 22 months ago

I think I'm going with a 380 and maybe this i3. Thanks for the help.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Recommendation is the 960 over the 380 because of the driver overhead with ATI products. More stuff the CPU has to do just to communicate with the hardware. Nvidia's drivers are better so there's less for the cpu to do. In this case, since its the base chip, I'd hazard for the 960 over the 380. Performance will be in a game by game basis I think, but I'd bet on better over all performance with a 4gb 960. I was just playing the first Batman game on the 960 and i3 and it was beautiful. Took some work to get physx working right because the game didn't recognize the newer hardware, but it flatlined 60fps in the benchmark at 1080p with 2xMFAA and high physx settings, high/ultra settings on all. The whole rig was whisper quiet as well.

Net-Daggere 1 point 9 months ago

Is the PSU still holding up (regarding to it being fine and running well)

JafferAli 1 Build 0 points 23 months ago

should give it to tintu, i hear he lost.

Mailstorm -2 points 23 months ago

That SSD isn't a 'true' ssd. It's slower than a tradition SSD. Just thought you'd like to know.

Also, why the Z170 if no overclocking? Why a $60 wifi adapter?

IwannaPC 10 Builds 5 points 23 months ago

Maybe this person who is getting it will want to upgrade to an i5 or i7 later on... They might take advantage of overclocking...

tiny_voices 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Exactly. Never understood why people hate on someone for buying good quality stuff.

zen1966 3 points 23 months ago

A Z170, apart from upgrade path: OC'ed RAM helps Skylake i3s.

For those few who haven't seen this yet.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

That article was one of my primary sources for getting a 6100 i3 with 2666mhz ddr4.

Resbum 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

That article helped me to decide on the i3-6100, also. Although, for the time being, I went with standard DDR4 2133.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I got 525MB/s read and write performance on the SSD using atto bench. Wanted a board that could accept some upgrades over time to scale performance. Since its a donation, the new user can put in a faster processor or better gpu later and at their convenience. Add ram or more drives. This is a good starting place.

johngerges582 2 points 23 months ago

It starts to get alot slower over time. Still an SSD nonetheless.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

No it is a terrible SSd actually. The worst you can buy. PRoven hundreds of times.

johngerges582 1 point 23 months ago

I know it is the worst SSD you can buy.

But I was saying it is still an SSD. It may not be as fast as an SSD should be, but still has the technology an SSD would have, such as no moving parts.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

This SSD is the worst you can buy. Within a few months and once you get some time/data on it it'll be as slow as a mechanical drive. This has been proven many times.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Do you have a good review showing this? A cursory google search did not lend itself to your argument, although the rated speeds are 450MB/s read and write, so I'm sure I'll see some performance degradation since brand new it ran 525MB/s read and write. I'm hoping it doesn't break down too much, although it is a cheaper model. OCZ was labelled the RMA champ.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Interesting. I hope they got all that sorted out, as those articles are over a year old now. The one I bought has firmware version 605ABBS2, so I don't think it'll have the same issues. Or at least I hope not.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Have you read the Anandtech article where they talk about the controller change?

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Might've skimmed through it. You guys have convinced me. I have my eyes on a samsung evo 850 m.2 250gb for sale for $79 on newegg.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

The wifi adapter is expensive due to being 802.11ac and having 3 antennas.

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I just liked the look and that its ac. Have good experience with tp link before. Cheaper of the two like this.

abernav 1 point 16 months ago

Does the graphics card cover the PCI x1 slot? or what slot do you plan on using the wireless card in?

snow_lightning submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yes it covered the x1 PCI-E slot. Fortunately, you can put a 1x device in any pci-e slot so I just stuck it in the bottom 8x slot.

piemancoder 1 point 23 months ago

No, it's still a true SSD. No moving parts, still has non-volatile flash chips. It's just slower, but it's still a "true" SSD

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