Description

Hello again fellow builders! Here is yet again another build. This one was done for my girlfriend's dad. He is a big fan of RPGs and anything fantasy. This is an upgraded system that will replace his old gaming rig that consisted of a Sandy Bridge i3, 6870, and 4 GB RAM. The budget for this build started at around $650 and after a few aesthetic things and a Windows license this is what we ended up with. I was hesitant to go with an i3 again, but after extensive benchmarking I was proven very wrong.

Snapshot of a Unigine Valley benchmark with lots of menus to show specs at work

The main goals of this build were:

  • Be as green as possible without being overbearing.
  • Have plenty of lights and a case with a window.
  • Perform well in World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

PARTS:

  • CPU:

I was torn between the i3 and the 6300. After looking through some reviews and seeing performance benchmarks I felt that the i3 was going to be the better choice based on the per-core performance. This CPU performed amazingly well in the games and synthetic tests I ran. To be honest it really suprised me. I made a little custom decal for the CPU cooler because the blue and silver in the green and black build just didn't sit well with me at all.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

I chose this board for a few reasons. The user will only ever need a single PCI-E lane, it has green lights, and Philip used it. I'm a big fan of Gigabyte and I felt safe going with another board from them. This is a very budget feeling board, but it has all the features that the average user would use plus some. I was really happy with the way it looked inside the case with all the lights on.

  • RAM:

This kit was the cheapest I could find with the specs I wanted. I really like the new ADATA v2 kits and can't wait for the new colors to be available. The flat black/gray was a good fit for the build while not standing out like a thumb. Some Corsair Vengeance in green would have been cool, but cost more than $15 more.

  • Storage:

I've used a lot of WD Caviar Blues and felt good going with one again. He may never use half of this drive, but it's there if need be.

  • GPU:

I was super happy to get this card for this price! I couldn't find it for less than $230 anywhere and just happened to snag it on Amazon with my Prime Membership. This little card overclocked amazingly using MSI afterburner and was stable and cool the entire time I ran benchmarks. My girlfriend did the paint job on the shroud which I think looks very nice and really accents the rest of the build. Full benchmarks are posted below.

  • CASE:

I love NZXT. They make really high quality cases all the way down to thier low end ones. This may be the lowest of the low, but it is really well built and features tons of cable routing options. I would love to see grommets on a case like this, but obviously that would make it cost more. I've used this case before so cable management was a breeze. I am a huge sucker for windowed cases and lights so I really didn't want to give this one up.

  • PSU:

I've used the CX line from Corsair before and while not the highest end, they're perfectly fine for some lower budget builds. Since it is also green it really fit the build well. 600 watts is a lot for this system, but I wanted to leave him plenty of room for adding more hdds and fans while still having plenty of headroom.


EXTRAS:

  • The NZXT Hue is a great lighting system that is super easy to install. I had a slight issue with the fan on the rear and the LED strip, but I made it work without cutting off the airflow of the fan.

  • The Cougar Dual-X fans are very high quality. They come with those rubber screws, that I find very hard to install... They are very quiet and the LEDs look crazy bright in the pictures, but they aren't so intense, I promise. They are also very quiet even at max RPMs.

  • The NZXT sleeved cables are nice. I like the Silverstone ones better due to the much softer sleeving and slightly longer length, but these are very high quality and would use them again.

  • The mouse and keyboard were already owned by him so I just added them for good measure.


CONCLUSION:

I really liked doing this build. Even though it was fairly low-mid range, I just love PC building. I will be dropping it off at the users house in a few days and adding a few pictures of his gaming setup. This includes a 60" 1080p TV and several small monitors for wikis and Anime. I hope you guys enjoy looking through my content. Comments, concerns, and questions are always welcome!


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BENCHMARKS: using 14.2 beta

3DMark 11

3DMark

PCMark 8


Unigine Valley

1080p, ultra, AA x8

  • 33.8 - 1413

1080p, ultra, AA x0

  • 50.1 - 2094

Unigine Heaven

1080p, AA x8, Tessellation normal

  • 33.7 - 850

1080p, ultra, AA x0, Tessellation off

  • 44.6 - 1122

Catzilla

720p

10,094 Score


World of Warcraft

1440p, everything maxed

  • Ave: 79.1
  • Min: 46.7
  • Max: 101

1080p, everything maxed

  • Ave: 89.3
  • Min: 60
  • Max: 101

League of Legends

1440p, everything maxed

  • Ave: 118
  • Min: 93.4
  • Max: 137.5

1080p, everything maxed

  • Ave: 134.6
  • Min: 109.5
  • Max: 160.5

I went a little crazy with the benchmarks, but thanks for checking it out!

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 16 points

Fantastic i3 build!

  • 65 months ago
  • 7 points

Graci sir!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Only problem, is the stock cooler. If the loud noise and inability to OC are not a problem for you, then I'm fine with it. But if they are, I'd recommend aftermarket cool. Maybe the be quiet! Pure rock would be good

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

But also, Looks FANTASTIC with the s210 case and the light.

  • 65 months ago
  • 5 points

great build!

I love the colors, even though I don't like the colors themselves (green and purple). The build is amazing and looks sick!

Great pictures too!

  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

Thanks! It's supposed to be green and black, I think the white LED from the Hue lightened it a bit.

  • 65 months ago
  • 5 points

Most of the time, I can't NOT like a skemble build. :I Nice build, +1.

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank you for checking out all my stuff! :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the cleanest I3 build I have ever seen! Amazing! Way better than what I built for the money!

  • 65 months ago
  • 5 points

You make me blush! Your build with the XfX 550 watt? I can understand how hard the cable management is with that PSU. There are a lot of cables coming off of such a small unit!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Ikr. I've been telling myself i'll fix the cables when I get around to it but i've been too lazy. Although this dude used that same PSU and he did an amazing job with cable management. Same case as you too!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points
  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

oh wow it is! Lol my bad. Great work though. Is it somehow possible to send me pictures of how you managed the cables?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't own that build so I can't really go take pictures of it, but I can say that if you route everything out the closest hole one at a time and zip tie it tight before you move to the next cable, your results will look clean like this and the back panel will fit on without a bulge. I even use twist ties sometimes to get things in place before I zip tie everything tight.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

At first I thought for specs like these on WOW 1440p you would at least need an I5, but you've defied all odds. I'm actually considering building the same thing, this is a fantastic PC and ill rememver all of these pieces forever, they all fit together and look great.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I've found that WoW is really dependent on per core performance. I ran the benchmark through the beginning building, through a large group of people, killed some enemies, stared into high depth of field areas trying to really test it and it just kept chugging along amazingly. The 270 really overclocked like a champ too. Would definitely recommend if you can get it for a good price!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Another build with the hue i see. Very nice!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

When a person asks for a build they almost always say "I want the lights like in that one build you did." It's also really nice to be able to choose whatever color you want! Thanks for checking it out :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it a lot. Did you use paint for model building? How to get the OS for so cheap?

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  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

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  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

My apologies Ryan.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Work of art.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

:)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

My water cooling loop parts should be coming in tomorrow. Once I get that going, I'll be re-posting my ITX build :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I look forward to seeing it!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Got my pump+res just now. The rest should be here by tomorrow. I'll probably try to get it going early next week. I still need to order some angled fittings once I get it all planned out.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd +1 just because its you

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha! :3

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I upvoted before I even read the description! You always do a great job sir!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I hope you read the description after ;)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, don't worry I did. :P

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this build is not overkill and looks aesthically pleasing. It was just what you needed

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

WoW ;) HAHA thanks! I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Show off. ;)

I'm not a fan of lots of lights, but you did a great job with them. That last photo in particular is definitely gaze-worthy.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha :P I agree, lights can make or break a build. The user really was explicit about having them so that's what I went with!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

As always, excellent!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Norm!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

It's nice that you got that card for $210, but it should be $180 T_T

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I know... The prices are so skewed due to the mining. I was glad I could get it for that low at this time!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the heads up! :D

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahhhh! Love it! You did it again!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhhh! Thanks! :3

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

That graphics card looks amazing.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

My gf says thanks :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for pictures! Amazing build!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

+1. I have MSI 270 for my gaming rig. I am looking forward to buy one more for X-fire. Would CX500 be enough or I NEED to replace the psu as well?

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I took a look at your build and added a second card. Total wattage comes out to 539 watts, so yes I would highly recommend a new PSU. I would suggest something in the 650 to 750 range would be perfectly ample. The big wattage hit is the 8320. I have the 8350 so I totally understand.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks alot!! Probably wait till black friday to get some deals on psu, gpu, and ssd.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a problem! Sounds like you've got things under control :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I must get some advice from you later on! I actually want to do an mITX build with this CPU/GPU combo! I am happy you included a benchmark from LoL, that helps me out a lot! Bro, keep on doing this! You make these builds look gorgeous!

I'll be keeping an eye out for anymore you make!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for checking out my builds! I'm glad that I can provide some info that helps people out. I will continue to do builds as long as I have people to build for! :D

Keep an eye out either this Sunday or the early part of next week for another build.

Also hit me up whenever, I'm never far away!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Oooh, I think I might be around then! ;)

I most definitely will do so once I am able to buy the parts I want!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Now this is what I like, epic price, solid one and very well designed and coordinated.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I see you're browsing through my builds ;)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, yes. You are a really epic awesome builder. You know how to design the pc well as well as make it functional. If I build a PC i think i might make a variation of this or the Rambo one. Very good, keep it up :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I really appreciate the feedback! I try my hardest to build the perfect PC for the person using it. You will see plenty more from me in the future!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a beautiful build. I think it's a little over kill for the games you wanted to play but that PC will last you a while.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice professional photos

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

looks great and those benchmarks are awesome!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice looking build!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! God I wish I had the same cable management as this! Definitely should've planned my build out more after seeing this. Otherwise fantastic work mate!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you sir! I spend too much time managing cables XD

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

The OCD strikes again!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

You are spot on there!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How's Battlefield 4 run on it? Looks good.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure. WoW and LoL are free to play for the beginning at least. I didn't really feel like transferring any of my accounts to this system to test games that were never going to be played on it. The user isn't a fan of FPS or shooters of any kind so I just skipped those games.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! I've gotten the same CPU and GPU - happy to see your choices!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

It performs very well despite they criticism of the "terrible i3" :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

You probably could have gotten comparable performance for much less by upgrading the old machine with the 7850 and RAM that you used in this build, but I can also see why you would want a new one.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Very valid point. Unfortunately he is using the old system for other things.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Aha.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

spent too much on the fans and couldve gotten a quad core with the savings coolermaster has good fans and they're like $3 and noiseless

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting a quad core for League of Legends and World of Warcraft makes little to no difference.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

it may make no difference but if you were to pay other games later on or if you ram a multi monitor setup, then you could run more programs and it would then be faster and still cheaper

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

He runs three monitors: one for gaming, one for wikis, and one for Anime. I've tried to get him to play other games, but it's just not going to happen. He's going to be playing WoW for a long time.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How is it, building in the 210? I'm thinking about buying one.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a great little chassis. As long as you don't try to cram too much into it you will be fine. Make sure to get a semi-modular or fully modular PSU.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

were you able to route that 8 pin cpu power through the back?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I was.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

what was it like building in the 210, i really like this case.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

oh and is there a dedicated hole for routing the cpu cable?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a dedicated hole for that cable. It's not a bad case as long as you don't try to do too much with it. I would really suggest getting a couple extra fans to help move the air better and keep dust down. I've built in it twice now and I have to say it's a favorite budget case of mine!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

ah i see, thanks!

im debating on the fractal design define r4, and this.

i know the r4 is better, but i wonder if the extra 50$ is worth it.

this is the build (i already have a GPU) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Q9kmFT

are there ssd mounts?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I would suggest a modular PSU. It was a hassle to hide cables with the 550 watt version of that PSU in my other build "The Dark Horse".

It does not have SSD mounts. You would need to get an adapter for a 3 1/2" bay or mount it somewhere else with Velcro.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the gaming on this build? I'm looking for a good first gaming PC and this is around my price range.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you look at the benchmarks? It runs games pretty well for the price. I would go with the Haswell refresh now though.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Really clean, nice build. How's cable management for this case? I just ordered it with a bunch of upgrades for a budget build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an excellent choice for a budget build. Plenty of room as long as you don't try to do too much. Will build in it again!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be putting in an H55 and an R9 280, you think that's too much or will I have enough room to play with?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That should be fine. The liquid cooler is a good idea since it is a slightly more narrow case than the average. Any single card will be fine here, but make sure to get a modular PSU and try to pick parts that eliminate the need for molex.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Alrighty, I appreciate the insight. Great builds btw with the case they both look awesome, I'll surely be referencing them :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this build max out skyrim?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably, but not with too many texture and graphics mods.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome pictures and build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Those braided cables everywhere look so good! I'm guessing they don't come with the CX600M?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, they are NZXT sleeved extensions!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice! I'm gonna get some for sure, god bless NZXT for making those!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

does that led controller come with the leds or did you have to guy the leds?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It's all part of the NZXT Hue!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this run in 25-man raids in WoW?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't heard any complaints from the user who basically does 25 man raids all the time. I would assume it does quite well.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

hey skemble, I love your builds and cant decide to build this one or your other build "alpha" im on a 800$ budget and i mainly play games like wow, archeage, neverwinter, and your average mmorpg. Im leaning towards this build just cause it runs wow so well and i was just wondering how well it would play the other games i play. Thanks in advance!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello lilginger! Those MMO titles generally prefer the Intel CPU. WoW is poorly threaded, being an older game, so you see really nice numbers from the i3. Some of the newer titles may take more advantage of the i5s extra cores. I would suggest getting the i5 and the biggest video card you can afford. Even the 750 Ti is going to have no issues with any of those games, especially WoW.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome! thx a lot man for the advice this will be my first build and im super hype about it, I should be getting enough money to buy all the parts here in the next couple of weeks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, First nice job on the build. Terrific part-matching. I did a build using this same motherboard and about a month in discovered that it had issues. By the time I RMA'd it a few months ago it was randomly rebooting and/or going to the blue screen of death. Swapped out every part there was, flashed BIOS - all the usual. It never stabilized. Wondering if your build was still healthy. Thanks. (BTW - took all the same parts and put them onto another motherboard - rock solid...so it was definitely the board). Hoping you got one of the good ones. Thanks again.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not own this computer so I can't say for sure. However, I have not received any complaints from it's user so far.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mind if i copy this exact build? i need a Gaming PC to run CS:GO, League and GTA V, I'm planning to recording and considering the great reviews and the time spent into creating this beauty, I'm really liking it. it fits my budget 600-800$. Do you think it's possible to even stream with good quality and run smoothly? playing these games.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

So... I looked through your build names, and I saw that this is the only ancient Warcraft dragon you have. What gives, bro? (And, yes, I am a Warcraft fanboy. LICH KING FOR THE WIN!!!)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

My builds have names that are unique to them in their own way. The guy I built that one for only plays WoW and Ysera is green so I went with it. Unfortunately I know little to nothing of the WoW lore :/

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. That makes sense. Still makes me very sad/angry, cuz that red build could use another WoW dragon name too.

If someone asks you for a pure black build, and plays WoW, you should name it Deathwing. Cuz black dragons are badass.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! I'm late to the party, but, man, this thing is beautiful! Your builds are fantastic; keep it up! Can't wait to see more! :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome bulit bro !! I love the variation of those colour . who u manage to put that LEDs under that motherboard ? That look sick bro

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! The board actually has the LED strip built right in. Similar to the newer ASUS ROG boards, but Gigabyte has a green strip in some of theirs.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the s210 cable manage?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This user doesn't care about some of the more enthusiast level features like overclocking. He also always plays with headphones on so sound isn't a concern. The cable management is actually really good for a case of this price. I'm glad you like the lighting! Thanks man :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How would this build do streaming to Twitch while playing a game?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. WoW is amazing.
  2. For the Horde!
  3. Nice build
  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

how does it run fortnite?

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

Dude your pc has cancer:

his kit was the cheapest I could find with the specs I wanted. I really like the new ADATA v2 kits and can't wait for the new colors to be available. The flat black/gray was a good fit for the build while not standing out like a thumb. Some Corsair Vengeance in green would have been cool, but cost more than $15 more.

"ADATA", never buy ADATA

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! One of my 7950s is used. Other than that no. Unless someone is interested in getting deals on used stuff I just stick to new to try and avoid complications.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 47 months ago
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sorry i dont remember what did, whatever i did sorry inform me of my problem

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha it's cool! I think it was a WoW reference, but I could be wrong. Either way, thanks!

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ysera is some sort of emeral dragon from WoW. I don't know much if anything about the lore XD

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Dragons are awesome :)