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My first ever build here guys! I've been following PC building and hardware for about 3 years. I wanted to get the best performance possible for my dollar. Saw a pretty good deal on /r/Hardwareswap and decided to pick it up and here I am today. I got the Core i5, 212 EVO, 8 GB RAM, ASRock Motherboard, and PSU all in a used bundle for $210!! Picked up a new SSD, GTX 1060, and a Corsair 88R and put it all together. The 1 TB SSD was from my laptop, so I just put that into this build, and put in the new 240 GB SSD into my laptop. The CPU, while not the latest and greatest, can still hang with the best of them in terms of gaming. The whole process was TONS OF FUN, but much harder than I thought it was going to be! I guess watching PC build videos doesn't make you an expert XD. Building is kind of addicting really. I want to build another PC now after this. The whole build was pretty straightforward, but the cable management and getting the PC to look nice, although frustrating, was the most fun part about it.

As, you can see from my photos, this system crushes BF4 Ultra 1080p and plays modded Skyrim surprisingly well. I'm running Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospherics V2.0 ENB with the Noble Skyrim 2k Texture pack if anyone's interested.

NVIDIA GTX 1060 3 GB

I decided to jump on the 3GB 1060 because it was just too good of a deal. The games I play don't eat too much VRAM. Worse thing I've encountered is a bit of stuttering in modded Skyrim in certain areas. I can live with it. The VRAM is definitely a trade off, but I think I've chosen the right card for me. Got a decent overclock out of the thing too. From looking at others online, I've been able to overclock this thing to just a bit over the performance of the stock clocked 6 GB variant, which I'm pretty happy about. The card definitely runs hot though, but I think it'll run cooler once I get some intake fans in the front of my case because I have none as of right now.

Corsair 88R

This case looks good and has a window. Cable management is pretty terrible though. Definitely recommend getting a semi-modular PSU at the very least. I'll definitely be looking into getting a fully modular PSU in the future. If you couldn't tell from the pictures, all the PSU cables are literally squished in behind the back panel. Overall, it's a good case for the money.

So, how did I do guys?

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Dang those deals tho. Going to be building my first PC soon since I am just a laptop geek. I have a budget and I feel I should base some of the parts from this build! Amazing!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, I feel you. My GTX 850M laptop has been my main gaming system for the past two years. While that thing at least ran BF4 at 60 fps on low settings, this thing just makes BF4 feel so smooth. Theoretically, I should still be only seeing 60 fps on my 60 Hz monitor, but it just feels so much smoother. Definitely couldn't pass up on this deal once I saw it.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing deal that you got. Plus 1. You might want to find some way to cool down the GPU though... I'm always a worrywart about overheated components...

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, totally. I'm using MSI Afterburner to limit my GPU temps to just 80°C as of now. I'm really hoping adding two intake fans will help with temperatures. I should note that temperatures where I live are still going to about 95°F (35°C) so hopefully this thing runs cooler as winter comes, but from what I've seen online, a lot of these single fan 1060s run around 80°C+.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? Wow ok, didn't know that about 1060s. Was considering a build w one in a mini case but if it runs that hot then need to reconsider my options. Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The EVGA GTX 1060 SC (can't speak for the rest of them) has actually pretty good cooling. It stays at around 60° C at 70% fan speed (I think?) in my Micro ATX case.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it single fan or double?, I have a 1060 6GB Gaming, and if I OC, It always wants to go higher than 82 ° C... I have to limit temps in MSI AB as well. It runs fine, but if I don't limit it, temps increase like that. I also have an aggressive fan curve going to full speed after it gets to 50 °.

3 or 2 front Fans do help in keeping temps at bay.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply; It's single fan, but I keep it pretty well ventilated with two 120mm fans. I also rarely play something that strains it, so I may be on the lower side.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get that 1060? get me in on that!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Look on Jet.com Use their coupon code for 15% off for new customers, and waive free returns and use debit card. The price has gone up a bit, but should still be around $175 I think.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

thats dank, thanks much!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

You shouldn't be having any stuttering issues on skyrim with a 1060. Those are MORE than powerful enough to handle skyrim. My 970 is runs it on Ultra on 60-70 fps

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running modded Skyrim which eats a lot of VRAM. With my MSI afterburner OSD on, I can see that the VRAM hovers around 2.7GB and maxes out at 2.9 GB in certain areas which causes stutter because the card only has 3GB VRAM. Of course this card destroys vanilla Skyrim on ultra

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay. That makes a lot more sense :P

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

That is an excellent beginning build for sure. I will most like start out like that too, but when I can't wait to plan on building this: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/b2T89W

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

"http://pcpartpicker.com/list/b2T89W" is a ****** build....you just put whatever you thought is more expensive in there:)))))))

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Um.... No actually.... I looked for not highly expensive parts. I looked for high performance/maxed out parts that provide a lot. That is what I am looking for anyways.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The peripherals are there for style, and I kept in mind a black/red color scheme. I am going to paint parts that I can be painted to keep it that scheme tough,but yeah this build will be and interesting one for me.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Although.... I was thinking of making a really expensive build just to see it work, but it'll be around $10,000 unlike this $7,500.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PC! One thing that might cool the GPU more is turning down core voltage if you don't need it to achieve the same performance. You have it at max, but on mine I've gotten a nice OC with +30 on the core, which keeps temps in check. I would tone down the max power, keep the mem clock and all, have an aggressive fan curve, and put the temp limit up to about 90C to keep the boost clock up. (as long as it isn't getting above 75C). I think you have a good OC at first, but with a limit at 80C and your GPU going to 85C, you are most likely dropping that boost completely and possibly thermal throttling.

Case fans do cool the system and do help keep all the components from contributing to overall heat buildup, but it isn't a pronounced difference in GPU temp difference with all my case fans. (In this case, the difference between "low" fanspeed and "high"). Maybe with direct airflow into the GPU though.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

That's true. I should probably just try to find my max overclock at stock voltage and 100% power limit. I really just wanted to test my card's max potential. With the 80C temp limit it definitely thermal throttles in benchmarks, but I find that it doesn't throttle in games, probably because my games push it right to 80C. I'm really hoping case fans help. I watched LinusTechTips's video on case fans and they seemed to benefit quite well from just an intake fan. Hoping that's the case for me as well.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Case fans will help, but they won't keep up with core voltage. The same way case fans wouldn't keep a processor cool if it didn't have its own cooler. That extra electricity passing through the GPU is like the electric filaments on a toaster.

Jay has a newer guide, but he switches programs on the new video and MSI Afterburner is my personal favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUEMS-B1Siw

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Watching videos may not have shown the hassle of building to the full extent, but it definitely helped your part finding. That's a damn good PC for the price, bravo sir.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build, bro. I love PCPARTPICKER!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure how true this is, but an IT guy who has been in the field for a long time once told me to watch out for SSD. They're great as a secondary boot device and help to keep your system running efficiently. But when your computer is writing and rewriting to it over and over again, because it has no moving parts it can eventually wear out its life span and pretty much become a coaster. the 40-60 bucks spent soon on a 500gb - 1tb hard drive will be worth your time in the long run. other than that the build looks great!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It says the hyper 212 evo can't fit inside the case you have, how did that work out?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, nice build! The Corsair 88R case’s specification states that the maximum height of CPU cooler it will accommodate is 150mm, however the Hyper 212 is supposed to be more than this, even pcpartpicker says the two are incompatible, obviously your build has both, can you confirm the cooler fitted OK?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Late reply, but yes the cooler fits. I was also concerned about this incompatibility, but it definitely fits.

  • 34 months ago
  • -3 points

Dude, where did you get that 1080 from? Hit me up with that. I need a new graphics card!!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Except that's not a 1080.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, a 1060

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